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Ken A. Barlow

Board Certified Criminal Trial Specialist

Ken A. Barlow, Jr. is a Florida Bar Board Certified Criminal Trial Lawyer, and has been since 2008.  This means that he holds the highest Florida Bar Association certification or qualification that any Florida lawyer can obtain in Criminal Trial Law in Florida.  Only highly skilled and knowledgeable lawyers attain this level of professional certification, which requires peer review for proven ethics, exceptional legal skill – including trial skills – and requires a demonstration of legal knowledge and expertise in the area of certification which is tested by the Florida Bar in a special Board Certification Exam.

Education, Board Certification & DUI Training

In Florida, only Board Certified lawyers are permitted to hold themselves out to the public as an “Expert” in their area of certification.  Obtaining Board Certification is no simple task; by way of an example, as of May 1, 2015, there were 100,800 lawyers admitted to the Florida Bar.  Of those 100,800 Florida attorneys, only 384 are Board Certified in the area of Criminal Trial Law.

As a former Prosecuting Attorney, former County Court Judge, and former and current Criminal Defense Trial Lawyer, Ken’s 26+ years of experience within the criminal justice system is both extensive and hard to beat!  He served as a Prosecutor for 9.5 years, handling both Felony and Misdemeanor cases. As a former and current Criminal Defense Trial Lawyer, Ken has handled a multitude of legal issues and appeared in many courts representing his clients in State and Federal Court during his legal career.

In the course of his legal career, Ken has prosecuted and defended both Felony and Misdemeanor cases, and has taken many cases to trial, on both sides of the aisle.   As a Prosecutor and as a private trial lawyer, Ken has experience involving serious felonies, such as crimes of violence like murder/attempted murder cases, sexual offenses against adults, sexual offense against children, burglary cases, robbery cases, aggravated battery charges, drug offenses, property/theft related cases, firearms cases, fraud cases, and misdemeanor cases, like Driving Under the Influence cases, including challenges to breath test evidence, Domestic Violence cases, battery cases, wildlife cases, worthless check cases, extradition matters, and numerous other types of cases as well.

Work Experience

During his 6 years of service as a County Court Judge, Ken presided as a trial judge over jury trials, as well as all of the other numerous Court-related judicial duties required of him while on the Bench.  Ken Barlow left the Bench on January 5, 2015, and resumed the private practice of law at his own law firm on January 17, 2015.

Ken A. Barlow, Jr.’s recognized expertise in the area of Criminal Trial Law, combined with his past experience as prosecutor, defense counsel, and (former) Judge clearly establishes him as your best choice for your legal problem.  His unique qualifications, skill set, and unique legal experience set him apart from other lawyers.

Ken is admitted to both the Florida and Alabama Bar Associations, and is admitted to practice in the U.S. Federal District Courts for the Middle District of Florida and the Northern District of Alabama.  He accepts new clients and handles cases in both State and Federal Courts.

Undergraduate:  The University of the South, Sewanee, TN, B.A. in English.
Also attended Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC

Law School:  Cumberland School of Law, Samford University, Birmingham, Alabama


Alabama Bar Association, 1989
Florida Bar Association, 1991
Orange County Bar Association

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