Our Law Firm: A Reputation for Excellence
Since 1971, our attorneys have worked to build a solid reputation for protecting and preserving the legal rights of people on Florida’s Gulf Coast. Our earliest business came to the firm as the result of word-of-mouth, through other lawyers who respected our abilities and referred clients to us. From the start, we understood that our reputation in the community and people’s personal experiences with us would be the most important reasons why clients would hire us to represent them. We provide superior legal representation with integrity and empathy.
Our Commitment to You
You’ll receive strong, fair, and honest representation from one of the most recognized and respected team of attorneys in Florida’s Tampa Bay area. Since 1971, our law firm has protected the legal rights of our clients across greater Tampa Bay.
Experience Meets Innovation
You deserve an experienced advocate who knows how to craft a strategic defense and will take your situation personally, with both tenacity and compassion. At times, we will utilize a mock courtroom and sophisticated computer technology to prepare compelling arguments and dynamic exhibits. This attention to detail will assist judges and juries in understanding what really happened.
These types of innovative practices combined with our proven litigation skills make us Tampa Bay’s premier legal team. Plus, we’ve had over 1 million views on our YouTube channel by people from all over the world who need our proprietary legal advice.
Settlements and Verdicts
Criminal Defense Clients
Criminal Jury Trials
Social Security Clients
Social Security Claims
Workers' Compensation Clients
Our Team is Your Team
Using a team approach to our cases allows us to combine our extensive experience and also assures our clients receive superior representation in all legal matters. Our team includes 5 former state attorneys, 2 board certified criminal specialists, and a former FBI special agent. In addition to our expertise, we offer personalized attention in a collaborative atmosphere that focuses on sharing and drawing on the strengths of all the attorneys in the firm.
Edward D. Carlson
Paul A. Meissner, Jr.
Casey K. Carlson, Esq.
J. Kevin Hayslett, Esq.
Deborah S. Moss, Esq.
Terri F. Cromley, Esq.
Jennifer A. Burns, Esq.
Rick Rivera, Esq.
Antonio L. Viera, Esq.
Sarah Barkley Raaymakers
Betty Marion Whitman, Esq.
Matthew B. Wheeley
Daviana M. Garcia
Zachary D. Peck
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.
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.
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!
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.
Our Attorneys have a Reputation for Excellence
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.
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.