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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 941-954-3400.


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Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 34%
    13 years
  2. Family: 33%
    9 years
  3. DUI & DWI: 33%
    13 years


Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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  • Peter Michael Collins

    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.


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Contact info

The Byrd Law Firm

2151 Main St Ste 201
Sarasota, FL, 342376005


FLMember in Good Standing200306/21/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Top 100 Trial LawyersThe National Trial Lawyers2013
Certificate of Achievement - Breath Test Operator CourseFlorida Department of Law Enforcement Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission2009
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyThe Byrd Law Firm2008 - Present
Assistant Public Defender12th Judicial Circuit Public Defender Office2003 - 2007
Association namePosition nameDuration
The National Trial Criminal Trial Lawyers AssociationMember2013 - Present
Sarasota County Bar Association, Young Lawyer's DivisionTreasurer2012 - Present
Sarasota County Bar AssociationMember2006 - Present
Judge John M. Scheb American Inn of CourtBarrister2006 - Present
Florida Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember2005 - Present
Sarasota County Bar Assoication, County Criminal SectionChair2009 - 2010
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
State v. J.V.Not Guilty on both Counts
State v. B.B.Not Guilty
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Nova Southeastern University - Shepard Broad Law CenterLawJD - Juris Doctor2003
Stetson UniversityGeneral BusinessOther - Bachelors2000
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Youth Leadership Government DayThe Judicial System2012