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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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Mar  12,  2012
By maryann
One of the most important things to do when getting a case ready for trial is...Prepare, Prepare, Prepare. If you don't prepare you will not be able to protect your client and you will not be successful at trial. First of all, your law firm must be prepared to fund the case. As stated by Gary Paul in the March 2012 edition of Trial, "No case is ever won by doing it on the cheap." From the moment we open a case for a new client, that case is being prepared for trial. It is best not to prepare a case for settlement, but to prepare it for trial from the beginning. That way if a case is settled, it is due to your trial preparation. One of the most powerful tools in preparation of a trial is the Mock Trial. At Carlson, Meissner, Hart & Hayslett, P.A. we have a full courtroom built on our premises for the use of trial preparation for the benefit of our clients. This will provide critical information as to how how jurors may view a case. In order to provide an unbiased evaluation of the case we place ads, interview and hire at least 12 jurors for the mock trial. All the witnesses and trial experts and portrayed by the attorneys and staff. For trial preparation we hire experts to testify whenever required. All the exhibits are prepared and ready to use as if they would be in the actual trial. With the judge sitting at the bench, and the attorneys for the for both sides are ready, the opening statements begin. The jurors are prepared with their jury instruction and notebooks. The cameras in the courtoom from different angels take in the expressions of the juror as they take in every word. Witnesses and experts are brought in one at a time and questioned. Following the closing statements of the attorneys and the jury instructions read by the judge, the jurors are ready to be divided into two groups for deliberation. These groups go through all their notes as we listen to the them discuss the reasons for the decisions, just as they would in an actual deliberation. This is how we use the mock trial to show us how prospective jurors view a case and which arguments jurors find most persuasive. At Carlson, Meissner, Hart & Hayslett, P.A., our staff and attorneys dedicate ourselves to being a success for our clients.
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Nov  11,  2011
By maryann
We are proud to announce that Gary A. Hewetson has joined the law offices of Carlson, Meissner, Hart & Hayslett, P.A. Gary will practice in the area of Family Law, including divorce and child custody. The firm will also continue its representation of plaintiffs and claimants in matters relating to personal injury, accident and wrongful death; workers' compensation; social security disability; as well as the representation of defendants arrested or charged with DUI, or misdemeanor and felony criminal violations. Gary will provide representation to clients throughout the central west coast of Florida, from our offices in Clearwater, New Port Richey, Bradenton, Spring Hill and Tampa.
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