Dobson, Davis & Smith

Dobson, Davis & Smith

Tallahassee Criminal Defense Lawyers

Firm Overview

Criminal charges pose a significant threat to your future. They can impact not only your freedom, but also your rights, reputation and opportunities down the road. With so much at stake, you need a powerful advocate who will fight for your future.

Your choice of attorney can drastically affect the outcome of your case. It is critical to choose a lawyer with hands-on experience navigating the justice system and obtaining successful outcomes.

Exceptional Experience Demonstrated Success

At Dobson, Davis & Smith, we have more than 80 years of combined experience handling all types of criminal charges at the state and federal levels. Our experience stretches beyond just defense work. Two of our attorneys are former state and federal prosecutors, and one is also a former Florida law enforcement officer. This breadth of experience in a variety of roles lends us valuable insight into the criminal justice system.

Our legal team's proven track record and demonstrated excellence in legal services have earned them numerous forms of recognition. Several of our attorneys are AV Preeminent peer review rated,* the highest rating through Martindale-Hubbell. Our lawyers have earned many professional accolades for their outstanding contributions to the legal profession.

Our legal team is a powerhouse of skills, experience and knowledge. Together with our staff, we share a strong commitment to providing exceptional representation.

In-Depth Trial Experience

Our firm represents clients facing all types of state or federal charges at any stage of the process, including during the pre-indictment investigation stage. We have warded off indictments by diligently performing the necessary legwork to collapse the prosecution's case before it could get off the ground. We have successfully handled criminal cases involving complex, multi-count pleadings. We have obtained favorable outcomes in high-profile white collar crime cases. We have capably handled countless trials involving misdemeanor and felony offenses.

Civil Litigation And Administrative Law

In addition to protecting clients' liberties in criminal cases, we also offer experienced representation in civil litigation and administrative proceedings. We represent individuals and businesses in a broad range of matters ranging from professional license violations to personal injury cases and business disputes.
Main Office
Main Office
610 North Duval Street
Tallahassee  FL  32301
  • 850-224-2683
Criminal Defense
Former Prosecutors in Tallahassee Fighting for You
Dobson, Davis & Smith defends clients accused of federal or state crimes. The firm was founded on the principle that all people have a right to qualified legal counsel. Our lawyers are former prosecutors and assistant attorneys general and we have taken numerous cases to jury trial. We believe we are qualified to assist you.

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No matter how serious your criminal charges are, there is a defense and you have a right to it. No matter how difficult the evidence may seem, we are here to help by mounting a strong and determined strategic defense, whether you are:

-A public official under investigation for charges of public corruption or a white collar crime
-A professional accused of health care fraud and in danger of losing a license and freedom
-A college student whose mistake in judgment ended up in arrest and a serious felony charge
-A coach accused of a sex crime

Devote the Time and Attention Your Case Demands

Two of our lawyers are AV-rated* under Martindale-Hubbell's peer review rating system for ethical standards and legal ability. One of our attorneys was named by peers as in the top two percent of lawyers in the state of Florida by Florida Trend magazine.

Our firm devotes the time and attention that your case needs, while at the same time drawing on our decades of experience to build the strongest case possible on our clients' behalves. We bring a level of skill, professionalism and attentiveness to our clients that has contributed to our success and earned us a reputation from colleagues and judges alike as an ethical, caring law firm.

Evening and Weekend Hours Available

We make time to meet with our clients during hours that work for them. You are the reason we are here. If you are working during the day, we can make arrangements to meet during the evening or weekend. We pride ourselves on our strong commitment to attentive, personalized client service for everyone.

William H. Davis

Bill Davis is a trial and appellate lawyer practicing criminal defense (adult and juvenile) and civil litigation (professional, business, and personal damages and liability); and the defense of administrative, professional licensure prosecutions and disputes. In addition to trial work, he has handled a wide variety of appeals and has litigated in every level of appellate court, both State and Federal.

For over 20 years, Bill has enjoyed the highest possible peer-review rating, in both legal ability and ethical standards, as confidentially determined and published by Martindale-Hubbell and LexisNexis.

He is presently an elected Member of The Florida Bar's Board of Governors (2010- ) and also serves on the Board's Review Committee on Professional Ethics and its Disciplinary Review Committee. Prior to joining the Board of Governors, Bill was a member of The Florida Bar's Civil Rules Committee (2008-10); and he remains a member of the Bar's Standing Committee on Pro Bono Legal Services. Bill has served as President of the Florida Bar Foundation (2005-06) and as Chair of the Foundation's Endowment Trust (2009-11). He has also served on The Florida Supreme Court's Commission on Professionalism and as a Trustee of the Florida Supreme Court Historical Society (Executive Committee) (2006-10).

Locally, Bill has served as President of Tallahassee Bar Association (1986-87) and he currently serves on the Board and chairs its Circuit-wide Judicial Poll Committee (2008- ). He previously served as a Member of the Circuit's Judicial Nominating Commission and as Chair of the Florida Bar's Second Judicial Circuit Grievance Committee.

Based in Tallahassee, Florida, Bill graduated with high academic honors from the Florida State University College of Law; where he was legal writing instructor, Notes & Comments Editor of the Law Review, and Chief Justice of the University-wide Student Supreme Court. While in undergraduate school (University of South Florida, 1974), Bill served as President of Student Government and as Chair of the University System's State Council of Student Body Presidents, graduating with academic honors.

Bill is a member of a variety of professional organizations, including the American Bar Association. In support of his civil practice, he is a member of the ABA's Section on Litigation (serving on its Committee on Ethics and Professionalism); and, on the criminal side, he is a member of the ABA White Collar Crime Committee and of its Juvenile Justice Committee. He is a member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.

Apart from his professional activities, Bill is certified in SCUBA Lifesaving and Accident Management; he is an active participant in the Gulf Winds Track Club; and he is an avid cook, hiker, fisherman and music buff. He has three young-adult children.

Year Joined Firm

Areas of Practice
100% Criminal, Civil, and Administrative Litigation and Appeals

Litigation Percentage
80% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions
Florida, 1977
Supreme Court of the United States of America, 1993
U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit, 1988
U.S. District Court Northern District of Florida, 1977
U.S. District Court Middle District of Florida, 1986

Florida State University College of Law, Tallahassee, Florida
J.D. - 1977
Honors: High Honors