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Derek Byrd is Board Certified in Criminal Trial Law by the Florida Bar.  Less than 2% of attorneys in Florida are Board Certified.  He has recently been elected President of the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers,  the largest statewide association dedicated to criminal defense lawyers in the state of Florida.   Derek Byrd is also the immediate Past President of the Sarasota County Bar Association.


Derek was born and raised in Sarasota and grew up watching his father fight for the rights of the accused. You could say defending the accused is in his blood. Derek recieved a Bachelors degree in Criminology, while also attaining a minor in Finance. After graduating from Florida State University, Derek Byrd began his law school degree at Quinnipiac College of Law, located in Hamden, CT. Derek Byrd has appeared on Bill O'Reilly, Nancy Grace, Court TV, Tru TV, and all local networks as a legal analyst. He has also written articles for the Defender magazine and lectured at FACDL seminars.


Derek often writes about his experiences and interests in his website:




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Contact info

The Byrd Law Firm

2151 Main St Ste 201
Sarasota, FL, 342376023

Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 100%
    20 years, 2.5 thousand cases



Fixed (always)

Payment types:

Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Cassandra Parks Gorton

    I'm a criminal defense attorney, but if I or a family member ever got a DUI, I would hire Derek.


    Cassandra Gorton Criminal defense Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Laurie S. Zimmerman

    I endorse Derek Byrd. Derek is a very hard working and dedicated attorney. He has a great deal of knowledge in both substantive and procedural law and is an excellent litigator.


    Laurie Zimmerman Personal injury Attorney
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FLMember in Good Standing199606/17/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2013
AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2013
Best Lawyer, Criminal DefenseBest Lawyers in America2013
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Lead Trial AttorneyByrd Law Firm1998 - Present
Felony Trial AttorneyPublic Defender's Office1996 - 1998
Association namePosition nameDuration
Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (State wide Chapter)President2012 - Present
Sarasota County Bar AssociationPast President2012 - Present
National Association of Criminal Defense AttorneysMember1997 - Present
Inn Of Court, Sarasota CountyMaster1997 - Present
Florida BarMember1996 - Present
Florida association of criminal defense attorneys (sarasota chapter)Past President1997 - 2008
Publication nameTitleDate
Florida Defender (FACDL)President's Column2012
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Quinnipiac University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1995
Florida State UniversityCriminal JusticeBS - Bachelor of Science1990
No Law School providedN/AJD - Juris DoctorN/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
FACDL Annual MeetingCriminal law2012