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.
|FL||Member in Good Standing||1983||06/01/2022|
|Award name||Grantor||Date Granted|
|"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|
|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|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|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|
|Stetson College of Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1982|
|ABC "Nightline"||James Dailey murder trial||2020|
|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||Jon Benet Ramsey murder investigation||1997|
|MSNBC "Internight" Program||Aisenberg baby disappearance investigation||1997|
|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|
|State v Roess 451 So2d 879 ( Fla 2d DCA 1984)|
|Zelman v State 666So2d 188 ( Fla 2d DCA 1995)|
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