Ethan Andrew Way
Ethan Andrew Way

Practice Areas:

  • Civil Litigation
  • State & Federal Trial Practice
  • Criminal Trial
  • Family Law & Custody Matters


Since being admitted to the Florida Bar in September 1998, Way has focused his career on criminal law and complex trial practice, in both State and Federal Courts. Way served as both an Assistant Public Defender and Assistant State Attorney early in his career, an experience that gives him a valuable insight into evaluating a case from “both sides.”

Way has submitted appeals in the First District Court of Appeal, and in 2005, he argued before the Florida Supreme Court on behalf of the Florida Bar’s Criminal Rules Committee. Way has appeared in U.S. District Court and U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern and Middle Districts of Florida and Western District of Arkansas.

Way was on the faculty of the FACDL 2005 seminar “Death is Different,” and taught on the issue of plea-bargaining and evaluation of death penalty cases for trial. Way has lectured on the critically important topic of jury selection in civil and criminal cases. Way is often featured in the Tallahassee Democrat, has appeared as a legal commentator on CBS affiliate WCTV Channel 6, and been heard as a panelist on 88.9, WFSU. In January 2009, Way made a presentation to the Tallahassee Police Department’s Criminal Investigative Division’s Persons Unit at the request of the unit’s deputy commander. He is a frequent guest lecturer at the Florida State University College of Law, speaking most often on trial practice and oral advocacy.


  • Florida State University College of Law, Tallahassee, Florida
    • J.D. - 1998
    • Honors: With Honors
  • Jacksonville University, Jacksonville, Fl
    • B.S.

Bar Admission

  • Florida, 1998
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Florida


  • 10 out of 10 Rating, with over 100 reviews
  • Top 100 Criminal Trial Lawyers in the United States, 2013
  • Legal Elite – Criminal Law, Florida Trend Magazine, 2010
  • Recognized as a Specialist in Criminal Trial Law, Florida Bar

Classes & Seminars

  • Death is Different Seminar, FACDL, 2005
  • Guest Lecturer, Trial Practice and Oral Advocacy, Florida State University College of Law
  • Presenter , Tallahassee Police Department Criminal Investigative Division-Persons Unit

Past Positions

  • State of Florida , Assistant Public Defender
  • State of Florida , Assistant State Attorney

Professional Associations

  • Florida Supreme Court Committee, Standard Jury Instructions in Criminal Cases, Member , 2006-2010
  • Florida Bar, Criminal Procedure Rules Committee, Former Member
  • Florida Bar, Second Judicial Circuit Unlicensed Practice of Law Committee, Past Chair , 2004-2006
  • Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Tallahassee Chapter, President , 2002-2008
  • Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Lifetime Member
  • Bench/Bar Committee of the Second Judicial Circuit, Member
  • Florida Bar, Criminal Law Certification Committee, Chair , 2011-2012
  • Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization and Education , Former Member

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Board Certified Criminal Trial Lawyer , Florida Bar , 2004

Current Employment Position

  • Attorney