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Nellie Linn King

Criminal defense Attorney at West Palm Beach, FL

5.0   3 reviews
  • Licensed for 26 years
    State FL
    Acquired 1996
    Member in Good Standing No misconduct found

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About Nellie

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Practice area
  1. Criminal defense
    Nellie L. King handles all types of criminal matters, including DUIs, narcotics offenses, sex offenses, homicides, violations of probation, bond issues, sealing/expungement petitions, juvenile matters, habitual offenders, domestic batteries, restraining order petitions and federal investigations and indictments. Ms. King also handles criminal postconviction (3.850 motions) and appellate matters.

Nellie L. King  is the owner of The Law Offices of Nellie L. King, P.A. in West Palm Beach, Florida.  Ms. King practices exclusively criminal defense work in state and federal courts and has handled thousands of complex criminal cases during her career.   


Ms. King is on the Executive Committee of the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, where she currently serves as the Past President for this 2,000-member organization known as “Liberty’s Last Champion.”  Ms. King is committed to the ideals espoused by FACDL, an organization which strives to advance the knowledge of criminal defense practitioners, promote the proper administration of criminal justice and encourage the integrity and independence of the criminal defense bar.  Ms. King also currently serves on the Board of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and she is a Past President and Board Member of the Palm Beach Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.  Ms. King is a frequent lecturer on constituional and criminal law topics on the state and national level, and she is often consulted by the media for her opinions on legal issues attendant to high profile criminal cases. 


Ms. King is also active in her local community, serving on the Board of Trustees of Boys’ Town South Florida, an organization committed to aiding at-risk youth and families in Florida through its extensive network of in-home family services and programs.  Ms. King also served on the inaugural Board of the Women’s Foundation of Palm Beach County, an organization which invests in women and girls to encourage their leadership and positively affect their economic, political and social status.  Ms. King has also been a Board Member of Leadership Palm Beach County since 2004 and served as the Adult Program Chair for the Class of 2008.  Ms. King is also actively associated with the Executive Women of the Palm Beaches, the Women’s Chamber of Commerce, the Florida Association of Women Lawyers and the Palm Beach County Bar Association.      


Ms. King is admitted to practice in the Florida Bar, as well as the United States District Courts for the Southern, Middle and Northern Districts of Florida and the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. 


Ms. King is a graduate of Mary Washington College (now the University of Mary Washington) in Fredericksburg, Virginia, where she majored in International Affairs/Russian Studies.  Ms. King currently serves on the Alumni Board of Mary Washington and is the recipient of the 2012 Distinguished Alumnus Award from the University for her significant achievements and contributions to the legal profession and community, as well as for her leadership contributions which serve to inspire the students of UMW.


After college, King then graduated from Nova Southeastern University Law School, where she won the Feinrider Moot Court Competition for her oratory skills, as well as various trial advocacy awards.    









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Nellie King receiving the 2012 Distinguished Alumnus Award from the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, VA, for her significant achievements and contributions to the legal profession and community, as well as for her leadership contributions.

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Nellie Linn King
319 Clematis St Ste 107
West Palm Beach, FL, 334014615
The Law Offices of Nellie L. King, P.A.
The Comeau Building
319 Clematis Street, Suite 107
West Palm Beach, FL, 33401-4615
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Posted by anonymous | March 4, 2014
Trustworthy and Exceptional Lawyer
I have to say nothing but great things about Mrs. Nellie King. I had an Injunction Order entered by my ex which was intentionally done to sabotage my relationship with my child. I hired Mrs. King and she immediately started to work on my case that same day. I went to two hearing for my Injunction and I have to say she is very thorough in her preparation in getting all the facts of the case. She goes above and beyond of duty and does a lot of work behind the scene. Her litigation skills are impressive as she is very aggressive but with finesse. At the end of the hearing the Injunction was dismissed and the judge pretty much told my ex that she was a liar. Mrs. King is a lawyer that will represent your best interest. Mrs. King represented me with dignity, respect, and zealous at all times. She made me feel that everything was going to be ok. My family and I thank her very much and one day when my child is older I will make sure that my child thanks Mrs. Nellie. I also want to thanks Anne her assistant for always hearing me out!
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Posted by Brenda | October 15, 2012
Nellie King; Highly Qualified, Highly Recommended
My husband and I hired Nellie King to represent our son for his post-conviction release case five years ago. It's extremely difficult to be granted a post-conviction release, and it can take years to reach this goal. We are delighted beyond belief to be able to say that Nellie is the reason our son is home with us today. After serving 6 years in prison (the first 3 being pre-Nellie), he was released from an unjust sentence of 25 years, thanks to Nellie's expertise. She spent an enormous amount of time combing through his case, leaving no stone unturned. Because of her attention to detail, her impressive knowledge of the law, and her desire and drive to "right the wrong" that had been forced upon us by the system, our family is now reunited. Nellie accepted this challenge, represented our son fiercely in her trademark "pit bull" style and won a landmark case in our county. Top-notch, caring and highly respected are the qualities that come to mind when I think of Nellie King. Our family owes her a lifetime of gratitude. My only regret is that we didn't find her sooner.
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Posted by Wanda | October 3, 2012
I hired Nellie King for my son on a few different occasions. Ms. King is very knowledgeable in criminal law, she is hard working and caring. Ms. King truly cares about her clients and the out come of their cases. She is highly respected by the Attorneys she works with. Between her knowledge, hard work and respect she is able to get her clients the best possible out come on their cases. Ms. King’s legal assistance & staff are also knowledgeable, caring and returns calls promptly. I would recommend to anyone looking for a criminal attorney to use Ms. King. She will definitely help you and your case.
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Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Law Offices of Nellie L. King, P.A.
  • 2001 - Present


  • Mary Washington College
  • Bachelor of Arts
  • 1992
  • Nova Southeastern University - Shepard Broad Law Center
  • Juris Doctor
  • N/A


  • Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Past President
  • 2012 - Present
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Board Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • University of Mary Washington Regional Network
  • Network Chair - South and Central Florida
  • 2011 - Present
  • Criminal Justice Commission, Palm Beach County
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • Court Systems Task Force of the Palm Beach County Criminal Justice Commission
  • Chair
  • 2011 - Present
  • University of Mary Washington Alumni Board
  • Board Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Boys Town South Florida
  • Board of Directors
  • 2008 - Present
  • Palm Beach County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2000 - Present
  • Palm Beach Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • President
  • 2003 - 2004
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Distinguished Alumnus Award
  • University of Mary Wahsington
  • 2012
  • Winner - Martin Feinrider Moot Court Competition
  • Nova Southeastern University Law School
  • 1996


  • The Defender Magazine of the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Unique Legal Issues Facing the Deaf Defendant
  • N/A

Speaking Engagements

  • Palm Beach County Criminal Justice Academy
  • Criminal Justice Academy - Representing the Citizen Accused
  • 2012
  • Nova Southeastern University
  • State of Florida v. John Goodman
  • 2012
  • NACDL Statewide Criminal Justice Network Conference, San Francisco, CA
  • Graham on the Ground - Juvenile Justice Reform Measures
  • 2012
  • NACDL Midwinter Meeting, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
  • Beyond Registration: Collateral Consequences of a Sex Crimes Conviction
  • 2012
  • Leadership Palm Beach County Public Safety Day
  • Defending the Mentally Ill
  • 2010
  • Leadership Palm Beach County Public Safety Day
  • Criminal Justice Issues from the Perspective of the Criminally Accused
  • 2009
  • FACDL Sentencing Seminar - November 2009, Sandestin, FL
  • Alternative Sentencing Options
  • 2009
  • Leadership Palm Beach County Public Safety Day
  • Crisis in the Trenches - the Prison Industrial Complex
  • 2008
  • Florida Association of Licensed Investigators
  • Challenges Facing the Defense In Child Abuse Cases
  • 2003
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Attorney endorsements

Received (9)
Given (3)
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Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have known Nellie King since she worked in the Public Defender's office several years ago. Intelligent, well prepared, well versed in the law, a tenacious advocate, and someone who goes the extra mile for her clients, Nellie is everything that you would hope for in a criminal defense attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 26
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. Nellie and I worked at the Palm Beach Public Defenders Office. She is one of the most intelligent trial lawyers in Florida. She is a no-nonsense litigator and she is worthy of any client's trust."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have known Nellie for several years. I first met her as an Assistant Public Defender. Now, she has become one of the most well respected criminal defense lawyers in our community. She is a great lawyer, active with the bar associations and a wonderful mother. She deserves the tremendous respect that I have for her."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 03
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Nellie is an outstanding criminal defense attorney, whose clients benefit from her education, experience in handling all types of criminal cases as well as her passion for being an advocate for those she represents."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I enthusiastically endorse this lawyer. I first met Nellie years ago when I was a prosecutor. Back then, I was impressed by how competently, diligently and zealously she advocated her client's cause. Since then I have come to know her as a member of FACDL, for which she is past-president. Knowing Nellie in that capacity served to magnify my respect for her because of her strenuous efforts to improve the efficacy of champions for liberty throughout the great state of Florida and beyond. Choosing Nellie for a lawyer is a wise choice."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Nellie King is an outstanding lawyer, and a leader in the criminal defense community. She is a dedicated professional with whom I have had the pleasure to work over the past 15 years."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Having known Nellie King for more than a decade, and having referred numerous clients to her for representation in criminal matters, I highly recommend Nellie King."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Nellie is an excellent attorney, who seeks to insure justice is fair, and fairly meted out. She works behind the scenes really hard to get fair laws passed and fairer resolutions for everyone. I highly recommend her."
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