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Donald Charles Barrett

Litigation Attorney at Key West, FL

5.0   22 reviews
  • Licensed for 27 years
    State FL
    Acquired 1996
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Donald C. Barrett, P.A.
416-A Fleming Street
Key West, FL, 33040

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Posted by anonymous | April 24, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Highly recommended!!
Mr. Barrett was highly recommended when I was looking for someone to handle my case, and hiring him was the best decision I could have made. Not only was he a pleasure to work with, but he was extremely knowledgable, helpful and professional. He went above and beyond to help me, and was very attentive. 10/10 would recommend.
Posted by Chris | September 13, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent Attorney
I consulted multiple attorneys for a felony case and chose Mr. Barrett based on his experience as a state attorney and his criminal law background. The other attorneys I spoke with did not provide me with half the attention or information about the legal process I would undergo. He was available to speak whenever any concerns arose about the case, and surprised me with how generous he was with his time. A favorable result was accomplished on my behalf, which was what Mr. Barrett had anticipated from the beginning. In court he is confident and knowledgeable and possesses many beneficial relationships within the Florida legal system. I would recommend Mr. Barrett to anyone seeking legal representation, as well as request his services for myself in the future, should the need arise.
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Posted by anonymous | September 13, 2015
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Professional, competent and an effective communicator; I highly recommend choosing Don Barrett.
I retained Don after first consulting with two other attorneys, both of whom made good initial impressions with me- they seemed to have a good understanding of the system and displayed the attitude and lexicon that I believe a defense attorney should possess. The choice would have been difficult had I not been encouraged by an acquaintance to also meet for a consultation with Don. After the first phone call with Don I was already confident I should seek his representation. This sentiment was only reaffirmed after the first meeting and consultation. The difference I experienced between Don and the other two attorneys became even more palpable once I entered Don's office - he was ready. His desk was clear, he was prepared (having already made a phone call and completed some quick research on my behalf). There were zero interruptions: no phones ringing, pagers buzzing, or glances at a wrist watch, but most importantly he attentively listened to my situation and asked insightful questions to flesh out the notes he was periodically taking. As I mentioned earlier, the difference with Don was unmistakable. I realized afterward that I truly received a consultation when I met with Don, he listened and I learned, whereas my experience with the other attorneys now felt as if I was being sold a car wash package, with all the different pricing options regarding a trial or dismissal now sounding like I was being sold on a spot free rinse or wax. For what it is worth, as pricing is realistically a concern for most of us, I felt Don's price, which was proffered before the consultation, was fair and competitive, especially when you are confident that you've retained the best. After Don agreed to represent me, I felt near instant relief. Don is an excellent communicator and I was never left wanting for more information, either on what would happen next or what our strategy was. He assuaged any concerns I had with prompt email replies, and as you now expect, met all appointments with the same professionalism exhibited in that first consultation. And while I was only charged with a sole misdemeanor, I truly felt as if I was Don's only client throughout the ordeal. My case, which involved the FWC, ultimately resolved anticlimactically, with our side announcing we were ready for trial and the prosecution asking to dismiss the case. While I'm not quite unwise enough to wish to need to retain Don again, if you find yourself in a situation where you do need a criminal defense attorney, I feel that you could do no better than Don Barrett.
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Posted by anonymous | September 2, 2015
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Helpful and Reassuring
I got into some trouble after being pulled over just outside of Key West. Due to the contents of my car I was charged with 3 drug and alcohol related missemeniors and one felony for false identification. Being relatively young and new to the judicial system I was extemely worried about the outcome of my case. Mr. Barrett was extremely helpful and reassuring. He was always easy to contact and quick to respond to any questions or concerns I had. It was clear by his confident and calm attitude that he has had a large amount of experience and success as a lawyer. I believe I was extemely well represented and highly recommend him to anyone in a sticky situation like the one I put myself in.
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Posted by anonymous | December 23, 2014
Above and beyond expectations - consummate professional
I hired Don Barrett after an embarrassing night out in Key West that resulted in serious charges including an alleged battery of a police officer. I did not live in Florida and consulting with attorneys over the phone was a challenge. However, over the phone Don patiently listened to my story, asked concise questions and told me what he thought the best case scenario would be. He outlined a plan right there on the phone and instantly put me at ease. His fees were in line with other attorneys in the area but I would have paid more for the personal attention and effort he put into my case. Don communicated every step of the way via phone and email, always keeping me informed of my options as the case developed. When I was offered an initial deal, Don insisted that he could and would do better, I trusted him, and he managed to get the deal he promised. Don was prepared and masterful in his depositions, poking many holes in the state attorneys charges. I went from looking at mandatory multi-year minimum sentences to a 1 year PTI program that involved staying out of trouble and performing some community service. Don was always prepared to discuss my case, always made time for me and always dutifully and thoroughly answered my emails. I found his experience as a local prosecutor to be invaluable in helping to navigate the system and hypothesize on what the states attorney and police may be willing to concede. Don kept in touch during my PTI to make sure I was on track even though he was in the midst of a campaign for a local office. Though his work was done, he still took the time to check in, a personal touch that as a young professional facing a life altering charge I truly appreciated. Don later helped me with a referral to a civil attorney who is assisting me based on the injuries the police inflicted during the arrest. My recommendation would always be to stay out of trouble in Key West - BUT if you find yourself in a situation beyond your control, you want an attorney like Don Barrett. He is honest, prepared and professional and will be realistic about what he can do for you. Don is a straight shooter, someone you want on your side when the stakes are high.
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Posted by Geoff | December 14, 2014
Above and beyond expectations
Me and a few colleagues were involved in an incident a few years ago. Not only was my case resolved in the quickest and most favorable manner of the three cases, but also, Mr. Barrett offered to help me with my expungement at no extra charge. Unlike other lawyers that I have worked with in the past, he has been extremely responsive, keeping me updated every step of the way. I currently live in a foreign country, making it difficult for me to obtain the documents required for my expungement. However, he has gone well beyond the call of duty and personally helped me to obtain any documents necessary. I would highly recommend him to any one in need of lawyer. His work ethic and code of conduct ensures that your case is resolved in the most favorable manner possible. In contrast to the majority of lawyers, he is not overly concerned with monetary compensation, but instead, genuinely cares for the well-being of his clients.
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Posted by Dan | December 11, 2014
Honorable Man
Mr. Barrett took my case immediately upon completion of our initial consultation. My case took over 18 months until the final resolution and Mr. Barrett kept me informed every step of the via e-mails, texts and telephone calls. I have observed Mr. Barrett in court and he presents very professionally and eloquently. I would have no qualms referring my family and friends to Mr. Barrett for any and all of their legal needs.
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Posted by James | December 5, 2014
Best Attorney in the Keys!
I Hired Attorney Don Barrett Back in 2010 for a issue I got involved in the Keys, I was charged with 3 felonies and was very upset!! One of the toughest times in my life, Thru out this 2 year case I had a lot of emotion Issues, and Mr. Barrett was their for me every time. I'm not just writing this review because Mr Barrett beat all 3 felonies and help clear my good name, but the little things, really listening to me and on top of every Issue thru out this 2 year case. His fee was very fair, if your in trouble this is your man. The best attorney in Florida located in Key West....Thanks again Don for getting my life back on track, your awesome!!!
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Posted by anonymous | October 1, 2014
Best criminal lawyer in Key West
I highly recommend Mr. Barrett to anyone needing a criminal defense attorney. The justice system doesn't always work, and sometimes innocent people get charged with serious offenses that can have serious and permanent consequences. I will say when I did need a criminal defense attorney I was fortunate enough to have hired Mr. Barrett. He has an excellent reputation, his demeanor and personality exudes confidence and a calmness that helps reduce anxiety as he handles everything necessary to best defend you. Mr. Barrett made the best out of a bad situation for me, and my life is now back to normal as though none of this ever happened. I would highly recommend anyone in the need of a good criminal defense attorney to retain Mr. Barrett as council. His fees are very reasonable, and he is worth every penny.
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Posted by Robin | November 11, 2013
Mr. Barrett ... The man yours, your family and or friends side...
Mr. Barrett showed professionalism, honesty and tact in representing me. I was on vacation from another county when the occurrence happened. Mr. Barrett was prompt in supporting me on all accounts. He knew what needed to be done and handled all my appointments and paper work while I traveled back to my home. He kept me informed step by step and worked with me the entire duration. He studied the facts of my case and was honest of his findings and thoughts. When it came to the trial he was ready to represent me. I appreciate his dedication, hard work and time he spent on my case. I would highly recommend Mr. Barrett and will hire him in the future if the need arises.
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Posted by Jacqie | October 9, 2013
Highly Recommended
I was looking at a DUI, resisting arrest, reckless driving, and 4 felonies. With Donald Barrett representing me I was able to get 6 of 7 charges dismissed and walked with a Reckless Driving. It was a painful ride, and there were stipulations in order for the charges to be dropped, but the outcome couldn't have been better. I have seen many people go through similar situations only to end up with multiple charges and even jail time. I highly recommend Donald Barrett to anyone needing representation - he was helpful, honest, trustworthy and I feel confident he will get you the best results.
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Posted by steve | August 20, 2013
DUI droped
I was stopped for speeding but the state trooper decided to proceed with a DUI investigation despite no visable indications while observing my driving prior to pulling over and no issues providing the info he requested. I failed the field test and at age 65 I would never be able to pass the test on my best day, He instructed me to drive to a more secure location where he again put me thru 4 field tests. I did not pass ane he arrested me for DUI. I was over .08. I secured Mr. Barretts services and found his fees in line with comparable attorneys. He immediately saw serious flaws in this troopers arrest. and eventually had all the charges dropped by the state as there was no valid reason to begin a DUI investigation and the trooper allowed me to drive after failing the field test. He was all times prepared, punctual and profesional. He came across confident in his court appearances. I could not recommend him more highly.
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Posted by Andrew | July 3, 2013
Great Lawyer
Donald Barrett did a great job, was very professional, and everything worked out better than I even expected. He was able to get all of my charges dropped.
Posted by Sara | June 30, 2013
Excellent Lawyer
Donald Barrett represented my son, who was arrested while a student in Key West, on very serious charges, which could have altered his entire future. Donald Barrett listened to my sons story, and we completely trusted him from the beginning. After Mr. Barrett's excellent representation, all charges against my son were dropped. My son and I cannot thank him enough.
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Posted by anonymous | June 25, 2013
Best Qualified Defense Lawyer in the Florida Keys. Extremely experienced and high principaled lawyer with outstanding ethics .
Probably the best lawyer actually situated in the Keys. Knows the jungle well and is extremely fair, reasonable and pragmatic. I had a case which was blown way out of proportion by the State Atty.s office . Don Barrett helped resolve the case in the best manner possible since I lived outside the country. His background as a prosecutor in the Keys helped quite a bit. I wouldnt use anyone in the Keys except Don Barrett. Don. Barret did
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Posted by anonymous | June 25, 2013
One of the very best lawyers in Key West
I have hired Mr. Barrett on three occasions - initially to represent me on a serious criminal case; then after he had negotiated a very favorable plea agreement that included probation I hired him again to assist me with a potential probation violation, which he successfully resolved for me; and lastly I hired him to represent my son when he was arrested on criminal charges. On our first meeting Mr. Barrett impressed me with his calm and thoughtful demeanor and his straightforward and honest assessment of my situation. Throughout his handling of my case, which included lengthy depositions and repeated negotiations with the ASA who was handling my case, he continued to impress me with his timely responses to my inquiries, his unhurried manner and willingness to listen during our meetings, and the well-prepared and on-target questions he asked during the depositions of the police officers involved in my case. His inside knowledge of the State Attorney's office was a definite help as well. He negotiated a very favorable plea agreement for me, and when I was subsequently faced with a violation of probation, basically on a technicality, but with the possibility of going to jail, I was impressed again by how thoroughly he prepared for court appearances and how compellingly he argued my case before the judge. He was able to obtain the best possible outcome for me on both of these occasions. The last time I hired Mr. Barrett was to represent my son at his arraignment on a juvenile criminal case, and he was able to secure his early release from detention and arrange for his entry into a diversionary program. Mr. Barrett is in every respect the finest lawyer with whom I have worked. He completely defies the stereotype of the "sleazy" criminal defense attorney. It is clear that he is committed both to excellence and ethics. I would highly recommend him to anyone looking for an attorney who is personable, knowledgeable, courteous and responsive to his clients. I cannot think of one thing that he could have done better in his handling of my cases.
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Posted by anonymous | June 25, 2013
Highly Recommend Donald Barrett if seeking legal help in Key West or the Lower Keys
I choose Donald after meeting several attorneys in the Key West area. Donald's price point was a bit higher than the other attorneys I met with, but he came off as the most professional and was the only attorney who could outline his tentative game plan based on the details I set in front of him. All others wanted the "money in" before we could go over any form of strategy. Donald's knowledge of case law and the pending legal actions occurring in the state of Florida, particularly Monroe County, kept me well informed on similar cases and actions that could have an effect on my options. In the end, Donald managed to litigate to the point where I felt my rights were protected and I was extremely satisfied with the end result. If in need of legal counsel in Key West or the lower keys I highlight recommend Donald.
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Posted by anonymous | May 17, 2013
Donald Barrett Formal Client Review
I retained Mr. Barrett a couple years back after a wrongful stop which resulted in an alledged dui. I am a USCG licensed captain with masters and tow. This could have ruined my whole career. Mr. Barrett handled my case like it was the only one he had. I met with countless other lawyers that took everything that came their way and I realized that when your life and career are on the line you get what you pay for. Not only was Mr. Barrett's retainer affordable and consistent with lawyers nationwide of his calliber, but the amount of effort that went into my case was amazing. The end result was the entire case being dismissed. Mr. Barrett does not fill his clients with false hopes and he is a straight shooter. He disected every aspect of my case. We are often caught in situations that are out of our control and it was nice to have Donald on my side completely in control.
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Posted by Troy | May 16, 2013
Looking for a Competent Lawyer with he is
Donald is an outstanding defense attorney. Regardless of how complicated or unique your case might be he will find solid ground for you to stand on during the defense process. I live in Texas and had a 13 year old case that resurfaced. Even though I was several states away his communication and ability to avoid travel to Key West was very impressive. Donald was able to successfully resolve my case with minimal impact to my record. His integrity and professionalism are outstanding. I highly recommend him
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Posted by Richard | May 2, 2013
Outstanding Attorney Even Better Person
Mr. Barrett is outstanding in all areas. He represents the highest stands of scholarship and professionalism. Don is widely respected by fellow attorneys and the courts. He is thorough, considerate, compassionate and completely competent. At every turn he treated kept us informed, treated us with dignity, understanding and whole hearted commitment. My wife and I would recommend Don Barrett unconditionally. He is the simply the best!
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AVVO RATING 9.4 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Chief Assistant State Attorney
  • State Attorneys Office Florida Keys
  • 2009 - 2010


  • Stetson University College of Law
  • Doctor of Jurisprudence/Juris Doctor
  • 1996


  • Monroe County Bar Association
  • 2009 - Present
  • Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Board Member
  • 2012 - 2016
  • Florida Bar, Grievance Committee
  • Chair
  • 2009 - 2009

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Victor O. Wehle Award (Trial Advocacy)
  • Stetson University
  • 1996

Attorney endorsements

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Given (6)
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Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I had the honor and privilege of knowing and working with Don a few years ago. He is always very well prepared, and well versed in the current state of the law, as well as its nuances. He is hard working, intelligent, and articulate with exemplary litigation skills. I highly recommend Don as a criminal defense attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 06
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Donald is a great lawyer and I know that anyone I send his way is in good hands!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 20
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I had the pleasure of working with Don in a as co-counsel in a high profile criminal case. He was prepared and had a firm understanding of the applicable law and procedures. He ensured that the client was fully informed of any developments and aggressively pursued all issues in preparing for trial.. He is a pleasure work with a true professional and I have no hesitation giving him my highest recommendation."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I fully endorse Mr. Don Barrett. I have known Mr. Barrett for almost 20 years and I've always found him to be a knowledgeable, conscientious, and aggressive attorney in defending his clients. If you are considering hiring a criminal defense attorney, you can do no better than Don Barrett."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 18
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Don Barrett is a highly effective criminal defense lawyer. Over the years, I have had the opportunity to work with him on several matters. He has always proven to be reliable, and one to get great results."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 18
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. He is astute, zealous, and cares about his clients and their families. I would recommend him to a family member or close friend."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Don is a very thorough and competent attorney. He will methodically analyze the issues in your case so that your side is properly presented to the court. I highly recommend him for all courtroom matters."
Litigation Attorney | May 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Don is a professional, well versed attorney who represents his client to the fullest. His experience and knowledge from his time as a State Attorney gives him an unparalleled edge over other attorneys in the field. I endorse him wholeheartedly!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Don Barrett has distinguished himself throughout the Monroe County legal community as a preeminent criminal defense attorney. He is highly skilled and provides personal attention to his clients in some of the most trying times of their lives. Don takes on his client’s cause and defense with an unmatched vigor and fights for his clients with everything he has. I have recommended several clients to Don over the years and he has provided masterful representation to them. I know that anyone I send to Don Barrett is going to be in good hands and will get the representation they deserve."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I worked with Don on a sensitive case that carried a potential min/man prison sentence. He was great, well prepared and in the end our client received probation and a w/h."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 30
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I have known Don since 2001 and I respect his trial skills and his common sense approach to solving problems. I never hesitate to refer anyone facing accusations in the Florida Keys to give Don's office a call."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 28
Relationship: Family member
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Don Barrett is a competent criminal defense attorney who works hard and contemplatively selects the best angle from which to defend a case. He is even-tempered, cool under pressure, a is naturally at ease in speaking before a jury or judge. Although I am a defense attorney myself, when a person I cared about got into trouble and I was too close to the case to be effective, I hired Don Barrett. It was a decision I never regretted."
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Key West Litigation Lawyer Donald Charles Barrett
Donald Charles Barrett
Litigation Attorney
Key West, FL
Licensed for 27 years