Miami criminal lawyer David EdelsteinDavid Edelstein began his career in the state of Florida as an Assistant Public Defender with the Miami-Dade County Public Defender’s Office. During his tenure there he represented both adults and juveniles charged with all types of misdemeanor and felony crimes ranging from less serious offenses like disorderly conduct and resisting an officer without violence, to more serious crimes like drug trafficking and organized fraud.

Since establishing his law firm almost 20 years ago, he expanded his practice to include the representation of clients facing both state and federal criminal charges throughout the entire state of Florida, including Broward and Palm Beach counties. He also practices at the appellate level by representing clientsMiami criminal lawyer David Edelstein in state and federal criminal appeals. In addition, he is a licensed bar member of his home state, the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Mr. Edelstein is AV® rated by Martindale-Hubbell and has been listed in The Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers™.  He has been listed multiple times as a “top lawyer” in the category of criminal defense by Florida Trend Magazine and the South Florida Legal Guide. He has also been listed in Super Lawyers Magazine in the category of criminal defense. Go here to read a profile written about him a number of years ago in Attorney at Law Magazine.

Although he considers himself first and foremost a trial lawyer, Mr. Edelstein also routinely represents individuals whose main interest is in resolving their case as expeditiously as possible. While every situation is different, Mr. Edelstein strives to minimize the effects and ramifications of a criminal case to allow his clients to put the case behind them and move on with their professional and personal lives


  • Former Miami-Dade County Assistant Public Defender
  • Over 150 criminal trials to verdict
  • Attorney of record in over 3,500 criminal cases
  • Practice limited exclusively to criminal defense
  • AV Peer Review Rated by Martindale Hubbell
  • Selected by Florida Trend Magazine in 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010 as one of the Florida Legal Elite (top 2% of lawyers practicing in Florida)
  • Selected by the South Florida Legal Guide (2009, 2010, 2011) as a “Top Lawyer” in criminal defense
  • Listed in Martindale-Hubbel Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers
  • Selected for inclusion in the 2009 edition of SuperLawyers Magazine as a “Rising Star” in the category of criminal defense
  • Board Member of Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Miami Chapter (FACDL)
  • Member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL)
  • Member of the National Trial Lawyers | Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • Member of NORML Legal Committee
  • Registry Attorney for Commission on Capital Cases
  • Member of the Dade County Bar Association
  • Member of the Miami Beach Bar Association
  • Member of the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce
  • Member in Good Standing of the Florida Bar ( 1995)
  • Member of the Kentucky Bar (1997)
  • Member of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida (1996)
  • Member of the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida (2009)
  • Member of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit (1997)
  • Member of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit (2000)
  • Graduated with honors from University of Miami School of Law
  • American Jurisprudence Book Award winner in criminal procedure