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James Kevin Hayslett

About James Hayslett

About me

I grew up in Clearwater Florida with my brother and sister. I attended  St. Pauls

prepatory school after graduating in 1977 i attended and graduated from Clearwater High School in 1980. I recieved my BA degree from Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina in Political science where I also played varsity tennis under NCAA coaching legend Paul Scarpa. While at Furman I studied abroad and attended the Royal Shakespeare Institutue in Strattford upon Avon. Upon graduating I entered Cumberland School of Law at Samford University in Birmingham Alabama where I graduated in 1987. While at Cumberland I participated in their nationally recognized mock trial program where I won the Southeastern Regional & then the National Mock trial championship sponsored by the Association of Trial Lawyers of America.

After graduation I accepted a postion as an assistant State Attorney with the 6th Judical Circuit in Pinellas County Florida. There I participated in over 150 jury trials ranging from DUI's to First Degree Murder charges.


J. Kevin Hayslett, Esq.

Member AV Rated


250 N. Belcher Rd.

Suite 102

Clearwater, Florida 33765-2622


Phone: (877) 728-9653 (Toll Free)

Fax:  (727) 449-0258

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Position | Areas of Practice | Professional Associations and Memberships | Education | Classes / Seminars Taught | Honors | Past Employment


Biography: J. Kevin Hayslett is a graduate of Clearwater High School.  He and his wife, Melisa have three sons.  They enjoy playing tennis, baseball and watching seasonal sports.  Kevin is an avid tennis player and is currently nationally rated in singles and doubles.


Position: He is an attorney practicing in the areas of Criminal Defense and DUI Defense from the Clearwater office and Hillsborough office.


Areas of Practice:


Criminal defense

DUI defense

Professional Associations and Memberships:


Admitted to the Florida Bar, 1988

U.S. District Court Middle District of Florida, 1988

U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit, 1995

Clearwater Bar Association (Past Board Member)

Barney Masterson Inn of Court (Past Member)

Mote Marine Scientific Labs (Past Board Member)

YMCA of Suncoast (Board Member)

Pinellas County Trail Lawyers' Association (Former Member)

Festival of Trees (Former Gala Ball Co-Chair)

Tampa Bay Area Fellowship of Christian Athletes (Former Board Member)



J.D., Cumberland School of Law, Samford University, Birmingham, Alabama, 1987

B.S., Political Science Furman University, Greenville, South Carolina

Classes / Seminars Taught:


Teacher, Criminal Justice Institute

Teacher, St. Petersburg Junior College

Speaker, Community Organizations

Honors and Awards:


AV Rated, Martindale-Hubbell

Past National & SE Mock Trial Championship Team, American Association for Justice

National College of DUI Defense, Harvard University.

Past Employment:


Office of the State Attorney, 6th Circuit FL, Assistant State Attorney

Criminal Justice Institute, Facilitator

SPJC, Facilitator

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