David Weinstein is the Managing Shareholder of the Tampa Office and Chairs the firm’s national Environmental & Toxic Torts Litigation Practice. With over 30 years of experience, David Weinstein has built a broad practice comprised of high-stakes and complex civil and white-collar litigation, including environmental, toxic tort, real estate, land use, business, financial, health care, and other challenging matters. While David is an accomplished litigator who takes pride in mastering the skills of trial advocacy, he also strives to help his clients find out-of-court approaches to address their problems, disputes, and legal issues whenever appropriate. Drawing on both his entrepreneurial spirit and business acumen, David has handled diverse business matters and enjoys assisting clients with their unique challenges and legal concerns. 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 significant "first-chair" trial experience in jury and non-jury trials, as well as arbitrations.
David is listed in Chambers USA Guide in both Environmental and Litigation: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations. The 2020 Guide quotes a source describing David as “‘a master litigator not only in the thoughtfulness of his drafting and pre-trial work, but also as a great trial attorney.’ He is recognized for his litigation strength in matters including toxic tort class action cases as well as in criminal environmental cases.” The 2019 Guide describes David as, “a respected and very skillful lawyer,” and adds, “I have the highest regard for his ability and judgment.” The 2018 Guide states 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 “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.
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 emeritus of the Herbert G. Goldburg-Ronald K. Cacciatore Criminal Law American Inn of Court and a member of 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
- Business litigation
- Real estate and land use litigation
- Class actions
- Mass torts
- White-collar criminal defense
- Trial and appellate practice