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We are board certified civil and criminal trial lawyers.  We provide personal service and pride ourselves on being of great service to our clients.  As board certified lawyers we are proud of the fact we can call ourselves experts or specialists in our field.  We have a new vanity # 877 EXPERTS.  We are proud of this # (877) 397-3787 as only board certified lawyers can refer to themselves as experts.


Languages spoken: Spanish

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Practice areas


  1. Car Accidents: 50%
  2. Personal Injury: 25%
  3. Wrongful Death: 10%
  4. Motorcycle Accident: 10%
  5. Criminal Defense: 5%



Contingent (25-40%)

Payment types:

Cash, Check

Attorney endorsements

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  • Mark V. Clay

    I highly endorse Mr. Lavely. Truly exceptional and caring attorney who achieves great results in representing clients! I want all people to contact him for help.


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  • James Anthony May

    As a life long resident and practitioner in the Tampa Bay area, I was fortunate to meet and personally observe Mr. Lavely's impressive skill set, whether in his flawless presentations during trial, or in his strategic negotiation control during mediation. His well-deserved reputation for zealous, yet, ethical advocacy of his clients are second to none. What sets Mr. Lavely apart from so many other practitioners in the field of personal injury is his ability to temper his acute legal acumen with his sincere, affable and down-to-earth personality, so that his clients are comfortable and educated as to their case and its many details. Mr. Lavely treats each client as if they are a personal friend and tenaciously fights to ensure his clients get the absolute best results and highest value for their case. He is a dear asset to the legal community and I highly endorse Steven Lavely.


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Contact info

527 Manatee Ave East
Bradenton, FL, 342058802

Lavely & Whyte

527 Manatee Ave East
Bradenton, FL, 34208

721 First Ave North
St. Petersburg, FL



FLMember in Good Standing198409/08/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
2012 Florida Super LawyerSuperLawyers2012
Civil trial board certificationFlorida Bar Board of Legal Specialization and Education2009
A.J. Cone Trial SeminarFlorida Justice Association2005
Group ChampionshipVinoy Golf Club Group Championship2002
BV RatedMartindale-Hubbell1990
Book Award ContractsUniversity of Miami School of Law1982
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Assistant District AttorneyAssistant State Prosecutor1984 - 1986
Certified Legal InternDade County State Attorney's Office1983 - 1984
Association namePosition nameDuration
Online BarN/A2012 - Present
American Association for JusticeN/A2010 - Present
Southern Trial Lawyers AssociationN/A2005 - 2010
Tampa Bay Trial Lawyers AssociationN/A2004 - Present
St. Petersburg Bar AssociationN/A2003 - 2010
Trial Lawyers AssociationN/A1999 - Present
Florida Justice AssociationN/A1995 - Present
Florida Justice AssociationN/A1989 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Lilly v. Sydneyverdict for the plaintiff
Simon V. Response insurance companyPlaintiff prevailed with a verdict of almost 300k. Defendant relied unusual expert to discredit plaintiff. Cross examination of defendant's expert was complimented by the trial judge.
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Publication nameTitleDate
Clearwater Bar AssociationHow to get a multi million dollar verdict2009
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Miami School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1984
University of South FloridaPolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts1980
King High School Tampa FloridaN/AN/A1973
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Clearwater Bar AssociationTen ways to get a multimillion dollar verdict2009
St. Petersburg Bar AssociationHow to win your personal injury case1999
American restaurant associationHow to avoid having your employer sued for a dram shop incident1995