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James Kevin Hayslett

also known as Kevin Hayslett, J. Kevin Hayslett

Practice areas:

DUI & DWI, Criminal Defense

About Me

I grew up in Clearwater Florida with my brother and sister. I attended  St. Pauls


prepatory school after graduating in 1977 i attended and graduated from Clearwater High School in 1980. I recieved my BA degree from Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina in Political science where I also played varsity tennis under NCAA coaching legend Paul Scarpa. While at Furman I studied abroad and attended the Royal Shakespeare Institutue in Strattford upon Avon. Upon graduating I entered Cumberland School of Law at Samford University in Birmingham Alabama where I graduated in 1987. While at Cumberland I participated in their nationally recognized mock trial program where I won the Southeastern Regional & then the National Mock trial championship sponsored by the Association of Trial Lawyers of America.


After graduation I accepted a postion as an assistant State Attorney with the 6th Judical Circuit in Pinellas County Florida. There I participated in over 150 jury trials ranging from DUI's to First Degree Murder charges.


 


J. Kevin Hayslett, Esq.


Member AV Rated


 


250 N. Belcher Rd.


Suite 102


Clearwater, Florida 33765-2622


 


Phone: (877) 728-9653 (Toll Free)


Fax:  (727) 449-0258


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Position | Areas of Practice | Professional Associations and Memberships | Education | Classes / Seminars Taught | Honors | Past Employment


 


Biography: J. Kevin Hayslett is a graduate of Clearwater High School.  He and his wife, Melisa have three sons.  They enjoy playing tennis, baseball and watching seasonal sports.  Kevin is an avid tennis player and is currently nationally rated in singles and doubles.


 


Position: He is an attorney practicing in the areas of Criminal Defense and DUI Defense from the Clearwater office and Hillsborough office.


 


Areas of Practice:


 


Criminal defense


DUI defense


Professional Associations and Memberships:


 


Admitted to the Florida Bar, 1988


U.S. District Court Middle District of Florida, 1988


U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit, 1995


Clearwater Bar Association (Past Board Member)


Barney Masterson Inn of Court (Past Member)


Mote Marine Scientific Labs (Past Board Member)


YMCA of Suncoast (Board Member)


Pinellas County Trail Lawyers' Association (Former Member)


Festival of Trees (Former Gala Ball Co-Chair)


Tampa Bay Area Fellowship of Christian Athletes (Former Board Member)


Education:


 


J.D., Cumberland School of Law, Samford University, Birmingham, Alabama, 1987


B.S., Political Science Furman University, Greenville, South Carolina


Classes / Seminars Taught:


 


Teacher, Criminal Justice Institute


Teacher, St. Petersburg Junior College


Speaker, Community Organizations


Honors and Awards:


 


AV Rated, Martindale-Hubbell


Past National & SE Mock Trial Championship Team, American Association for Justice


National College of DUI Defense, Harvard University.


Past Employment:


 


Office of the State Attorney, 6th Circuit FL, Assistant State Attorney


Criminal Justice Institute, Facilitator


SPJC, Facilitator

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Languages Spoken: Spanish, English

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1988

  1. DUI & DWI: 80%
    28 years
  2. Criminal Defense: 20%
    28 years

Payment

Fees:

Free Consultation (60 minutes)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

54 total 

  • Mark V. Clay

    I highly endorse Mr. Hayslett. Truly exceptional and caring attorney who gets great results in representing clients! I want all people with legal problems to contact him first.

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  • Judd S Nemiro

    A top notch attorney who has great knowledge of the law. I endorse this lawyer.

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Contact Info

Carlson Meissner Hart & Hayslett PA

250 N. Belcher Rd.
Suite 102
Clearwater, FL, 33765-2622

Carlson Meissner Hart & Hayslett

22701 North Rocky Point Drive Island Center, Suite 1000
Tampa, FL, 33607

Carlson Meissner Hart & Hayslett

7614 Massachusetts Ave.
New Port Richey, FL, 34653

Carlson Meissner Hart & Hayslett

1103 14th Street W.
Bradenton, FL, 34205

Carlson Meissner Hart & Hayslett PA

4245 Rachel Boulevard
Spring Hill, FL, 34607

Carlson Meissner Hart & Hayslett

1 Appointments upon request
St. Petersburg, FL, 33710

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License

StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
FLMember in Good Standing198808/12/2015
COAdministrative - Not authorized to practice199908/07/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

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Awards

Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Shark AwardCarlson Meissner Hart And Hayslett2010
AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2004
AV RatingMartindale-Hubbell1998
National Trial Team Champion Washington DCAssociation of Trial Lawyers of America1987
South Eastern Mock Trial ChampionAmerican Trial Lawyers Association1987

Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
Assistant State AttorneyState Attorney''S Office1987 - 1992
Legal InternShelby County District Attorney's Office1986 - 1987
Assistant Tennis ProfessionalCalloway Gardens1986 - 1986
Law ClerkFederal Court Judge1985 - 1986
Assistant Tennis ProfessionalCountryside Country Club1982 - 1984

Associations

Association NamePosition NameDuration
Country Oaks Homeowners AssociationPast President2007 - 2009
YMCA of the SuncoastBoard Member1998 - Present
Florida BarMember1988 - Present
Colorado Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Barney Masterson Inn of CourtMemberN/A
Pinellas County Trail Lawyers' AssociationMemberN/A
Mote Marine Scientific BoardBoard MemberN/A
Clearwater Bar AssociationBoard MemberN/A
Trinity Presbyterian ChurchSession MemberN/A

Legal Cases

Case NameOutcome
State v DematoReversed in favor of the Defendant

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Publications

Publication NameTitleDate
Carlson Meissner Hart and Hayslett BlogKevin Hayslett named 5th most followed lawyer on Twitter2012
Carlson Meissner Hart and HayslettTaser is it Truly Non-Deadly Force2012
Corrections AcademyLegal Concepts1994

Education

School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Samford University, Cumberland School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1987
Furman UniversityPolitical ScienceBS - Bachelor of Science1984
Clearwater HighN/AN/A1980

Speaking Engagements

Conference NameTitleDate
Diving into a DUI caseDUI Motion Practice2015
Television News CastBreaking News2014
Hillsdale County Bar AssociationDUI Law update2013
Bay News 9George Zimmerman trial2013
Kevin's LawHost of a National Radio Show2012
Hillsborough County Bar AssociationDUI Legal Updates2012
FM 102.5Ask a Lawyer2012
Ada Poza Radio Show | SiriusXMLegality of Life Sentec2012
Criminal Law SectionDUI LAW CASE Update2010
Criminal Law SectionDUI LAW UPDATE2010
Pinellas County Police AcademyShoot or don't Shoot- Police liability training2007
MeetingThe Power of an Opening Statement1997
MeetingOJ Simpson Case1994
Police AcademyLegal Concepts1993