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David E. Little, JD/MBA - Attorney

David has represented clients across the State of Florida, and New York.  He focuses his practice on representing individuals accused of Federal and State criminal offenses.  David has represented clients before Florida’s Second District Court of Appeals and has argued before the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.

Throughout his career David has represented clients during pre-filing investigations - including grand jury proceedings, law enforcement investigations, pretrial litigation and motion practice, trials, and other matters associated with complex criminal litigation.

In addition to his criminal practice, David represents clients in select civil litigation matters. He has represented companies and individuals in connection with fraud and civil theft claims, commercial disputes, asset forfeiture, securities and tax disputes, and professional liability.

During his career, David has handled over 2,000 criminal cases.  His experience includes representing individuals who are under criminal investigation, as well as individuals who have been arrested and are facing formal criminal charges.

David has extensive trial experience and has represented clients in both Federal and State criminal courts.  He has represented clients accused of Federal & State White-Collar crimes; Federal & State drug crimes, including international drug trafficking, drug trafficking, distribution, and sales; 1st Degree Murder and other violent crimes, including sex crimes, aggravated battery, aggravated assault, burglary, and robbery; and numerous other offenses.  He also has experience litigating pre-trial matters related to evidentiary issues and substantive legal issues, such as Motions for Immunity under Florida’s Stand Your Ground law and double jeopardy issues.

David graduated magna cum laude from Stetson University College of Law with his dual JD/MBA degree.  At graduation, he earned a Certificate of Concentration in Advocacy, focusing in the areas of white-collar crime, securities, and tax issues.  Prior to attending law school, he earned his bachelor’s degree in Finance from The University of South Carolina, Columbia.

David is actively involved with the Federal Bar Association, the Hillsborough County Bar Association, the St. Petersburg Bar Association, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and the Goldburg-Cacciatore Criminal Law Inn of Court.

Prior to joining Brown & Doherty, David served as an assistant state attorney in Pinellas County.  As an assistant state attorney, he prosecuted felony cases and also served as lead trial attorney of a county court division.  As a lead trial attorney David supervised other attorneys in the prosecution of various misdemeanor offenses.

In addition to the practice of law, David spends his free time enjoying the Tampa Bay area and travels frequently.  He is an avid football and baseball fan, and regularly follows his alma mater The University of South Carolina Gamecocks and his hometown Chicago Bears and Chicago Whitesox. 

Representative Case Results

Represented a client in Federal Court accused of conspiring with numerous other co-defendants to commit multiple violent robberies in Florida.  Following trial, client was acquitted by a Federal jury in Tampa.

Successfully obtained a dismissal of murder charges on behalf of client. Client was charged with the murder of his former girlfriend’s infant child. Less than a week before trial was to begin, the State of Florida filed a dismissal of all charges against the client.

Represented a client accused of traveling from out of state to engage in a sexual relationship with a minor.  Client was arrested and accused of sexual battery, traveling to meet a minor, and possession of child pornography.  All charges dismissed by the Government.

Represented a client who was accused of driving under the influence and causing property damage following a serious accident. Client was found not guilty after trial.

Represented a client accused of Boating Under the Influence and Refusal to Submit to Testing. Client was found not guilty of Boating Under the Influence by a jury following trial. After trial, the Court dismissed the Refusal charge finding that the State of Florida improperly charged our client for refusing a breath test.

Represented a client accused of manufacturing and discharging explosive devices, and child neglect. Client faced a minimum mandatory sentence of 20 years in prison. Negotiated a reduced charge of criminal mischief and disorderly conduct. Client was sentenced to 18 months probation; eligible for early termination. Client avoided a 20 year minimum mandatory prison sentence.

Represented a client accused of driving under the influence and leaving the scene of an accident.  All charges dismissed by the Government.

Represented a client charged with felony leaving the scene of an accident resulting in injuries and DUI. After successfully arguing a motion to suppress certain statements made by our client, the State reduced the DUI to a lesser charge of reckless driving, and agreed to withhold adjudication on both charges. Client avoided having a criminal conviction and was sentenced to probation.

Client was arrested and charged for his alleged involvement with a stolen property theft ring. State’s initial offer was a 2nd Degree felony conviction and prison time. Resolved case for a misdemeanor, time served. Client avoided a felony conviction and additional jail time.

Recent Articles

2nd District Court of Appeals Grants Writ of Habeas Corpus

What’s The Real Cost of Not Recording Confessions?

Florida’s New Law Increases Penalties for Those Accused of Sexual Related Crimes

Admitted To Practice

  • All Florida State Courts

  • United States District Court, Middle District of Florida

  • United States District Court, Northern District of Florida

  • United States District Court, Southern District of Florida

  • United States Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit


2015 NACDL White Collar Criminal Defense College – Stetson University College of Law

Stetson University College of Law, Gulfport, FL (2010)

  • JD/MBA, magna cum laude (Graduated 3rd in Class)

  • Certificate of Concentration in Advocacy

  • Stetson Advocacy Board – Mock Trial Team

  • Academic Book Awards

    • Constitutional Law

    • Criminal Law

    • Evidence

  • William F. Blews Pro Bono Award

  • Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities & Colleges

  • Phi Delta Phi Legal Honors Fraternity

University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC (2006)

  • Finance/Criminal Justice

  • Academic Honors Scholarship (2002-2006)

  • Delta Upsilon Fraternity

Professional Associations

  • National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys

  • 2015 NACDL White Collar Criminal Defense College

  • Florida Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys

  • Federal Bar Association

  • Hillsborough County Bar Association

    • Criminal Law Section

  • St. Petersburg Bar Association

    • Criminal Law Section

    • Trial/Litigation Section

Social Organizations

  • The Herbert G. Goldburg-Ronald K. Cacciatore Criminal Law American Inn of Court

Prior Legal Work Experience

  • Office of the State Attorney, 6th Judicial Circuit of Florida

    • Assistant State Attorney, Felony Prosecutor

    • Lead Trial Attorney – County Court Division