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George Lawrence Sandefer

also known as Larry Sandefer

About me

I have been practicing criminal law for over 30 years.  My initial consultation is free.  Please call so that I can let you know how I can help you.

Larry Sandefer has handled well over 5,000 criminal cases. Over 200 of these have resulted in jury trials of from one day to several weeks in length. These trials have included numerous first degree murder cases, multi-jurisdictional drug and homicide conspiracies, drug trafficking, sales and possessions, sexual battery, lewdness and exposure charges, arson, white collar crimes including trade secrets and fraud, robbery, theft, assault and battery, domestic violence, traffic deaths, DUI, resisting arrest, shoplifting, abuse allegations of children and the elderly, embezzlement, insurance fraud, burglary, kidnaping, and many other criminal charges.


After over 30 years in criminal law in Florida, Mr. Sandefer is familiar with and has worked very often with the Judges and prosecutors assigned to the criminal and civil courts. He is a former prosecutor of over eight years, with experience as both a Lead Trial Attorney and a Division Director in the State Attorney's Office. In those positions, he not only tried the most serious cases, he also over saw several trial divisions and trial attorneys. He was involved with the investigation and decision making aspects of these charges. As a member of the homicide investigation unit, he was often called out to the scene of homicides.


In 1986, Mr. Sandefer opened his own office and has continued in the defense of criminal cases since that time. He was one of the first attorney's in the State of Florida to become Board Certified in criminal trial law, that occurred in 1987. He has maintained that certification continually since that date. This vast background of experience gives him the knowledge of both sides of a criminal case from both a decision making perspective and a trial perspective, and the understanding of what affects those decisions by the prosecution and what goes into those decisions. What this means for you is the knowledge, the experience, and the court room skills to assist you in your defense.


Mr. Sandefer has continued his training through continuing education courses involving violent crime, organized crime, defending capital cases in Florida, narcotic investigation techniques, and various advanced education programs by the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. He is a graduate of the Criminal Trial Advocacy Institute at the University of Florida and has attended Masters of DUI Courses of the Florida Bar and the DUI Defender Courses in Las Vegas, Nevada of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.


Mr. Sandefer has been honored with the national recognition of being named to the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers in America. This is a register which lists only the most distinguished law practices, those that signify the highest levels of legal ability and the adherence to professional standards of conduct, ethics, reliability, and diligence.


Mr. Sandefer has achieved a prestigious rating of AV by Martindale-Hubbell. This rating is a result of a peer review system based upon the confidential opinions of practicing attorneys and judges. Martindale-Hubbell has been recognized for over a century as the most respected source of authoritative information about members of the legal community. An AV rating reflects an attorney who has reached the heights of professional excellence and is recognized for the highest level of skill, integrity, and ethical standards.


Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 70%
    38 years
  2. DUI & DWI: 30%
    38 years



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Contact info

4625 East Bay Drive, Suite 203
Clearwater, FL, 33764

8801 9th Street North
ST. Petersburg, FL, 33702



FLMember in Good Standing197801/11/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Named to Bar Register Premeninent LawyersMartindale-Hubbell2010
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2010
Recognized bySelection to Florida Super LawyersSuper Lawyers2009
Who's Who In AmericaN/A1997
Named to Leadership Pinellas Leadership Pinellas1997
Who's Who in American LawN/A1997
Board Certified Criminal Trial LawFlorida Bar Board of Legal Certification1986
Division DirectorOffice of The State Attorney1985
Lead Trial AttorneyOffice of The State Attorney1984
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerSandefer Law Firm1991 - Present
Chairman of Florida Bar Grievance Committee 6AFlorida Bar Assocition1997 - 2000
City CommissionerCity of Indian Rocks Beach Florida1994 - 2000
Adjunct ProfessorSt. Petersburg College1993 - 1994
AssociateKimpton, Burke, and White P.A.1988 - 1990
Chairman Florida Bar Grievance Committee 6CFlorida Bar Association1988 - 1991
Asistant State Attorney, Lead Trial Attorney, Division DirectorOffice of The State Attorney SixthCircuit of Florida1978 - 1986
Association namePosition nameDuration
Leadership PinellasSelectee for Leadership in Pinellas County1997 - 2008
Florida BarChair, Grievance Committee 6A1997 - 2000
Colorado Bar AssociationMember1994 - 2008
City Commissioner City of Indian Rocks Beach, FloridaCity Commissioner1994 - 2000
Florida Association of Criminal Defense LawyersN/A1991 - 2008
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersN/A1990 - 2008
Pinellas County Trial Lawyers AssociationN/A1988 - 2008
Florida BarChair, Grievance Committee 6C1988 - 1991
American Trial Lawyers AssociationN/A1986 - 2008
Pinellas County Criminal Defense Lawyers AssociationTreasurer1986 - 2008
Clearwater and St. Petersburg Bar AssociaitonsN/A1986 - 2008
United States Supreme CourtAdmitted to Practice Before1982 - 2008
United States Eleventh Circuit Court Of AppealsAdmitted to Practice Before1981 - 2008
Florida Bar AssociationMember1978 - 2008
United States District Court for the Middle District of FloridaAdmitted to Practice Before1978 - 2008
Phi Delta Phi Legal FraternityMagister/President1977 - 1978
University of floridaStudent Supreme Court Justice1976 - 1977
University of FloridaChief Defense Counsel Honor Court1976 - 1977
Phi Delta ThetaPresident1971 - 1972
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Florida, Fredric G. Levin College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1977
Auburn University, AuburnManagementOther - Bachelors1972
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
St. Petersburg CollegeAdjunct Professor 1993
Pinellas/Pasco Police AcademySearch and Seizure1985
University of Florida Law SchoolJury Trial and general trial practice 1980