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Christopher Gerard Frey

Christopher Gerard Frey

Practice areas:

Criminal Defense, DUI & DWI, Administrative Law

About Me


Christopher Frey was born in Richmond Hill, Queens, N.Y. He moved to Clearwater and Graduated from Clearwater Central Catholic HS.  He has resided in the Tampa Bay area since. Chris lives in Pasco County with his wife, Cindy and their four children. Chris is very active in community, school and church events. He is a member of two School Advisory Councils. and sports leagues where he coaches football and soccer. Chris is active in the Florida, Pasco and Clearwater Bar associations, and Inns of Court, and has lectured on the law in various capacities. Chris is affiliated with Hernando-Pasco Hospice, Habitat for humanity, Rotary Club of Trinity and Trinity BNI. 
            Professionally, Chris interned wuth Mark Ober at the Hillsborough County State Attorney and continued interning with Holland & Knight, in its media law department. At Stetson College of Law, Chris clerked for George Rahdert, Esq. and the St. Petersburg Times. Mr. Frey worked as a law clerk on School Board of Nassau County, Florida v. Arline, 480 U.S. 273 (1987). In Arline, the United States Supreme Court ruled that a contagious disease is a handicap under the American with Disabilites Act. The case became nationally reknown as the "AIDS" case. The motion picture "Philidelphia" starring Tom Hanks is founded in this court decision.




Mr. Frey then clerked on The Florida Star v. B.J.F., 491 U.S. 208 (1989), which also ascended to the legal pinacle of United States Supreme Court. Chris not only participated in the preparation of merit and jurisdictional briefs, but also shared the rare opportunity of attending oral argument in the U.S. Supreme Court.  Mr. Frey's first published article in the Stetson Law Review was about this case.




Mr. Frey is an accomplished trial attorney with an outstanding record of success with an overwhelming number of jury acquittals.  His legal writings have been referenced by the United States Supreme Court, the Harvard Law Review, various professional journals and law reviews, the U.S. Department of Justice and a National institutes on Scholarly Archives.




Position: Chris is a lead trial attorney in the New Port Richey office handling all DUI, Traffic, White Collar Crime, Violations of Probation, general criminal defense matters, and extremely difficult criminal trials involving highly complex litigation and affirmative defenses such as entrapment, self-defense (Stand Your Ground) cases, and alibi defenses.  Mr. Frey  has recently been consulted by numerous national media outlets regarding Florida's Stand Your Groud defense.




Areas of Practice:



Professional Associations and Memberships:



  • West Pasco Bar Association, Criminal Law Section (Past Chairman)

  • Clearwater Bar Association

  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Florida, 1995

  • U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit, 1995

  • The Florida Bar 1989

  • Trinity Elementary School Advisory Comm. (SAC) (Chairman)

  • Seven Springs Middle School SAC

  • Rotary Club of Trinity

  • Pinellas County Trial Lawyers Association

  • National Association, Criminal Defense Lawyers

  • Barney Masterson Inn of Court (Past Member)

  • American Bar Association (Member)

  • Affiliated Contributing Author of the National Center for Prosecution Ethics

  • Stetson College of Law Review

  • Affiliation with the National institute of Justice Research

  • Affiliation with the U.S. Department of Justice



Education:





  • Clearwater Central Catholic High School (class of 1982)

  • J.D. Stetson University College of Law, St. Petersburg, Florida, Law Review: Stetson Law Review, Member.

  • B.A. in Broadcasting, University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida.




Published Works:





  • "The Imposition of Strict Civil Liability on a Media Defendant for Publication of Truthful, Lawfully Obtained Information,” 18 Stetson L. Rev. 1990246. WESTLAW, Periodicals, 18 STETLR 119

  • "Domestic Physical Abuse: A Proposed Use for Evidence of Specific Similar Acts in Criminal Prosecution to Corroborate Victim Testimony" (Co-Author), FLA Bar J. at 57-61, October, 1994

  • "The State v. The Self-Represented: A Florida Prosecutor's Concerns When Litigating Against a Pro Se Defendant in a Criminal Trial", 29 Stetson L. Rev. 181-93, Summer, 1999

  • Stetson Law Review

  • The Florida Bar Journal

  •  Numerous articles on carlsonmeissner.com




 







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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1989

  1. Criminal Defense: 60%
  2. DUI & DWI: 37%
  3. Administrative Law: 3%

Payment

Fees:

Fixed (Always)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

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  • Michael S. Waddington

    I endorse Christopher. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community.

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  • Michael P. Gerace

    Truly excellent lawyer. Well respected in the legal community.

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Contact Info

Christopher G. Frey, Esquire

1600 Villa Capri Circle.
Number. 301
Odessa, FL, 33556

The Law Office of Carlson, Meissner, Hart & Hayslett

250 Belcher Road North, Suite 102
Clearwater, FL, 33765

The Law Office of Carlson, Meissner, Hart & Hayslett

4245 Rachel Boulevard
Spring Hill, FL, 34607

The Law Office of Carlson, Meissner, Hart & Hayslett

1103 14th Street West
Bradenton, FL, 34205

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License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
FLMember in Good Standing198905/07/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Awards
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Article Selection Prosecutorial SymposiumStetson Law Review1999
Law Review casenote selected for online libraryWestlaw1989
SelectionWho's Who Among American Law Students 9th Ed.1989
Outstanding Achievement AwardStetson Law Student Council1988

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
AttorneyCarlson, Meissner, Hart & Hayslett2002 - Present
AttorneySole Practice1996 - 2001
Prosecuting AttorneyPinellas Pasco State Attorney's Office1989 - 1996

Associations
Association NamePosition NameDuration
Who's Who Among American LawyersAssociate1989 - Present
West Pasco Bar Association, Criminal Law SectionFormer ChairN/A
Clearwater Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Florida BarMemberN/A
Pinellas County Trial Lawyers AssociationMemberN/A
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMemberN/A
Barney Masterson Inn of CourtMemberN/A
American Bar AssociationMemberN/A

Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
School Board of Nassau County, Florida v. Arline, 480 U.S. 273 (1987)Prevailed
The Florida Star v. B.J.F., 491 U.S. 208 (1989)Prevailed

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Publications
Publication NameTitleDate
carlsonmeissner.comVarious Articles2007
Stetson Law ReviewThe State v. The Self-Represented: A Florida Prosecutor's Concerns When Litigating Against a Pro Se Defendant in a Criminal Trial1999
Stetson Law ReviewThe Imposition of Strict Civil Liability on a Media Defendant for Publication of Truthful, Lawfully Obtained Information1994
Florida Bar JournalDomestic Physical Abuse: A Proposed Use for Evidence of Specific Similar Acts in Criminal Prosecution to Corroborate Victim Testimony1994
West PublicationsState Constitutional Law1988

Education
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of South FloridaBroadcastingBA - Bachelor of ArtsN/A
Stetson University College of LawLawJD - Juris DoctorN/A

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Pasco County 2d Amendment ClubStand Your Ground and Firearms2012
News Media InquiryStand your ground, self defense2011
Law WeekCriminal Law2004
Tampa Bay American Inn of CourtCriminal Law2000
Yearly event for publicPeople's Law School Pinellas County1992