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James Kevin Hayslett

DUI and DWI Attorney at Tampa, FL

4.9   275 reviews

also known as Kevin Hayslett, J. Kevin Hayslett

  • State Years
    Florida - FL 35 years
    Colorado - CO 24 years
  • Licensed for 35 years
    State FL
    Acquired 1988
    Status
    Member in Good Standing No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 24 years
    State CO
    Acquired 1999
    Status
    Administrative - Not Authorized to Practice No misconduct found

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

About James

Learn James’s areas of practice.

5
Practice areas
  1. DUI and DWI
    70%
    My practice is dedicated to those accused of criminal traffic issues from suspended drivers licenses issues to DUI's & DUI Manslaughter charges.

    37 years

  2. Criminal defense
    20%
    I have represented clients in all areas of the criminal justice arena from misdemeanors to felony offenses within the Tampa Bay area.

    37 years

  3. Domestic violence
    4%

  4. Expungement
    3%

  5. Speeding and traffic ticket
    3%

I grew up in Clearwater Florida with my brother and sister. I attended  St. Pauls

prepatory school after graduating in 1977 i attended and graduated from Clearwater High School in 1980. I recieved my BA degree from Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina in Political science where I also played varsity tennis under NCAA coaching legend Paul Scarpa. While at Furman I studied abroad and attended the Royal Shakespeare Institutue in Strattford upon Avon. Upon graduating I entered Cumberland School of Law at Samford University in Birmingham Alabama where I graduated in 1987. While at Cumberland I participated in their nationally recognized mock trial program where I won the Southeastern Regional & then the National Mock trial championship sponsored by the Association of Trial Lawyers of America.

After graduation I accepted a postion as an assistant State Attorney with the 6th Judical Circuit in Pinellas County Florida. There I participated in over 150 jury trials ranging from DUI's to First Degree Murder charges.

 

J. Kevin Hayslett, Esq.

Member AV Rated

 

250 N. Belcher Rd.

Suite 102

Clearwater, Florida 33765-2622

 

Phone: (Toll Free)

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Position | Areas of Practice | Professional Associations and Memberships | Education | Classes / Seminars Taught | Honors | Past Employment

 

Biography: J. Kevin Hayslett is a graduate of Clearwater High School.  He and his wife, Melisa have three sons.  They enjoy playing tennis, baseball and watching seasonal sports.  Kevin is an avid tennis player and is currently nationally rated in singles and doubles.

 

Position: He is an attorney practicing in the areas of Criminal Defense and DUI Defense from the Clearwater office and Hillsborough office.

 

Areas of Practice:

 

Criminal defense

DUI defense

Professional Associations and Memberships:

 

Admitted to the Florida Bar, 1988

U.S. District Court Middle District of Florida, 1988

U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit, 1995

Clearwater Bar Association (Past Board Member)

Barney Masterson Inn of Court (Past Member)

Mote Marine Scientific Labs (Past Board Member)

YMCA of Suncoast (Board Member)

Pinellas County Trail Lawyers' Association (Former Member)

Festival of Trees (Former Gala Ball Co-Chair)

Tampa Bay Area Fellowship of Christian Athletes (Former Board Member)

Education:

 

J.D., Cumberland School of Law, Samford University, Birmingham, Alabama, 1987

B.S., Political Science Furman University, Greenville, South Carolina

Classes / Seminars Taught:

 

Teacher, Criminal Justice Institute

Teacher, St. Petersburg Junior College

Speaker, Community Organizations

Honors and Awards:

 

AV Rated, Martindale-Hubbell

Past National & SE Mock Trial Championship Team, American Association for Justice

National College of DUI Defense, Harvard University.

Past Employment:

 

Office of the State Attorney, 6th Circuit FL, Assistant State Attorney

Criminal Justice Institute, Facilitator

SPJC, Facilitator

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Location

Carlson Meissner Hart & Hayslett P.A
2002 West Cleveland Street
Tampa, FL, 33606
Carlson Meissner Hart & Hayslett PA
250 N. Belcher Rd.
Suite 102
Clearwater, FL, 33765-2622
Carlson Meissner Hart & Hayslett
7614 Massachusetts Ave.
New Port Richey, FL, 34653
Carlson Meissner Hart & Hayslett
1 Appointments upon request
Saint Petersburg, FL, 33710
Carlson Meissner Hart & Hayslett PA
5323 Spring Hill Drive
Spring Hill, FL, 34606
Carlson Meissner Hart & Hayslett
1103 14th Street W.
Bradenton, FL, 34205
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Reviews

4.9 / 5.0
  275 customer reviews
Posted by Kristina | August 12, 2021
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Kristina Petrillo
I cannot express how greatful I am or how amazing Kevin and his team handled my case! I was unlawfully detained and they were able to show/prove that with their outstanding ability to obtain ALL the facts! This firm's willingness to help the community shines through. I would NOT recommend anyone other than Kevin and his team. Thank you for q you do and all you did for me!
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Posted by Corey Cofer | August 12, 2021
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Staying out of prison
I hired Kevin Hayslett as my Attourney. I was very scared of my charges and time I may spend in prison. He did a fenominal job of preventing this. He is my Attourney for life. This is not the first time I have used his firm. Both times came out on the good side of things. If you need an Attorney I definitely recommend him. Definitely.....
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Posted by Michele | December 1, 2020
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A Sigh of Relief
Mr. Hayslett and his team provided our family with the utmost in professional representation. They were not only informative but always treated us as though we were a priority. In these trying times when the court rooms were continuously rescheduling dates, etc Kevin and his team flowed seamlessly throughout the entire process which lasted over 9 months. Not only were our calls returned and questions answered in a reasonable amount of time, but when the actual court date arrived, Kevin was there in person and not via Zoom like many other attorneys that day. i truly appreciate everything this team did and I am also happy to report: Vindicated! Experience matters, as well as kindness. Thank you to the entire team for everything. M
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Posted by Hank | October 27, 2020
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Two Separate Battery Charges and a Restraining Order Won!
An Attorney in my family referred me to Kevin for my defense. That fact alone should tell you something. It was a very confusing time for me. I didn't understand what was happening to me or why. Kevin took the lead and through his questioning of me, he recognized the kind of person I was dealing with. It was Kevin's experience and action that also helped the State Prosecutor understand what we were dealing with, that won a dismissal of TWO sequential battery charges and an attempt at a restraining order that might have kept me out of my home. Kevin also referred me to an eviction lawyer who took care of winning me a Writ of Possession, in very short order. On a side note: If Kevin offers personal advice, you could say he's doing that on his own time, so TAKE HIS ADVICE! He's giving it because he cares.
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Posted by Jessica | October 22, 2020
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Best attorney hands down!!
I have used Kevin on two occasions and would never use anyone else, and believe me when I tell you, he doesn’t disappoint! He was able to beat my first DUI and resolved another issue in a timely manner that could not have had a better outcome. I highly recommend Kevin Hayslett. He definitely stands up for his clients and will get you the best possible outcome. Five Star Service!
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Posted by Chrissy | September 30, 2020
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Kevin is a absolutely fantastic lawyer
So much heart goes out to this man for caring for my case! I am TRULY grateful and blessed that I had the chance to have him for my lawyer. Excellent work beyond words. He really tried and went for the very best for me. Which is so amazingly wonderful for me that he did because now my life for me and my little family can be at peace and finally sleep. I would like to thank you again Mr. Hayslett! My family and I both are very thankful for the work you put into to help me!!
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Posted by LIsa S. | September 24, 2020
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Highly Recommend!
Kevin is not only a brilliant attorney, he goes above and beyond his scope to ensure his clients are well taken care of. He is quick to answer questions and explains EVERYTHING thoroughly and to the point. He will ensure that he gets results. Kevin is not only a superb attorney, he is also genuinely honest and a straight forward friend! Look no further! Thank you Kevin!
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Posted by anonymous | August 10, 2020
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Greatest attorney anyone could ask for
Kevin was nothing but the best. He made me feel comfortable from the beginning to the end. Explained everything to me as many times as I needed, being new to all this. I could call him day or night, he was always available for any question. Brilliant lawyer and just a great person.
Posted by Charles | July 21, 2020
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Highly Recommended
Kevin and his team made it easy to get through the process of dealing with my alleged DUI. He took an hour of his time (for free) to walk me through the process and set my expectations for how things would proceed and what would be required. His fees were reasonable and well worth it based on my favorable outcome. Hiring Kevin and following his counsel saved me a considerable amount of money and avoid several other significant potential consequences.
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Posted by Jackson | July 18, 2020
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Best case scenario
I am EXTREMELY satisfied with Mr Hayslett as he was able to get all charges dropped against me. He was thorough and I always felt like he had my back and that showed in the court ruling. I could not be more satisfied with him being my legal representation
Posted by anonymous | June 18, 2020
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Not a great situation, but great representation by Kevin Hayslett
I got arrested for my first DUI and consulted with Kevin Haslett per a recommendation from a trusted friend. Kevin was very knowledgeable, approachable, and communicative regarding my situation and the subsequent process through the end. I hired him to take my case and am definitely glad I did. He handled all of the particulars with the court system and kept me informed during the way. While I hope to never be in a similar situation, I would hire him again to represent me. Thanks, Kevin!
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Posted by Susan | April 29, 2020
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Miracle worker
This case was a very difficult, complicated, domestic violence charge. During all the court proceedings Kevin was very professional. Kevin seems to have exceptional knowledge involving the justice system. Kevin is a excellent attorney and gifted in the area of law. Kevin not only has outstanding knowledge but also seems to be highly respected by those he deals with during court proceedings. Due to the very difficult circumstances in this case, it needed a miracle. At the very last court hearing we got that miracle. Thank you again Kevin for all your time, advice, hard work and the remarkable outcome.
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Posted by Tarek | March 24, 2020
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Recommendation for hiring Kevin Hayslett
Kevin was an excellent attorney to help me with my case. He made sure to keep me comfortable and informed throughout the whole process which helped tremendously. Kevin was/is now helping me get my record sealed and expunged. Highly recommend using him.
Posted by Jose | February 25, 2020
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Top of the Line!!!
Never at one point did K Hayslett set false expectations from our first consultation to when i hired him and when negotiating a plea with the DA. He is very professional and he is not your typical money hungry attorney. He fights for the little guys. I made a mistake horrible traffic offense and he was able to not only plea bargain out of jail time- but reduced the charge so i would be able to get my driving privileges back which is all i wanted to get my life back in order. I recommend him for anyone that is needing favorable results.
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Posted by Tim | February 17, 2020
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Against all Odds:
I hired James (Kevin) Hayslett's and to completely be Honest I had no hope or expectation of success. Kevin was straight forward and said to me this is the best and worse - case scenario. Expect the worse and hope for the best. Month 3 I received a call from Kevin in a calm voice saying we won the 1st bout. Ecstatic a feeling of hope and relief filled me. Thanks, Kevin
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Posted by anonymous | February 17, 2020
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Definitely recommmend
Kevin did a great job helping me in my situation. He went above and beyond to get a positive result. I always knew what he was going to do on my behalf to help but, he was also realistic in what could happen. He never tried to sugarcoat an outcome. Realistically, I hope I never need him again but I would definitely get his help and would recommend him to anyone needing an attorney.
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Posted by Emily | February 14, 2020
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Best Attorney in the Bay
Kevin Hayslett was recommended by a couple friends whom had the utmost trust in him. When I contacted Kevin, I immediately knew he would handle my situation with just a few words we exchanged. He explained the process to me and was very honest with me. We communicated before, in between and after my case and he always reassured me that everything work out in the end. He is definitely highly recommended by me and I am forever grateful for him and his expertise. He saved me a lot of extra situations that it would’ve lead to if it weren’t taken care of.
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Posted by Ken | January 31, 2020
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Recent DUI Arrest
After a recent very emotional divorce I was convicted for DUI. It was a bad decision on my part. I have known Kevin personally for close to 20 years and retained him for my legal council. Kevin is very good at his job and takes it very seriously. He is professional and took care of my needs in a very timely fashion. He is very tenacious and did a great job for me. But besides his work ethic he also cares and has great compassion and cares deeply for his clients. I could not have made it through this without him. He provided a great outcome for my case and recommend him to anyone needing legal council! He consulted me and guided me through a very difficult situation and have a great deal of gratitude for him. If you retain him you won’t be disappointed.
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Posted by Rex | January 30, 2020
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Amazing
Kevin's years of knowledge and experience in laying the framework around our case made possible the best outcome we could have hoped for! He took the time to understand the whole story and showed a personal interest in our family situation. When looking for an attorney, one attribute of Kevin I recall on a prior review that is still evident, is that he is true to himself and to God. I could not have made a better choice!
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Posted by George | January 30, 2020
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DUI Case
Kevin handled my case in thee upmost professional manor. An attention to detail was above an beyond!! Not only doing everything for me without even my presence thru most of the process so I could continue my life without worry about the legal mess I was in. An bonus round was to even win the case in much better favor than I ever imagined!! Don't waste your time shopping for a Lawyer if in this situation he is simply the Man & Team you want on your side hands down! An shout out to his personal assistant Laureen who couldn't be any more pleasent to deal with if she tried!! Who also became a friend an customer of mine during the process. Thank you much! Sincerely, George R. Britton III
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Assistant State Attorney
  • State Attorney''S Office
  • 1987 - 1992
  • Assistant Tennis Professional
  • Calloway Gardens
  • 1986 - 1986
  • Legal Intern
  • Shelby County District Attorney's Office
  • 1986 - 1987
  • Law Clerk
  • Federal Court Judge
  • 1985 - 1986
  • Assistant Tennis Professional
  • Countryside Country Club
  • 1982 - 1984
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Education

  • Samford University, Cumberland School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1987
  • Furman University
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1984
  • Clearwater High
  • 1980

Sample of Legal Cases

  • State v Demato
  • Reversed in favor of the Defendant

Associations

  • YMCA of the Suncoast
  • Board Member
  • 1998 - Present
  • Florida Bar
  • Member
  • 1988 - Present
  • Colorado Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Barney Masterson Inn of Court
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Pinellas County Trail Lawyers' Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Mote Marine Scientific Board
  • Board Member
  • N/A
  • Clearwater Bar Association
  • Board Member
  • N/A
  • Trinity Presbyterian Church
  • Session Member
  • N/A
  • Country Oaks Homeowners Association
  • Past President
  • 2007 - 2009
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish
  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Shark Award
  • Carlson Meissner Hart And Hayslett
  • 2010
  • AV Peer Review Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2004
  • AV Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 1998
  • National Trial Team Champion Washington DC
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America
  • 1987
  • South Eastern Mock Trial Champion
  • American Trial Lawyers Association
  • 1987
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Publications

  • Corrections Academy
  • Legal Concepts
  • 1994

Speaking Engagements

  • DUI Case Update
  • DUI case update
  • 2017
  • Television News Cast
  • Breaking News
  • 2014
  • Hillsdale County Bar Association
  • DUI Law update
  • 2013
  • Hillsborough County Bar Association
  • DUI Legal Updates
  • 2012
  • Criminal Law Section
  • DUI LAW CASE Update
  • 2010
  • Criminal Law Section
  • DUI LAW UPDATE
  • 2010
  • Pinellas County Police Academy
  • Shoot or don't Shoot- Police liability training
  • 2007
  • Meeting
  • The Power of an Opening Statement
  • 1997
  • Meeting
  • OJ Simpson Case
  • 1994
  • Police Academy
  • Legal Concepts
  • 1993
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Attorney endorsements

Received (57)
Given (45)
Endorse James
Criminal defense Attorney | May 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work. Kevin is an excellent Attorney. His attention to detail is unparalleled. Preparation is where Keven really shines. He is always extremely well prepared and he will be ready to confront anything that happens in the Courtroom. Kevin is also very enthusiastic and and genuinely concerned about his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 16
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I had the pleasure of having Kevin Hayslett on the opposing side of many criminal cases while I was a prosecutor. I know first hand how he deals with prosecutors inside and outside the courtroom. Kevin has a reputation for being well prepared, well versed in the law, and articulate in his presentations before judges and juries. He is always professional and respectful when he zealously advocates his clients' position and defends their rights. I know he had the respect of the other prosecutors in my office as well. I recommend Kevin Hayslett with the first hand knowledge of seeing his efforts and results as my adversary. He has my highest respect."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I met Kevin at a training not too long ago & was sincerely impressed by his wisdom, advice, & character. Kevin is an inspiration to attorneys, sets a solid standard in the legal field, & strives to do the right thing. Kevin is knowledgeable, has been around the block, & compels respect. He is passionate about his work and has grit, which I think makes him a quality advocate for those needing a voice."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Aug 24
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"As a prosecutor I would cringe when I came across a case where Mr. Hayslett was representing the accused. I knew he was going to skillfully argue motions and do whatever was needed to best represent his clients. I highly recommend Mr. Hayslett for any criminal law needs."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 07
Relationship: Co-worker
"Kevin continues to be a great mentor to me. His knowledge of the law seems never ending, and his presence in a court room is second to none. He radiates confidence. He gets favorable results for clients, and you become his friend while he does so. I absolutely endorse and recommend Kevin, and it is truly a dream come true to continue to work with him at Carlson & Meissner."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly endorse Mr. Hayslett. Truly exceptional and caring attorney who gets great results in representing clients! I want all people with legal problems to contact him first."
Unknown Attorney | Apr 06
Relationship: Other
"A top notch attorney who has great knowledge of the law. I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse James. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have known Attorney Kevin Haslett for many years. His repuation in the community as well as with the judiciary is second to none. He is recognized as the go to guy when you have been charged with a crime; especially but not limited to driving under the influence charges, whether they be misdemeanors or felonies. There a few areas of the law that change so rapidly; almost every year when the legislature meets. For this reason among many others that's why it's so important when accused of a crime you retain Kevin as his work ethic and knowledge of the law are second to none. Kevin receives my strongest endorsment."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Hayslett knows the law and how to make it work for his clients. I endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Nov 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. He is an excellent and focused lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Nov 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Hayslett is simply an exceptional attorney who I would recommend to everyone and anyone. I am a former judge, former magistrate, former prosecutor, and an attorney with 24 years of experience. I still learn from his answers on Avvo on a daily basis and I am constantly impressed."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jul 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Attorney Hayslett has a Superb rating on AVVO and has a great reputation in the community as a defense attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have kinown Kevin since he graduated law school. He is a superb lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 16
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"He is fantastic in the courtroom. I endorse this lawyer."
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