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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:

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


  • 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


Languages spoken: Spanish, English

Photos and videos

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Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 40%
  2. Workers Compensation: 20%
  3. Personal Injury: 20%
  4. Immigration: 5%
  5. Other: 15%
  6. More 


Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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    Top-notch attorney. Highly respected in the legal community.


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Contact info

Carlson, Meissner, Hart & Hayslett, P.A.

250 N. Belcher Rd.
Suite 102
Clearwater, FL, 33765-2622

Carlson, Meissner, Hart & Hayslett, P.A.

1103 14th Street West
Bradenton, FL, 34205

Carlson, Meissner, Hart & Hayslett, P.A.

7614 Massachusetts Avenue
New Port Richey, FL, 33765

Carlson, Meissner, Hart & Hayslett, P.A.

4245 Rachel Boulevard
Spring Hill, FL, 34607



FLMember in Good Standing196806/20/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
AV RatingMartindale-Hubbell2012
Top 100 Trial LawyersWall Street Journal2012
Board Certified - Criminal TrialFlorida Bar2012
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Adjunct ProfessorStetson College of Law1975 - 2005
Special AgentFederal Bureau of Investigation1966 - 1969
Association namePosition nameDuration
U.S. Supreme Court, 1977Attorney Member1977 - Present
Society of Former Agents of the FBIMember1974 - Present
Clearwater Bar AssociationMember1972 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember1972 - Present
American Association for JusticeMember1972 - Present
U.S. District Court Middle District of Florida, 1972Attorney Member1972 - Present
Judicial Nominating Commission, Pinellas-Pasco CountiesNominating Commissioner1993 - 2001
Barney Masterson Inns of CourtAttorney Member1975 - 2005
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Fire set to homeWon
Leniency SoughtWon
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Publication nameTitleDate
D&S PublishersFlorida Law Enforcement Handbook2010
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Tulane University Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1966
University of South FloridaPolitical Science/HistoryBA - Bachelor of Arts1963
No Law School providedN/AJD - Juris DoctorN/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Stetson Lawyers' AssociationAdvanced Criminal Trial Advocacy2000