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We dedicate our practice to fighting for our clients.  We never forget that it is our client's interests that are paramount.  Whether we are fighting a serious criminal case or a wrongful death case n behalf of a grieving family, our firm and our investigators work tirelessly for our clients.


Languages spoken: Spanish

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Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 35%
    14 years, 2 thousand cases
  2. Personal Injury: 25%
    9 years, 300 cases
  3. White Collar Crime: 10%
  4. Wrongful Death: 10%
  5. Other: 20%
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Contingent (33-40%), Fixed (sometimes)

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  • Christopher Michael Klemawesch

    I endorse this lawyer. Very intelligent, experienced and personable. Excellent ability to analyze case issues.


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  • Tracee Lynne Ivins

    I have known Mr. Whittel for over 2 years and I know that his clients are of the utmost importance to him.


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Contact info

Whittel & Melton

3700 Airport Road, Suite 300
Boca Raton, FL, 33431

Whittel & Melton

118 SW Fort King Street
Ocala, FL, 34471

Whittel & Melton

2627 NW 43rd Street Suite 201
Gainesville, FL, 32605

Whittel & Melton

P.O. Box 10035
Brooksville, FL, 34603



NYCurrently registered 201103/07/2016
FLMember in Good Standing200106/21/2016
GAActive Member in Good Standing 200107/15/2016
DCInactive 200407/06/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Legal EliteFlorida Trend Magazine2013
Trial Advocacy SeminarAcademy of Florida Trial Lawyers2006
Appointment Lieutenant Commander USNRUnited States Navy2004
Order of CoifUniversity of Florida Law School2000
Senior EditorFlorida Law Review1998
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PresidentWhittel & Melton, LLC2004 - Present
ProsecutorState Attorney's Office2002 - 2003
AttorneyKing & Spalding2001 - 2002
Navigation OfficerUnited States Merchant Marine1995 - 1997
Naval ReserveUnited States Navy1995 - 2008
Association namePosition nameDuration
United States District Court for the Southern District of FloridaMember2011 - Present
United States District Court for the Middle District of FloridaMember2011 - Present
United States District Court for the Northern District of FloridaMember2011 - Present
Hernando County Bar AssociationMember2007 - Present
American Inns of CourtBarrister2006 - Present
Florida Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember2004 - Present
Association of Trial Lawyers of AmericaMember2004 - Present
South Eastern Admiralty Law AssociationMember2004 - Present
Academy of Florida Trial LawyersBoard of Directors2001 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Hernando County, Florida - Aggravated Battery with Great Bodily HarmNOT GUILTY AT TRIAL
Aggravated Child AbuseReduced sentence probation
Attempted MurderAll murder charges were dismissed and client was released from jail with a misdemeanor charge.
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Publication nameTitleDate
Florida Law ReviewSenior Editor2000
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Cambridge UniversityInternational LawOther - Masters2004
University of Florida, Fredric G. Levin College of LawTrial LawJD/MBA - Juris Doctorate and MBA2000
United States Merchant Marine AcademyMarine TransportationBS - Bachelor of Science1995
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
United States CongressCongressional Nominee2004