David B. Pleat - Senior Partner

David B. PleatMr. Pleat, founding partner of the firm, graduated from Duquesne University in 1981 (B.A.).  He attended law school at the University Of Baltimore (J.D. 1985) and was admitted to the Maryland Bar in 1985. 

 He served as a law clerk for the Honorable J. James McKenna, Circuit Court Judge, Montgomery County, Maryland, following admission to the Bar. In 1993, he was admitted to the District of Columbia Bar, and in September 1995, he was admitted to the Florida Bar.

Mr. Pleat practiced for ten years as a litigator in the Washington, D.C. and Baltimore areas.  He relocated to Florida and has practiced in Florida since 1995.  He has extensive litigation experience in a variety of state and federal courts.  He has litigated cases in the areas of personal injury, wrongful death, real estate, association law, complex medical malpractice, commercial law, insurance claims and business / commercial litigation.  In addition to being a member of two state and the District of Columbia bars, he is also admitted to practice in two federal district courts.  He is a member of the Florida Justice Association, the Destin Area Chamber of Commerce (Chairman; 2007), the Walton County Chamber of Commerce, Destin Kiwanis Club, the Condominium Association Institute, and various individual state and county bar associations.  Mr. Pleat was recently selected to serve on the First Circuit Bench and Bar Professionalism Committee and is the former Vice Chairman of the Attorney Grievance Committee of The Florida Bar for the First District of Florida (2008-2011).   He has the distinction of being AV peer rated by Martindale Hubbell Law Directory.Destin Attorney Peer Review Rated LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell

He is married to Amy A. Perry, Esq. and lives in Sandestin.   Mr. Pleat has five children: Candace, Nicholas, Austin, Cassandra and Nola.


Phone: (850) 650-0599
Fax: (850) 650-4402
Email: Contact Page


Areas of Practice

  • Personal Injury / Wrongful Death
  • Insurance Law
  • Personal Injury - Defense
  • Business Litigation
  • Real Estate Law
  • Foreclosure Litigation and Defense (Mortgagee and Mortgagor)
  • Construction Law
  • Litigation
  • Condominium / Homeowners Association Law 

Bar Admissions

  • Maryland, 1985
  • Florida, 1995
  • District of Columbia, 1993


  • University of Baltimore School of Law, Baltimore, Maryland, 1985
  • Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA, 1981

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Okaloosa-Walton County Bar Association
  • The Florida Bar
  • Maryland State Bar Association
  • District of Columbia Bar
  • The Florida Justice Association
  • Destin Area Chamber of Commerce (Member, 2001-Present; Chairman of the Board, 2007; Recipient of the Business Person of the Year Award, 2011) 
  • Destin Area Sports Commission (2009-Present)
  • Kiwanis - Destin Chapter
  • Walton County Chamber, Building You in Leadership Development Mentor (2008-Present)
  • Florida First District Attorney Grievance Committee (Vice Chair) 2008-2011
  • Past President for Citizens for Good Leadership (CGL) (2006-2007)
  • First District Bench/Bar Professionalism Committee, (Member) 2012-present
  • First District Bench/Bar Professionalism Committee, Communications Committee (Chair) 2012- present
  • Seaside Charter School Business Advisory Board (2012-2013)

Birth Information

  • Bethesda, Maryland, United States of America (1959)