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Board Certified Criminal Trial Lawyer


John H. Trevena is the owner and principal attorney of his firm. He has been practicing law for more than 30 years. His keen sense of strategy, accomplished skills as a trial lawyer and straightforward approach bring due process for his clients in the criminal justice and civil court systems.


Attorney Trevena is listed in Florida Super Lawyers magazine in 2006, 2007, 2008, and 2009. Super Lawyers are peer selected and considered among the top 5% of attorneys in their areas of practice.


Attorney Trevena is also a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America (LCA). The LCA is comprised of less than one-half of one percent of American lawyers. Membership is limited by invitation only and selection is based upon evaluations of effectiveness and accomplishment in litigation, and superior ethical reputation.


Attorney Trevena is a member of The American Trial Lawyers Association (The Association) and was selected for inclusion in the Top 100 Trial Lawyers for the State of Florida (2007-2010). Membership into The American Trial Lawyers Association is by invitation and is extended only to those attorneys who exemplify superior qualifications, trial results, leadership, influence, reputation, stature, and profile in the trial attorney community, as viewed by The Association, other trial lawyers, members of the bench, and the public at large.


Attorney Trevena was also elected as a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation in 2010. The Fellows of the American Bar Foundation is an honorary organization representing one-third of one percent of licensed attorneys. Fellows are lawyers, judges, law faculty, and legal scholars who have been elected by their peers to become members of The Fellows because of their outstanding achievements in the legal profession.


Attorney Trevena accepts cases in the areas of criminal defense, criminal appeals and related civil rights matters.


Attorney Trevena was admitted to the Florida Bar and US District Court, Middle District of Florida in 1986. He received his Juris Doctor from Stetson University in 1985, and his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1982 from the University of South Florida.


His current memberships include:


  • Clearwater, St. Petersburg and American (Member, Criminal Law Section) Bar Associations

  • The Florida Bar; the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (Life Member)

  • Pinellas County Trial Lawyers Association (President, 2005)

  • Pinellas County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association

  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (Life Member)

  • American Judicature Society.


John is a Lifetime Member of Phi Delta Phi, and was on the editorial board for the Florida Bar Journal and Florida Bar News from 1990-1993. He served as Assistant State Attorney from 1985-1987. Attorney Trevena has been a Board Certified Criminal Trial Lawyer (Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization and Education) since August 1, 1992.


Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 70%
  2. Appeals: 20%
  3. Civil Rights: 10%



Fixed (always), Retainer (always), Free consultation (30 minutes)

Payment types:

Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Sidney Wallis Kilgore

    Johnnie Trevena since we were classmates in law school, and I have known him personally and professionally for more than three decades. I can attest to his sterling reputation as a zealous and effective advocate for his clients.


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  • Michael S. Waddington

    I endorse Johnnie. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community.


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Contact info

Trevena, Pontrello & Associates

801 West Bay Drive
Suite 509
Largo, FL, 33770-3220


FLMember in Good Standing198601/11/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
RecognizedFlorida Super Lawyers2009
RecognizedFlorida Super Lawyers2008
The 2007 Top 100 Trial LawyersThe American Trial Lawyers Association2008
RecognizedFlorida Super Lawyers2007
RecognizedFlorida Super Lawyers2006
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Managing PartnerLaw Office of John H. Trevena1987 - Present
Assistant State AttorneyState Attorney's Office1985 - 1987
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Bar FoundationFellow2010 - Present
The American Trial Lawyers AssociationMember2008 - Present
Litigation Counsel of AmericaFellow2007 - Present
Pinellas County Trial Lawyers AssociationPresident2005 - 2006
Florida BarMember1986 - Present
American Civil Liberties UnionMemberN/A
NAACPGold Life MemberN/A
National Police Accountability ProjectMemberN/A
American Judicature SocietySupporting MemberN/A
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersLife MemberN/A
Pinellas County Criminal Defense Lawyers AssociationMemberN/A
Florida Association of Criminal Defense LawyersLife MemberN/A
American Bar Association, Criminal Law SectionMemberN/A
St. Petersburg Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Clearwater Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Sult v. State, 906 So.2d 1013 (Fla. 2005)Petitioner Prevailed - Conviction Vacated
Meus v. State, 968 So.2d 706 (Fla. 2d DCA 2007)Petitioner Prevailed - Evidentiary Hearing Ordered
Jaar v. State, 973 So.2d 1164 (Fla. 2d DCA 2007)Petitioner Prevailed - Convictions Vacated
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Stetson University College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1985
University of South FloridaN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1982
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
LCA Fall ConferenceHow To Effectively Use The Media To Your Clients' Advantage2007