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Misa A. Everist

Litigation Attorney at Saint Petersburg, FL

5.0   3 reviews
  • Licensed for 23 years
    State FL
    Acquired 2000
    Member in Good Standing No misconduct found

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About Misa

Learn Misa’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Litigation
    I have been handling a variety of litigation cases from the beginning of my career 16 years ago. Today I predominantly practice in the areas of Estate, Trust, and Adoption Litigation.

    23 years

  2. Probate
    I can assist with any of your probate needs from a simple Summary Administration to a Full Administration. I specialize in cases that are contested.

    15 years

  3. Estate planning
    I can handle any of your families Estate Planning needs including Wills, Trusts, Powers of Attorney, Health Care Surrogates, and Living Wills

    15 years

  4. Adoption
    I practice mainly in the area of contested adoption litigation in the private adoption arena and in dependency.

    15 years

Misa A. Everist concentrates her practice in the areas of estate and trust administration and litigation, strategic estate planning, and contested adoption and child custody litigation.

She began her career as a Florida state prosecutor in Pinellas and Seminole Counties where she served as an Assistant State Attorney gaining valuable jury trial experience. During her time as a prosecutor, she served as a felony trial attorney, crimes against children and sexual abuse prosecutor, drug interdiction and white-collar crimes specialist, lead trial attorney of a misdemeanor division, and a delinquency prosecutor. She taught at the St. Petersburg Police Academy and was an instructor at the Pinellas County Boot Camp.

Professional Associations:

  • President, Barney Masterson Inn of Court 2019
  • Barney Masterson Executive Board, 3 years
  • Speaker, Probate Section of St. Petersburg Bar Association
  • School Board Member, LCC Day School

Admitted to practice in:

  • All Florida State Courts
  • Middle District of Florida

Misa is an avid runner, with two marathons under her belt. She enjoys biking, yoga, reading, and spending time with her husband and two girls.

  • Loyola University, New Orleans, BA 1993
  • University of Miami School of Law, cum laude 1999
  • Admitted to the Florida Bar 2000

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Misa A. Everist concentrates her practice in the areas of estate and trust administration and litigation, strategic estate planning, and contested adoption and child custody litigation.

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Posted by Carl | June 13, 2013
Great experience in estate planning
We retained Ms. Everist to help us update all our estate documents, including wills, powers of attorney, and health care surrogate designations. She was totally professional in all our dealings with her. The work was done promptly, accurately, and at a reasonable cost. I would strongly recommend her for similar work.
Posted by Carl | April 25, 2013
Miracle worker! Successful results in a contested adoption case
We hired Ms. Everist of the Clarie Law Firm to represent us in our attempt to counter the State of Florida. The State filed a motion to change the custody of a year-old foster child who had been with us since birth. At no time did it appear that the State had the best interest of the child in mind. With less than a month to prepare, Ms. Everist and her co-counsel, Ms. Peggy Senentz, put the petal to the metal. Ms. Everist was exceptionally knowledgeable, and thoroughly put together an argument that easily prevailed in the 6th Circuit Court. The hearing itself was lengthy, requiring a day and a half of testimony and arguments. Ms. Everist demonstrated superb court presence and demeanor, even in the face of dire tactics by the opposing attorney. She then followed up for the next three months as we slogged through the obstacle course that concluded with our successful adoption of the child. I would heartily recommend her for similar cases.
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Posted by Amy | April 24, 2013
Private Investigator, St. Petersburg, FL
I have known Misa throughout her career as an attorney. Her integrity is second to none. She is well devoted to her clients, each of whom are guaranteed to receive highly competent work from a passionate attorney. I have assisted Misa with a variety of cases and have always been impressed by her creativity and foresight. I have also referred several, very satisfied, clients to Misa and will continue to do so without hesitation!
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AVVO RATING 8.2 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Everist-Tillman, PLLC
  • 2019 - Present
  • Assistant State Attorney
  • State Attorney's Office, 18th Judicial Circuit (Brevard & Seminole County)
  • 2004 - 2006
  • Instructor
  • Pinellas County Police Academy
  • 2001 - 2003
  • Assistant State Attorney
  • Office Of The State Attorney Pinellas County
  • 1999 - 2003
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  • University of Miami School of Law - cum laude
  • law
  • N/A


  • Barney Masterson American Inn of Court
  • Associate
  • 2011 - Present
  • St. Petersburg Bar Association
  • Associate
  • 2008 - Present
  • Canakaris American Inn of Court
  • Associate
  • 2010 - 2011

Honors and Awards

  • Treasurer
  • Barney Masterson American Inn of Court
  • 2016
  • Events Chair
  • Barney Masterson American Inn of Court
  • 2015
  • Community Service Chair
  • Barney Masterson American Inn of Court
  • 2014
  • Real Property Book Award
  • West Publishing
  • 1997
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Speaking Engagements

  • Pinellas County Boot Camp
  • Criminal Law
  • 2002

Attorney endorsements

Received (5)
Given (3)
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Unknown Attorney | Dec 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Misa Everist is an extremely smart and hard working attorney. I have previously worked with Misa and can attest to her depth of knowledge that is equaled by her care for her clients."
Unknown Attorney | Dec 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Misa is a top-notch estate and trust administration and litigation attorney. She has deep technical knowledge, and is an excellent advocate for her clients."
Trusts Attorney | Nov 30
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I unequivocally endorse Misa Everist, Esquire. Ms. Everist is highly skilled, ethical, professional and more than competent. She communicates well with her clients and vigorously fights for their rights. If my family members ever have a trust or probate matter, or litigation related to same, I would recommend Ms. Everist without hesitation. It is a true pleasure working with her."
Probate Attorney | Nov 30
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Adoption Attorney | Feb 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Misa is a highly intelligent person. While working together at the State Attorney's Office, I often sought Misa's assitance on cases. She is diligent with her work and dedicated to her clients. Without question, I endorse Misa."
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Saint Petersburg Litigation Lawyer Misa A. Everist
Misa A. Everist
Litigation Attorney
Saint Petersburg, FL
Licensed for 23 years