David Veenstra started his legal career in Tampa, where he has worked on a variety of civil litigation at the trial and appellate level, including foreclosure defense, bankruptcy, contract, and landlord/tenant disputes. Today, he focuses on marital and family law and other civil litigation.
He attended the Stetson University College of Law and graduated in the top half of his class. As a student he served as a Research Assistant for Family Law and in Trial Advocacy. He also achieved IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance/Tax Counseling for the Elderly Advanced Certification and served as a local site supervisor in the VITA program.
While a student Mr. Veenstra was inducted into the Phi Delta Phi International Legal Honor Society, was awarded the Fred G. Minnis Sr. Bar Association Diversity Scholarship, and received the William F. Blews Pro Bono Service Award.
Prior to becoming an attorney, he served in the United States Air Force and attained the rank of Senior Master Sergeant. During his career he was assigned to nine separate locations, including four overseas tours (in the Pacific, the Far East, Southwest Asia and in Europe). A combat veteran, SMSgt Veenstra deployed overseas to participate in both Operation DESERT STORM and Operation IRAQI FREEDOM, including leading troops while under fire in Iraq. He was also responsible for installation security at Andrews Air Force Base, home of Air Force One, and traveled with Air Force One outside the United States. Additionally, he traveled extensively for the Air Force on other missions, serving in 35 separate countries on every populated continent on earth.
An Honor Graduate of the Air Force Law Enforcement Academy, SMSgt Veenstra served his entire career in the military police. As an Airman he received the following awards and decorations: Air Force Meritorious Service Medal (4), Air Force Commendation Medal (7), Air Force Achievement Medal (7), Army Achievement Medal (1), Southwest Asia Service Medal with 2 Bronze Star Devices, Air Force Good Conduct Medal (6), National Defense Service Medal (2), Southwest Asia Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Korean Defense Service Medal, Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, Navy Expert Rifle Medal, Coast Guard Expert Rifle Medal, Navy Expert Pistol Shot Medal, Coast Guard Expert Pistol Medal, Kuwait Liberation Medal Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and the Kuwait Liberation Medal Government of Kuwait.
Mr. Veenstra was born and raised here in the Tampa Bay area, and graduated from H.B. Plant High School before matriculating at the University of South Florida. He is an Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts of America. He has been married to Diane Veenstra since 1984. Mrs. Veenstra is an elementary school classroom teacher who specializes in math and science. They have a passion for life, a love of children, and a great appreciation for family and friends.
The Veenstra’s son, David Jr., is also an Eagle Scout.
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|FL||Member in Good Standing||2010||10/02/2016|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Exceptional Pro Bono Service Lapel Pin, 2011||Supreme Court of Florida||2012|
|Best Pupilage Group 2011-2012||Family Law Inn of Court, Tampa||2012|
|William F. Blews Pro Bono Service Award||Stetson University College of Law||2010|
|Diversity Scholarship||Fred G. Minnis, Sr., Bar Association||2009|
|Associate Attorney||Hunter Law, P.A.||2012 - Present|
|Associate Attorney||The Thorpe Law Firm, P.A.||2010 - 2012|
|Research Assistant||Stetson University College of Law||2008 - 2010|
|Senior Master Sergeant||U.S. Air Force||1984 - 2007|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Stetson Veterans Law Institute - Pro Bono Service Initiative||Attorney Member||2015 - Present|
|HCBA Military and Veterans Affairs Committee||Attorney Member||2014 - Present|
|Florida Bar, Military Affairs Committee||Attorney Member||2013 - Present|
|Family Law American Inn of Court of Tampa||Attorney Member||2011 - Present|
|American Bar Association||Attorney Member||2010 - Present|
|Florida Supreme Court, Judicial Management Council||Attorney Member||2010 - Present|
|United States Tax Court||Attorney Member||2010 - Present|
|United States District Court Middle District of Florida||Attorney Member||2010 - Present|
|United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit||Attorney Member||2010 - Present|
|Hillsborough County Bar Association||Attorney Member||2010 - Present|
|Florida Bar, Family Law Section||Attorney Member||2010 - Present|
|FBI National Academy Associates||Graduate Member||2001 - Present|
|Professional Association of Diving Instructors||Master Instructor||1987 - Present|
|St. Petersburg Bar Association||Attorney Member||2010 - 2014|
|Clearwater Bar Association||Attorney Member||2010 - 2014|
|B----- v. B-----||Child support awarded|
|P---- v. P-----||Opposing party's alimony request denied, equitable distribution of marital property, and shared parental responsibilities & timesharing awarded to both sides|
|T----- v. T-----||Judgment of dissolution of marriage following trial, denying alimony for opposing party|
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|Avvo.com||An Introduction to Termination of Parental Rights in Florida||2012|
|Stetson University College of Law||Doctor of Jurisprudence/Juris Doctor||JD - Juris Doctor||2010|
|University of Central Florida||Criminal Justice||MS - Master of Science||1998|
|University of South Florida||Criminology||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1996|
|First Sergeant's Council Meeting||Family Law in Florida||2015|
|Chief's Group Meeting||Family Law in Florida||2015|
|Operation: REVEILLE, Ending Homelessness for All Veterans||Military & Veterans Issues||2014|
|Annual Meeting||Statutory Review Subcommittee Report||2014|
|Family Law American Inn of Court of Tampa Monthly Meeting||Professionalism & Civility||2013|
|Family Law American Inn of Court of Tampa Monthly Meeting||Attorneys Fees||2013|
|MacDill Chief's Group Luncheon||Family Law in Florida||2012|
|First Sergeants Annual Training||Family Law in Florida||2012|
|First Sergeant's Council Meeting||Family Law in Florida||2012|
|First Sergeant's Council Meeting||Family Law in Florida||2011|