ATTORNEY DAVID A. FAULKNER’S BACKGROUND AND EXPERIENCE
Attorney David A. Faulkner is a former Assistant State Attorney (prosecutor), a former Special Agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, a Florida Supreme Court Certified Family Law Mediator and a Class C Licensed Private Investigator. Attorney Faulkner will use his 21 years plus as a lawyer to advise you with regard to your legal rights, the applicable law and possible strategies. Further, attorney Faulkner believes that client centered representation is critical. He will identify your concerns and goals with regard to the representation and aggressively pursue those goals to the extent that the facts, circumstances and the law will allow.
Mr. Faulkner’s undergraduate degree was in Criminal Justice/Criminology. In 1990, Mr. Faulkner was awarded the Criminal Justice Student of the Year Award. Between 1988 and 1992, Mr. Faulkner was on the Dean’s List and the President’s List on multiple occasions. Mr. Faulkner finished his Bachelor of Arts Degree at Florida State University’s School of Criminology in 1992. While at the School of Criminology, Mr. Faulkner maintained a 3.98 grade point average for his Florida State University academic work. Mr. Faulkner was also accepted into multiple Honors Associations.
Mr. Faulkner attended law school and received his Juris Doctor Degree (Law Degree) in 1995 from Florida State University’s College of Law. He was an Honors graduate.
As a former Assistant State Attorney (prosecutor) in Florida, Mr. Faulkner gained extensive experience regarding the following:
While an Assistant State Attorney (prosecutor), Mr. Faulkner advanced through the Misdemeanor, Felony and Felony Intake Divisions of the State Attorney’s Office. As a misdemeanor prosecutor, Mr. Faulkner was named the DUI Prosecutor of the Year for his Circuit. Mr. Faulkner was involved in the prosecution of criminal cases involving almost all ranges severity. From misdemeanor cases to extremely serious cases such as murder, Mr. Faulkner was on the front lines of fighting crime. Mr. Faulkner also served as a liaison between the State Attorney’s Office and certain local law enforcement agencies. He has provided instruction to law enforcement officers and the community regarding criminal justice related issues.
Mr. Faulkner left the State Attorney’s Office and formed a private practice law firm with one other partner. In that capacity, Mr. Faulkner represented clients in federal and state criminal cases. He conducted case investigations, plea negotiations, motion hearings, administrative hearings, jury trials, bench trials and appeals. In addition, Mr. Faulkner handled clients’ family law divorce, paternity and injunction cases, including administrative hearings, motion hearings, trials and appeals. As part of his work he prepared/conducted negotiations (included conducting mediations) to achieve favorable outcomes for clients, conducted pre-trial discovery, including, but not limited to, handling financial affidavits, requests to produce, interrogatories, requests for admissions, subpoenas, depositions, witness interviews, motions to compel and motions for sanctions, and criminal and civil motions for contempt and prepared/prosecuted pre-trial motions.
In service of the nation as a Special Agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Mr. Faulkner also received training and gained practical experience regarding the following:
As a Special Agent, Mr. Faulkner worked for a time alongside the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and was ultimately assigned to the Public Corruption Unit of the Miami, Florida Field Office. In that capacity, Mr. Faulkner, among other duties, was responsible for investigating public officials, including law enforcement officers, who were engaged in illegal activities.
Mr. Faulkner left the FBI and formed a very successful private practice law firm. In that capacity, Mr. Faulkner represented clients in federal and state criminal cases. He conducted case investigations, plea negotiations, motion hearings, administrative hearings, jury trials, bench trials and appeals. In addition, Mr. Faulkner handled clients’ family law divorce, paternity and injunction cases, including administrative hearings, motion hearings, trials and appeals. As part of his work he prepared/conducted negotiations (included conducting mediations) to achieve favorable outcomes for clients, conducted pre-trial discovery, including, but not limited to, handling financial affidavits, requests to produce, interrogatories, requests for admissions, subpoenas, depositions, witness interviews, motions to compel and motions for sanctions, and criminal and civil motions for contempt and prepared/prosecuted pre-trial motions.
MR. FAULKNER’S PHILOSOPHY
As a private attorney, Mr. Faulkner has extensive experience handling and supervising other attorneys with regard to both criminal law and family law cases through all stages of the court process — from initial intake to trial and even appeal. Mr. Faulkner believes in putting forth 110 percent effort for the client. He is hard working, thorough, aggressive and ethical.
While serving as a Special Agent, Mr. Faulkner found that it is the FBI’s attention to detail and thoroughness that has, in large measure, contributed to its reputation as one of the preeminent law enforcement agencies in the world. Attorney Faulkner shares that same focus on attention to detail and thoroughness and has made it the cornerstone of his strategy for protecting the rights of his clients.
As a former prosecutor, attorney Faulkner knows how to litigate cases in court. You may ask — How can that help me? The answer lies in a simple analogy — a successful court case is like an intricate puzzle. By knowing what the puzzle should look like, attorney Faulkner is adept at identifying when pieces of the puzzle are missing.
Attorney Faulkner’s background includes both training and practical “real world” experience in applying investigative techniques. Why is that important? Because it is one thing for a lawyer to be able to recognize that certain evidence would be critical to a client’s case, it is an entirely different skill to know where and how to obtain that evidence. We seek to provide our clients with such an advantage. To meet with attorney Faulkner to discuss how we can help you with regard to your criminal or family law case, contact us today.
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|FL||Member in Good Standing||1995||10/02/2016|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Certified Family Law Mediator||Florida Supreme Court||2015|
|DUI Prosecutor of the Year, 18th Circuit||Office of the State Attorney Florida 18th Circuit||1998|
|Honors Graduate||Florida State University, College of Law||1995|
|Phi Delta Phi International Legal Fraternity||Florida State University, College of Law||1994|
|Golden Key National honor Society||Florida State University, School of Criminology||1992|
|Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society||Florida State University, School of Criminology||1992|
|Cum Laude Graduate||Florida State University, School of Criminology||1992|
|Dean's List||Florida State University, School of Criminology||1992|
|Criminology Faculty Awards Committee||Florida State University, School of Criminology||1991|
|Criminal Justice Student of the Year Award||Central Florida Comunity College||1990|
|Honors Graduate||Central Florida Comunity College||1990|
|Phi Theta Kappa National Honor Society||Central Florida Comunity College||1990|
|President’s List||Central Florida Comunity College||1990|
|Dean’s List||Central Florida Comunity College||1990|
|Academic Excellence Scholarship||Central Florida Community College||1989|
|Senior Associate||Bill Beck Law, P.A.||2016 - Present|
|Head of Tampa Regional Office and Serious Crimes Division||Katz & Phillips, PA||2013 - Present|
|Managing Partner||Faulkner Legal Group, PA||2005 - 2013|
|Special Agent||Federal Bureau Of Investigation (FBI)||2004 - 2005|
|Owner/Attorney||Faulkner & Pollack, P.A.||2000 - 2004|
|Assistant State Attorney||Office of the State Attorney Florida 18th Circuit||1996 - 2000|
|Law Clerk||Florida Dept Of Transportation, Office of the General Counsel||1994 - 1996|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida||Member||2000 - Present|
|Florida Bar Association||Member||1995 - Present|
|Seminole County Bar Association||Director||2001 - 2002|
|K&P Press||Considering Divorce In Florida?||2014|
|Aspatore Special Report||The Ongoing Gun Control Debate - Gun Control: The Solution or the Problem?||2014|
|Concealed Weapons Class||Castle Doctrine and Standing Your Ground in Florida||2013|
|Florida State University College of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1995|
|Florida State University School of Criminology||Criminology||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1992|
|Central Florida Comunity College||Criminology||AA - Associate of Art||1990|
|Florida Self Defense Workshop||Florida's Self Defense Law||2014|
|U.S. Law Shield/Winter Haven 9/12 Project Self-defense Law Presentation||Castle Doctrine and self-defense law||2013|
|U.S. Law Shield/Arlington Rotary Club Self-defense Law Presentation||Castle Doctrine and Florida's Stand Your Ground Law||2013|
|U.S. Law Shield Use of Firearms Law for Concealed Weapons Class||Use of firearms in self-defense in Florida||2013|
|U.S. Law Shield Castle Doctrine & Self Defense||Concealed, Carry, the Castle doctrine and When Can I Shoot?||2013|