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Qualifications and Accolades

A Local Attorney with a Range of Qualifications and Accolades

Fussell Law is proud to be your law firm of choice. Attorney David Fussell has garnered a wide variety of qualifications and accolades throughout his career. Please take a few minutes to review them in detail or reach out to our firm for more information.

  • Florida Bar Board-Certified Criminal Trial Lawyer
    Martindale-Hubble AV-Rated Attorney
  • Lead Counsel, Death Qualified: Current
    Pursuant to Rule 3.112, Florida Rules of Criminal Procedure
    David is qualified to represent, as lead legal counsel, individuals accused of first-degree murder in cases in which the state is seeking death.
  • Qualified Counsel, Death Penalty Cases: Current
    David exceeds the qualifications contained within the Guidelines for the Appointment and Performance in
    Death Penalty Cases, American Bar Association (2003).
  • NRA Pistol Instructor: Current
  • NRA Shotgun Instructor: Current
  • NRA Personal Protection in the Home Instructor: Current
  • State Certified Law Enforcement Officer: Lapsed
    Florida Department of Law Enforcement
  • Law Enforcement Certified Instructor: Lapsed
    Florida Department of Law Enforcement

Legal Awards

  • Recipient Extra Mile Award, 2000
    Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Recipient President's Award, 1998
    Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Recipient Extra Mile Award, 1998
    Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Recipient Outstanding Committee Chair, 1998
    Orange County Bar

Teaching Experience

  • Various Locations
  • Barry University, Dwayne O. Andreas School of Law 2009
  • Served as an adjunct professor in the area of criminal law, Orlando, Florida.
  • Various legal associations, and groups 1984-present as well non-legal entities, associations and groups.
  • David Fussell has taught or lectured thousands of individuals on a variety of subjects including negotiation, investigation, litigation, the proper technique/procedures for the use of firearms, defensive firearm tactics, and the law of self-defense.

Association and Volunteer Service


  • Entertainment and Sports Law Section 2000-Present
    The Florida Bar
  • United State District Court, Middle District of Florida, 2008-Present
    Grievance Committee
  • Criminal Law Certification Committee, 2003-2009
    The Florida Bar
  • Criminal Justice Act, Panel Committee, 2000-Present
    Middle District of Florida, Member
  • Grievance Committee, 2004-2007
    The Florida Bar, Vice Chair
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers: 1987-Present
    • Director 1996-1998
    • Prior Member Prosecutorial
      Misconduct Committee
    • Prior Member Forfeiture Abuse
    • Prior Co-Chair Council of Affiliates
    • Prior Vice-Chair Council of Affiliates
    • Current Member
  • Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers:
    President, 2001-2002
    • President-Elect, 2000-2001
    • Vice President, 1999-2000
    • Treasurer, 1998-1999
      Secretary, 1997-1998
    • Director, 1996-1999
    • Chapter Representative, 1993-1995
    • Publications Committee, 1994
    • Chair Legislative Committee 1996-1999
    • Current Member
  • Central Florida Criminal Defense Attorney's Association:
    President 1994-1995
    • Director, 1991-1993
    • Chairman of By-Laws Committee, 1992 - 1993
    • Creator and Chairman, Lawyers Assistance Strike Force, 1992-1994
    • Newsletter Editor, 1993-1994; Current Member
  • Orange County Bar Association:
    Chairman, Criminal Law Committee 1997-1998
    • Judicial Relations Committee 1997-2000
    • Professionalism Committee 1999-2000
    • Criminal Law Committee; Co-Chair and Co-Founder,
      Peer Review Committee 1999
    • Current Member
  • George C. Young, First Central Florida American Inn of Court, Master Emeritus, Active 1997-2000

Law Enforcement (Prior)

  • Florida Intelligence Unit: 1980-1986
    Agency Representative 1980-1984, Leon County Sheriff's Department
    • Agency Representative 1984-1986, Florida Game and Fresh Water Fish Commission
    • Legislative Committee Chair 1986
    • Meeting Co-Chair 1985
  • State Law Enforcement Chief's Association: 1985-1986
    Charter Member
    • Chair, Legislative Committee: 1985-1986
  • Regional Organized Crime Information Center: 1980-1986
    Agency Representative, Leon County Sheriff's Department

General Community

  • Blankner School Foundation: 2002-2008
    President 2005-2007
    • Secretary 2004-2005
    • Board Member 2002-2004; 2008
  • Delaney Park Little League: 2001-Present
    Vice President 2007-Present
    • Secretary 2006-2007
      Coach 1999-present
    • Manager, 2002-2008
    • All-Star Coach 2007-2008
    • All-Star Manager 2006
    • Board Member 2001-2006