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“People don’t care what we know until
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-Kevin Hayslett, Esq.

Client Testimonials

He was very attentive and asked every important question to receive the proper information for my case. He prepped me for everything I needed for my hearing. I won my case, thanks to him.


Kevin was such a blessing, during my time of need. He was very kind, patient, and thorough in explaining the entire process.
I am extremely satisfied with the end result, and I highly recommend Kevin Hayslett to anyone in the Tampa Bay area!


Terri Cromley made everything go so easy for me. She worked hard to get what she needed to prepare before the court and did an outstanding job. I trust Terri 100% and fully recommend her to anyone who needs a caring hard working attorney. I can’t thank Terri enough for her dedication to me and delivering outstanding results.


Debra was both knowledgeable and compassionate. When I decided to hire her, I felt as if I had someone on my side. She explained legal terms that I didn’t understand and gave me her expert advice on how she would handle my case. She and Bonnie were always available to speak with on the phone and kept me updated regarding my case.

I was referred to Carlson and Meissner MeissnerLaw Office by my former Chiropractor. I have never dealt with anything like this before. Jennifer made it easy on me and we settled my case fairly quick. I am pleased with the services I received from Jennifer.


Debra has represented me on more than once occasion and she's a top notch attorney. She is well known in the legal circles in Pinellas county and I highly recommend her services if you need legal representation. She is a hard worker that will cover all the bases and make sure the best and most favorable outcome is achieved for your case. The Clearwater staff are friendly, professional and always on top of your case.


My case was over last week and I’m still feeling the relief. It’s hard to imagine the emotional toll it takes on you both physically and mentally. I could have never gotten through it without you (attorney Hayslett). You talked me off the ledge too many times to mention. And as you predicted when we first met I wouldn’t be convicted or do one minute in jail. Thanks from the bottom of my heart.


I was arrested at a bar and charged with drunk and disorderly and resisting arrest. A lot of my friends were there and we were all in shock at what had happened. The following day I had a consultation with Mr. Rivera and hired him for my case. He got started on the case the very next day stayed in contact about the case. Within a week he acquired the video surveillance from the establishment. Shortly after that I received a phone call from him letting me know that all of my charges were dropped. I would strongly recommend Mr. Rivera to anyone in a similar situation or worse. I am very grateful for your hard work on my case. I couldn't have had a better outcome.


Mr. Rivera is a life saver. I was involved in an auto accident and was arrested for being over the limit. The other driver was at fault for the accident. Mr. Rivera helped me to gain my license back and get my case reduced from a DUI to reckless driving. He genuinely cared about me and made me feel good.

Jennifer is very professional, cares about her Clients and does NOT give up. Thank you for all your support and help with my case.

My attorney was specific with me. When we met he
was able to speak to me about the hearing, because
I tend to talk too much or get excited. HIs demeanor is
calming. He handled my case after another big firm
was not successful. That wasted so much time. I appreciate
him and his compassion and knowledge.

Casey has helped me with 2 different cases over a few year period. He always answers my calls immediately or calls me right back. I never have to talk to a paralegal or assistant. He personally answers and handles my needs and always makes me feel important. He is extremely thorough. Both cases were handled with little work on my part and both has favorable results. That is because Casey has years of experience and knowledge and that is why I trust him 100%


Daviana went above and beyond when It came to handling my case. She answered every call and question I had in a timely and professional manner. She is extremely skilled in the way that she formulates her arguments. Her over all legal knowledge is outstanding. Daviana is a hard working and dedicated lawyer who really took a personal interest in my case and always put my mind to ease after our conversations. She really cares about her clients and works hard to represent their best interest. If you want a tough, intelligent and caring lawyer who can control a court room daviana is the lawyer for you. I would hire Daviana again in a second if I ever found myself in need of legal aid in the future.


Ms Whitman answered all my questions and concerns. She treated me not just as a client but as,a friend as well. Made me feel more comfortable. She does her homework to understand how I feel and my disabilities affect my life. I highly recommend her.


I hired Sarah Raaymakers to represent me in my automobile accident case. I am so thankful to have had her represent me. From day one she showed me compassion, respect, and a genuine desire to do the best job that she could for me. She constantly kept me informed as things progressed throughout the case and was always available to answer any questions or discuss any concerns I may have had. I am about to settle my case and am thrilled with the result. She is a class act and I HIGHLY recommend her services to anyone who needs an attorney! Great job Sarah!...and thank you so much!

Rosalie C.

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Carlson Messiner Defense Lawyers Tampa Bay

AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rating by Martindale-Hubbell®

Several of our attorneys have been awarded this gold standard in attorney ratings. This recognition affirms their strong legal abilities and high ethical standards. Our firm was also named one of Florida's Top Ranked Law Firms based on AV® Preeminent™ Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings, pursuant to the Wall Street Journal.

Carlson Messiner Defense Lawyers Tampa Bay

FL Board Certified Attorney

Two of our attorneys are Board Certified Criminal Trial Lawyers. Board Certification is the highest level of recognition an attorney can receive by The Florida Bar for the competency and education of attorneys in the areas of practice approved by the Florida Supreme Court.

Carlson Messiner Defense Lawyers Tampa Bay

AVVO Top-Rated

Eight of our attorneys hold the AVVO Rating of 10, the highest possible score. AVVO Rating evaluates a lawyer’s background based on the information in an attorney’s AVVO online resume and profile. The rating indicates the value they have provided to clients and the internal law community.

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