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Peter A. Sartes is a shareholder of the Law Offices of Tragos, Sartes & Tragos, where he practices in the areas of state and federal criminal defense and personal injury law.  He received his B.A., M.B.A., and J.D. from The University of Toledo, in Toledo, Ohio, and also attended Stetson College of Law, in Gulfport, Florida.


Mr. Sartes was formerly with the Lucas County Public Defender’s Office in Toledo, Ohio, and a former Armor Officer in the United States Army. Mr. Sartes is formerly a commercial real estate agent with CB Richard Ellis, where he specialized in retail and investment properties.  Mr. Sartes is the Past-President of the Clearwater Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division, the former Chairman of the Clearwater Bar Association Technology Committee, the former Chairman of the Florida Bar Traffic Court Rules Committee, and the former liaison to the Florida Bar Rules of Judicial Administration Committee. Mr. Sartes currently serves as the Sixth Judicial Circuit representative to the Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division Board of Governors, The Florida Bar Code and Rules of Evidence Committee and on a Florida Bar Grievance Committee for the 6th Judicial Circuit. Mr. Sartes is “BV” rated by Martindale-Hubble, the highest possible rating for attorneys in practice for under ten years. He  is listed as a “Rising Star” in Superlawyers Magazine, where no more than 2.5% of lawyers under 40 years of age are selected, and Mr. Sartes is also rated Supurb by AVVO. Mr. Sartes has had articles published in The Florida Bar Journal, The Record, the publication of the Appellate Section of the Florida Bar, Res Ipsa, the publication of the Clearwater Bar Association, and in The Florida Defender, the publication of the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. Mr. Sartes appears in Marquis’ “Who’s Who in America”,“Who’s Who in the World” and is also an adjunct professor at St. Petersburg College where he teaches “Technology in the Law Office” for the paralegal degree program.


Languages spoken: Greek

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Practice areas


  1. Personal Injury: 50%
    12 years
  2. Criminal Defense: 30%
    14 years
  3. White Collar Crime: 15%
    14 years
  4. Appeals: 5%
    14 years



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  • Sidney Wallis Kilgore

    I have known Peter Sartes both personally and professionally for many years. He is among the most competent, diligent, and effective trial attorneys I know. I had occasion to assist Peter in connection with an interstate patent infringement litigation matter, and received invaluable assistance from him in a pro bono federal criminal law matter I was handling. I heartily endorse his services without reservation.


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Contact info

Law Offices of Tragos, Sartes & Tragos, P.L.

601 Cleveland Street
Suite 800
Clearwater, FL, 337554169


FLMember in Good Standing200206/21/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Listed in Who's WhoMarquis Who's Who in American Law2011
Listed in Who's WhoMarquis Who's Who in the world2011
Rising StarsSuperlawyers2010
Peer RatedMartindale Hubble2009
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerLaw Offices of Tragos & Sartes, P.L.2007 - Present
AssociateLaw Offices of George E. Tragos2002 - 2007
Captain - ArmorUnited States Army1993 - 2003
Association namePosition nameDuration
Florida BarCode and Rules of Evidence Committee2010 - Present
Florida Bar, Young Lawyers Division Board of Governors6th Judicial Circuit (Pinellas Pasco) Representative2008 - Present
Clearwater Bar Association, Young Lawyers DivisionPresident2005 - Present
Florida Association of Criminal Defense LawyersN/A2003 - Present
Herbert Goldburg Criminal Law American Inns of CourtBarrister2003 - Present
Florida Bar, Rules of Judicial Administration CommitteeLiaison2008 - 2010
Florida Bar, Traffic Court Rules CommitteeChairman2004 - 2010
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
State v. SotonwaAcquitted of 12 counts of Sexual Battery
United States v. You Xuan ZhengAcquitted
Allen v. StateCase reversed and remanded for new sentence
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Publication nameTitleDate
The Florida Bar JournalWithhold of Adjudication: What everyone needs to know2008
The Florida Bar JournalDIVERSION PROGRAMS: PTI...dismissal...problem solved...or is it?2008
Florida DefenderCOUNSELING A DEFENDANT OF A SEX CASE: What they need to know to be fully informed:2006
The Florida Bar JournalSo, You’re Faced with Child Hearsay: What’s In, What’s Not,2004
The Record, Journal of the Appellate Section of the FloridaWhat’s Happening with Apprendi: Florida’s Response2002
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of ToledoN/AMasters of Business Administration2002
University of Toledo College of LawN/AJD - Juris Doctor2002
University of ToledoFinanceOther - Bachelors1998
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Florida Bar Board of Continuing Legal EducationCriminal Law2009
Florida Bar Board of Continuing Legal EducationCriminal Law2008