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Jacob W Pillsbury

Criminal defense Attorney at Saint Petersburg, FL

5.0   21 reviews

also known as Jake Pillsbury


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About Jacob

Learn Jacob’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    45%
    I handle cases ranging from minor misdemeanors to serious felonies punishable by up to life in prison. This includes property crimes, drug crimes, sex crimes, and violence. I have a strong background in litigation and trials.

  2. DUI and DWI
    25%
    Misdemeanors, Felonies, and DMV representation included. I Focus on helping clients maintain their driving privileges.

  3. Family
    25%

  4. Consumer protection
    5%

I am the Founder and Managing Attorney of Guardline Law, a St. Petersburg based law firm handling Criminal Defense and Family Law cases.  

I attended the University of Florida beginning in 2003, receiving a Bachelor of Arts.   I then attended Stetson University College of Law, and graduated with a Juris Doctor in 2012.  While studying law at Stetson, I competed with the Nation’s Top-ranked Trial Team and received intensive training in trial practice and procedure from a variety of Judges, Professors and Lawyers.  I also worked with the Stetson’s Student Bar association, as a teaching assistant for Trial Advocacy classes, and interned for Circuit Court Judge Amy Williams in Saint Petersburg.

After a year of handling plaintiff’s personal injury actions, I decided to transition to criminal defense.  For four years I represented indigent citizens of Hillsborough, Pasco, and Pinellas County as an Assistant Public Defender.  During those years I handled thousands of criminal cases ranging from minor traffic infractions to first degree life felonies. With more than 40 criminal defense trials and hundreds of written motions, I developed a penchant for standing up against the criminal justice machine.  During my final year in public service, I focused on DUI defense, trying a dozen cases in that year alone. I understand that pretrial litigation and trials are equally important, and I believe in pursuing as many options for clients as possible.  

After four years of public service, I have handled a combination of criminal defense, civil defense, family law, and consumer protection cases.  In August 2021, I founded Guardline Law, a modern law firm offering virtual consultations and representation to clients facing criminal prosecution and family law matters. All of my clients can reach me directly at their convenience once the firm has been retained.  

Licensed for 10 years
State FL
Status Member in Good Standing
Acquired 2012
Updated 11/23/2022

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

Contact Jacob

Guardline Law
9800 4th Street N.
Suite 200
Saint Petersburg, FL, 33702

Reviews

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Posted by Garrett Lorman | January 17, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
100% recommend Guardline Law for any of you law related needs
Guardline Law is an amazing firm that will help you with whatever you need efficiently and for a fair price. Jake has helped myself and multiple friends with family-related and personal injury cases. Cannot recommend enough. Has my 100% full trust with anything law related.
Posted by Jen | December 22, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly Recommend!!!
Guardline Law is a fantastic firm!! I would recommend Jake to anyone that is looking for legal guidance pertaining to family, personal injury or criminal cases. He helped resolve a family case quickly and was extremely knowledgeable and reliable.
Posted by anonymous | December 9, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Would Recommend
I would recommend Jacob Pillsbury to anyone in need of legal advice or representation. He was realistic and didn’t over-promise, was able to explain case details simply, was responsive to messages, was overall very helpful and was able to get the best possible outcome!
Posted by Jason | November 25, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Easy to follow
Always gives simple, practical advice that’s easy to understand and easy to follow
Posted by anonymous | November 23, 2022
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Do Recommend
Very Knowledgeable, helped me sort through some documents. This was a quick and easy process with Jacob. Thanks!
Posted by Lee | November 23, 2022
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Highly recommend Jake Pillsbury
I can't recommend Jacob enough, he went above and beyond for my family and even spent his own personal time to reassure us and make sure we understood the issue at hand completely. Extremely professional, very compassionate and very reliable. Thank you!
Posted by Derek | November 23, 2022
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
The best there is!
Jake is an absolute lifesaver, highly recommend him! Compassionate and professional.
Posted by anonymous | September 4, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Attorney
Jake is fantastic and I would highly recommend him to anybody in need of a criminal defense attorney. He is responsive, direct, and an aggressive advocate who consistently under promises and over delivers. If you need an attorney to stand in your corner and fight for you, Jake is the attorney you want. I can't say enough how grateful I am for his representation and I would not recommend anybody other than Jake to family and friends.
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Posted by Kyle | August 29, 2019
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Exclusive service
Jake provided me with the highest service possible and I am so thankful that I was in the hands of someone who has a sincere drive to be there for his clients and provide premier results. I would highly recommend Mr. Pillsbury and I am confident that anyone in need in the future will be just as satisfied and relieved as I was; the quality given by Jake is without reproach while behind a firm known for their success and impeccable results.
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Posted by Sabrina | May 27, 2019
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Quick-responding attorney with knowledge and compassion!
I had an issue that I needed quick assistance with. Not only was Jake quick to respond, addressing my concerns and worries, but he also went way above and beyond in looking at my situation and determining what needed to happen next. He was very compassionate and helped put my mind at ease. He is clearly very good at what he does and cares a lot about people - so rare with attorneys these days. I really enjoyed consulting with him and would absolutely use his services if ever needed again.
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Posted by Jonathan | March 27, 2019
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Jacob Pillsbury is a great lawyer!
Jacob Pillsbury is a phenomenal attorney. He and the rest of the team at Denmon Pearlman advocated for me to the fullest extent and made sure I was informed at every step. There are a lot of attorneys out there that may view clients as a paycheck, but not Jacob. It's clear that he truly cares, and anyone with a personal injury claim would be lucky to be represented by Jacob Pillsbury.
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Posted by Brenna | March 26, 2019
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Knowledgeable and always willing to help!
Jake Pillsbury has helped me with a few legal issues throughout the years, most recently stopping a bogus debt collector from harassing me. He is approachable, knowledgeable, and compassionate. Simply everything you could want in an attorney.
Posted by Dominique | March 24, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly reputable lawyer!
By far one of the most professional, genuine lawyers! I recommend him and his law firm to anyone, I have been a client since 2015. He has always exceeded my expectations and gone above and beyond to make sure all questions and court hearings were handled promptly and professionally! Thank you Mr. Pillsbury and the entire Denmon Pearlman team!
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Posted by Patricia | March 23, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
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Great Law Firm and Attorney
Attorney Jacob Pillsbury brought me to the Demon Pearlman law firm for my personal injury case. Mr. Pillsbury as well as the entire staff at the firm are always completely professional, available and very quick to respond to my questions or needs. I would highly recommend them to anyone in need of legal assistance.
Posted by Phillip | March 15, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Thank You Mr. Pillsbury!
Mr. Pillsbury, Went above and beyond with regard to my legal defense issues and demonstrated that he possesses the knowledge and experience necessary to work the system and get the best possible outcome. I was surprised that some one of his age had amassed such a wealth of legal knowledge and courtroom savvy.
Posted by Samuel | March 12, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great criminal Attorney
Honestly did not expect the results i got was much happier then i thought. Mr. Pillsbury was attentive, professional, and went beyond the call of duty i had expected of him for the price i paid. I would deffinitly recommend hiring Mr. Pillsbury to anyone in need of spectacular representation!
Posted by CARYN | November 7, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
lawyer review- PILLSBURY
What a great lawyer! Great follow-through and explanation(s) of the process. This is what he sent via email at the conclusion of my daughter's case: Thank you again for putting your faith in me to help you through these cases. This was the outcome I was hoping for. Both criminal cases were reduced to civil citations, so there will be no criminal record of this. The written arrests will still show up in a background check, but the record will show that they were reduced. Keeping a young person's record clear (especially on minor charges) is one of the best things about this job. I hope this is the last interaction you have with this system.
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Posted by Bryan | May 29, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Traffic violation
Thank you again Jacob for everything you and ur law firm did for me we ended up getting what we needed outa the court room and couldn't have done it with out y'all im very grateful to have hired your services to help me get threw this mishap that happened to me... I was so pleased with your progress that if and when I do ever get in trouble again I will be coming back to you and ur law firm thank you again for the great business....
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Response from Jacob Pillsbury June 1, 2018
It was my pleasure Bryan. I'm glad we got through it together.
Posted by Tamara | May 24, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
JAKE PILLSBURY REVIEW
DENMAN & PEARLMAN Jake Pillsbury Review Jake Pillsbury is an outstanding & highly recommended attorney. I was referred to Denman & Pearlman’s practice by a close family friend & was hopeful to find representation that would assist me through an extremely discouraging legal situation involving 5 pending felony charges, where my options of freedom & forgiveness were limited & not likely. Guilty convictions on these charges would have hindered my ability to find reputable work and limited my chances at a normal & successful life. I was mentally preparing for a dim future of a 5-time felon and was likely facing prison time until I retained Mr. Pillsbury as my choice of representation. Mr. Pillsbury took the time to really listen to me & build a rapport with me & build an understanding of who I am as a person, as opposed to allowing my charges to identify what kind of person I am. He thoroughly studied the facts of my case to efficiently translate his concerns to the judge and state attorneys on my behalf. He remained sincere, patient, involved and readily available to myself and my family to answer any questions or concerns throughout the entire process. Ultimately he fought hard & put forth tremendous effort to achieve the judge granting not only my release from jail, but also testified to me being a good candidate for a treatment program to provide me with the assistance I need at rebuilding my life and a promising future. I am more than grateful to have found and hired Mr. Pillsbury & sincerely appreciate all of the time, energy and effort he invested in me.
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Posted by John | May 16, 2018
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Reduction of charges.
Jake Pillsbury has changed my perception of lawyers. He's been straightforward, responsive, and got the outcome we both were aiming for. It wasn't easy but Jake persevered. I feel very fortunate to have found Jake when I needed legal help, support, and results.
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Associate
  • Denmon Pearlman Trial Lawyers
  • 2017 - Present
  • Assistant Public Defender
  • Office Of The Public Defender, 6th Judicial Circuit
  • 2015 - 2017
  • Assistant Public Defender
  • The Office Of The Public Defender, 13th Judicial Circuit of Florida
  • 2013 - 2015
  • Associate
  • Dolman Law Group
  • 2012 - 2013
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Education

  • Stetson University College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2012
  • University of Florida
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2007

Legal Cases

  • Back Surgery/Auto Accident
  • $380,000.00
  • Non surgical auto accident
  • $110,000.00
  • Back Surgery/Minor Impact
  • $415,000.00
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Associations

  • Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2019 - Present
  • Pinellas County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • 2017 - 2018
  • Florida Justice Association
  • voting member
  • 2013 - 2014
  • American Bar Association
  • Lawyer
  • 2013 - 2013
  • American Association for Justice
  • Member
  • 2013 - 2014
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Top 100
  • Association of American Trial Lawyers
  • 2019
  • Top 40 Under 40
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2019
  • Top 40 Under 40
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2018
  • Nomination for Attorney of the Year
  • Pasco County Public Defender's Office
  • 2016
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Publications

  • Law Blog: Tampa Bay Area Personal Injury Attorneys
  • Weekly Articles
  • 2013

Speaking Engagements

  • Stetson College of Law Hispanic Bar Association
  • What I Wish I Had Known Last Year
  • 2013

Attorney endorsements

Received (14)
Given (19)
Endorse Jacob
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 21
Relationship: Co-worker
"Jake is a very intelligent and well versed attorney. I've personally seen his abilities save his clients years in prison. I would not hesitate hiring him to handle my DUI or criminal matter."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 21
Relationship: Co-worker
"I have known Jake Pillsbury since I had the honor of coaching him on Stetson University College of Law's prestigious Trial Team. Since that time Jake has become a fantastic lawyer with extensive trial litigation experience and a true commitment to the well-being of his clients. Jake works exceptionally hard and I am proud to have been able to recruit Jake to work with us at the law firm of Denmon Pearlman."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 21
Relationship: Co-worker
"Jake knows the ins and outs of criminal law and the court system. He cares about his clients and does everything in his power to get the best outcomes possible."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 21
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. Jake is excellent at negotiation and litigation. He is very thorough and extremely compassionate."
Unknown Attorney | Feb 08
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have had the opportunity to work with Jacob and he is an extremely competent and professional litigator. I strongly recommend him for any legal needs."
Unknown Attorney | May 07
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I had the pleasure of working against Mr. Pillsbury on a matter. He is intelligent and a very skilled advocate."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Jacob is a dedicated and passionate attorney who fights hard for his clients. I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Oct 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Top-notch attorney. Highly respected in the legal community."
Personal injury Attorney | Oct 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I've referred a few clients to Jacob and Dolman Law. Jacob treats his clients fairly and with respect. He is very knowledgeable about the practice of law. I appreciate Jacob making me look better by the way he treats the referrals I send him."
Personal injury Attorney | Oct 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Jacob is a talented attorney with a wide range of skill and experience. I would recommend him highly."
Personal injury Attorney | Sep 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Jacob is an excellent Florida attorney and trial practitioner that handles Personal Injury matters. He zealously represents his clients and helps them recover from injuries caused by another. I endorse this lawyer."
Personal injury Attorney | Jul 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Mr. Pillsbury as being knowledgeable in the areas personal injury and debt settlement."
Personal injury Attorney | Jul 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse attorney Jacob W. Pillsbury. Attorney Jacob W. Pillsbury is well respected personal injury / debt settlement attorney. I would highly recommend him to anyone looking for a personal injury / debt settlement lawyer. If you need an attorney, you should consider contacting him for a consultation!"
Personal injury Attorney | Dec 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
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