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Christopher Hersem is a native Floridian, born and raised in Clearwater.  He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Florida and his law degree from Stetson University College of Law.  While at Stetson, Chris earned a Concentration in Advocacy, several awards for outstanding service, was a member of multiple leadership organizations, was named in Who's Who of American Law Schools, and spent time travelling and competing with the nationally recognized Stetson Trial Team.

After graduation, Chris continued to hone his trial skills and practice abilities by working as an Assistant Public Defender for the 6th Judicial Circuit.  While at the Public Defender's Office, Chris was involved with nearly 2000 cases and left with an undefeated trial record.


Practice areas


  1. DUI & DWI: 34%
    11 years
  2. Criminal Defense: 33%
    11 years, 3 thousand cases
  3. Speeding Ticket: 23%
    11 years
  4. Personal Injury: 10%
    8 years



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Attorney endorsements

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  • Paul Edward Przepis

    Chris is well known in the legal community for his zealous advocacy and the ability to meet his client's expectations. He is competent, dedicated, and ethical as exemplified in the way he represents his clients and reflected by the success he has had over the years. Chris is a trusted colleague and a lawyer that I am happy to endorse.


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  • Christopher Michael Reynolds

    I have had the pleasure of knowing Chris for many years. He is a great attorney and I gladly endorse him without reservation.


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Contact info

1550 W. Cleveland St.
Suite 9
Tampa, FL, 33606

1421 Court Street
Suite B
Clearwater, FL, 33756



FLMember in Good Standing200506/19/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Top 100 Trial LawyersThe National Trial Lawyers2014
Client's Choice - DUI AttorneyAVVO2013
Top Contributor - DUI AttorneyAVVO2013
Superior (Top 100) DUI AttorneysNAFDD2013
William F. Blews Pro Bono AwardStetson University College of Law2005
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Owner / Managing MemberChristopher T. Hersem, P.L.2008 - Present
Assistant Public DefenderPublic Defender's Office - 6th Judicial Circuit2005 - 2008
Association namePosition nameDuration
The National Trial LawyersMember2014 - Present
NAFDDMember2013 - Present
Pinellas County Trial Lawyers AssociationMember2008 - Present
Hillsborough County Bar AssociationMember2008 - Present
Hillsborough County Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember2008 - Present
Florida Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember2006 - Present
St. Petersburg Bar AssociationMember2006 - Present
Barney Masterson American Inn of CourtMember2006 - Present
The American Bar AssociationMember2005 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
State v. R.L.Reduced to Reckless Driving
State v. G.W.Diversion Program
State v. J.J.One Count Dismissed / One Count Reduced
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Stetson University College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2005
University of FloridaSociologyBA - Bachelor of Arts2001
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Interoffice Law DayDUI - Overview of a First Charge2014
Interoffice Law DayCriminal Defense - How to Handle Police Contact2014