Donald A. Lykkebak is a criminal defense lawyer with a long record of defending the accused citizen. His Florida law office has always been located in Downtown Orlando. It is directly across the street from the Orange County Courthouse.
Since 1977, he has diligently defended hundreds of individuals who faced serious charges in County, State or Federal courts throughout Florida and the Southeast United States.
When anyone is charged with a crime, the most important decision he or she may make is the choice of a criminal defense lawyer. Choose one who is skilled in defending against the accusations brought by local, state or federal law enforcement. First and most important, consider a Board Certified criminal trial lawyer. Mr. Lykkebak has been Board Certified in the State of Florida since 1987, the first year the exam to demonstrate expertise in criminal law was ever given. In addition, Mr. Lykkebak has also been board certified since 1988 by the National Board of Legal Specialty Certification. (A nationwide and universally respected board certification association).
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Donald Lykkebak has been featured as a cover story in Florida Super Lawyers 2008 edition. He is annually selected by Florida Super Lawyers for recognition. Further, he has been featured in Orlando Magazine, the Orlando Sentinel and Orlando Business Journal.
Mr. Lykkebak received his undergraduate education at the University of Illinois in Champaign, Illinois. He received his B.A. in 1968. He studied law at the University of Florida College of Law and received his Juris Doctor from Florida in 1970. That same year he was admitted to The Florida Bar as a practicing attorney, allowing him to practice before all Courts within the state.
Donald Lykkebak served honorably in the United States Marine Corps. He was on active duty from 1970 to 1973 and in that period he held the rank of Captain. He was a Judge Advocate assigned to try special and general court martials. In that capacity he both defended and prosecuted Marines accused of crimes in the military.
Former Orange County Prosecutor
Following his military service, Donald Lykkebak returned to Florida and was employed as an Assistant State Attorney working for former State Attorney Robert Eagan from 1973 until 1977. During those four years Mr. Lykkebak represented the State in many criminal cases including the prosecution of well over 100 jury trials. He held the position of Felony Division Chief.
Professional Advice Is Most Valuable Immediately
Time is critical when consulting a criminal lawyer to help you. Anyone who believes that he or she may be the object of a criminal investigation or those who have just been arrested will dramatically improve their prospects for successful defense by discussing the alleged criminal charges with a lawyer as soon as possible. This means before ever discussing anything with the police.
Don Lykkebak has represented individuals from all walks of life: professionals, including physicians, other attorneys, ministers, engineers and CPAs. He has represented hundreds of persons charged with narcotics possession and drug conspiracy. People charged with white collar crimes, capital crimes, DUI and misdemeanor offenses have turned to him for his expertise in criminal defense. He has aggressively defended felony charges against a mayor of a Florida city and also a former circuit court judge.
In addition to handling hundreds of cases that do not draw the attention of the media, Mr. Lykkebak has successfully defended numerous individuals in high-profile cases-- from those charged with white collar crimes to others arrested for a variety of alleged criminal activity including fraud, embezzlement and theft as well as felony drug possession, even murder.
If your situation unfortunately requires it, Mr. Lykkebak is accustomed to managing media demands and diminishing harm to you. If justified and you agree he may recommend a media relations expert as consultant on your case; one who is professional and savvy in effectively managing the news media in your best interests. This service can be invaluable to the professional person struggling to maintain his business or reputation during a pending public criminal investigation.
250 Park Ave. South, Ste. 200
Winter Park FL 32789
The law office of Donald A. Lykkebak will represent your criminal defense legal matters.
The law office of Donald A. Lykkebak will represent your criminal defense legal matters.
As a lawyer and Criminal Defense Specialist with more than 39 years experience, Don Lykkebak is well-known for aggressive courtroom defense in both state and federal courts. This experience has also developed negotiation skills very advantageous for his clients.
He has extensive experience in complicated and extended jury trials. During the last several years he twice represented professionals accused of illegal weapons sales. He was hired to defend a German physician charged with conspiring to sell missiles to Middle Eastern countries. On another occasion he defended a Lebanese businessman accused of selling weapons to Iran. In both cases, extensive multi-week jury trials in U.S. District Court were required. Both cases were closely followed in front page stories throughout those extended proceedings.
In addition to high-profile cases such as those recited above, approximately 50% of his law practice is devoted to defending people from drug trafficking and possession charges. Defendants range from misdemeanor marijuana possession (which is a particular interest by reason of many years as a member of the National Organization for Reform of Marijuana Laws legal committee) to clients whose Colombian cartel connection earned their photos a place on the cover of Newsweek magazine. Don's other areas of criminal law concentration include white collar crime, embezzlement and fraud.
Many persons remember Mr. Lykkebak from his successful representation of a young man initially accused in the slaying of five students at the University of Florida during the early fall term in 1990. The young man was already "tried and convicted" by newspaper and national media before his family contacted Lykkebak. Don's advocacy not only addressed the criminal accusation, but also restoration of the young man's civil rights in an unrelated case that had been mishandled before Lykkebak was hired. The youth went on to graduate with honors from another university and has enjoyed a happy and productive life.
During the last several years he has represented a Walt Disney World credit union executive who embezzled over $1 million; a mother charged with murder in the drowning deaths of two children; and a woman indicted for allegedly assaulting federal officers who violated her constitutional rights in a labor dispute involving immigrant workers, a physician charged with molesting a patient and a NASA astronaut charged with attempted kidnapping, burglary and battery. In each of these matters and in numerous other cases (see Significant Criminal Cases) Don Lykkebak strove to provide his clients with the best legal defense possible.
Don Lykkebak is Board Certified in Criminal Trial Law by the Florida Bar (http://www.floridabar.org) and certified as a Criminal Trial Specialist by the National Board of Legal Specialty Certification (http://www.nblsc.us) (What it means to be Board Certified.). He has served in several leadership positions with The Florida Bar and the American Civil Liberties Union. He is also on the legal panel of the National Organization for Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) and regularly writes and speaks to groups on the U.S. Constitution, the decriminalization of marijuana and the failure of current policies of drug prohibition (arrest, prosecution and incarceration.)
Don often speaks to civil and community groups in an effort to educate and inform on court and law enforcement concerns. His civic involvement includes the Orlando Rotary Club and the Tiger Bay Club, a political forum. (Former president of the latter.)
Mr. Lykkebak's distinguished career in criminal law began with a three-year tenure as a Marine Corps officer serving as Judge Advocate (1970-73-Captain). As a Marine officer he both defended and prosecuted marines accused before special and general courts martial. A graduate of the University of Illinois and University of Florida School of Law, Mr. Lykkebak also served in Orlando as an Assistant State Attorney for four years before beginning his successful private practice in 1977. As a state prosecutor he handled only felony cases and was a felony division chief.