David is a hybrid specialist in both criminal trials and criminal appeals. He is one of just a handful of lawyers in the country who is Board Certified by the Florida Bar in criminal trial law and in criminal appellate law. He carries a third board certification in criminal trial law from the National Board of Trial Advocacy (NBTA). David represents people of all backgrounds and ages at all phases: pre-charging investigations, pretrial discovery, trials, sentencing, probation violations, direct appeals, postconviction appeals, and collateral appeals. David has unique experience representing people who were convicted of first-degree or capital felonies committed when they were children. David works with experts in areas like child psychology, neuropsychology, trauma, and prison adjustment. David secured new and reduced sentences for 18 people previously convicted of capital crimes and other serious felonies and who were sentenced to life without parole as children. David assembles and leads teams of experts and investigators to advocate for his clients in new sentencing hearings. David's work has reunited families, securing immediate release from prison for 10 people serving life without parole sentences. David also represents people who were wrongfully convicted because of mistakes their trial lawyer made. David has won new trials for people serving life sentences for capital or life felonies. David has called on experts in psychiatry, emergency medicine, orthopedics, firearms, and ballistics to prove his clients were wrongfully convicted. In his trial work, David has won acquittals in jury trial prosecutions in different parts of Florida for clients charged with Life, F1, F2, and F3 felonies.
David has spent half his legal career in private practice and half in government practice. Ask if your lawyer is board certified by The Florida Bar or the National Board of Trial Advocacy. Established in 1982 by the Florida Supreme Court, board certification helps consumers identify specialists in various areas of law.
From David: My goal in every case is to protect my client from further harm and to win by all available means within the bounds of the law and rules of professional conduct. This approach, particularly in life-and-livelihood threatening felony cases, requires long hours of meticulous preparation and investigation, strategic planning, and time-consuming research and writing of motions and legal briefs. My code is this: "I shall defend each client as though tomorrow will be judgment day and I would be content to be judged on that defense alone."
What is Board Certification?
Board certification recognizes attorneys’ special knowledge, skills and proficiency in various areas of law and professionalism and ethics in practice.
Established in 1982 by the Florida Supreme Court, board certification helps consumers identify specialists in various areas of law.
Board certified Florida Bar members are allowed to identify themselves as “Board Certified,” or to use the letters “B.C.S.” for Board Certified Specialist on business cards or letterhead, in legal directories or in is The Florida Bar’s highest level of evaluation of the competency and experience of attorneys in the 27 areas of law approved for certification by the Supreme Court of Florida.
Board certified lawyers are Evaluated for Professionalism, Tested for Expertise.
By the numbers:
As of September 1, 2022 there are over ninety thousand lawyers eligible to practice law in Florida. Only four hundred and nineteen lawyers are Florida Bar Board Certified in Criminal Trial Law. In addition, only forty-three lawyers are Florida Bar Board Certified in Criminal Appellate Law. Mr. Redfearn is one of just eight lawyers double board certified by The Florida Bar in both specialties.
In addition, Mr. Redfearn is one of just nineteen lawyers in the State of Florida who is Board Certified in Criminal Trial Law by the National Board of Trial Advocacy, an American Bar Association accredited lawyer certification program recognized by The Florida Bar.
Mr. Redfearn formerly worked as a public defense lawyer (2006-2008; 2015-2022). As of August 2022, he is available to hire for legal representation. Please call the Longwell Lawyers law firm to schedule a free in-person consultation or phone call.
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|FL||Member in Good Standing||2006||08/25/2022|
|Award name||Grantor||Date Granted|
|Board Certified Criminal Trial Law Advocate||National Board of Trial Advocacy||2022|
|Board Certification in Criminal Appellate Law||Florida Board of Legal Specialization and Education||2019|
|Board Certification in Criminal Trial Law||Florida Board of Legal Specialization and Education||2018|
|Attorney||Longwell Lawyers||2022 - Present|
|Assistant Public Defender||Office Of The Public Defender 9th Judicial Circuit||2015 - Present|
|Trial attorney||The Tate Firm, PLLC||2008 - 2015|
|Assistant Public Defender||Public Defender's Office (Orlando)||2006 - 2008|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Florida Bar, Criminal Law Section||Member||2014 - Present|
|National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers||Member||2008 - Present|
|Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers||Member||2007 - Present|
|Central Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers||Member (Board Member 2020-present)||2006 - Present|
|Florida Conference of Circuit Judges||Redfearn's Annual Review of The Florida Supreme Court Criminal cases 2018-2019||2019|
|Orlando Sentinel||Commentary: Presumed innocent? No Guarantee in Florida if Amendment 6 is approved||2018|
|Orlando Sentinel||Juvenile Lifer Cases Grip Area's Public Defenders, by Krista Torralva||2017|
|NACDL White Collar Criminal Defense College||2014|
|University of Florida, Fredric G. Levin College of Law||JD - Juris Doctor||2004|
|University of South Florida||BA - Bachelor of Arts||2001|
|CLE: Stand Your Ground: When and How||Stand Your Ground Immunity Defense and Appeals||2022|
|Florida Law for Federal Practitioners||Criminal Law & Procedure in State Court||2021|
|Graham/Miller BBQ Lunch||Juvenile Sentencing||2020|
|Public Defender Training||Speedy Trial||2014|
|Annual Meeting Florida Assn. Criminal Defense Lawyers||Speedy Trial||2014|
|Public Defender Academy||Violation of Probation||2008|
|Public Defender Academy||Litigating Drug Possession Cases||2007|
|State v. T.A.||Life without parole sentence overturned, vacated. Re-sentenced to time-served (31 years).|
|State v. C.D.R.V.||Murder charge dismissed following Stand Your Ground immunity evidentiary hearing|
|State v. H.M.||37-year sentence reduced to time-served (23 yrs).|
|Anthony v. State, 5D21-1536||Certiorari Petition Granted. Remand for dismissal of charges.|
|State v. T.R.||Two 30-year sentences each reduced to time-served (15 years)|
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