Bio: Byrd is currently the President of the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and Sarasota County Bar. He is also a member of the American Bar Association, Florida Bar-Criminal Law section, and the Sarasota County Bar Association and National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. Byrd is considered a "Super Lawyer" by his peers and is listed in "Best Lawyers" in America. Derek Byrd in Sarasota developed his passion for criminal law at a young age when he watched his father defend high profile criminal cases in the old Sarasota County Courthouse. The criminal law field excited him and he knew that he wanted to defend people in sticky situations.