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J. Larry Hart, Esq.

In Memoriam  1951-2017


J. Larry Hart was a well-known and highly-respected attorney and partner in the law firm of Carlson, Meissner, Hart & Hayslett, P.A.  Larry practiced in the areas of personal injury and criminal defense for more than 40 years, with a passion for justice and sincere compassion for his clients and their families. Larry possessed a level of dedication to his family, friends and clients that was an inspiration to all. 

Larry graduated with honors from the University of Florida Levin College of Law. During his career he held many positions of honor and prestige throughout the legal community and Tampa Bay Area. 

Areas of Practice:

Professional Associations and Memberships:

  • Admitted to practice in Florida, 1976
  • Admitted to practice in Colorado, 1999
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Florida, 1977
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 2004
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit, 1983
  • West Pasco Bar Association, 1987–present (Member and Former President)
  • Allgood-Altman American Inns of Court, 1997–present (Master of the Bench/Past Executive Director)
  • Judicial Nominating Commission, 6th Judicial Circuit, 1994–1998 (Chairman)
  • Florida Bar Grievance Committee, 6th Judicial Circuit (Past Chairman)


  • J.D., with honors, University of Florida Levin College of Law, Gainesville, Florida
  • B.A., Education, with honors, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida
  • A.A. with honors,, Community College, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

Classes / Seminars Taught:

  • Adjunct Professor, Pasco-Hernando Community College, 1997–2007
  • Lecturer, Pasco-Hernando Police Academy
  • Faculty, University of Florida, Levin College of Law, Prosecutor/Public Defender, Trial Training Program

Honors and Awards:

  • U.S. Attorney General's Award for Sustained Superior Performance, U.S. Department of Justice, 1984–1985
  • AV Rated, Martindale-Hubbell
  • Daniel N. Martin Friend of the Law Award, American Inns of Court, 1999

Past Employment:

  • United States Department of Justice, Middle District of Florida, Former Assistant United States Attorney, 1983 - 1985
  • State Attorney's Office, 6th Circuit of Florida, Former Assistant State Attorney, 1977–1983