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Feb  16,  2016

Trusted Tampa Bay Attorneys Celebrate 45 Years of Success

Beginning in 1971, the prominent Tampa bay firm of Carlson, Meissner, Hart & Hayslett P.A. began living their motto, “Fighting for the injured, defending the accused”. Attorneys at the firm agree that the personal relationships they build with clients and their reputation as leaders in the community is the driving force behind a client's motivation to trust the Carlson Meissner team

The firm’s long history of success is founded upon four key philosophies - based on the word CARE. The “C” is this acronym stands for community commitment. The next letter represents accessibility, a promise of a timely response to clients. “R” stands for responsible, reasonable and reliable service while the final letter, “E”, stands for extensive experience and the team approach. 

Since 1971, the firm has grown to five locations across the Tampa Bay area to better meet the community’s needs. Locations include Tampa, Clearwater, Spring Hill, Bradenton, and New Port Richey. A team of 16 highly skilled attorneys comprises the Carlson Meissner legal team, giving clients access to more than a century of legal experience through the firm’s team approach. The attorneys have a proven record of success in several areas of practice, including:

The founders of the law offices of Carlson, Meissner, Hart & Hayslett, P.A. celebrate being named one of Florida’s Top Ranked Law Firms based on AV Preeminent Martindale-Hubbell Lawyers Ratings, pursuant to the Wall Street Journal. Attorney Edward D. Carlson, co-founder of the firm, remarks, “ Our long-lasting success was not without hard work. Attorneys with our firm go the extra mile for the clients we serve and it is evident as each case unfolds.” The firm’s other co-founder, Paul A. Meissner, adds, “Our values have guided our practice and our skilled group of attorneys have allowed our firm to be unique in the creation of innovative legal strategies.” 


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Feb  04,  2016

Why You Need a Skilled Tampa Wrongful Death Attorney on Your Side After an Accident Due to Negligence Takes a Loved One

When you lose a family member, you may suspect negligence. Proving it in court is another matter. Without the help of an experienced Tampa wrongful death attorney, wading through wrongful death laws can be impossible. With more than 150 years of combined wrongful death litigation experience, we have helped individuals in Tampa Bay and throughout Florida navigate the complicated legal landscape with favorable results.

Accountability for an untimely death

Relatives eligible to bring a wrongful death claim include a surviving spouse, children, parents, or other next of kin. The law establishes an order of priority with respect to which relatives can first bring a wrongful death legal action. While a surviving spouse generally has priority over other relatives, if he or she does not act within a certain period this right may be forfeited. Whether or not the law recognizes your right to bring a wrongful death claim can be a complicated determination. It is best entrusted to our Tampa wrongful death attorneys who routinely handle wrongful death disputes.


Our wrongful death attorneys have decades of combined diverse, hands-on experience with all types of personal injury cases. This versatility is important in wrongful death litigation. While each underlying case type has its own nuances, a wrongful death attorney generally must prove the following to recover successfully:

  • A duty of care;
  • Breach of that duty;
  • Link between the breach and the victim’s death; and
  • Damages resulting from the death.

Some of these elements can be very difficult to prove, potentially necessitating expert testimony.

Our Tampa wrongful death attorneys act quickly after you've lost a loved one in an accident The law sets forth tight timeframes within which you must act to bring a wrongful death dispute. Do not wait to contact us. Call today 877-728-9653 or contact us online

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