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I am a former felony prosecutor with the Office of the State Attorney in Bradenton (Manatee County), Florida.  I worked there on general felonies including crimes of all degrees.  I handled possesion and trafficking cases, burglaries, robberies, solicitations for murder and just about everything else (excluding first degree murder and capital sex crimes).


As a former prosecutor, I understand the motivations of prosecutors and the challenges they face.  I will make use of that knowledge to negotiate the most favorable plea bargain possible when my client feels a plea is in his or her best interest.  When, however, the best option is to take a case to trial, my clients will benefit from my extensive courtroom experience as an Assistant State Attorney. As a result of my experience there and some natural talent, I excel at trial work, especially communicating complex factual scenarios to juries.


A born fighter who knows how to pick his fights, if you choose to retain me as your lawyer, you will never doubt that I am fighting for you from day one until the jury delivers a verdict.


Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 90%
    10 years
  2. Commercial Real Estate: 10%
    7 years



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Lauren Berns, P.A.

5700 4th St N
St Petersburg, FL, 33703-2216


FLMember in Good Standing200506/17/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Award for Excellence In the Study of Labor and Employment LawABA-BNA2004
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
General CounselContinuing Education, Inc.2009 - Present
Assistant State AttorneyOffice of the State Attorney, 12th Judicial Circuit, Florida2005 - 2009
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
State of Florida v. Donald T. MitchellGuilty
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Stetson University College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor - Magna Cum Laude2005