A. Lee Bentley, III

Top rated criminal defense attorney in Tampa, Florida

Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP
A. Lee Bentley, III
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP

Practice Areas: Criminal defense, White collar crimes; view more

Licensed in Florida since: 2017

Education: University of Virginia School of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2022 - 2023

Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP

100 North Tampa Street
Suite 2200
Tampa, FL 33602 Visit website


Bradley provides business clients around the world with a full suite of legal services in dozens of industries and practice areas. Bradley works with businesses and commercial entities.

A partner at the legal firm Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, which has offices nationwide, attorney A. Lee Bentley, III, serves clients from the firm’s office in Tampa, Florida. Mr. Bentley represents clients across the state, offering them legal counsel on matters such as:

  • Criminal defense
  • White collar crimes
  • False Claims Act
  • Qui tam cases
  • Internal investigations

Earning a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Georgia in 1980, Mr. Bentley went on to pursue his legal studies at the University of Virginia School of Law. While there, he served as the Notes Editor of the Virginia Law Review and was elected to be a member of the Order of the Coif. He graduated with his Juris Doctor in 1983 and gained his license to practice law in Florida and the District of Columbia. He is also admitted before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit and the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida.

After law school, Mr. Bentley clerked for the Honorable Lewis F. Powell, Jr. at the Supreme Court of the United States and the Honorable Clement F. Haynsworth, Jr. of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit. The recipient of several accolades over the years for his commitment to the spirit of the legal profession, he has been added to The Best Lawyers in America publication and listed in the Chambers USA under the litigation category. Furthermore, he was named to the Top Lawyers list by the Tampa Magazine in 2018. 

Maintaining an active presence in his community and the legal circle, Mr. Bentley is a member of the Lawyer Advisory Committee on Rules formed by the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida and a Master at the Herbert G. Goldburg-Ronald K. Cacciatore Criminal Law American Inn of Court. He is also a part of the Gold Shield Foundation and a board member of the Tampa Theatre Foundation. 

Practice areas

Criminal defense, Criminal defense: white collar

Focus areas

Criminal law, False accusations, Criminal law - federal

  • 70% Criminal defense
  • 30% Criminal defense: white collar

First Admitted: 1991, Washington DC

Professional Webpage: https://www.bradley.com/people/b/bentley-lee

Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Gold Shield Foundation
  • Tampa Theatre Foundation, Board Member
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • United States Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit
  • Goldburg/Cacciatore Inn of Court, Master
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida, Lawyer Advisory Committee on Rules, 2013-Present; Grievance Committee, 2005-2011
  • Florida
  • District Of Columbia
  • United States District Court, Middle District of Florida
Educational Background:
  • University of Georgia, B.B.A., 1980 
  • Listed in Florida Super Lawyers: Criminal Defense: White Collar, 2022
  • Listed in Tampa Magazine, "Top Lawyers," 2018
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America®, Criminal Defense: White-Collar, 2020-2023; Qui Tam Law, 2020-2023; Health Care Law, 2022-2023
  • Listed in Chambers USA, Litigation: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations, 2022

Office location for A. Lee Bentley, III

100 North Tampa Street
Suite 2200
Tampa, FL 33602

Phone: 813-603-2779


2 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2022 - 2023

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