Paul A. Meissner, Esq.

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.

Paul A. Meissner, Jr.

Professional Associations

  • AV Rated, Martindale-Hubbell
  • Avvo Rating – 10
  • 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

Honors & Awards

  • 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

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.


  • 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

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Florida & Beyond

Carlson, Meissner & Hayslett serves the entire West Florida area, with convenient office locations in Tampa, Clearwater, Spring Hill, Newport Richie, Tampa, St. Pete, and Bradenton. With over 50 years of serving clients in the local area and supporting our communities, you can expect superior service, integrity, and compassion from a highly rated, local law firm with deep ties to the region and its people.

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