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Elton J. Gissendanner III

Criminal defense Attorney at Lake Placid, FL

5.0   6 reviews

also known as Buddy Gissendanner

  • Licensed for 30 years
    State FL
    Acquired 1994
    Member in Good Standing No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Elton

Learn Elton’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    I defend against all criminal charges including trafficking, sexual battery, racketeering, white collar and homicide.

    30 years, 600 cases

  2. DUI and DWI
    In addition to full representation, I have a self-help program for first time offenders. Call for details.

    30 years, 200 cases

  3. Violent crime

  4. White collar crime


Law Office of Elton J. Gissendanner, III
901 Hillcrest Ave
Lake Placid, FL, 33852


5.0 / 5.0
  6 customer reviews
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Posted by anonymous | August 31, 2015
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Consultation Availability
I needed a document reviewed. Mr. Gissendanner was able to arrange his time to see me that same day. His opinion was very valuable to me. I believe any one needing service would be happy to know we have an attorney of his caliber in our small town.
Posted by Linda | August 30, 2015
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
I have met with Buddy about several issues. He has a wide range of knowledge and experience that anyone needing his services would benefit from. Should I need his legal services I would not hesitate to call him.
Posted by Kay | August 28, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Buddy Gissendanner
We hired Buddy after paying another lawyer who did absolutely nothing over the course of a year to help my son. Buddy immediately had his warrant dropped (preventing him from going to jail) and set up a court date. He always kept us in the loop letting us know what was transpiring and why. At court the charges were settled by paying a fine. In the courtroom it was evident that Buddy is highly respected among his peers and the court staff. One word describes him ... Integrity. I highly recommend him!
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Posted by Casey | March 22, 2015
Fights Hard for Justice
I am a board certified criminal trial lawyer, a defense attorney, and former prosecutor who has worked on numerous cases in many felony and misdemeanor charges With Mr. Gissendanner. Buddy has been a fighter for justice in many cases that I have both watched and participated in as an attorney. His advocacy and compassion for his clients' situations are without parallel. Buddy Gissendanner will fight for you.
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Posted by Pete | March 17, 2015
My first choice.
Mr. Gissendanner is not only excellent in is field, he is also very thoughtful with respect towards all of his clients. Offers only the best advice and works diligently for you at all times.
Posted by anonymous | March 9, 2015
Lake County, FL
After an incident in Florida Mr. Gissendanner researched and handled my preliminary proceedings with little to no inconvenience or participation of me since I reside out-of-state. He was responsive, very informative, and honest & up-front of the potential outcome. As things progressed and due to certain circumstances he wasted no time to advise that an additional attorney needed to be brought into the case and was very honest as to reasoning. He sought additional counsel and handled with utmost professionalism and clarity bringing him up to speed with the case. His diligence and attention to detail was instrumental in a very desirable outcome to my case, which could have easily been very costly and career ending.
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  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 8.8 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Senior Attorney
  • Florida Attorney General's Office
  • 1997 - 1999
  • Lead Trial Attorney
  • State Attorney's Office
  • 1994 - 1997


  • Stetson University College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1993
  • University of South Florida
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1981

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Foreman v. State
  • Reversed


  • Highlands County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • President of Highlands Chapter
  • 2016 - Present
  • Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Highlands County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • US Northern District of Florida
  • Admitted to Practice
  • 2012 - Present
  • Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Admitted to Practice
  • 2001 - Present
  • US Middle District of Florida
  • Admitted to Practice
  • 1994 - Present
  • Tampa Crossroads, Inc.
  • President
  • 2005 - 2007
  • Middle District of Florida
  • CJA Attorney
  • 2001 - 2008
  • Guardian Ad Litem Guild, Inc.
  • Board Member
  • 2000 - 2001
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Eagle Scout
  • Boy Scouts of America
  • 1973

Attorney endorsements

Received (6)
Given (4)
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Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Buddy understands Florida's criminal justice system inside and out. He has served the State of Florida in Assistant State Attorney and Public Defender roles, and he worked for the Office of the Attorney General prosecuting economic crimes. He is honest, direct, courteous, and a hard worker. Buddy is an outstanding criminal defense attorney, and Highlands County is lucky to have him serving clients here."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 15
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Mr. Gissendanner is a seasoned veteran and top notch defense attorney. I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Buddy is a great attorney. He works very hard for his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Buddy is a vey competent criminal defense lawye,r and has extensive experience in many courts."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have practiced with Buddy for over 20 years, first as a fellow prosecutor and later as a fellow criminal defense attorney. I have known him to be a very thorough and conscientious practitioner."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 01
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have tried cases with Mr. Gissendanner on a felony trial level. I have seen him win on an appeals level. I have opposed him during his career as a Prosecutor. I can assure you that in every role, he is of the highest caliber and therefore I strongly endorse Mr. Gissendanner."
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Lake Placid Criminal defense Lawyer Elton J. Gissendanner III
Elton J. Gissendanner III
Criminal defense Attorney
Lake Placid, FL
Licensed for 30 years
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