David A. Wallace

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Top Rated Appellate Attorney in Sarasota, FL

Bentley & Bruning, P.A.
 | 783 South Orange Avenue, Suite 300
Sarasota, FL 34236-4702
Phone: 941-556-9030
Fax: 941-312-5316
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2009 - 2020
Licensed Since: 1986
Practice Areas:
  • Appellate (60%),
  • General Litigation (40%)
    Attorney Profile

    An accomplished civil trial and appellate lawyer, David A. Wallace is an attorney at Sarasota, Florida-based Bentley & Bruning, P.A. He attended Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, as an undergraduate, and he received a Bachelor of Arts in 1983. Mr. Wallace then moved to Gainesville, Florida, for his legal education at the University of Florida Levin College of Law, and he was a member of the Florida Law Review before being awarded his Juris Doctor with honors and being inducted into the Order of the Coif in 1986.

    Mr. Wallace is the head of the appellate team at Bentley & Bruning, P.A., and he has been certified as a specialist in appellate practice by the Board of Legal Specialization & Education, which is part of The Florida Bar. He has been admitted to practice before all Florida state courts since 1986, and he is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit and the Supreme Court of the United States.

    Most of Mr. Wallace’s state court appeals are heard by the 2nd District Court of Appeal in Lakeland, and they involve decisions from lower courts in Sarasota, Tampa, St. Petersburg, Clearwater, Lakeland, Bartow, New Port Richey, Fort Myers and other cities in the central part of the state. In addition to appeals of final state and federal district court decisions, he handles interlocutory appeals as well as petitions for writs of mandamus and certiorari. Mr. Wallace works on appeals from other law firms as well as his own, and the high regard in which he is held by his fellow attorneys is reflected in his receipt of an AV Preeminent* peer review rating through Martindale-Hubbell.

    *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
    • 60%Appellate
    • 40%General Litigation
    Focus Areas

    Appeals, Litigation


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    Super Lawyers: 2009 - 2020

    Certificates and Credentials

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    About David Wallace

    Admitted: 1986, Florida

    Professional Webpage: https://bentleyandbruning.com/david-a-wallace/


    • Top Rated Lawyer in Appellate Law selected by American Law Media and Martindale-Hubbell, 2014
    • Florida Super Lawyers, 2009-2016
    • Martindale-Hubbell, AV Preeminent, 2009

    Special Licenses/Certifications:

    • Board-Certified Specialist in Appellate Law

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit
    • U.S. Supreme Court
    • U.S. District Court Middle District of Florida
    • Florida

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • Judge John M. Scheb American Inn of Court, Member 
    • Sarasota Community Blood Bank, Board of Directors, Member
    • Wellness Community of Southwest Florida, Trustee

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • A Victory for Manatee County Property Owners (7/15/2005)
    • Answers to Frequently Asked Questions About Appeals (3/3/2003)
    • Lessons Learned: Tips for Avoiding Litigation in Real Estate Contracts (10/18/2006)
    • Hire an Appellate Specialist in Florida (7/8/2015)


    • Lehmann v. Cocoanut Bayou Ass’n, 157 So. 3d 289 (Fla. 2d DCA 2014)
    • Venice HMA, LLC d/b/a Venice Regional Medical Center v. Sarasota County and Sarasota County Public Hospital District, 40 Fla. L. Weekly D1888a (Aug 14, 2015) 
    • FCCI Ins. Co. v. Cayce’s Excavation, Inc., 901 So. 2d 248 (Fla. 2d DCA 2005)
    • Iberiabank v. Beneva 41-1, LLC, 701 F. 3d 916 (11th Cir. Fla. 2012)
    • Sarasota County v. Bow Point on the Gulf Condo. Developers, LLC, 974 So. 2d 431 (Fla. 2d DCA 2007)
    • Bogert v. Morrison (In re Morrison), 972 So. 2d 905 (Fla. 2d DCA 2007)
    • Pagan v. Sarasota County Pub. Hosp. Bd., 884 So. 2d 257 (Fla. 2d DCA 2004)

    Educational Background:

    • Duke University, A.B. Magna Cum Laude
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    Office Location for David A. Wallace

    783 South Orange Avenue
    Suite 300
    Sarasota, FL 34236-4702

    Phone: 941-556-9030

    Fax: 941-312-5316

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    Last Updated: 10/13/2020

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