Danelle D. Barksdale

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Danelle is a Board Certified Adoption Attorney who has been practicing adoption law since 1999. She has practiced exclusively in the area of adoption throughout the State of Florida and in conjunction with out-of-state placements that involve choice of law and Interstate Compact issues. She represents adoptive parents in adoption finalizations and represents several adoption agencies in private adoption placements. She handles a wide variety of adoption-related issues, including issues arising from contesting birth parents. Danelle is a member of the prestigious Academy of Adoption and Reproduction Attorneys and the Florida Adoption Council.

Danelle graduated from Rice University in 1989 with a degree in Psychology. In 1992, she received her law degree from the University of Florida College of Law, where she graduated with honors and was a member of Law Review. Danelle has been practicing law for over 20 years and has handled innumerable adoption cases.

Danelle has been active in her career with the Hillsborough County Bar Association, The Florida Bar, and the Hillsborough Association of Women Lawyers. Danelle served on The Florida Bar Adoption Law Certification Committee and served as Chair from 2015-2017. Additionally, Danelle volunteers with the Bay Area Volunteer Lawyers Program and has been recognized for her volunteer work in the area of adoption. She received the Florida Bar President’s Pro Bono Service Award for the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit in 2008 and the Jimmy Kynes Award for Outstanding Pro Bono Service in 2007. Danelle also has held board positions with private and non-profit organizations.

Danelle is rated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell, signifying that the legal community ranks her “at the highest level of professional excellence.”


J.D. with Honors, 1992
Member of Law Review


B.A., Psychology, 1989

  • AV Preeminent Rating of Professional Excellence by Martindale-Hubbell, 2022
  • Board Certified in Adoption Law
  • Jimmy Kynes Award for Outstanding Pro Bono Service
  • Florida Bar President’s Pro Bono Service Award
  • Former Chairperson, Adoption Law Certification Committee, The Florida Bar
  • Member, Florida Bar
  • Member, Hillsborough County Bar Association
  • Member, Academy of Adoption & Assisted Reproduction Attorneys

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