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Summer Rae Goldman

About Me

Summer is an AV rated, experienced criminal trial lawyer.  She began her career as a criminal attorney in 2001 when she was a prosecutor for the State Attorney’s Office in Pinellas County, Florida.  There, she prosecuted thousands of cases from the initial investigation with law enforcement through sentencing.  As a prosecutor, Ms. Goldman helped many people accused of crimes avoid criminal charges altogether by making sure law enforcement did not violate a person’s constitutional rights during, before, or after arrest. 

Ms. Goldman has spent the majority of her career defending individuals accused of crimes. In 2004, Ms. Goldman resigned from her position as Assistant State Attorney to devote her time to her true passion of helping others.  As a criminal defense attorney, Ms. Goldman has represented clients who have been accused of a range of crimes from writing worthless checks, driving under the influence, theft, and indecent exposure to drug trafficking, embezzlement, lewd and lascivious molestation, and attempted murder.  Regardless of the accusation or charge, Ms. Goldman is dedicated to defending the rights of her clients.

Ms. Goldman’s invaluable experience prosecuting people accused of crimes, combined with her extensive experience defending people accused of crimes, equals a winning combination for her clients.


Born in St. Petersburg, Florida, Summer’s ties to the community are strong. She is on the Board of Directors of Brookwood Florida, a therapeutic home for adolescent girls and mentors children through the non-profit organization, Lawyers for Literacy.  Additionally, Ms. Goldman is a past-president of the Pinellas Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.



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Practice Areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 35%
    11 years
  2. Domestic Violence: 25%
    14 years
  3. Federal Crime: 15%
    11 years
  4. DUI & DWI: 15%
    14 years
  5. Sex Crime: 10%



Fixed (Always), Free Consultation (60 minutes)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

43 total 

  • Christian Matthew Denmon

    Summer has an excellent reputation in the Tampa Bay legal community. I have seen her successfully defend clients in the courtroom on charges ranging from simple DUI to the most serious charges where life in prison is on the line. I highly endorse this lawyer.


    Christian Denmon Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Charles Reiger Gallagher III

    Summer is a top flight litigator and seasoned criminal defense attorney. She is sharp, diligent and an effective trial attorney. If I were ever have the need, I would call upon Summer to assist me.


    Charles Gallagher Foreclosure Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

Goldman Wetzel, PLLC

915 1st Avenue North
St. Petersburg, FL, 33705

Goldman Wetzel, PLLC

3030 N. Rocky Point Drive, Suite 150
Tampa, FL, 33607

Goldman Wetzel, PLLC

1023 Manatee Avenue West, Suite 309
Bradenton, FL, 34205



FLMember in Good Standing200109/08/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Dedicated ServiceBrookwood Florida2012
AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2012
Five Years of Outstanding ServiceLawyers for Literacy2011
Outstanding Service AwardSixth Judicial Circuit State Attorney2004
The William F. Blews Pro Bono Service AwardStetson University College of Law2001
Honor Court Chief Justice AwardStetson University College of Law2001
Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
PartnerGoldman Wetzel, PLLC2009 - Present
AttorneyThe Fleming Law Group2004 - 2009
Assistant State AttorneyState Attorney's Office - Sixth Judicial Circuit of Florida2001 - 2004
Association NamePosition NameDuration
Florida Association for Women LawyersMember2011 - Present
Brookwood FloridaBoard Member2009 - Present
Pinellas Association of Criminal Defense LawyersPresident2008 - 2010
Lawyers for literacyMentor2005 - 2011
Pinellas Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember2004 - Present
St. Petersburg Bar Association, Criminal Law SectionMember2004 - Present
United States Court for the Middle District of FloridaAttorney Member2001 - Present
Clearwater Bar AssociationOfficer2001 - Present
The Florida BarMember2001 - Present
St. Petersburg Bar AssociationMember1999 - Present
Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
Domestic Battery by StrangulationCase dismissed
Agrravated BatteryNot Guilty Verdict
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Publication NameTitleDate
St. Petersburg Bar Association ParacleteA Risk Worth Taking: The Benefits of Taking a DUI Case to Trial2007
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Stetson University College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2001
The University of FloridaSociology Minor - EnglishBA - Bachelor of Arts1998
Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
People's Law SchoolHow A Jury Trial Works2011
At-Risk Youth SeminarAvoiding the Criminal Justice System2010
Law Enforcement AcademyWitness Preparation for Cross-Examination2007