David F. Pleasanton grew up in Palm Beach County, Florida. In 1975, he graduated from Atlantic High School in Delray Beach. In 1976, David graduated from Palm Beach Junior College with an Associate of Science (A.S.) Degree in Law Enforcement. While attending Palm Beach Junior College David was on the Dean’s List and a member of the honor fraternity, Phi Theta Kappa.
In 1978, David received his Bachelor of Science (B.S.) Degree in Criminology from The Florida State University. David was on the President’s and Dean’ List while an undergraduate student at F.S.U.
In 1981 David graduated from The Florida State University College of Law, with Honors. Upon passing The Florida Bar, David entered the United States Navy as an Ensign in the Judge Advocate General Corps (J.A.G.). David was quickly promoted through the ranks of Lieutenant Junior Grade (Lt.jg), Lieutenant (Lt.) and Lieutenant Commander (LCDR). As a Lieutenant while on active duty at the Charleston Naval Legal Service Office, David received the Navy Achievement Medal for designing a prosecutorial model for the prosecution of drug offenses to implement the Navy’s Zero Drug Tolerance Policy.
In 1985 David returned home to West Palm Beach, and accepted a position with the State Attorney’s Office, Fifteenth Judicial Circuit. David quickly became a well respected criminal trial lawyer and was given the task of running the Major Crimes Unit within the office. As Chief of the Major Crimes Unit, David was responsible for the investigation and prosecution of all drug crimes within Palm Beach County including wiretaps and all search warrants sought and executed. While an Assistant State Attorney, David became a member of the prestigious American Prosecutors Research Institute (A.P.R.I.) which is the educational affiliate of the National Association of District Attorneys. While an A.P.R.I. member David helped to design courses to be taught to prosecutors nationwide and helped to draft the forfeiture provisions of the Model Penal Code.
David went into private practice in 1989 when he joined a commercial litigation firm. In 1991, David started his own law firm, David F. Pleasanton, P. A.
As a prosecutor David successfully investigated and prosecuted many large scale drug traffickers as well as individuals accused of First Degree Murder and various other offenses.
As a Criminal Defense Attorney David has successfully defended individuals charged with offenses such as murder, drug trafficking, aggravated battery, attempted murder, D.U.I, burglary, etc.
David has also tried or handled numerous dissolution of marriages (divorce), child custody issues, child support issues, child relocation issues, Will disputes, and hearings pertaining to incapacity (guardianship).
David was admitted to the Florida Bar on September 25, 1981; the Naval-Marine Corps Court of Military Review on February 8, 1982; the U. S. Court of Military Appeals on March 16, 1984; Federal District Court, Southern District of Florida on September 4, 1987; Federal District Court, Middle District of Florida on November 17, 1989; U. S. Circuit Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit on June 13, 1993; and U. S. Supreme Court on February 20, 1996.
David in his years of practice has been authorized counsel for the Florida Police Benevolent Association (P.B.A), the Palm Beach County P.B.A., the Florida Association of State Troopers, and the Fraternal Order of Police (F.O.P.) Lodge 50 (Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office). David also represents the Lantana Police Department.
David has been honored by his peers and has received a Martindale-Hubbell rating of AV. This is the highest approval rating possible for lawyers and is based on the personal experience and observations of many lawyers who have confidentially evaluated him. The AV rating means that David has achieved a rating of very high in general ethical standards and a rating of very high to preeminent in legal ability.
Besides practicing law, David is very involved with the American Legion. He has served as a Post Commander; the Judge Advocate for the American Legion, Department of Florida; and on National committees. David was also a councilman and a member of the Code Enforcement Board for the Town of Lake Clarke Shores, Florida.
David is a member of The Florida Bar, Palm Beach County Bar Association, Palm Beach County Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. David is also a member of the Naval Reserve Association and American Legion Post 141.
Atlantic High School, Delray Beach, Florida 1975
Palm Beach Junior College (A.S.) Law Enforcement 1976
(Dean’s List and member of Phi Theta Kappa)
Florida State University (B.S.) Criminology 1978
(President’s and Dean’s List)
Florida State University (J.D.) College of Law 1981
United States Navy Judge Advocate General Corps
Office of the State Attorney, Fifteenth Judicial Circuit,
Palm Beach County, Florida (Chief of Major Crimes Unit)
Private Practice of Law
The Florida Bar (Admitted 9/25/81)
Naval-Marine Corps Court of Military Review (Admitted 2/8/82)
U. S. Court of Military Appeals (Admitted 3/16/84)
Federal District Court, Southern District of Florida (Admitted 9/4/87)
Federal District Court, Middle District of Florida (Admitted 11/17/89)
U. S. Circuit Court of Appeal, Eleventh Circuit (Admitted 6/13/93)
U. S. Supreme Court (Admitted 2/20/96)
Palm Beach County Bar Association
Palm Beach County Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Naval Reserve Association
American Legion Post 141
Flagler Bank Advisory Board
Judge Advocate for the American Legion, Department of Florida
National American Legion Committees
Former Councilman, Town of Lake Clarke Shores, Florida
Former member of the Code Enforcement Board, Town of Lake Clarke Shores, Florida