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Drew Robert Solnoki

Criminal defense Attorney at Sarasota, FL

5.0   11 reviews
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  • Licensed for 20 years
    State FL
    Acquired 2003
    Member in Good Standing No misconduct found

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        I am an Attorney at The Byrd Law Firm where I practice Criminal Defense and Family Law.  I was born and raised on Long Island in New York and came to Florida to pursue a college degree at Stetson University.


While studying at Stetson I became intrigued with law, so after I graduated I pursued a law degree at Nova Southeastern University Law School.   At law school I interned at the Broward County State Attorney’s office, and it was there that I realized the injustices and indignities that are suffered by people accused of committing crimes. 


After graduating from Law School I worked for over 3 years at the Public Defenders’ Office in Sarasota, where I defended well over a 1000 individuals accused of crimes. I tried many cases including some of the most serious felonies.  


In 2008, I started working at the Byrd Law Firm, where I now practice Criminal  Defense and Family law in Sarasota and Manatee County.  I defend all types of criminal case with a large focus on DUIs and Juvenile crimes.  


In 2009 I became one of the first attorneys in Sarasota and Manatee Counties to receive a Certificate of Achievement for completing the Breath Test Operator Course which is required of all licensed Breath Test Operators in the State of Florida.  I have also volunteered as a Judge for Teen Court of Sarasota, a diversion program aimed at helping juveniles with their self-esteem, motivation, and self improvement, and in turn prevent any future criminal behavior. 


In my family law practice, I focus on all divorce related matters, including but not limited to, child support, alimony, timesharing, equitable distribution and attorney's fees, as well as paternity issues, and Injunctions involving violence.  


I aggressively represent all my clients and diligently protect their best interest. 


If you would like to speak about your legal matter, please give me a call at.


Client's Choice 2013
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The Byrd Law Firm
2151 Main St Ste 201
Sarasota, FL, 342376005


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  11 customer reviews
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Client's Choice 2013
Client's Choice
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Posted by Seth | March 13, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Hiring Drew Was a Clutch Decision
Drew listened with empathy and alleviated some of the stress involved in my case. I bombarded him with questions via email and phone calls. He assured me that he was happy to provide answers, regardless of how ignorant of the process I was. Nothing but positives came from hiring Drew for my case. He and his firm were recommended to me with great authority. I am happy to make the same recommendation for anyone considering him now.
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Posted by Christy | September 20, 2022
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Heartfelt Service
I retained Drew to resolve what seemed like a never-ending family law case. Drew and his team were very responsive and respective of my situation and my child's well-being. I felt like I was heard, and my case was resolved fairly and in a reasonable amount of time. Thank you all.
Posted by Gabe | April 16, 2013
Drew went above and beyond in representing me in my case. He was very professional and knowledgeable. I have never been arrested before and I was very worried about the legal repercussions. Drew took charge of everything and made me feel at ease the entire time. No question of mine was to small. I was always informed and updated promptly. I would definitely recommend Drew Solnoki to anyone.
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Posted by Chris | February 17, 2013
awsome lawyer
I used him and he did a great job...great job.
Posted by Adrienne | February 11, 2013
Very Happy With Drew Solnoki
There is nothing negative I could say about Drew. He was straight forward. He definitely made me feel comfort in a dark time. He let me know everything that was going to happen and then followed through on his word. I would recommend him as an attorney.
Posted by anonymous | February 11, 2013
Very pleased with Mr. Solnoki
Mr. Solnoki was very supportive and helpful from the very beginning. At age 70, I was facing my very first arraignment on a trespassing charge, made by my neighbor to prevent me from reporting illegal and potentially dangerous construction activity. Mr. Solnoki interceded on my behalf and guided me through a very difficult time to a successful conclusion.
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Posted by Jeffrey | February 11, 2013
Excellent Lawyer
I recommend Drew Solnoki, from the beginning he returned my call right away, he kept me informed on my case in the months before my court date. Did a excellent job in court.
Posted by Jim | February 8, 2013
Home Field Advantage
In my case, my attorney and I concluded that we needed someone local, who could provide a "home field advantage", Drew was our man. Everything turned out well and I am glad we worked together. I give him my highest recommendation.
Posted by Beau H. Burton | January 13, 2013
Drew is an awesome lawyer!
Drew Solnoki helped me with my DUI case in Sarasota, Florida 2011. I found him to be extremely professional and helpful as well as very caring through the whole ordeal. When we went to trial Drew was very eloquent in my defense and argued the facts of my case clearly and precisely. The jury took less than five minutes to find me not guilty. I felt very secure and confident with Drew through the entire ordeal. I would highly recommend him to anyone that needs a good lawyer.
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Posted by anonymous | December 5, 2012
Criminal Defence
Three of Drew's best attributes? responsive, aggressive and forward thinking. He has a unique ability to simplify the complected process. Drew is in a different league to other Lawyers used in the past. His value to $ is unquestioned. Thank you Drew for everything that you did for me. I would truly advise anyone looking for a Defense Lawyer to contact Drew. Very hard working with a great local reputation.
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Posted by Kyle | October 28, 2011
Denied BP Claim
I personally tried to deal with BP (Britsh Petroleum) on receiving compensation for lost wages. I was denied several times and thats when I sought out for help. A friend referred me to Drew Solnoki because of his knowledge in the legal field. Drew was able to make my claim accepted and exceeded the compensation I requested.
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • The Byrd Law Firm
  • 2008 - Present
  • Assistant Public Defender
  • 12th Judicial Circuit Public Defender Office
  • 2003 - 2007


  • Nova Southeastern University - Shepard Broad Law Center
  • Juris Doctor
  • 2003
  • Stetson Universtiy
  • Bachelor of Business Administration
  • 2000

Legal Cases

  • State v. J.V.
  • Not Guilty on both Counts
  • State v. B.B.
  • Not Guilty


  • The National Trial Criminal Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Sarasota County Bar Association, Young Lawyer's Division
  • Treasurer
  • 2012 - Present
  • Sarasota County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • Judge John M. Scheb American Inn of Court
  • Barrister
  • 2006 - Present
  • Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (S
  • Secretary
  • 2020 - 2022
  • Sarasota County Bar Assoication, County Criminal Section
  • Chair
  • 2009 - 2010
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • The National Trial Lawyers
  • 2013
  • Certificate of Achievement - Breath Test Operator Course
  • Florida Department of Law Enforcement Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission
  • 2009

Speaking Engagements

  • Youth Leadership Government Day
  • The Judicial System
  • 2012

Attorney endorsements

Received (19)
Given (17)
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Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Drew Solnoki is a fantastic criminal defense lawyer in the Sarasota and Bradenton area. I have also served on the executive committee of the local Inn of Court chapter with Mr. Solnoki, where he demonstrated his ability as a team player with a great work ethic. I highly endorse Mr. Solnoki."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Drew is is a highly skilled attorney with a great reputation in the community for professionalism. I endorse this lawyer."
Litigation Attorney | Oct 18
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I have personally worked with Drew Solnoki on numerous legal matters and can attest that he is a dedicated advocate for his clients and a skilled and experienced litigator."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Drew is an excellent trial lawyer who is well- respected in the legal community. His commitment to protecting his clients is evident to anyone who sees him in court. I highly recommend Drew."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jan 06
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Litigation Attorney | Nov 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Drew Solnoki. Drew is a hardworking,dedicated and caring attorney who puts his clients interests first. He has an excellent reputation among his peers and the bench."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Solnoki is a highly skilled, professional and knowledgeable attorney. A true asset to the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 31
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Drew is professional, has an in depth knowledge of the law, and achieves excellent results for his clients."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Feb 05
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I prosecuted numerous cases against clients represented by Mr. Solnoki. Drew is the epitome of professional, and his hard work and dedication shows with every case. He is honest and straightforward, but his politeness should not be misconstrued as weakness. Drew is a superbly skilled trial lawyer and his abilities defending criminal clients are second-to-none."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Apr 05
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Drew is a tenacious litigator who really knows how to fight for his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Drew is a great attorney. I have seen him in the courtroom and have watched him argue his cases. His courtroom demeanor is a credit to the profession. He is a true gentleman."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 08
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have had the opportunity to try several criminal cases with Drew, and he is an outstanding trial lawyer. He's among my top choices as co-counsel. Experienced, sharp and well versed in the law, he aggressively defends his clients and acheives great results. If I were charged with a crime, he would be my first phone call."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly endorse Drew for his skill and expertise. He is one of the best criminal defense attorneys in the Sarasota County Florida area. He will do a great job protecting your interests."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have had the opportunity to observe Drew in the courtroom numerous times and we have even been adversaries on one occasion (for a family law matter). I can honestly say Drew is one of the most professional attorneys I have ever met. He treats his clients, the State Attorneys he deals with and the Judges he is in front of with the upmost respect and class. He is also a tenacious criminal defense attorney who will flat out go to war for his clients if necessary. I highly endorse Drew Solnoki as an attorney. He is very knowledgeable and experienced in all of the areas of law he practices and you will not be disappointed if you hire him to represent you."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Drew is my "go to" attorney for criminal law, family law and DUI defense referrals. He is knowledgeable and straightforward when it comes down to getting the right result for clients. Feedback from my referrals to him have always been positive about their experience with him and his fairness."
Family Attorney | Aug 15
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Drew 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 | Oct 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have referred several clients to Drew Solnoki of the Byrd Law firm. I have personally witnessed his demeanor in Court and will continue to recommend Drew to anyone in need of a skilled Criminal Defense Attorney. Drew not only undersands the law, but he also has an excellent rapport with the Judges. I strongly recommend Drew Solnoki to anyone in need of a criminal defense attorney."
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Sarasota Criminal defense Lawyer Drew Robert Solnoki
Drew Robert Solnoki
Criminal defense Attorney
Sarasota, FL
Licensed for 20 years
Virtual consultation available