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David Dean Fussell

Criminal defense Attorney at Orlando, FL

4.4   7 reviews

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About David

Learn David’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    Since I have represented inviduals and corporations who were being either investigated or prosecuted for criminal allegations. I have achieved the distinction of board certification as a Criminal Trial Expert, as well as serving on the committee which reviews, tests and grades Florida lawyers attempting to become board certified. I am an adjunct professor in the area of criminal law at a local law school and am a past president of the Florida Assocation of Criminal Defense Lawyers

    36 years, 1,000 cases

  2. Federal crime
    I represent individuals and corporations accused of crimes by the federal government. The representation has included accusations of white collar fraud, embezzlement, mail/wire fraud, drug trafficking/conspiracy, immigration fraud, murder, Dealing With The Enemy, RICO, and fraud against the government.

    33 years, 100 cases

  3. Constitutional
    A considerable portion of David Fussell's criminal defense practice is ensuring that the clientis afforded the full panopaly of constitutional rights. He has, for 25+ years, investigated and litigated constitutional claims in both the criminal and civil context.

    36 years, 1,000 cases

  4. DUI and DWI
    Throughout the course of my practice I have represented individuals charged with the entire range of alcohol related offenses, including DUI, DUI Manslaughter, and Vehicular Homicide.

    36 years, 300 cases

  5. Domestic violence
    Prior to the advent of the crime of domestic violence, I represented individuals who had been accused of hitting or striking their spouse. I have continued to represent such individuals since the statute was amended.

    25 years, 50 cases

  6. Sex crime

The Fussell Law Firm, Helps Clients

Preserve, Build and Improve their future 

David Fussell has spent his entire adult life studying people, criminal law, forensics, the Constitution and individual rights. His skills and expertise, are built upon a foundation which began with a bachelors degree in criminology, ten years as a law enforcement officer during which he progressed from a patrol officer, to investigator, to supervisor, to command level supervisor and his experience in the investigation prosecution and defense of  criminal cases.


He has continued to build on his foundation of experience and education  by teaching law enforcement officers, law students, practicing lawyers and everyday people in the fields of constitutional law, criminal law, forensics, investigation, search and seizure and the law of use of force in defending others.


He has been chosen to be an expert in criminal investigation, search and seizure, defense investigation of criminal cases, criminal law, and criminal procedure. He has the experience and education to evaluate whether a case is valid, whether the officers have conducated a professional investigation, whether the case is appropriately charged and what the potential defenses are in any case.


The people represented by David have come from every walk of life, blue color, white collar; poor, rich; formally educated as well as those whose only post grade school education has been the school of life. He has respresented people who had exemplary reputations and those who were seen in the most negative of public light.


David understands the human condition and knows that some people are falsely accused, many are overcharged, and some are not being dealt with fairly. He also is very aware that good people sometimes do stupid and/or even bad things.


People hire Mr. Fussell, because of the foundation in this field and his history of helping people.  If you hire this firm, David Fussell will be the one who is responsible for your representation.


Mr. Fussell welcomes the opportunity to consultat with anyone who finds themself in a challenging situation and is looking to Preserve, Build and Improve their future.

Licensed for 38 years
State FL
Status Member in Good Standing
Acquired 1984
Updated 02/23/2023

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

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605 East Robinson Street
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Posted by Dylan | June 25, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great lawyer
Mr. Fussell is the best lawyer I have ever spoken with. He helped me through the toughest time in my life and gave me confidence knowing I had him in my corner. I would highly recommend him to anyone that needs legal consultation or is facing criminal charges. He stayed in contact with me on a regular basis for almost two years during my case and kept me positive. Words would never be able to express my gratitude to this man.
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Posted by Carol | May 8, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent Representation
My husband and I hired Mr. Fussell to represent our son for a traffic citation. He returned our calls promptly, explained the process we had to go through, answered all our questions, and got a very favorable outcome for our son. We were very pleased with his representation, and would highly recommend him for anyone seeking expert legal counsel.
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Posted by anonymous | March 5, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Experienced Criminal Attorney
Mr. Fussell is an extremely adept at the nuances of federal criminal law. He was able to provide guidance regarding an over-seas case that helped prevent the US DOJ from initiating a domestic prosecution. David's years of work as a federal prosecutor makes him my "go-to" expert in his area.
Response from David Fussell April 1, 2017
I greatly appreciate the comments provided by my client. I am afraid he has confused my time as an officer on a task force with federal officers with me being a federal prosecutor. I have brought cases prosecuted by federal officers as a law enforcement officer, but have never been a federal prosecutor.
Posted by Captain Karl Puder | December 30, 2014
exceeded expectations
David was essential to maintaining my good driving record. His service was imperative in the outcome of my case, and I highly recommend him as a quality attorney.
Posted by Kevin | September 11, 2013
Couldn't ask for anything more in an attorney
David Fussell has represented me on two separate occasions for two entirely different types of a cases and I would highly recommend him to anyone in need of legal help of any kind. This doesn't even include the countless number of motions that he has drafted and submitted on my behalf. He has an extremely personable demeanor, yet he isn't one to sugar coat or mislead. In my opinion, Mr. Fussell showed a genuine interest and concern for my cases and personal well being. Because of this I would go so far as to consider him a friend. I believe that's saying quite a bit when you are discussing an industry that the word "friend" generally isn't associated with. More specifically, Mr. Fussell took a very bad situation that I had presented him with and did his absolute best in turning it into a positive that I couldn't have imagined possible. I'd also like to mention that his assistant is an extremely knowledgable individual. It's been my experience that this isn't always the case and that attorney's with exceptional assistants tend to be more well organized and better prepared. I don't ever anticipate needing Mr. Fussell's services again, however, it's a relief to know who I would call first should I ever find myself in that unfortunate position.
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Posted by Don | February 22, 2013
Extremely Competent
Mr. Fussell represented me for a DUI and drug charge. All drug charges were dropped and I was convicted only of careless driving (not reckless reduced from DUI). He is very trustworthy and provides personal attention you rarely find in this profession. Mr. Fussell truly cares about his clients and works hard to provide them with the best possible outcome. I highly reccomend his services.
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Posted by Michael | February 19, 2015
I I hired to represent me. I was on no bond. I paid him $7000. He got me no bond no service. He said he went to the court and ask for bond twice. He charge me $8000 for two bond hearings which he never went in front of a judge. The only one that went in front of a judge for a bond hearing was Adam Reese. Which is a great lawyer! So David fossilcharge me $8000 for absolutely nothing.! Do not use this guy.!
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Response from David Fussell November 3, 2015
I have no idea who this person is. If he were to call me directly we could discuss his dissatisfaction. I have never received anywhere near the amount cited for a bond hearing or for that matter two bond hearings. In fact, I do not represent client's solely for bond purposes.
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Work Experience

  • Faculty
  • Prosecutor/ Public Defender, Annual Trial Clinic, University Of Florida Levin College Of Law
  • 2010 - Present
  • Adjunct Professor
  • Barry University School Of Law
  • 2009 - Present
  • President
  • Fussell Law Firm, a professional association
  • 2001 - Present
  • Legal Analyst
  • CFNEWS13/Bay News9
  • 2011 - 2012
  • Partner
  • Law Offices of Horwitz and Fussell, a professional association
  • 1991 - 2001
  • Special Defense Litigator (Capital Crimes)
  • Public Defender's Office, Ninth Judicial Circuit, Orlando, Florida.
  • 1987 - 1990
  • Insp. Major, Bureau Chief: Aviation., Comm. & Inv. Bureau
  • Florida Game and Freshwater Fish Commission
  • 1984 - 1986
  • Legal Intern, Felony Trial Division
  • State Attorney's Office Second Judicial Circuit
  • 1983 - 1983
  • Deputy, Sergeant, Supverviso
  • Leon County Sheriff's Office
  • 1978 - 1984
  • Deputy, Investigator, Sergeant, Supervisor
  • Leon County Sheriff's Department
  • 1978 - 1984
  • Investigative intern
  • State Attorney's Office Second Judicial Circuit
  • 1978 - 1978
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  • National Criminal Defense College
  • 1988
  • Florida State University College of Law
  • 1984
  • Florida State University
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1979
  • Tallahassee Community College
  • Associate of Arts
  • 1976
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  • Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Past President
  • N/A
  • Central Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Past President
  • N/A
  • Orange County Bar Association
  • Criminal Law, Committee Chair
  • N/A
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Past Board Member, Member
  • N/A
  • Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Legislative Committee Chair
  • N/A
  • Sports Lawyers Association
  • N/A
  • State Law Enforcement Chief's Association
  • Legislative Committee Chair
  • 1985 - 1986
  • Florida Intelligence Unit
  • Legislative Committee Chair
  • 1981 - 1986
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • President's Award
  • Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • N/A
  • Extra Mile Award
  • Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • N/A
  • Outstanding Committee Chair
  • Orange County Bar Association
  • N/A


  • Florida Defender (FACDL)
  • Saving Your Client from the Fate of the American Indian, Pleas, Plea Agreements and Plea Negotiations
  • N/A

Speaking Engagements

  • Homicide Investigations
  • Florida's Medical Examiner System
  • N/A
  • Criminal Law Seminar, Middle District of Florida
  • Saving Your Client from the Fate of the American Indian, Pleas, Plea Agreements and Plea Negotiations
  • N/A

Attorney endorsements

Received (12)
Given (13)
Endorse David
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 15
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I highly recommend David. I had numerous cases against David while I was a prosecutor in Orange and Osceola counties, and he was always a pleasure to work with. He is an excellent advocate for his clients, and his courtroom presence is second to none. I highly endorse David."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse David. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Board certified criminal trial attorney. Nothing more needs to be said."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer.I have had the privilege to observe Mr Fussell practice law for decades now. Whether he signs up to represent an accused citizen or someone who has been injured - he is a man to be trusted. He does what he says he is going to do. He has tons of litigation experience and is exceedingly well versed in the law."
Unknown Attorney | Sep 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Top-notch attorney. Highly respected in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Fussell is sharp and skilled and wise. I still seek his counsel. That should speak for itself."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Attorney Fussell is one of the finest criminal defense attorneys in his state. If one of my clients needed an attorney, he would be the first and last call I would make."
Federal crime Attorney | Apr 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 15
Relationship: Friend
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"David is a long time Criminal Defense lawyer and has an excellent reputation within the legal community. He is well respected among his peers."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 02
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"David Fussell is a fantastic lawyer. He is extremely prepared, intelligent and a fearless advocate for his clients. I would refer clients to David without hesitation because I know they are in excellent and steady hands. I highly endorse this lawyer!"
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Orlando Criminal defense Lawyer David Dean Fussell
David Dean Fussell
Criminal defense Attorney
Orlando, FL
Licensed for 38 years
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