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When someone is accused or charged, regardless of whether it is a DUI, child abuse, sexual assault, drug possession, theft, or homicide, no one possesses more motivation than Mr. Finebloom in zealously protecting his client's rights under the law and seeing to it that they are afforded a fair trial. He combines his trial experience with a personal commitment to his clients in order to offer competent representation in a supportive, hands-on environment.


Defending individuals charged with a crime is in my blood.  When I started my career as a Public Defender in Sarasota County, I fought for each one of my clients working hard to protect their Constitutional Rights, regardless of the outcome.  As a partner in my firm with David Haenel, I have the opportunity to provide each of my clients with personal representation combined with the same tenacious attitude that I had as a Public Defender, but with many more resources.   I continue to use everything I have learned in the past years to the benefit of my clients and strive to achieve the best result in each and every case.


I have tried over 60 cases to juries throughout the State of Florida including Sarasota, Manatee, Hillsborough and Orange counties.  If you need someone with experience trying cases I am up for the job. 


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Practice areas


  1. DUI & DWI: 40%
  2. Criminal Defense: 35%
  3. Personal Injury: 15%
  4. Violent Crime: 10%



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  • Michael L Dear

    I tried several cases and argued countless motions against Darren during my time as a prosecutor. Darren works tirelessly for his clients and argues passionately for their cause. Darren is a leader in the DUI/criminal defense community.


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Contact info

The Law Place

3426 West Kennedy Boulevard
Tampa, FL, 33609

The Law Place

3900 North Orange Ave. #2300
Orlando, FL, 32801

The Law Place

4500 140th Ave. North Suite 219
Clearwater, FL, 33762



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We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
AV Preeminent 4.7 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2015
Rising StarSuperLawyers2013
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers Association2013
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers2013
Top Attorneys - Florida Outstanding Young LawyersAmerican Registry2012
Rising StarSuperlawyers2012
Rising StarSuperlawyers2011
PresidentSarasota County Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys2011
Super Lawyers Rising StarSuper Lawyers2010
Sponsor of the Diversity Scholarship Award RecipientSarasota Coutny Bar Association2010
AV RATED PREEMINENTMartindale-Hubbell2010
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2009
Sponsor of the Diversity Scholarship ProgramSarasota County Bar Association2009
Cum LaudeCleveland Marshall College of Law2001
Book Award Recipient Disability LawFlorida State University2001
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerThe Law Place2015 - Present
PartnerFinebloom and Haenel, P.A.2004 - 2015
AssociateLaw Offices of Michael Moran2002 - 2004
Public DefenderOffice of the Public Defender Sarasota County2000 - 2002
Certified Legal InternOffice of the Public Defender Leon County2000 - 2000
ClerkLaw Offices of Michael Goldberg1998 - 1999
Association namePosition nameDuration
National College of DUI DefenseMember2009 - Present
DUI.COM - Present
Drunk Driving DefenseAttorney2007 - Present
800DUILAWSMember2006 - Present
United States Supreme Court BarMember2005 - Present
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember2003 - Present
United States District Court Southern District of FloridaMember2002 - Present
Sarasota Association of Criminal Defense Lawyersmember2002 - Present
Florida Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember2002 - Present
United States District Court for the Northerm District of FloridaMember2002 - Present
Sarasota County Bar AssociationMember2001 - Present
Florida Bar AssociationMember2000 - Present
Sarasota Chamber of CommerceMember2008 - 2010
Judge John M. Scheb American Inn of CourtMember2000 - 2002
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
2008 CT 019307 NCNot Guilty JUry Trial
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Florida State University College of LawLawVisiting Student2002
Cleveland State University - Cleveland-Marshall College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2000
Florida State UniversityCriminologyN/A1996
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Florida Adjudication Lab Judges ConferenceDUI Adjudication Lab2012
DUI Adjudication LabCommon DMV Issues: Agency and Defense Perspectives2011
Florida County Court Judges/INSTRUCTORDUI Adjudication Lab2010
DUI Training for Florida Department of Environmental Protection OfficersDUI and TRAFFIC LAW2010
Legal Brand Marketing SeminarMarketing Seminar2008
The Florida Breath Testing Conference for Law EnforcementLecture2004
Sarasota County Teen Court JudgeTrial Judge for Teen Court cases2004