Dawn Pompey Whitehurst has litigated in state and federal courts and before administrative tribunals for over 25 years. Mrs. Whitehurst has gained this invaluable experience representing plaintiffs and defendants in numerous practice areas, including civil rights, personal injury, wrongful deaths, trucking and vehicle accidents, medical malpractice, insurance disputes, employment law, contract disputes, and commercial litigation.
Early in her career Mrs. Whitehurst handled criminal matters involving serious felony crimes and misdemeanor offenses as a prosecutor with the Second Judicial Circuit State Attorney’s Office in Tallahassee. Later she served as an Assistant City Attorney in the Tallahassee City Attorney’s Office, first serving as the legal advisor to the Police Chief and his command staff on various management, employment, and discipline issues. Mrs. Whitehurst also provided advice and representation for the City in cases involving police misconduct and labor and employment law, which encompassed drafting policies and procedures, defending the City in grievance hearings, arbitration proceedings, and in civil litigation cases involving tort claims and civil rights violations in state and federal court.
Mrs. Whitehurst is a current member of the prestigious American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), an elite group of veteran Plaintiffs’ and Defense lawyers. In 2011, Mrs. Whitehurst was selected by the membership of the Tallahassee Chapter of ABOTA as the Trial Attorney of the Year. Mrs. Whitehurst has also served as a member of the Florida Bar Grievance Committee for the Second Judicial Circuit, the Florida Bar Civil Procedure Rules Committee, the Florida Association of Police Attorney, Inc., and as a Master Lawyer member of the William H. Stafford American Inn of Court. In addition, she has volunteered as an attorney coach for the FAMU High School Mock Trial Team, as a judge for the Florida Bar High School Mock Trial Competition, and as an attorney for the Legal Services of North Florida Hot Line.
Mrs. Whitehurst received her Bachelor of Science degree and her Juris Doctorate degree from Florida State University. She is admitted to the Florida Bar, the Virginia Bar, the United States District Courts for the Northern and Middle Districts of Florida. Mrs. Whitehurst is married to Tony Whitehurst and has twin sons, Terrance and Terrell. In her spare time, she likes to play tennis and travel.