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Barbara Blount-Powell

Criminal defense Attorney

5.0   3 reviews
  • Licensed for 45 years
    State FL
    Acquired 1979
    Member in Good Standing No misconduct found

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About Barbara

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Practice area
  1. Criminal defense
    All Felony and Misdemeanor Offenses, Poss of alcohol under 21, Drug Offenses, Robbery, Burglary, Theft, Assault/Battery, Resisting Arrest, Juvenile, Lewd and Lascivious, Disorderly Conduct/Intoxication, Trespassing, Criminal Mischief, Computer Crime

    45 years

I have been representing the interests of persons accused of criminal conduct in Gainesville and surrounding counties for over 30 years. I was a member of DeThomasis and Buchanan P.A.; for 18 years.  I returned to the Public Defender's Office to continue doing what I love.


I value the privacy interests of of my clients and the importance of their reputations. I counsel and assist all clients to reduce the  publicly available information regarding their legal matters, either by expunging or sealing eligible records or by avoiding publicity. 


Before joining DeThomasis & Buchanan, P.A. in 2001, I was an Assistant Public Defender handling everything from misdemeanor traffic to first degree murder trials in the 8th Judicial Circuit for over sixteen years. I was a member of the defense team for Danny Harold Rolling from 1992 through his trial in February of 1994. 

I seek out educational opportunites at criminal law seminars and I mentor fellow bar members as an Emeritus member of the Adkins Inn of the American Inn of Court.  In addition, I assist in the educational enhancement of current law students at the University of Florida School of Law through trial workshops, trial competitions, and other volunteer opportunities.


My goal is the vigilante protection of my clients' legal rights and to keep them from those who would prey on them at their most vunerable.    .

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Posted by anonymous | December 21, 2015
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Criminal Defense advice session
Ms Bount-Powell went beyond what I expected! So helpful, knowledgeable & compassionate to my particular situation. She even took extra steps to provide me with additional resources for reference and use. I am so happy that she was the one who responded to my needs!!
Posted by Joseph | August 1, 2015
Great Criminal Defense Lawyer
Barbara is a great lawyer. Having her on my side made the process much smoother, she works magic. If you're facing a criminal charge, go see Barbara.
Posted by George | November 14, 2013
Barbara Powell
Barbara assisted us with an unfortunate situation that could have expanded to negative impacts on multiple levels. She and her staff were complete in the initial impact review, were calming during the process and the end result was better than expected.


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AVVO RATING 9.7 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • DeThomasis & Buchanan, PA
  • 2001 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Public Defender, 8th Jucidial Circuit
  • 1984 - 2001
  • Associate
  • Salley, Barnes, Pajon, Guttman & Del Valle, P.A.
  • 1980 - 1983
  • Law Clerk
  • Turner & Morris, P.A.
  • 1978 - 1979
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  • University of Florida, Fredric G. Levin College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1978
  • Duke University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1975

Sample of Legal Cases

  • D.K.S. v. State, Fla 1st DCA
  • My client's drug case was successfully expunged.
  • State v. Howard, 983 S.2d 671 (Fla.1DCA 2008)
  • The Florida Supreme Court remanded the case and the 1st DCA sent it back to the trial court to vacate my client's drug conviction based on my motion to suppress.
  • Armatage v. State, 954 So.2d 669 (Fla. 1st DCA 2007)
  • Client's drug conviction was reversed because of my trial court level Motion to Suppress.
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  • National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys
  • Member
  • 2004 - Present
  • American Inn of Court, James C. Adkins Chapter
  • Emeritus
  • 1995 - Present
  • Florida Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1979 - Present
  • Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Eighth Circuit Chapter
  • President
  • 1990 - 1991
  • Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Board of Directors
  • 1990 - 1992
  • Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Eighth Circuit Chapter
  • Vice President
  • 1989 - 1990
  • Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Eighth Circuit Chapter
  • Secretary
  • 1988 - 1989
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • AV Peer Review Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2017
  • AV Peer Review Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2013
  • President's Award
  • Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (Eight Judicial Circuit Chapter)
  • 1991


  • Insite Magazine (monthly)
  • Just Say Know....Your Legal Rights: Drug Crimes and Their Consequences
  • 2007

Speaking Engagements

  • Trial Advocacy Workshop - University of Florida School of Law
  • Guest Instructor - Opening Arguments
  • 2017
  • Trial Advocacy Workshop - University of Florida College of Law
  • Guest Instructor - Cross Examination
  • 2017
  • Appellate Advocacy Workshop - University of Florida School of Law
  • Appellate Advocacy Judge - Intellectual Property
  • 2017
  • Adkins Inn of Court April Meeting
  • Issues in Small Business Liabilty - Group presentation
  • 2017
  • Trial Advocacy Workshop- University of Florida College of Law
  • Guest Instructor - Cross Examination
  • 2015
  • Appellate Advocacy- UF Law School
  • Judge/Panelist - Oral Arguments
  • 2014
  • Phi Alpha Delta
  • Panel Presentation- Legal Practice Choices
  • 2013
  • Trial Advocacy Workshop - University of Florida School of Law
  • Guest Lecturer - Jury Selection
  • 2012
  • 8th Judicial Circuit Bar Association luncheon
  • Stand Your Ground: Impact on Criminal Practice
  • 2012
  • Trial Advocacy Workshop - University of Florida School of Law
  • Guest Lecturer - Expert Witness Examination
  • 2011
  • James C. Adkins, Jr. American Inn of Court
  • Media in the High Profile Case; State v. Rolling panelist
  • 2010
  • James C. Adkins Inn of Court
  • Victims Rights: Legal Necessity?\Co-panelist/director
  • 2008
  • James C. Adkins, Inn of Court
  • Panel Discussion/Lecture/ Jury Nullification
  • 2007
  • Trial Advocacy - Univ. of Florida School of Law
  • Guest Lecturer - Trial Skills
  • 1995
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Attorney endorsements

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Given (3)
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Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 02
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Barbara is an outstanding attorney who has been able to assist a client on a matter in Alachua County, where I do not practice. She is familiar with the landscape and has been effective in her efforts to secure a favorable outcome. I would gladly refer any client needing a criminal defense attorney in and around Gainesville to Barbara."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Ms. Blount-Powell is an advocate practicing law at the highest level in the areas of criminal defense. With over 25 years of experience and many successful trials, Ms. Blount-Powell has superb legal and procedural expertise and truly cares about her clients. Ms. Blount-Powell deserves my highest possible recommendation."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Barbara is a highly respected attorney. She is intelligent and very compassionate. Barbara communicates thoroughly and responds quickly to inquiries. She has a good reputation for being honest and straightforward in a non-judgmental, sincere manner. She has a positive outlook on life and works tirelessly to achieve justice and protect the rights of everyone in the legal system."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Barbara Blount-Powell. I have known her for over 30 years. She is a brilliant lawyer and a person of the very highest integrity. She is creative and a very hard worker. Any person needing criminal defense would be doing themselves a favor by having her as their legal counsel. Highly recommended."
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