David M. Garvin

Attorney Profile

Top Rated White Collar Crimes Attorney in Miami, FL

David M. Garvin, PA
 | 200 S Biscayne Blvd, Suite 3150
Miami, FL 33131
Phone: 305-371-8101
Fax: 305-371-8848
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2013, 2015 - 2018
Licensed Since: 1982
Practice Areas:
  • Criminal Defense: White Collar (60%),
  • Tax: Business (40%)
Attorney Profile

Renown for numerous Not Guilty verdicts in federal white collar crime cases, David Garvin focuses his practice primarily on providing defense representation to clients, throughout the state of Florida and nationwide, who have been accused by the federal government of income tax fraud. securities law violations, bank fraud, wire frau, mail fraud and money laundering. Mr. Garvin maintains his offices in Miami, Florida and for over 30 years has successfully presented an array of doctors, accountants lawyers, businessmen, celebrities and politicians. Mr. Garvin has earned the representation of being the lawyers' lawyer.

Mr. Garvin earned his Bachelor of Business Administration in accounting from the University of Miami in 1978. In 1982, he was awarded his Juris Doctor by the University of Miami School of Law, graduating cum laude. Five years later, he obtained an LL.M in taxation, also from the University of Miami School of Law. He is a certified public accountant, passing the Florida examination in 1982. Admitted to practice in Florida, Mr. Garvin is also admitted to practice before the United States Tax Court, the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, the U.S. District Courts for the Southern, Northern and Middle Districts of Florida, and the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the 6th, 8th and 11th Circuits. Mr. Garvin is certified as a specialist in tax law by The Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization and Education, and he is a member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.

Over the course of his career, Mr. Garvin has received numerous honors. The Daily Business Review named him as the Most Effective Lawyer in the area of criminal law for 2014. The Daily Business Review selected Mr. Garvin as the most effective lawyer in 2010 in the area of complex litigation. Mr. Garvin has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America. Attorney at Law Magazine named Mr. Garvin to its list of "12 to Watch in 2012". He has received an AV Preeminent* peer review rating through Martindale-Hubbell and a 10.0 "Superb" peer review rating through Avvo.

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Criminal Defense: White Collar (60%): White Collar Crime, Criminal Law - Federal

Tax (40%): Tax Law

Focus Areas

White Collar Crime, Criminal Law - Federal, Tax Law


Selected to Super Lawyers for 12 yearsbottom-image

Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2013, 2015 - 2018

Certificates and Credentials

Florida Bar Board Certified

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About David Garvin

Admitted: 1982, Florida

Professional Webpage: http://www.miami-tax-attorney-davidmgarvin.com/miami-tax-att...

Honors and Awards:

  • Attorney at law magazine wrote  "By taking cases many attorneys simply wouldn't touch, Garvin has made a name for himself in the Miami area and across the country. He has more criminal tax defense victories than any other lawyer in the southeast United States, and perhaps, the entire US", One of the twelve to watch, Attorney at law magazine, 2012
  • The Daily Business Review awarded Mr. Garvin with The Most Effective Lawyer in the Complex Category and wrote "The United States (IRS) sought the "Business Death Penalty" against Nation's Business Service. The Unites States alleged that Nation's Business Service prepared over 4,000 fraudulent tax returns each year during the period commencing 2004 through 2008. The United States also claimed that it had lost over $50,000,000 in tax revenue each year as a result of the tax returns prepared by Nation's Business Service. Following a 2 week trial the Court ruled against the permanent bar that the government sought.      The Unites States appealed and claimed the trial court had abused it's discretion. The 11th. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in favor of Nation's Business Service. Retired United States Supreme Justice Sandra Day O'Connor wrote the opinion. “Up until then, the IRS had won every case it ever brought in which it sought an injunction or the ‘death penalty,’ ” said Miami attorney David Garvin, who represented Cruz. “Up until now, the ball was rolling downhill like an avalanche.”, Most effective lawyer in the complex category, Daily Business Review Publication, 2010
  • In 2003, Mr. Garvin was selected for membership in the Outstanding Lawyers of America Association. (Membership is limited to 100 attorneys in each state.) In 1992, Mr. Garvin received the Who's Who award.

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Florida Bar Certified as a specialist in tax law since 1990.  Also, Certified Public Accountant (CPA) since 1982.

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Mr. Garvin is a member of the South Florida Tax Litigators Association

Verdicts and Settlements:

  • The Miami Herald wrote "Bank Fraud Conviction Reversed In Benton Bank Case, Defendant Released; Attorney David M. Garvin Successfully Appeals District Court Conviction"  White collar criminal defense attorney David M. Garvin today announced the successful appeal of the bank fraud conviction of Timothy Parkes in a case involving the former Benton Bank in Polk County, Tenn. On Feb. 2, the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals issued its unanimous decision in the case of United States v. Timothy Parkes, Case No. 09-6525, reversing convictions of bank fraud on all counts and granting the defendant's motion for judgment of acquittal. The court held that the district court had incorrectly denied Parkes' motion for acquittal following the jury trial., 2012
  •   Representative verdicts. (Samples, list is not exhaustive.) United States v. N.M., Case No. 15-20258 (Not guilty all counts); United States v. J.R., Case No. 13-20346 (Not guilty all counts); United States v. J.M., Case No. 12-CR-60025 (Not guilty all counts); United States v. T.P., Case No. 09-6525 (Not guilty all counts); United States v. H. C., Case No. 08-20916 (Not guilty all counts); United States v. D.A., Case No. 04-20190 (Not guilty all counts); United States v. T.E., Case No. 98-511 (Not guilty all counts); United States v. C.U., Case No. 98-398 (Not guilty all counts); State v. A.T. Case No. 2007 (Not guilty all counts)

Representative Clients:

  • Helio Castroneves (3 time Indianapolis 500 winner), Demetrios Armadoros, Artur E. Teele, Jr. (former Commisioner of Miami), Alex Daoud (former Mayor of Miami Beach),Timothy Parkes,Nations Business Center [Abelardo Cruz],Alfred E. & Mary Schaer.Terry Elliot,Scott Levine,Cleo Perfume,Unkle

Other Outstanding Achievements:

  • Winner of the Daily Business Review "Most Effective Lawyer for 2010" in the area of complex litigation. Winner of the Daily Business Review "Most Effective Lawyer for 2014" in the area of criminal law.


Educational Background:

  • LLM in Taxation from University of Miami 1987
Office Location for David M. Garvin

200 S Biscayne Blvd
Suite 3150
Miami, FL 33131

Phone: 305-371-8101

Fax: 305-371-8848


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Last Updated: 2/15/2018

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