David Weinstein is the Managing Shareholder of the Tampa Office and Chairs the firm’s national Environmental & Toxic Torts Litigation Practice. David has an active civil and white-collar litigation practice, with an emphasis on environmental, toxic tort, real estate, business, health care, and other challenging matters. In the civil context, he represents clients in class actions, mass torts, and other complex litigation. David also represents organizations and individuals in federal, state, and local criminal investigations. In both the civil and criminal areas, David has experience assisting clients with developing and implementing crisis management and public relations strategies. He has wide-ranging "first-chair" trial experience in jury and non-jury trials, as well as arbitrations.
The International Who’s Who of Environmental Lawyers has referred to David as "one of the leading practitioners in the world." The 2018 Chambers USA Guide notes: that David “has a stellar reputation” and possesses a “wealth of expertise in high-stakes civil and white-collar criminal disputes. He offers additional strengths in appellate work, healthcare disputes, and wider business litigation. Interviewees report that he ‘has good judgement and is a pleasure to work with.’” The 2017 Guide notes: that David is “well known for his litigation and trial expertise and excels in a broad range of environmental matters. Clients say he is ‘incredibly skilled and adept in the courtroom.’” The 2016 Guide affirms: “Peers highlight his abilities in court, stating: He's top-notch, he's one of the best. If I was accused of a white-collar environmental crime I would use him. He's tenacious, bright and extremely capable." The 2015 Guide describes David as “a really fabulous lawyer . . . well-liked by clients . . . the kind of guy you would want leading the charge if you had a problem.” He is also listed in The Best Lawyers in America, The Legal 500 United States, and Who's Who Legal which describes David as “a distinguished litigator and a well-known name for civil and white-collar disputes.” David is recognized as one of "Florida's Legal Elite" by Florida Trend magazine—which inducted him into its Hall of Fame in 2010. Florida Super Lawyers has rated David as one of Florida's "Top 100" lawyers seven times. He is AV® rated by the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory and the Tampa Bay Business Journal selected him in 2005 for its "Who's Who in Business in the Tampa Bay Area."
David has a long record of service to the legal profession and the community, including the following positions: Member, Board of Directors, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay; Member, Board of Trustees, Straz Center for the Performing Arts; Member, Former Chair, Environmental Enforcement and Crimes Committee, ABA Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources; and Former Co-Chair, Criminal Litigation and Enforcement Subcommittee, ABA Environmental Litigation Committee. He is also a member of the Herbert G. Goldburg Inn of Court and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. A fourth-degree black belt, David served as the senior instructor of Tampa Moo Duk Kwan, a not-for-profit martial arts club.
- Environmental and toxic tort litigation
- White collar criminal defense
- Business litigation
- Real estate and land use litigation
- Mass torts
- Class actions
- Health care litigation
- Trial and appellate practice