Paul A Meissner Jr.

Paul A Meissner Jr.

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About Me 

Biography: Paul A. Meissner was born in New York and moved to Florida with his family as a child.  He is a graduate of Clearwater High School.  He co-founded the Carlson & Meissner law firm with Edward Carlson in 1971.  Paul and his wife Jayne have five children & thirteen grandchildren.  They enjoy boating and traveling, especially on Paul's Harley motorcycle.

Paul Meissner has written The Florida Law Enforcement Manual.

Position: Paul A. Meissner is a co-founder of Carlson, Meissner, Hart & Hayslett P.A.  He co-founded the firm in 1971.

Areas of Practice:

Certification / Specialties:

  • AV Rated, Martindale-Hubbell

Professional Associations and Memberships:

  • Florida Bar Board Certified, Criminal Law (1990 to present)
  • Admitted to practice in Colorado, 1996
  • Admitted to practice in Florida, 1968
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Florida, 1972
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Florida, 1978
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit, 1974
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1977
  • Clearwater Bar Association
  • Florida Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • American Association for Justice
  • Former Member, Barney Masterson Inns of Court
  • Past member Judicial Nominating Commission, Pinellas-Pasco Counties
  • Past member/chairman State Circuit Bar Grievance Committee


  • J.D., Tulane University School of Law, New Orleans, Louisiana, 1966
  • B.A., University of South Florida, 1963

Classes / Seminars Taught:

  • Adjunct Professor of Law, Stetson College of Law, St. Petersburg, Florida, 1972–2002
  • Instructor, Criminal Justice Institute, St. Petersburg College, St. Petersburg, Florida, 1988–2003
  • Instructor, Southeastern Public Safety Institute, St. Petersburg College, 1990–2000

Past Employment:

  • Former Special Agent, FBI
  • Former Assistant State Attorney, 6th Circuit Florida
  • Former Adjunct Professor, Stetson College of Law
  • Former Certified Law Enforcement Instructor, SE Public Safety Institute, St. Petersburg, FL