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David W. Payne


David Payne is a Sarasota native and lives with his wife, Laurie. They have three sons and one daughter. David is Board Certified by the Florida Bar as a specialist in Wills, Trusts and Estates.


David has been listed in Best Lawyers and Super Lawyers since 2006. He was awarded Best Lawyer by Sarasota Magazine for 2011.


  • University of Florida, B.S. 1983 class

  • Mechanical Engineering with high honors, 1985 class

  • General Electric, Advanced Course in Engineering, Cincinnati, OH, 1987

  • University of Cincinnati, Graduate Classes in Aerospace Engineering, 1988

  • Cornell University, J.D., 1992


  • State of Florida Bar, Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section

  • Florida Board Certified Wills, Trusts and Estates (since 2000)

    • Current meeting coordinator

  • Southwest Florida Estate Planning Council

    • Served five-year term on planning committee

  • Estate Planning and Probate Sarasota section of the Sarasota County Bar Association

    • Chair, 2008-2009 

  • Sarasota County Bar Association

  • Business Trusted Alliance Group (2012- Present)

  • Business Networking International (2002-2015)

  • Federalist Society

  • Christian Legal Society

  • Tau Beta Phi

  • Pi Tau Sigma

  • AV Rated Martindale-Hubbell

  • Best Lawyers/Super Lawyers

 Practice Areas:

  • Estate Planning

  • Estate Administration

  • Probate

  • Trust Law

  • Taxation

  • Business Law

Other Areas of Community Involvement (Past or Present):

  • Designing Women Boutique

  • Seminars on wealth & estate planning for local organizations

  • Homeowner’s Association

portrait of David Payne
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