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David Robert Ristoff

Personal injury Attorney at Clearwater, FL

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Licensed for 41 years
State FL
Status Member in Good Standing
Acquired 1983
Updated 02/23/2023
State OH
Status Active
Acquired 1981
Updated 02/08/2023

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David Robert Ristoff
28050 US Hwy 19 N
Suite 208
Clearwater, FL, 33761


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Posted by Jeff | November 12, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Top-Notch Attorney
David is top-notch. He was always quick to reply to emails and kept me up to date on my case. David also made himself available via telephone. I strongly recommend that anyone seeking legal counsel consider David Ristoff.
Posted by anonymous | July 1, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent Attorney
I hired Mr. Ristoff to represent me in a bar complaint that was filed against me. He did an amazing job. He comes highly recommended. He is amazing lawyer and, in my opinion, the best Florida bar licensure defense attorney in the State of Florida.
Posted by Deena R Soliman | July 16, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Amazing attorney
I hired Mr. Ristoff for my Florida board of bar examiners formal hearing. I was very pleased with the results. Mr. Ristoff is very efficient and effective and his fee was very reasonable. His office staff was also amazing. I would recommend Mr. Ristoff to anyone and I would hire him again. Thank you so much Mr. Ristoff!
Posted by Michael | September 19, 2011
Great Lawyer
Davis Ristoff is an experienced attorney. He helped me out a lot. Highly recommend.
Posted by David and Viora | July 26, 2011
Nothing but the best
We have used David Ristoff on a number of occasions to assist us in handling our estate planning. What an incredible man. Professional and honest, he gave us wise counsel that enabled us to set up protections for the most important people in our lives - our children. His humble approach to his clients belays his vast knowledge and expertise. We are very pleased with every interaction we have had and have recommended him to all our family and friends.
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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Williams, Ristoff, and Proper PLC
  • 2000 - Present
  • Chief Counsel for the Tampa office of The Florida Bar
  • The Florida Bar
  • 1984 - 2000
  • Assistant State Attorney
  • Office of the State Attorney for 10th Circuit
  • 1983 - 1984
  • Prosecutor
  • Akron Prosecutor's Office
  • 1981 - 1983
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  • University of Akron School of Law
  • Juris Doctorate
  • 1981
  • University of Akron
  • Bachelor of Arts
  • 1978

Legal Cases

  • The Florida Bar v. F. Lee Bailey
  • Bailey disbarred by The Supreme Court of Florida


  • St. Petersburg Bar Association
  • member
  • N/A
  • West Pasco Bar Association
  • President-Elect
  • N/A
  • Florida Academy of Justice
  • member
  • N/A
  • Clearwater Bar Association - Civil Practice Committee
  • Chair
  • 2003 - 2004
  • Florida Bar, Professional Ethics Committee
  • Member
  • 2003 - 2004
  • Florida Bar - Tampa Regional Office
  • Chief Counsel
  • 1987 - 2000
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Top 10 Attorney Award
  • National Academy Of Personal Injury Attorneys
  • 2015
  • AV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2014
  • Million Dollar Advocate
  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • 2011

Speaking Engagements

  • Barry Law School
  • Professional Responsibility/Ethics
  • 2019
  • AILA Practice and Professionalism
  • Drafting ethical and profitable representation agreements
  • 2018
  • Barry Law School
  • Professional Responsibility/Ethics
  • 2018
  • Law Office Management Workshop
  • Ethics
  • 2018
  • Professional Responsibility Class
  • Florida Bar Grievances and appearances before the Florida Board of Bar Examiners
  • 2017
  • Professional Ethics Course
  • Board of Bar Examiner topics
  • 2014
  • Grievance and Board of Bar Examiners
  • Professional Responsibility
  • 2014
  • Professionalism Ethics and Bar Admissions
  • Barry Law School
  • 2013
  • Mock Grievance Trial
  • Professional Responsibility
  • 2013
  • Representing the Physician 2012
  • Ethics
  • 2012
  • Barry Law School Professional Ethics
  • Representation before the Florida Board Bar Examiners
  • 2012
  • Barry Law School
  • Professional Responsibility and Ethics
  • 2010
  • Distinguished Speaker Series
  • Ethics
  • 2010
  • City, County, Government Certification Seminar
  • Ethics
  • 2009
  • City, County, and State Certification Seminar
  • Ethics
  • 2008
  • Barry Law School
  • Professional Responsibility Class
  • 2008
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Attorney endorsements

Received (7)
Given (7)
Endorse David
Unknown Attorney | Apr 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Great attorney with great experience and very kind and professional."
Medical malpractice Attorney | Apr 06
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I trust David; he treats his colleagues and clients with integrity and respect. I have known David to treat every matter with sensitivity and a legal insight that only comes from his decades of experience. David is the quintessential professional, and he is a fierce advocate who continues to succeed on the back of his favorable results."
Ethics and professional responsibility Attorney | Mar 03
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Attorney Ristoff is a hard-working, honest and down to earth attorney. He is a seasoned attorney with vast knowledge and wisdom that will benefit the client beyond what would be expected. Besides the attention to detail he takes, the strategies he formulates, and the level of commitment he makes - Attorney Ristoff connects with his clients on a level that they feel confident and comfortable with him at their side. Highly recommended!"
Personal injury Attorney | Sep 16
Relationship: Co-worker
"I am truly lucky to have David as a mentor and colleague as I begin my career as an associate as his firm. David is a hard-working and exceptionally intelligent attorney who always pays attention to his clients' needs and provides them with the best representation possible. His knowledge and skill far surpass many others in the industry. David maintains himself in a professional and ethical manner at all times and is a true asset to the legal profession."
Medical malpractice Attorney | Aug 05
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Exceptional medical malpractice lawyer who maintains the highest degree of professionalism."
Personal injury Attorney | Jun 15
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"David Ristoff is an experienced and compassionate lawyer who gets results. He is my "go-to" lawyer when it comes to all matters of personal injury work and professional defense. I strongly endorse him."
Ethics and professional responsibility Attorney | Dec 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"David is well-respected as an experienced Bar defense and admissions attorney among his peers whose knowledge of ethics is commendable. David is accessible, with excellent communication. He has often promptly replied to both procedural and substantive questions, and his professionalism is exceptional."
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Clearwater Personal injury Lawyer David Robert Ristoff
David Robert Ristoff
Personal injury Attorney
Clearwater, FL
Licensed for 41 years
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