St. Petersburg Times
Print storySubscribe to the Times

Schindlers' attorney is used to tough cases

By DAVID KARP, Times Staff Writer
Published March 31, 2005

[Times photo: Lara Cerri]
David C. Gibbs III: "I believe there's a God who puts those people (like Terri) in this world for a distinct reason, a purpose, a calling."

David C. Gibbs III stood before the Hillsborough County Commission last year with a stack of petitions more than a foot tall. They came from 10,000 registered voters who wanted a referendum to ban public nudity.

Gibbs lost his fight that day, just as he did not succeed in his fight to save Terri Schiavo's life. But Gibbs, a Seminole lawyer who is president of the Christian Law Association, is used to the odds. He has traveled the country to defend religious freedom in a country that he says tries to oppress it.

He defended two Air Force sergeants who were court-martialed for appearing in uniform while praying at an antiabortion protest near an abortion clinic. He won an acquittal for a man arrested on disorderly conduct charges for preaching in the Franklin Street Mall in Tampa.

A Duke University law graduate, Gibbs is the son of a lawyer father. Gibbs' legal foundation received about $2.9-million in donations in 2002, according to tax returns. About $1.8-million went to his law firm.

Gibbs, who became the Schindlers' lead lawyer in September, has handled the Schiavo case for free. The 36-year-old Baptist and father of four says he works to spread the word of Jesus.

"I believe there's a God who puts those people (like Terri) in this world for a distinct reason, a purpose, a calling," Gibbs said on CNN's Larry King Live , "and to let people come in and say some people aren't worth living, that's a battle that we'll fight."

[Last modified March 31, 2005, 12:24:49]

Tampa Bay headlines

  • Congress quietly moves on
  • E. coli focus is Plant City
  • From ordinary girl to international icon
  • Funeral plans underway
  • Honoring lives as grief lingers
  • Service celebrates Schiavo's life
  • Supporters of Tampa 'Idol' see a beginning, not an end
  • Timeline
  • Retired Pinellas superintendent takes new job with Georgia schools
  • Sex offender is charged with flashing girl, 15
  • State says 22 are confirmed E. coli cases

  • Schools
  • Pinellas explores fixes for choice

  • terrideath
  • After the fury, peace
  • Four pivotal moments in the case
  • Athletic, peaceful, he won her heart
  • Devotion sustained them, inspired others
  • In judicial maelstrom, he wouldn't quit the helm
  • Rebuffed governor is attacked by both sides
  • Schindlers' attorney is used to tough cases
  • For Schiavo's lawyer, work part of a journey

  • The Terri Schiavo Case
  • Schindlers denied visitation overnight
  • For Schiavo, 'it's getting real late'
  • Groups use Schiavo case to attack congressman
  • Juggler says, 'God told me to come'
  • Doctor: Autopsy unlikely to end dispute
  • Schiavo judge, church part ways
  • Back to Top

    © 2006 • All Rights Reserved • Tampa Bay Times
    490 First Avenue South • St. Petersburg, FL 33701 • 727-893-8111