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Robert Edward Heyman

Personal injury Attorney at Saint Petersburg, FL

5.0   3 reviews
  • Licensed for 40 years
    State FL
    Acquired 1983
    Member in Good Standing No misconduct found

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Practice areas
  1. Personal injury
    In 1997 I began my civil practice primarily representing insurance comanies and self-insured corporations in liability claims. I gradually turned my focus to represent injured parties. My civil practice is now 100% focused on plaintiffs' claims involving Auto Accidents, Premises Liability and Medical Malpractice cases. I personally manage each case from the initial interview through litigation and trial if necessary.

    26 years, 500 cases

  2. Car accident

  3. Criminal defense
    15 years as a prosecutor, 12 years as a criminal defense attorney. I have personally tried over 125 jury trials, ranging from DUI to Sexual Battery, White Collar Crime, Bank Robbery and Capital Murder.

    41 years, 2,500 cases

  4. Medical malpractice

  5. Wrongful death

      I have practiced Personal Injury and Criminal Trial Law in the Tampa Bay area for 37 years. I take pride in giving my clients prompt, professional and personal care of their legal issues. I have extensive trial experience which I have gained by working as a prosecutor, in a large civil firm, and now as a sole practitioner in St Petersburg. While not all cases proceed to trial, I am prepared to do so in all my cases and I believe that has enabled me to obtain more favorable settlements and dispositions in both civil and criminal cases.

      As far as my personal background, I grew up in Barrington Rhode Island and moved to Florida in 1975 to attend Eckerd College in St Petersburg, where I graduated with a BA degree in Political Science in 1979. 

      I thereafter attended Stetson College of Law and obtained my JD degree in 1982. Upon graduation, I was hired as an Assistant State Attorney for Pinellas County and remained in that position for 14 1/2 years. While serving as a prosecutor, I personally tried over 100 jury trials, including 25 1st Degree Murders, together with other complicated cases involving drug trafficking, bank robbery, sexual battery and arson. I  served as a felony division director  from 1990 to 1997, at which time I entered private practice in Clearwater, where I limited my practice to criminal defense and insurance defense cases. I later gravitated towards Plaintiff Personal Injury cases as well. 

      Since entering private practice I have appeared on numerous occasions as a legal commentator on "Nightline", Court TV and MSNBC's "Internight" show, analyzing cases of national significance, most often from the perspective of a former prosecutor.

      In 2008, I formed the Heyman Law Firm,PA in St Petersburg, Fl and limit my practice to Plaintiff's Personal Injury , Medical Malpractice and Criminal Defense cases. I offer free consultations and pride myself in providing personal attention to each of my clients, through trial if necessary.

      I live in St Petersburg with my wife Lorrie and have two adult daughters, Lindsay is a  graphic designer in Greenville, SC  and Kylie is an actor residing in New York City.


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Heyman Law Firm
111 2nd Avenue NE, Suite 1001
Suite 1001
Saint Petersburg, FL, 33701


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Posted by anonymous | June 21, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
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I highly recommend Bob Haymand. He assisted my husband a year ago. I appreciate his immediate response and willingness to listen. He stayed on top of things and got the job done within a timely manner. Thank you, HM
Posted by gary | June 14, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
felony arrest
Bob is without a doubt a atty that you want working for you. After the free consult he told me of the options that were open for a disposition in my case. After explaining to me that out of all options he would prefer to work to get it dropped I knew he was one of the GOOD guys that actually fight for you and have the TRUE ability to WIN. Top shelf all the way!!!
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Posted by Wayne | March 10, 2014
Great Lawyer. Will go above and beyond for you.
I just wanted to post a very thankful note for Bob. I contacted through this website and he was extremely helpful through the whole process. i couldn't thank him enough for what he had done with my case and has made my life much better. A very big Thank You Mr. Heyman. My wife and kids Thank You also. We have been to Florida on 2 occasions now for a family vacation and was so glad to not have my old case hanging over any longer. We hope to one day move to Florida and to also drop in and thank you personally. I would suggest to anybody needing help in the Pinellas area to Please call Robert Heyman.
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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Shareholder / Attorney
  • Zimmet,Unice, Salzman & Heyman, PA
  • 2001 - 2008
  • Associate Attorney
  • Tew, Zinober, Barnes, Zimmet & Unice, PA
  • 1997 - 2001
  • Assistant State Attorney
  • Pinellas County State Attorneys Office
  • 1982 - 1997


  • Stetson College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1982
  • Eckerd College
  • BA
  • 1979

Legal Cases

  • Buitrano v. Feaster 2014 WL 749831( Fla. 2nd DCA 12/31/14)
  • Affirmed in part, reversed in part
  • Bellamy v State 977 So2d 682 (Fla 2d 2008)
  • 2nd Degree Murder conviction reversed
  • Shuttleworth v State 927 So2d 975 ( Fla 2d DCA 2006)
  • Motion to Suppress granted
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  • American Academy of trial Attorneys
  • 2015 - Present
  • National Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2012 - Present
  • Florida Justice Association ( Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers)
  • 2008 - Present
  • Pinellas County Criminal Defense Attorneys Association
  • 2006 - Present
  • St. Petersburg Bar Association
  • 2000 - Present
  • Florida Bar
  • 1982 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • "Premier 100" Florida Trial Attorneys
  • American Academy of Trial Attorneyslawyers
  • 2015
  • Florida's "Top 100" Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2012
  • "Tampa Bay's Best Lawyers"
  • Tampa Bay Magazine
  • 2010
  • AV Rated attorney
  • Martindale Hubbell
  • 2007
  • Order of Kentucky Colonels
  • State Of Kentucky
  • 1989
  • Commendation
  • U.S. Department of Justice
  • 1988
  • Commendation
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • 1988
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Speaking Engagements

  • MSNBC "Internight" Program
  • ValueJet crash
  • 1999
  • MSNBC "Internight" Program
  • Marv Albert Trial
  • 1998
  • MSNBC"Internight" program
  • "Melissa Drexler" -The "Prom Mom" murder case
  • 1997
  • MSNBC "Internight" Program
  • Aisenberg baby disappearance investigation
  • 1997
  • MSNBC "Internight" Program
  • Jon Benet Ramsey murder investigation
  • 1997
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Attorney endorsements

Received (24)
Given (36)
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Unknown Attorney | Jan 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Mar 03
Relationship: Other
"This attorney strives to always represent clients the best way possible. I endorse this lawyer."
Personal injury Attorney | Feb 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Bob is an outstanding personal injury attorney. I have known Bob for several years and would not hesitate to recommend him."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Robert. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Personal injury Attorney | Feb 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Heyman is a dedicated and skillful attorney who gives thoughtful and insightful guidance in his Avvo answers. He is a valued member of the Avvo community who is generous in sharing his time and expertise by spending considerable time participating on this site. It is my pleasure to endorse him"
Unknown Attorney | Nov 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Aug 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Attorney Heyman. From his answers and time on Avvo, it is clear he is dedicated to serving those in need and his clients. It's rare that lawyers spend so much valuable time helping the community, for free, and I applaud him for doing it to such a great level. Kudos"
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Personal injury Attorney | Jun 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Robert is a tireless worker and has a reputation as one of the elite attorneys in the greater Tampa Bay area. When selecting a personal injury attorney, it is essential that your lawyer actually litigates cases and has a reputation with the insurance carriers for taking cases to trial. Robert has a reputation for both and this is an essential criteria in selecting the best attorney for your injury claim. Further, he does a fine job of providing personal attention and I have yet to hear anyone complain of his services."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Personal injury Attorney | Feb 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Bob is the best of the best when it comes to personal injury matters and high end litigation. He is very sharp and an amazing advocate. He is a gifted trial attorney and litigator and obtains very favorable results for his clients. Without hesitation, I endorse Robert Heyman."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I am a fellow Eckerd College Graduate/Baseball Player and I have interacted with Mr. Heyman both in the courtroom and at our Alumni Baseball Events. He is a consummate professional and well respected by fellow attorneys, prosecutors and judges. I would not hesitate to recommend his services."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 15
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have known Robert Heyman for many years. He is a highly respected attorney in our community. I endorse him without reservation."
Personal injury Attorney | Sep 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Robert for my entire 20 plus year career. Mr. Heyman is a superior lawyer with great trial skills, possessed of vast knowledge and dedication to his work. I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Dec 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Mr. Heyman. Bob Heyman is a tremendous advocate for his clients, bringing numerous years of experience to the courtroom and ensuring that his clients receive the highest level of representation. Extremely thorough, well-versed in the law and a tenacious attorney, his clients are lucky to have him steering them through their legal troubles."
Personal injury Attorney | Feb 19
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer's work."
Personal injury Attorney | Jan 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Robert Heyman. I consider Robert to be a very skilled and knowledgable."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Bob in the community for many years. He has a stellar reputation as an excellent and ethical trial lawyer."
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