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Paul A. Meissner, Jr., Esq.

Co-founder of Carlson, Meissner, Hart & Hayslett P.A

Member AV Rated

250 N. Belcher Rd.
Suite 102
Clearwater, Florida 33765-2622

Phone: (877) 728-9653 (Toll Free)
Fax: (727) 449-0258

Paul A. Meissner was born in New York and moved to Florida with his family as a child. He is a graduate of Clearwater High School. He co-founded the Carlson & Meissner law firm with Edward Carlson in 1971. Paul and his wife Jayne have five children & thirteen grandchildren. They enjoy boating and traveling. In the past, Paul and Jayne have traveled extensively by motorcycle. 


Admitted to Practice:

  • Florida, 1968
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Florida, 1972
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit, 1974
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1977
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Florida, 1978
  • Colorado, 1996


  • Clearwater Bar Association
  • Florida Bar Association
  • Colorado Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • American Association for Justice
  • Former Member, Barney Masterson Inns of Court
  • Past member Judicial Nominating Commission, Pinellas-Pasco Counties
  • Past member/chairman State Circuit Bar Grievance Committee

Legal Teaching Experience:

  • Adjunct Professor of Law, Stetson College of Law, St. Petersburg, Florida, 1972–2002
  • Instructor, Criminal Justice Institute, St. Petersburg College, St. Petersburg, Florida, 1988–2003
  • Instructor, Southeastern Public Safety Institute, St. Petersburg College, 1990–2000

Past Employment:

  • Former Special Agent, FBI
  • Former Assistant State Attorney, 6th Circuit Florida
  • Former Adjunct Professor, Stetson College of Law
  • Former Certified Law Enforcement Instructor, SE Public Safety Institute, St. Petersburg, FL

Paul Meissner has written The Florida Law Enforcement Manual.  


  • J.D., Tulane University School of Law, New Orleans, Louisiana, 1966
  • B.A., University of South Florida, (with honors) 1963

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