R. Timothy Jansen

Top rated Criminal Defense attorney in Tallahassee, Florida

Jansen & Davis, P.A.
R. Timothy Jansen
Jansen & Davis, P.A.

Practice Areas: Criminal Defense, White Collar Crimes, DUI-DWI; view more

Licensed in Florida since: 1987

Education: University of Florida Levin College of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2021 - 2023

Jansen & Davis, P.A.

125 N Franklin Blvd
Tallahassee, FL 32301 Visit website


A partner at Jansen & Davis, P.A., R. Timothy Jansen focuses his practice exclusively on criminal defense matters. Located in Tallahassee, he provides representation to clients throughout the Florida Panhandle and other parts of the state. Mr. Jansen has been admitted to practice in Florida since 1987, and he is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Courts for the Northern and Western Districts of Florida, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit, and the Supreme Court of the United States.

Mr. Jansen has assisted thousands of people who have been charged with having committed state or federal crimes, many of whom have been high-profile, including a former Heisman Trophy winner who attended Florida State University in Tallahassee. The types of cases that he has worked on have included weapons offenses, drug possession and distribution, white collar crimes such as fraud, racketeering, and embezzlement, domestic violence, homicide, assault, robbery, kidnapping and arson. Mr. Jansen has an enviable record of being able to obtain positive results for his clients, including acquittals, dismissals and the negotiation of favorable plea agreements with the prosecution. This has led to a great deal of favorable recognition from his fellow members of the bar, including an AV Preeminent* peer review rating through Martindale-Hubbell.

Mr. Jansen has delivered commentary on high-profile cases such as the O. J. Simpson trial on several national television and radio shows. After graduating from the University of Florida Levin College of Law in 1986, he spent several years as an assistant United States attorney in Florida, where he prosecuted many of the same types of offenses that he now defends against on behalf of his many clients. A former NFL player agent, he is a member of numerous legal organizations.

*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

Criminal Defense, Criminal Defense: White Collar, Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI

Focus areas

Assault & Battery, Criminal Domestic Violence, Criminal Fraud, Criminal Law, Criminal Law - Federal, DUI/DWI, Drug & Alcohol Violations, Expungement, Felony, Juvenile Delinquency, Misdemeanor, Murder, Sex Offenses, Theft, White Collar Crime

  • 70% Criminal Defense
  • 20% Criminal Defense: White Collar
  • 10% Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI

First Admitted: 1987, Florida

Professional Webpage: https://www.jansenlawoffice.com/our-team/r-timothy-jansen/

  • , Super Lawyers, 2021
  • , AA Rating, Martindale-Hubbell
  • Awarded Florida's Best Defender January 16, 2014, Florida's Best Defender, The Oddysey Magazine, 2014
  • , Florida Blue Key
  • High Impact Criminal Lawyer award, High Impact Lawyer, 850 Business Magazine North Florida, 2016
  • Bar Registry of Prominent Lawyers (2000 - present), 2000
  • National Trial Lawyers Top 100, Criminal Defense Lawyers, 2019
  • AV Rated By Martindale Hubbell based on peer reviews FROM 2000-2020, 2020
  • Florida Bar Public Service Award for pro bono work. Supplemental attorney award handling cases for attorney who committed suicide
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Tallahassee Bar
  • The Florida Bar, Criminal Law Section
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1994
  • Florida Inventory Attorney for Deceased Attorney, 2005
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit, 1994
  • High School Mock Trial Judge Florida State College of Law Mock Trial instructor
  • Radio/legal analysis for OJ Simpson murder trial - Local radio station. 
  • Appeared on National TV/Radio for legal analysis on various high profile cases including: ESPN, CNN, NBC, CBS, Current Affair, 48 Hours, Unsolved Mysteries and Court TV Live Trial.
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Florida, 1994, Assistant U.S. Attorney (Trial Attorney Prosecutor), 1989
  • Florida Bar Grievance  Committee member and co-chair
  • Washington DC - Travelled with General Alexander M. Haig throughout the United States on Presidential Campaign, 1987
  • Florida Department of State 1988-1989 Assistant General Counsel - prosecuted administrative charges for charities, concealed weapons, 6-licenses (handled many administrative hearings before DOAH), 1988
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Florida, 1994, 2014, Assistant U.S. Attorney - Senior Fraud Prosecutor in Major Crimes Section, 1991
  • Created Jansen Law office (Jansen & Davis) in 1994 to the present
  • Member of Florida Bar (No disciplinary record), 1987
Educational Background:
  • University of Florida, B.A., 1983
  • St. Petersburg College, A.A. Honors: With Honors, 1981
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Florida Bar Grievance Committee 2002-2004, 2002
  • Florida Bar Inventory Attorney, 2005
  • Various Pro Bono work: Legal Aid  - 1994-2010 Volunteer/Supplemental award - volunteer to handle cases due to death of attorney
Representative Clients:
  • County Commissioner Escambia County; State of Florida v Childers - Pensacola, Florida; Former Speaker of House of Florida Legislators; Sunshine Law Violation; Jury Trial; Mixed verdict; Co-counsel Fred Levin, 2006
  • State of Florida v Bryan Norman Klein 2006-CF-3365 - Leon County Court - Manslaughter; culpable negligence charge; reduced to misdemeanor 2nd degree, 2006
  • State of Florida v JSG Boggs 2006-CF-3746 - International Artist; arrested for possession of meth, paraphernalia and concealed weapon. , 2006
  • Former preferred counsel for FSU athletes from 2012-2015, 2012
  • C. Patrick Roberts v Speaker of House 2017-CA-2284, Florida Cook, Chanel, Emeril Lagassi, 2017
  •  Represented Florida Casinos in handling trust accounts for corporations
  • Numerous high profile coaches and athletes in the State of Florida: Heisman Trophy Winner, NFL QB Jameis Winston Former Gator QB, NFL QB Shane Matthews Former Bator QB, NFL QB Chris Leak Former NFL player Corey Fuller Former FAMU head football coach, Earl Holmes Former FAMU basketball coach, Clemon Johnson Former Maclay High School baseball coach Former Florida Mr. Football, AJ Graham Current NFL player Seth Roberts
Other Outstanding Achievements:
  • Leon High Foundation - One of 6 public high schools to have a foundation to collect money to be used by school to cover school needs/equipment. Member 2008-2014 President 2012-2014 As President, created the Leon High School Foundation Endowment.  Only 1 of 6 in the entire US to have an Endowment for a public endorsement.  Currently has approximately $500,000 in funding in the endowment to support in perpetuity Leon High School to cover equipment needs of teachers/students at Leon High. , 2008
  • Springtime Tallahassee Florida - Other positions held President elect (2014-2015); Treasurer and various other positions with Springtime Tallahassee Elected to AJ Staff and elected to represent Springtime as Ambassador throughout the State of Florida and Minnesota, 2014
  • Springtime Music Festival As president, created the Springtime Music Festival.  Free concerts to the public. Managed, selected and introduced bands for the concert.  Average attendance 9,000 - 12,000 for the event, 2015
  • Boystown (Tallahassee) - Non-profit charitable national organization General Chair - raised over $380,000 for Boystown charity Boystown guest speaker at graduation ceremony Boystown Gala Master of Ceremonies (largest charitable non-profit event for under privileged kids in Tallahassee, 2016
  • President of Springtime Tallahassee - Largest civic festival in the South. 51 year history and over 200,000 visitors for event and parade.  Responsible for all events & budget of over $400,000.  Travel throughout Florida representing Springtime and encouraging visitors to attend the Tallahassee event, 2015
Special Licenses/Certifications:
  • State of Florida Certified Agent, 2015
  • NFL Certified Licensed Contract Negotiator (NFL Agent), 2016
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Florida Bar Journal Article, Student Conduct Hearings in a University Setting: Just or Unjust, Florida Bar Journal Vol.90 No. 6, 2016
  • Insurance Fraud Seminar, Florida, 1993
  • Lecturer, Trial Strategies/Jury Selection, Tallahassee Legends in Trial Practice, Florida, 1996
  • Lecturer, Investigating and Prosecuting Insurance and Health Care Fraud, Florida Department of Insurance Fraud Seminar, Florida, 1993
  • Lecturer, Complex Health Care Fraud Litigation, United States Department of Justice, South Carolina, 1993
  • Fall seminar in Watercolor, Florida. September, 2015, Lecturer, Representing High Profile Clients, Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Legal
  • Lecturer at University of Florida College of Law., Lecturer, 2019
  • Florida Legislation v C. Patrick Roberts/Emeril Legassi; 2017-CA-2284 & 2017-CA-2368; Legislative Subpoenas issued by Florida Speaker of the House and Legislature. Successfully defeated the issuance of Subpoenas in Leon Circuit Court., 2017
  • State of Florida v Brian Winchester; Successfully negotiated Full Immunity for 1st Degree Murder. 18 year old murder led to discovery of Mike Williams body and led to murder charges for Denise Winchester who was convicted. The case was subject to many National stories, including 48 Hours Unsolved Mysteries and numerous books. I drafted the Immunity Agreement that is now utilized by Defense Lawyers, 2016
  • State of Florida v Corey Fuller; Armed Robbery of Gambling Parlor; Case filmed live for Court TV Jury trial/ Not Guilty All Counts, 2004
  • State of Florida v AJ Graham; Florida's Mr. Football Award winner charged with Armed Robbery.  Successfully had all charges dropped.  Was able to get his football scholarship reinstated to Marshall University. , 2009
  • State of Florida v. Jameis Winston (Sexual battery/ False Imprisonment) National exposure/ Investigation. (No Charges Filed) Assisted Jameis Winston with his pursuit of Heisman Trophy. Travelled to Heisman trophy Ceremonies with Jameis Winston. (Successfully got State Attorney to Publicly announce No Charges on Thursday prior to the Ballot Deadline on Sunday. Getting the public announcement prior to the weekend was key in Jameis winning The Heisman.), 2013
  • State of Florida v Seth Roberts 2011-CF-1309; State Football player charged with Armed Home Invasion, Robbery. Successfully plead to lesser charge, Kept his eligibility as college player. Completed Probation and is currently in the NFL, 2011
  • The preferred Legal Counsel for FSU Athletics including Football, Baseball, Basketball and Tennis. Worked with FSU Athletics Program and coaches in coordinating representation before Dean of Students and criminal cases. During 2013 National Championship team - successfully represented 6 students on National Championship team. Maintained eligibility for all players, 2012
  • State of Florida v. Wykiza Brock - (Leon County) (Sexual Battery -Not Guilty)(Attempted Sexual Battery- Not Guilty)(Jury Trial/ Acquittal)(Battery Charge reduced to Misdemeanor Battery), 2003
  • Represented former Gator QB Chris Leak in allegations of sexual misconduct as Edgewater High School coach in Orlando, Florida. Successfully prevented any charges from being filed in the investigation
  • U.S. v. Carlos Lofton - U.S. District Court Northern District of Florida (Tallahassee) (Conspiracy to Distribute Cocaine, Possession with Intent to sell Cocaine, Possession of Firearm In-furtherance drug crimes.) (Jury Trial -Not Guilty 11/21/10), 2010
  • U.S. v. John Axley - U.S. District Court Northern District of Florida (Tallahassee) (Conspiracy to Defraud the United States, Insurance Crimes Affecting Interstate Commerce) (Jury Trial/ Acquittal), 2011
  • U.S. v. James Doran - U.S. District Court Northern District of Florida (Tallahassee) ( Fraud, Theft and Misappropriation of Property Organization, FSU and State in violation of 4166 18 USC. 666(A)(1)(A)) (Jury Trial/ Acquittal - 8/4/2017), 2015
  • State of Florida v. Kenson Brown (Sexual Battery and Burglary of Dwelling) (Jury Trial- Not Guilty), 2009
  • State of Florida v. Jimmy Tucker (Hamilton County, FL) (Trafficking in Cocaine, Possession with Intent to Deliver/ Sell Cocaine, Carrying a Concealed Firearm, Possession of Cocaine.) (Motion to Dismiss Granted to all counts - 5/14/14), 2013
  • Michael Shane Matthews - (Healthcare Fraud Kickbacks) U.S. District Court Southern District of Florida. (Plead to reduced charge of Federal Misdemeanor - Misbranding of Drugs for Sale (21:331(A)) (3 month jail time, $489,000 Restitution.), 2018
  • State of Florida v. Vincent Iuliano (Leon Circuit Court - Sexual battery) (Case Dismissed), 2019
  • State of Florida v. Christopher Walker (Wakulla County) ( Sexual Battery by Familial or Custodial Authority, Lewd and Lascivious molestation, Lewd and Lascivious Battery.) ( Jury Trial - Not Guilty), 2014
  • State of Florida v. Jordan Strum - (Leon County Court - Sexual battery) (Trial- Not Guilty 2017), 2016
  • Former Head Basketball Coach Clemon Johnson v. FAMU (Breach of Contract, Fraudulent Inducement.) (Settlement for over $125,000), 2020
  • Former Head Football Coach Earl Holmes v. FAMU (Breach of Contract, Fraudulent Inducement.) (Settlement over $400,000), 2020

Office location for R. Timothy Jansen

125 N Franklin Blvd
Tallahassee, FL 32301

Phone: 850-641-8739


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