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Robert Edward Heyman

About me

      I grew up in Barrington Rhode Island and moved to Florida in 1975 to attend Eckerd College in St Petersburg, where I graduated with a BA degree in Political Science in 1979. 

      I thereafter attended Stetson College of Law and obtained my JD degree in 1982. Upon graduation, I was hired as an Assistant State Attorney for Pinellas County and remained in that position for 14 1/2 years. While serving as a prosecutor, I personally tried over 100 jury trials, including 25 1st Degree Murders, together with other complicated cases involving drug trafficking, bank robbery, sexual battery and arson. I  served as a felony division director  from 1990 to 1997, at which time I entered private practice in Clearwater, where I limited my practice to criminal defense and insurance defense cases. I later gravitated towards Plaintiff Personal Injury cases as well. 

      Since entering private practice I have appeared on numerous occasions as a legal commentator on Court TV and MSNBC's "Internight" show, analyzing cases of national significance, most often from the perspective of a former prosecutor.

      In 2008, I formed the Heyman Law Firm,PA in St Petersburg, Fl and limit my practice to Plaintiff's Personal Injury , Medical Malpractice and Criminal Defense cases. I offer free consultations and pride myself in providing personal attention to each of my clients, through trial if necessary.

      I live in St Petersburg with my wife Lorrie and daughters Lindsay and Kylie.



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Practice areas


  1. Personal Injury: 70%
    18 years, 500 cases
  2. Criminal Defense: 30%
    33 years, 2.5 thousand cases



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Contact info

Heyman Law Firm, PA

111 2nd Avenue NE
Suite 1001
St. Petersburg, FL, 33701


FLMember in Good Standing198309/08/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
"Premier 100" Florida Trial AttorneysAmerican Academy of Trial Attorneyslawyers2015
Florida's "Top 100" Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers2012
"Tampa Bay's Best Lawyers"Tampa Bay Magazine2010
AV Rated attorneyMartindale Hubbell2007
Order of Kentucky ColonelsState Of Kentucky1989
CommendationU.S. Department of Justice1988
CommendationFederal Bureau of Investigation1988
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Shareholder / AttorneyZimmet,Unice, Salzman & Heyman, PA2001 - 2008
Associate AttorneyTew, Zinober, Barnes, Zimmet & Unice, PA1997 - 2001
Assistant State AttorneyPinellas County State Attorneys Office1982 - 1997
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Academy of trial AttorneysN/A2015 - Present
National Trial Lawyers AssociationN/A2012 - Present
Florida Justice Association ( Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers)N/A2008 - Present
Pinellas County Criminal Defense Attorneys AssociationN/A2006 - Present
St. Petersburg Bar AssociationN/A2000 - Present
Florida BarN/A1982 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Bellamy v State 977 So2d 682 (Fla 2d 2008)2nd Degree Murder conviction reversed
Shuttleworth v State 927 So2d 975 ( Fla 2d DCA 2006)Motion to Suppress granted
State v Roess 451 So2d 879 ( Fla 2d DCA 1984)N/A
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Stetson College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1982
Eckerd CollegePolitical Science / EconomicsBA1979
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
MSNBC "Internight" ProgramValueJet crash1999
MSNBC "Internight" ProgramMarv Albert Trial1998
MSNBC"Internight" program"Melissa Drexler" -The "Prom Mom" murder case1997
MSNBC "Internight" ProgramAisenberg baby disappearance investigation1997
MSNBC "Internight" ProgramJon Benet Ramsey murder investigation1997