Tad A. Yates

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Criminal Defense Attorney in Orlando, FL

The Law Offices of Tad A. Yates, P.A.
 | 3431 Edgewater Drive, Orlando, FL 32804
Phone: 407-501-4002
Fax: 407-608-7778
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2010 - 2021
Selected To Rising Stars: 2009
Licensed Since: 1994
Practice Areas:
  • Criminal Defense (70%),
  • Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI (20%),
  • Appellate (10%)
    Attorney Profile

    Tad A. Yates has practiced law in the communities of central Florida since 1994. Today, Tad's practice is dedicated to the defense of persons accused of misdemeanors and felonies of every type, including drug offenses, DUI, sex crimes, battery, theft, domestic violence-related charges, juvenile offenses, fraud charges and all traffic crimes. Tad also represents clients in appeals of criminal convictions and in Rule 3.850 Post-Conviction proceedings.

    Tad currently serves on the Florida Bar Board of Governors as a representative for the Ninth Judicial Circuit.  He is a past-President of the Orange County Bar Association and of the Legal Aid Society of the OCBA.  Tad is a past Chair of the Ninth Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission and past Chair of a Florida Bar Grievance Committee.  He previously served on the Board of Directors for the Florida Bar Foundation and the University of Florida Alumni Association.

    In addition to his inclusion in the Florida Super Lawyers listings, Tad has been selected multiple times by Florida Trend Magazine as one of "Florida's Legal Elite" in the area of criminal law, and he is rated AV Preeminent,* the highest rating an attorney can receive via the peer-review ratings process facilitated by Martindale-Hubbell.

    Tad accepts cases in all counties in Central Florida as well as in Gainesville, Alachua County.


    *AV Preeminent and BV Distinguished are certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used 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 ratings fall into two categories: legal ability and general ethical standards.

    Practice Areas
    • 70%Criminal Defense
    • 20%Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI
    • 10%Appellate
    Focus Areas

    Arrest & Arraignment, Assault & Battery, Criminal Fraud, Criminal Law, Drug & Alcohol Violations, Expungement, False Accusations, Felony, Juvenile Delinquency, Misdemeanor, Motor Vehicle Offenses, Probation, Sex Offenses, Theft, Traffic Violations, Criminal Domestic Violence, DUI/DWI, Appeals


    Selected to Super Lawyers for 12 yearsmiddle-imageSelected to Rising Stars for 1 years

    Super Lawyers: 2010 - 2021 Rising Stars: 2009

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    About Tad Yates

    Admitted: 1994, Florida

    Professional Webpage: https://www.tadyates.com/attorney-profile/


    • Young Lawyer Professionalism Award, Orange County Bar Association, 2004
    • Outstanding Executive Council Member, Orange County Bar Association, 2008
    • President's Award, Orange County Bar Association, 2006

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • Chair of Judicial Nomination Commission for the Ninth Judicial Circuit., 2013
    • Vice President, Orange County Bar Association, 2007
    • Member, Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
    • Past President, Legal Aid Society of the Orange County Bar Association
    • Board of Directors, Florida Bar Foundation
    • Past President, Board of Trustees, Legal Aid Society of the Orange County Bar Association
    • Member, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
    • Past Member, Board of Directors, First Central Florida American Inns of Court
    • Board of Directors of University of Florida Alumni Association
    • President, Orange County Bar Association, 2008
    • Member, The Florida Bar
    • Member, Central Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

    Industry Groups

    • Past President Orange County Bar Association And Legal Aid Society Of OCBA; Chair Of Ninth Circuit J
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    Office Location for Tad A. Yates

    3431 Edgewater Drive
    Orlando, FL 32804

    Phone: 407-501-4002

    Fax: 407-608-7778

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    Last Updated: 12/18/2020

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