E. JON WEIFFENBACH
E. Jon Weiffenbach started his own firm in 1986 as a sole practitioner in the areas of Criminal Defense and Family Law after working with the Public Defender’s Office for two years. Since that time, Mr. Weiffenbach has handled thousands of cases, including numerous jury trials on capital cases, such as first-degree murder and capital sexual batteries. Complex dissolutions and post-dissolution matters continue to be a large part of his practice as well.
Mr. Weiffenbach earned a B.A. degree in American and English literature from the University of South Florida in 1981, after a two-year college basketball career at Biscayne College, now the University of St. Thomas Aquinas. He obtained his J.D. from Stetson College of Law in 1984. Mr. Weiffenbach worked in the Public Defender’s Office as an intern while still enrolled at Stetson handling a number of jury trials even prior to graduation.
Mr. Weiffenbach was admitted to the Florida Bar in 1984 and joined the American Bar Association. He is also qualified to practice in Federal Court, having been admitted to the United States Middle District that same year. He served two terms on the Grievance committee for the Florida Bar in the 12th Judicial Circuit and is a past member of the Fee Arbitration Board.
In 1995, Mr. Weiffenbach received an award from the Supreme Court of Florida and then-Governor Lawton Chiles, for his dedication to the Florida Guardian Ad Litem Program and outstanding Pro Bono Services to the Court. Mr. Weiffenbach and Mr. Reinhart formed the firm Weiffenbach & Reinhart in 2016. Mr. Weiffenbach’s previous firm was nominated for Business Partner of the Year. Mr. Weiffenbach also served as a judge in local high school mock trial competitions.
Mr. Weiffenbach was born in New Orleans, Louisiana and raised in Key West, Florida. He moved to the Manatee County area in 1981. Mr. Weiffenbach continues to be active in the community, having served as Chairman of the Crosthwait Fishing Tournament in 1996 and Fleet Captain of Sport Fishing on the board of the Bradenton Yacht Club numerous times. He also organized and ran a number of fishing tournaments for the blind through the Lion’s Club.
Mr. Weiffenbach has 3 grown children, Erica Hurlburt, Austin Weiffenbach and Natalie Nesius. All 3 attended and graduated from the University of Florida and are proud to be a part of Gator Nation. Erica resides in California with her husband, Ryan and their 2 children, Iris and Miles. Austin resides in Parrish, Florida with his wife, Tara and their 2 children, Emma and Mila. Natalie resides in Nashville, Tennessee with her husband, Sean. All 3 and their respective spouses are very respected and successful in their chosen careers. Mr. Weiffenbach is hopeful to ride their coattails into retirement one day. Until then, Mr. Weiffenbach will be sitting at his desk, waiting on your call.