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Kenneth Michael Poole Jr.

Criminal defense Attorney at Sarasota, FL

3.0   6 reviews

also known as Kenneth M. Poole Jr.

  • Licensed for 18 years
    State FL
    Acquired 2006
    Status
    Member in Good Standing No misconduct found

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About Kenneth

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Ken Poole devotes his practice to the areas of family and criminal law. He assists clients in a wide variety of marital and domestic related issues including: divorce, child custody, child support, alimony, paternity, domestic violence injunctions, post-judgment enforcement and modification issues. His practice also handles the criminal defense cases for the firm, ranging from traffic tickets to felony charges. Mr. Poole is a member of the Florida Bar and is licensed to practice before all Florida State Courts. 

 

Mr. Poole attended the University of Florida where he graduated Cum Laude in 2001 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Environmental Science with minors in Agricultural Law and Natural Resource Ethics and Policy. Also at the University of Florida, he earned a Master of Science degree in Management in 2003 and his Juris Doctorate in 2005. Mr. Poole earned the 2005 book award for Trial Practice for his efforts and superior performance in trial. While in Law School, Mr. Poole gained valuable experience while working with the City of Gainesville Office of the City Attorney and the Law Offices of Dora Kerner. While participating in the Levin College of Law Criminal Clinic with the Office of the State Attorney for the 8th Judicial Circuit, he worked with the Juvenile Division where he was able to begin honing his courtroom skills as he assisted prosecutors with their cases in and out of court.

 

After law school, Mr. Poole served as an Assistant State Attorney in the 12th Judicial Circuit. Mr. Poole prosecuted cases in the felony, misdemeanor and juvenile divisions, successfully litigating motions and trials for the State of Florida. Mr. Poole then entered private practice successfully defending a wide range of cases from DUI and traffic offenses to property and drug crimes. Mr. Poole has also tried and successfully litigated numerous hearings and trials in domestic relations cases. His litigation experience provides a well rounded perspective in the negotiations, motions, trials and hearings he conducts for his clients today.

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Location

Syprett, Meshad, Resnick, Lieb, Dumbaugh, Jones, Krotec & Westheimer, P.A.
1900 Ringling Blvd.
Sarasota, FL, 34236

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Posted by Gregg | October 28, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
A Steady Ship and Wise Counsel - Keen Attention to Details
I retained Kenneth M. Poole, Jr. as my attorney in June 2011. Ken was steadfast in his representation of me in long-drawn-out, post-divorce litigation that concluded in June 2019. Ken never once let me down in his knowledge of my case and its myriad of details. He was quick to produce documents when they were necessary, and I was often in awe at how he made the complex simple. Ken was a steady ship and wise counsel. I highly recommend.
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Posted by Gregory | August 20, 2013
Honest and superb lawyer
I highly recommend Ken Poole to anyone considering hiring him. Having just finished a grueling twenty-month-long alimony modification that finished positively for me due largely to Ken's expertise, I can say that he was the best lawyer for my case. His knowledge of the law, his performance in the courtroom, and his dedication to my cause resulted in an outcome that exceeded my expectations. He worked diligently to ensure that I was fully involved in the process and that I was kept apprised of developments. When my opponent's lawyer engaged in questionable behavior, Ken insisted that we resist being drawn in and stick to the high road. Throughout an arduous case involving many ridiculous actions on the part of our opponents, Ken remained level-headed and helped to guide us to our goal of bringing the alimony to a reasonable level. Furthermore, Ken's demeanor makes him easy to work with; he's patient, he was open to my ideas on strategy, and he was highly responsive to my concerns and questions throughout this long process. His integrity is incredibly high, and he proved to me that I can absolutely trust him. My experience with lawyers has been very different from this throughout the years; I was incredibly pleased to have Ken show me otherwise.
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Posted by S. Grey | August 8, 2013
He made a difference
My character assessment on Kenneth Poole is as follows: 1. He's sincere, very ethical, grounded and not pretentious 2. He's sharp, intelligent and thorough 3. He responded to my calls and emails right away 4. He's straight forward and addressed every issue I needed answered clearly and concisely 5. Most importantly, he made me feel as though helping me win my case was more important to him than getting paid. When looking to hire an attorney, I strongly suggest you select a few of them and call them for an interview. The initial consultation fees paid for these interviews will be well worth it if you come across someone like Kenneth Poole. He made a real difference and a huge impact in my life. I won't bore you with the details of my battle against a rich ex-husband who felt he was above the law and didn't have to pay what was declared in the divorce settlement. After wasting 3 months and 2500 dollars my horrible attorney told me I should try a collection agency because there was nothing she could do for me. Kenneth Poole turned all that around and collected all the past alimony and secured my future alimony as well. His deposition of my ex-husband on why he couldn't make the alimony payments was a masterpiece! Every lie he told was turned against him and in the end, he had to pay what was due and pay for my attorney fees. I wish most lawyers were like Ken, but sadly that's not the case. So I write this review hoping it will assist anyone searching for an attorney who will make a difference. Kenneth Poole made that difference for me and I will be forever grateful for his brilliant legal mind, his honesty, integrity and his kind reassurances in helping me get through and resolve a very frustrating legal battle.
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Posted by anonymous | April 9, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
So unprofessional
I hired Mr. Poole while I was getting divorce. I hired him because he belongs to a big firm, but that was it. I never heard before of him. What a terrible mistake!....After we spoke a couple of times, he told me that my case was too difficult and he prefer not to work with me. So I asked him if I could get the $2000 back that I gave him as a retainer fee, and of course he said no. I hired a second attorney. Yes, my case was difficult because my ex husband run away with my children, but this second attorney got me a mediation in just 3 days and got my children back. Do not hire Mr. Poole. You will lose your money.
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Posted by anonymous | February 22, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Beware
This attorney does very minimal work. I was asked to retain him by a partner in his firm and from day one I didnt have a good feeling but given the partner that asked me to retain him, I did. I have pretty much had to beg for proper legal information since that time. He filed some paperwork that anyone could have filed, sent some emails, allowed the other party in my case to threaten him in to bringing such a simple case to a halt and then decided he wanted to remove himself from my case. Beware.............. You get what you pay for.
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Posted by anonymous | June 18, 2013
Beware!
This attorney is associated with a well-known firm and was a former prosecutor. Throughout the entire legal process I consistently had to ask for information, felt as though he was handling my case as if he was the prosecutor and the end result was a disaster. He is knowledgeable but I felt as though he was only doing what he absolutely had to and nothing more. Many times there were questions as to why things weren't being done or being challenged and on more than one occasion I was told to keep quiet. I am very disappointed in this attorney and his firm as well and would certainly not recommend him for any family matters that you may have.
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Cost

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  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Syprett, Meshad, Resnick, Lieb, Dumbaugh, Jones, Krotec & Westheimer, P.A.
  • 2009 - Present
  • Partner
  • Syprett Meshad
  • 1900 - Present
  • Attorney-Associate
  • Finebloom & Haenel, P.A.
  • 2007 - 2009
  • Assistant State Attorney
  • Office of the State Attorney, 12th Judicial Circuit
  • 2005 - 2007
  • Certified Legal Intern
  • Office of the State Attorney, 8th Judicial Circuit
  • 2005 - 2005
  • Legal Intern
  • City of Gainesville, Office of the City Attorney
  • 2004 - 2004
  • Law Clerk
  • Law Offices of Dora Kerner
  • 2003 - 2005
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Education

  • University of Florida, Fredric G. Levin College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2005
  • University of Florida
  • MS - Masters
  • 2003
  • University of Florida
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2001
  • University of Florida
  • BS
  • 2001
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Sample of Legal Cases

  • State v CT
  • Case dismissed
  • State v A.K.
  • All Charges Dropped
  • State v L.M.
  • All Charges Dropped
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Associations

  • Family Court Professionals Collaborative
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • Florida Bar, Family Law Section
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • Florida Bar, Criminal Law Section
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • Sarasota County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • Florida Bar
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • Florida Bar, Young Lawyers Division
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • Next Generation Divorce
  • Member
  • 2014 - 2015
  • American Inns of Court-John M. Scheb
  • Barrister
  • 2014 - 2017
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • AV Preeminent Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell®
  • 2019
  • The Under 40 Top 10
  • National Academy Of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2017
  • 10 Best for Client Satisfaction
  • American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys
  • 2016
  • Top 100 Lawyers
  • The National Trial Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Top 40 Under 40
  • The National Trial Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Completion of Intensive Collaborative DivorceTraining
  • Collborative Law Training Associates, Inc.
  • 2014
  • Book Award- Trial Practice
  • University of Florida Levin College of Law
  • 2004
  • Cum Laude
  • University of Florida
  • 2001
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Publications

Speaking Engagements

  • Yacht Rodders Club
  • Driving and Boating Under the Influence
  • 2016
  • Law Week-Lakeview Elementary School
  • The Anatomy of a Trial
  • 2016
  • Law Week
  • The Magna Carta
  • 2015
  • Law Week
  • The Florida Court System
  • 2014
  • Sarasota Housing Authority's Resident Services Training Program
  • Sealing and Expunction of Criminal Records
  • 2013
  • Law Week
  • Florida Criminal Law
  • 2013
  • Basic Basics 2013
  • Basic Criminal Law
  • 2013
  • Sarasota Housing Authority's Resident Training Program
  • Sealing and Expunction of Criminal Records
  • 2012
  • DUI in Florida presentation to membership
  • DUI in Florida
  • 2012
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Attorney endorsements

Received (6)
Given (6)
Endorse Kenneth
Unknown Attorney | Apr 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Top-notch attorney. Highly respected in the legal community."
Family Attorney | Aug 15
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Ken is a superb attorney who is diligent in his representation of his clients. I have opposed him on several cases and have been so impressed with how he handles himself in and out of the courtroom that I started referring him clients when I am unable to represent them for their desired legal matter"
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I would thoroughly endorse Ken Poole. I have seen Ken in action both when he was at the State Attorney’s Office and when he is representing clients in the private sector. Whether he is advocating for a person accused of a crime or protecting the rights and assets of someone going through a divorce, Ken is an exceptional attorney and someone I definitely trust."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 03
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer's work. Being a former prosecutor Ken knows how to disect the prosecution's case and look for weaknesses. Having prosecuted both felonies and misdemeanors Ken now uses that experience for his clients. Ken is constantly researching case law to use on his clients behalf. Ken is a great choice if you are looking for a lawyer to zealously represent you on anthing from a DUI to a drug charge."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 27
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer's work. I used to battle Ken in the courtroom when he was a Misdemeanor then Felony Prosecutor in Sarasota and Manatee. He is a great lawyer. His ability in the courtroom and preparedness was what impressed me the most. When we were looking to hire a lawyer he was the first name that came to mind. Since he has joined Finebloom & Haenel we have been so impressed by him. He is a hard worker and is always trying to educate himself on the law. I highly recommend Ken."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I've worked alongside Ken both at the State Attorney's office and at his current firm. In my time working with him I am consistently impressed by his general knowledge of the law ability to obtain excellent results for his clients. Ken is an excellent attorney and his clients are very lucky to have him."
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