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Reside with my wife, Carol, in Indian Shores, Florida. Have three children and four

grandchildren.  Graduated from the University of Florida with honors.  Previously served as an Assistant State Attorney for the Sixth Judcial Circuit of Florida in the capacity of Felony Division Director.  Former Vice Chair of the Sixth Judicial Circuit Grievance Committee and member of the Board of Directors of the Clearwater Bar Association.   Has received an AV/Preeminent rating from Martindale-Hubbell and been recognized by Tampa Bay Magazine as one of Tampa Bay's Top Lawyers.   


Practice areas


  1. Divorce: 90%
    37 years
  2. Domestic Violence: 5%
    21 years
  3. Litigation: 3%
    37 years
  4. Personal Injury: 1%
    37 years
  5. Criminal Defense: 1%
    37 years


Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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Contact info

Carlson & Meissner

250 N. Belcher Rd.
Suite 102
Clearwater, FL, 33765

Carlson & Meissner

7614 Massachusetts Ave
New Port Richey, FL, 34653

Carlson & Meissner

4245 Rachel Blvd.
Spring Hill, FL, 34607

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1103 14th St. W.
Bradenton, FL, 34205



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We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Tampa Bay' Top LawyersAmerican Registry2010
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell1997
Certificate of Appreciation-Pro Bono PanelClearwater Bar Association1987
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Assistant District AttorneyState Attorney's Office1973 - 1979
Association namePosition nameDuration
Clearwater Bar Association, Family Law SectionFormer Board of Directors1979 - Present
Florida Bar, Grievance Committe AVice Chair1992 - 1995
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Florida, Fredric G. Levin College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1972
University of FloridaBusinessBS - Bachelor of Science1969