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Stephen S. Dobson III

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Steve Dobson is a member of Baker Donelson's Government Enforcement and Investigations Group and has served as an Assistant United States Attorney.

Professional Biography

Overview

A member of Baker Donelson's Government Enforcement and Investigations Group, Mr. Dobson has more than 20 years of experience in criminal practice, including significant cases in health care fraud, securities fraud, tax fraud, public corruption, and a variety of white collar crimes.

Before he began private practice, Mr. Dobson also served as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Northern District of Florida. Prior to attending law school, Mr. Dobson worked for the Florida Department of Law Enforcement for 15 years where he served in a variety of positions, including Special Agent, Special Agent Supervisor, and Inspector.

Representative Matters
  • Former Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives charged by the Second Judicial Circuit of Florida, Leon County, with official misconduct, perjury in an official proceeding, grand theft of more than $100,000, and conspiracy to commit grand theft. Six-day jury trial ended with an entry of a Nolle Prosequi by the State Attorney dismissing the charges following the judge's ruling that the State had failed to prove the existence of a conspiracy.

  • Client received a target letter from the United States Attorney's Office, Middle District of Florida, Tampa Division, in a major health care fraud investigation. A lengthy presentation was made to the U.S. Attorney and top assistants. After a four-year investigation, the client was not charged.

  • Former Director of the Alachua County Jail. Charged by the United States Attorney's Office, Northern District of Florida, Gainesville Division with conspiracy to defraud the United States. Four-week jury trial resulted in a not guilty verdict.

  • Former attorney from Lexington, Kentucky charged by the United States Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Kentucky, Northern Division, Covington, Kentucky with one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, nine counts of devising a scheme/artifice to defraud and obtain money by means of false and fraudulent pretenses; and one count of forfeiture. Charges stemmed from a diet drug class action suit in which our client and two additional lawyers represented the plaintiffs. 

  • Former president of an insurance company charged by the United States Attorney's Office, Northern District of Florida, Tallahassee Division with conspiracy to defraud the Florida Office of Insurance Regulation, the Florida Hurricane Catastrophe (CAT) Fund, the State Board of Administration, and Paragon Strategic Solutions, Inc. in an amount greater than $20 million dollars. There was a five-day trial concluding in a verdict of not guilty per a judgment of acquittal by the Honorable Robert Hinkle.

  • Technology Chief of Staff for the State of Florida (appointed by Governor Jeb Bush) was charged by the Second Judicial Circuit of Florida, Leon County with felony grand theft. Jury trial resulted in a not guilty verdict.

  • NFL player charged by the Second Judicial Circuit of Florida, Leon County, with felony bribery. Jury trial resulted in a not guilty verdict.

  • NFL player charged by the Second Judicial Circuit of Florida, Leon County, with felony possession of GHB. Jury trial resulted in a not guilty verdict.

  • CFO of a Florida-based family owned health maintenance organization, charged by the State Attorney for the Second Judicial Circuit of Florida, Leon County, with 14 counts of false or misleading statements of impairment of capital submitted to Florida's Office of Insurance Regulation (OIR); two counts of engaging in an organized scheme to defraud; and, one count of racketeering. After two years, a Nolle Prosequi was filed by the State Attorney's Office dismissing the charges.

  • Leon County Commissioner charged by the State Attorney for the Second Judicial Circuit of Florida, Leon County, with two counts of felony grand theft, one count of official misconduct, and four counts of petit theft. Judge Tom Bateman granted our Motion to Dismiss Counts I – VII; Count VIII was transferred to a new Misdemeanor case.

  • Leon County Commissioner charged by the Second Judicial Circuit of Florida, Leon County, with three counts of fraudulent travel claim (second degree misdemeanor) and one count of petit theft (first degree misdemeanor). Jury trial resulted in a not guilty verdict.

Professional Honors & Activities
  • AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America® since 2001 in the areas of Criminal Defense: General Practice and White-Collar
  • Named to Florida Trend's "Legal Elite" (2018)
  • Board of Directors/Member – Tallahassee Bar Association (1988 – Present)
  • Member – American Bar Association
  • Member – Federal Bar Association
  • Member – William H. Stafford Chapter of the American Inn of Court
  • Member – Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member – Association of the Trial Lawyers of America
  • Member – Exchange Club of Tallahassee
  • Member – Economic Club of Florida

Awards

Education

  • Florida State University College of Law, J.D., 1988, with honors
  • Florida State University, B.S., 1976

Admissions

  • Florida, 1988
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, 2007
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, 1991
  • United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida, 1993
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Florida, 1991

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