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Christopher Hersem is a native Floridian, born and raised in Clearwater.  He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Florida and his law degree from Stetson University College of Law.  While at Stetson, Chris earned a Concentration in Advocacy, several awards for outstanding service, was a member of multiple leadership organizations, was named in Who's Who of American Law Schools, and spent time travelling and competing with the nationally recognized Stetson Trial Team.

After graduation, Chris continued to hone his trial skills and practice abilities by working as an Assistant Public Defender for the 6th Judicial Circuit.  While at the Public Defender's Office, Chris was involved with nearly 2000 cases and left with an undefeated trial record.


Practice areas


  1. DUI & DWI: 34%
    10 years
  2. Criminal Defense: 33%
    10 years, 3 thousand cases
  3. Speeding & Traffic Ticket: 23%
    10 years
  4. Personal Injury: 10%
    7 years



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Payment types:

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Attorney endorsements

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  • Jeremy Robert Kriesel

    I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Hersem is a talented attorney that I have personally referred clients to in the past and will continue to do so in the future. He is extremely diligent and works hard for his clients. If you are in the Tampa/St. Pete area and need a Criminal Defense/DUI Attorney, I highly recommend contacting Mr. Hersem.


    Jeremy Kriesel Personal Injury Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Ryan Benjamin Cappy

    I endorse this lawyer. Chris is a asset to our legal community. He understands the law, has trial experience and is great communicating with his clients.


    Ryan Cappy Car Accidents Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

1550 W. Cleveland St.
Suite 9
Tampa, FL, 33606

1421 Court Street
Suite B
Clearwater, FL, 33756



FLMember in Good Standing200509/08/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Top 100 Trial LawyersThe National Trial Lawyers2014
Client's Choice - DUI AttorneyAVVO2013
Top Contributor - DUI AttorneyAVVO2013
Superior (Top 100) DUI AttorneysNAFDD2013
William F. Blews Pro Bono AwardStetson University College of Law2005
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Owner / Managing MemberChristopher T. Hersem, P.L.2008 - Present
Assistant Public DefenderPublic Defender's Office - 6th Judicial Circuit2005 - 2008
Association namePosition nameDuration
The National Trial LawyersMember2014 - Present
NAFDDMember2013 - Present
Pinellas County Trial Lawyers AssociationMember2008 - Present
Hillsborough County Bar AssociationMember2008 - Present
Hillsborough County Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember2008 - Present
Florida Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember2006 - Present
St. Petersburg Bar AssociationMember2006 - Present
Barney Masterson American Inn of CourtMember2006 - Present
The American Bar AssociationMember2005 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
State v. J.J.One Count Dismissed / One Count Reduced
State v. M.L.Reduced to Simple Assault and Adjudication Withheld
State v. G.W.Diversion Program
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Stetson University College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2005
University of FloridaSociologyBA - Bachelor of Arts2001
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Interoffice Law DayDUI - Overview of a First Charge2014
Interoffice Law DayCriminal Defense - How to Handle Police Contact2014