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William Wooten Hanlon

also known as Will Hanlon

About me

I grew up in Tampa all my life.  I defend my clients on a wide array of criminal charges in either State or Federal Court.  I started my legal career at the Public Defender's Office in Hillsborough County in 1994 and went into private criminal practice in 1997.   I have tried over 50 jury trials and many more non-jury trials.   My trial experience has taught me that intense investigation brings about terrific results. My practice has also focused on crimes involving violence and more specifically sexual violence.  Defending these cases has given me a lot of experience in domestic relations court representing both petitioners and respondents on all types of domestic violence injunctions. 


I am 49 years old and when I am not working I spend most of my time with my two sons.  While my practice brings me a lot of gratification its my sons who make life worthwhile.  I am certainly someone who enjoys the outdoors and all that Tampa has to offer.  Because my job requires a lot of commitment I exercise a lot and try to get outside whenever possible.  Boating and paddleboarding are a big part of my life. 


Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 100%
    23 years



Fixed (sometimes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Richard Allen Canina

    I worked for him while in law school. Excellent attorney! When people are accused of serious crimes, they call Will Hanlon simply because he is the BEST!


    Richard Canina Criminal Defense Attorney
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  • Gus Michael Centrone

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Contact info

210 N Pierce St
Tampa, FL, 33602-5013

Hanlon Law

210 North Pierce Street
Tampa, FL, 33602



FLMember in Good Standing199401/11/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
BV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2014
BV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2013
BV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2012
BV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2011
BV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2010
BV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2009
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Assistant Public DefenderHillsborough County Public Defender's Office1993 - 1997
Association namePosition nameDuration
National Association of Criminal Defense AttorneysMember1999 - Present
Florida Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember1998 - Present
Hillsborough County Bar AssociationMember1994 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Domestic Battery Charges DroppedBoth charges were dismissed
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
St. Thomas University School of LawN/ALL.B - Bachelor of Laws1993
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
LecturedFourth Amendment2007