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Bryan L. Shorstein

Criminal defense Attorney at Saint Augustine, FL

5.0   9 reviews
  • Licensed for 27 years
    State FL
    Acquired 1997
    Member in Good Standing No misconduct found

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

About Bryan

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Practice area
  1. Criminal defense
    I was a prosecutor in St. Johns county for 7 years and have now been a criminal defense attorney in St. johns county since 2003. I have prosecuted and defended almost every type of criminal case.

    27 years, 1,000 cases

I am a criminal defense attorney practicing in St. Augustine, Florida.  My entire practice is devoted to criminal defense.  I also handle cases in all of the surrounding counties which include Putnam County, Flagler County, Clay County and Duval County.  I have represented clients successfully on nearly every type of criminal charge. 


Before going into private practice, I spent 7 years as a prosecutor in St. Augustine.  I specialized in the prosecution of cruelty to animal cases.  I prosecuted all the Cruelty to Animal cases in my jurisdiction for more than 6 years.  I was also selected to prosecute all the DUI Homicide cases in St. Augustine from 2000-2002. 




Law Offices of Shorstein & Lee, LLC
305 Kingsley Lake Drive
Suite 701
Saint Augustine, FL, 32092-3045

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Posted by anonymous | November 15, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Amazing lawyer
Bryan did everything I could have wanted. Kept in contact with me the whole time, any questions I had I could call of text him and get a response back in an appropriate amount of time. He was able to get me the best deal possible at a decent price. Would recommend him to anyone as he is one of the best in the county.
Posted by Jessica | July 10, 2014
This man has Integrity! Did not charge a dime.
I emailed Mr. Shorestein about an old warrant that needed to be taken care of before my fiance and I returned to Florida. He gave us a thorough consultation to get all the info he needed and answered all questions we had, and never made us feel rushed like he had better things to be doing. He did a little digging over the next couple of days and took it upon himself to call us each day with updates as he discovered more and untangled what was an extremely complicated situation for us. (My friends/family who hire lawyers don't get treated this well, and are often left for days at a time trying to get them on the phone, trying to get the case to move forward etc.) He also took it upon himself to bring up our case to the prosecutor and seems all we need to do is pay a small fee to St. John's County and the case will be closed. After all this, he actually didn't charge us a dime and gave me a name and phone number to call to get the payment taken care of. All of this was done from Utah. He even offered to double check after we make the payment to ensure the matter is completely taken care of. This outcome is incredible, and we will be very happy to recommend Bryan Shorestein to anyone and everyone in St. Augustine, since he is the reason we can even return! It is so rare to find truly helpful philanthropic people. This is probably one of the few lawyers in the world you can trust, St. Augustine is lucky to have him! Thank you so much, Bryan! *faith in humanity reignited*
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Posted by Josh | July 10, 2014
BEST in st johns county by far
I hired him a few years ago from a criminal case involving myself being assaulted by a LEO, said renegade cop busted up my face, damaged my vision, and then attempted to lie about the situation in his report, Honestly if it wasn't for Brian I would have went to jail and been charged with some severe charges that were not true. this man is very easy to talk very well known in the local legal community and honestly one of the most polite lawyers I have ever spoken too, if I ever was to need criminal defense again Mr. Shorstein would be the first man I pick
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Posted by Charleen | November 18, 2013
A very satisfied client.
I can't say enough about how pleased I am with choosing Shorstein&Lee to represent me in my legal matter. It was a very difficult time for me and did not know where to turn. I found Shorstein&Lee online and contacted them. I was impressed with how quickly the response was. I immediately felt that things were going to get better. I was still worried about my situation however, after speaking to Mr. Shorstein the first time I began to relax a little. The more I spoke with him the more I relaxed and felt quite confident that I had made the right choice in choosing Shorstein&Lee. Mr. Shorstein always made himself available for answering questions and in doing such allowed me some peace of mind. No matter how many times I contacted him I always got a response either by email or by phone. I would absolutely recommend Shorstein&Lee to anyone in need of competent, knowledgeable and exrtemely attentive legal advice.
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Posted by vicky | January 15, 2013
mr shorstein responded to my telephone call so quickly on a weekend night i was overwhelmed. i was distraught, hysterical, crying and he totally came to my rescue with reassurance, compassion and made me feel that my situation was totally going to be handled..... and so it was.. he was constantly checking on mee, quick in return phone calls no matter what day of the week or time and he will always be my go to guy in the future if need be!!!!!
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Posted by anonymous | January 14, 2013
The Best !!!
Bryan is very professional and went above and beyond for me. He is very eas to talk to and doesnt tell you things you want to hear but the truth!!!
Posted by anonymous | August 23, 2012
Happy In Flagler County
I was accused of a felony regarding a family members funds that I was responsible for. I was not guilty of the charges that I was facing. I found Mr. Shorstein through his website. After meeting with him and discussing my situation, I felt relieved, and knew I was in very capable hands. Mr. Shorstein represented me competently, and effectively. Eventually, the case was dismissed, and my information will soon be expunged.
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Posted by Frank | October 19, 2010
One of the few - Knowledgeable, Philanthropist, Altruistic etc.
Unfortunately, he is out of the area where I needed him, yet, I got more help from him than anyone in this area so far. He listened and heard me, and he took his time very- very generously to explain things to direct me to the essence of my issue. In my case, I am a plaintiff in an embezzlement/grand theft case - I wish he would not be out of the area to represent me. But of course, he also referred me to another attorney who seems to be tailored for my situation just in case if the DA decide to lower the charges from criminal to civil issue. Most surprisingly, I felt embarrassed that he did not charge me anything. He is a ****** (6) stars of 5.
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Posted by anonymous | November 23, 2009
Domestic Violence Case
I came across Mr.Shorstein's firm online and submitted a question about a domestic violence charge I had just been arrested for. Mr.Shorstein called me that night, after hours, to discuss my case. He was very frank but was also very conscientious of my fears. Although it turned out that he did not cover my county normally, he volunteered to contact the States Attorney on my behalf to find out where they stood and what evidence they had, since my Public Defender was not doing anything. He offered to do all of this free of charge and direct me to a local attorney if it seemed that would be in my best interest. He eventually took the case and with very reasonable fees. He worked very hard to get the case dropped before they would file charges and worked closely with the prosecutor on my behalf. His guidance and experience was spot on and he did, in fact, convince the prosecutor to drop the charge. This was quite a feat considering Florida requires someone to go to jail and be prosecuted for Domestic Violence. Mr.Shorstein was always willing to take my calls after hours and on the weekends throughout the case. The money I spent on his service is the best money I have ever spent.
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  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 9.2 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Shorstein & Lee, LLC
  • 2003 - Present
  • Prosecuting Attorney
  • State Attorneys Office, 7th Circuit St Augustine
  • 1996 - 2003


  • Nova Southeastern University
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1996
  • University of Florida
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1991

Sample of Legal Cases

  • State vs. Juan
  • Case dismissed!! Because the parents called us before the charges were filed, we were able speak to the Detectives and convince them to drop the case.


  • Florida Bar, Animal Law Committee
  • Committee Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Florida Bar, Criminal Law Section
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • 7th Circuit Bar Grievance Committee
  • Chair
  • 2011 - 2014

Languages Spoken

  • English

Attorney endorsements

Received (12)
Given (21)
Endorse Bryan
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 12
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Bryan is a highly respected member of the legal community. He is personable, intelligent and gets great results for his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 02
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"As a prosecutor, I could always trust what Bryan said about his client or his client's case. He is always prepared and knows his cases inside and out."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Dec 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I sincerely endorse Mr. Shorstein. He is an extremely knowledgeable attorney who is an active member in the avvo community. I enjoy reading his input on various issues and highly recommend him."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Bryan Shorstein is one of the best Attorneys in North Florida. He a is strong and zealous advocate for his clients and a credit to the legal profession"
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 10
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I have sent many case to Bryan. Reliable and trustworthy not to mention competent! he even assisted my Father-in-law on a case to successful completion."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 20
Relationship: Other
"I have known Bryan for many years and he is a well respected lawyer in the St. Augustine community. I highly recommend Bryan to anyone with a criminal or personal injury matter in the St. Augustine/St. Johns area."
Unknown Attorney | Aug 23
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Bryan is a tremendous advocate for his clients. I have referred numerous cases to him with all having excellent results. I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 22
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Bryan is an excellent attorney and does an amazing job on every case he handles."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work. Bryan is a fierce advocate for his clients. I never hesitate to send him referrals and know, that clients are always happy with his work."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work. Bryan is an excellent criminal defense attorney. If you or someone you know has been accused or arrested or charged with a crime, do not hestitate to call Mr. Shorstein."
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Saint Augustine Criminal defense Lawyer Bryan L. Shorstein
Bryan L. Shorstein
Criminal defense Attorney
Saint Augustine, FL
Licensed for 27 years