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Paul A Meissner Jr.

Criminal defense Attorney at Clearwater, FL

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  • State Years
    Colorado - CO 28 years
    Florida - FL 55 years
  • Licensed for 28 years
    State CO
    Acquired 1996
    Status
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 55 years
    State FL
    Acquired 1968
    Status
    Member in Good Standing No misconduct found

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Biography: Paul A. Meissner was born in New York and moved to Florida with his family as a child.  He is a graduate of Clearwater High School.  He co-founded the Carlson & Meissner law firm with Edward Carlson in 1971.  Paul and his wife Jayne have five children & thirteen grandchildren.  They enjoy boating and traveling, especially on Paul's Harley motorcycle.

Paul Meissner has written The Florida Law Enforcement Manual.

Position: Paul A. Meissner is a co-founder of Carlson, Meissner, Hart & Hayslett P.A.  He co-founded the firm in 1971.

Areas of Practice:

  • Personal injury
  • Criminal law defense
  • Workers’ compensation law

Certification / Specialties:

  • AV Rated, Martindale-Hubbell

Professional Associations and Memberships:

  • Florida Bar Board Certified, Criminal Law (1990 to present)
  • Admitted to practice in Colorado, 1996
  • Admitted to practice in Florida, 1968
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Florida, 1972
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Florida, 1978
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit, 1974
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1977
  • Clearwater Bar Association
  • Florida Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • American Association for Justice
  • Former Member, Barney Masterson Inns of Court
  • Past member Judicial Nominating Commission, Pinellas-Pasco Counties
  • Past member/chairman State Circuit Bar Grievance Committee

Education:

  • J.D., Tulane University School of Law, New Orleans, Louisiana, 1966
  • B.A., University of South Florida, 1963

Classes / Seminars Taught:

  • Adjunct Professor of Law, Stetson College of Law, St. Petersburg, Florida, 1972–2002
  • Instructor, Criminal Justice Institute, St. Petersburg College, St. Petersburg, Florida, 1988–2003
  • Instructor, Southeastern Public Safety Institute, St. Petersburg College, 1990–2000

Past Employment:

  • Former Special Agent, FBI
  • Former Assistant State Attorney, 6th Circuit Florida
  • Former Adjunct Professor, Stetson College of Law
  • Former Certified Law Enforcement Instructor, SE Public Safety Institute, St. Petersburg, FL

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Location

Carlson, Meissner, Hart & Hayslett, P.A.
250 N. Belcher Rd.
Suite 102
Clearwater, FL, 33765-2622
Carlson Meissner Hart & Hayslett P.A
2002 West Cleveland Street
Tampa, FL, 33606
Carlson, Meissner, Hart & Hayslett, P.A.
7614 Massachusetts Avenue
New Port Richey, FL, 33765
Carlson, Meissner, Hart & Hayslett, P.A.
1103 14th Street West
Bradenton, FL, 34205
Carlson, Meissner, Hart & Hayslett, P.A.
4245 Rachel Boulevard
Spring Hill, FL, 34607
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Resume

AVVO RATING 9.4 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Adjunct Professor
  • Stetson College of Law
  • 1975 - 2005
  • Special Agent
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • 1966 - 1969

Education

  • Tulane University Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1966
  • University of South Florida
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1963
  • No Law School provided
  • law
  • N/A

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Fire set to home
  • Won
  • Leniency Sought
  • Won

Associations

  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1977
  • Attorney Member
  • 1977 - Present
  • Society of Former Agents of the FBI
  • Member
  • 1974 - Present
  • Clearwater Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1972 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1972 - Present
  • American Association for Justice
  • Member
  • 1972 - Present
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Florida, 1972
  • Attorney Member
  • 1972 - Present
  • Judicial Nominating Commission, Pinellas-Pasco Counties
  • Nominating Commissioner
  • 1993 - 2001
  • Barney Masterson Inns of Court
  • Attorney Member
  • 1975 - 2005
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish
  • English

Honors and Awards

  • AV Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2012
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • Wall Street Journal
  • 2012
  • Board Certified - Criminal Trial
  • Florida Bar
  • 2012

Publications

Speaking Engagements

  • Stetson Lawyers' Association
  • Advanced Criminal Trial Advocacy
  • 2000

Attorney endorsements

Received (17)
Given (21)
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Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Paul. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Unknown Attorney | Oct 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Top-notch attorney. Highly respected in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 13
Relationship: Co-worker
"Paul Meissner is an attorney of the highest ethical and moral standards and the managing partner at the offices of Carlson, Meissner, Hart & Hayslett. He is an excellent attorney. I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Sep 11
Relationship: Co-worker
"Paul Meissner is the most knowledgeable, experienced, ethical attorney one can find. He sets the standard for defense attorneys."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 11
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Paul Meissner is without question the most intelligent and caring attorney I have had the privilege to know. Mr. Meissner was and continues to be a great mentor to me and I can say I would not be the attorney I am today without having had his support and guidance. There is no better attorney I could recommend for any issue someone may be facing. He is simply excellent."
Personal injury Attorney | Sep 11
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Paul Meissner is an icon in the legal community. He taught the best trial lawyers in this community how to try cases. He is without a doubt the most respected and admired lawyer I know. This is the guy you want on your side in a fight! I highly endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 10
Relationship: Co-worker
"Paul and I started this lawfirm together in 1971. It has been a privilege for me to work with such a fine trial attorney for all these years. Paul is of the highest moral and ethical standards. I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 10
Relationship: Co-worker
"Paul is, without a doubt, one of the finest trial lawyers I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. He has been a mentor to me and to countless others within our legal community. He is old school. Your word is your bond. You work hard for your clients and you do it professionally and ethically. I absolutely endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 10
Relationship: Co-worker
"It is a privilege to work for and with Paul Meissner. He maintains the highest ethical standards for himself and our firm. He is also well known in the legal community, not only as an excellent attorney, but also as a former adjunct professor at Stetson College of Law."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Sep 10
Relationship: Co-worker
"I have known Paul Meissner for 35 years, and have known him to be an outstanding trial lawyer. Mr. Meissner conducts his life and practice with the highest ethical standards and respect for his clients and the law."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 10
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"One of the finest and most knowledgeable attorneys that I have had the pleasure to practice with in the State Of Florida, bar none. Paul is effective, efficient, and extremely diligent as an attorney, a professor and a mentor. I have had the pleasure of dealing with Paul in all of his roles in the legal community from law school and throughout my 20 plus years practicing criminal law, both as a prosecutor and as a defense attorney. He is second to none."
Personal injury Attorney | Sep 10
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. Paul is extremely knowledgeable, he literally 'wrote the book'."
Car accident Attorney | Sep 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Finest legal mind in the state. An Honorable man and an outstanding attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 07
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Anyone who has practiced law in the Tampa-Clearwater-St. Petersburg area as a criminal defense attorney or as a prosecutor knows Paul Meissner. Besides trying numerous cases as both a prosecutor and then a defense attorney, Mr. Meissner is known throughout the legal community for his expertise in the courtroom, his knowledge about law enforcement, his ability to teach police officers and law students, and his ability to effectively investigate a client's case. I am proud to be associated with Mr. Meissner's firm and am privileged to say I know him personally."
Personal injury Attorney | Sep 06
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Jul 18
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work. Paul Meissner is one of the finest if not the finest Trial Attorney I have ever known. Paul has an ability to communicate with a jury that can never be learned. An Attorney either has that ability or he dosen't. Paul Meissner has this gift in spades. If jury trials are the measure of an Attorney's ability there can be none better than Paul Meissner."
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