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Johnnie Harry Trevena

Criminal defense Attorney at Largo, FL

5.0   11 reviews

also known as John H. Trevena, John Trevena

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  • Licensed for 37 years
    State FL
    Acquired 1986
    Member in Good Standing No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Johnnie

Learn Johnnie’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense

  2. Appeals
    Criminal Appeals and Post-Conviction Motions.

  3. Civil rights


Board Certified Criminal Trial Lawyer


John H. Trevena is the owner and principal attorney of his firm. He has been practicing law for more than 37 years. His keen sense of strategy, accomplished skills as a trial lawyer and straightforward approach bring due process for his clients in the criminal justice and civil court systems.


Attorney Trevena is listed in Florida Super Lawyers magazine in 2006, 2007, 2008, and 2009. Super Lawyers are peer selected and considered among the top 5% of attorneys in their areas of practice.


Attorney Trevena is also a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America (LCA). The LCA is comprised of less than one-half of one percent of American lawyers. Membership is limited by invitation only and selection is based upon evaluations of effectiveness and accomplishment in litigation, and superior ethical reputation.


Attorney Trevena is a member of The American Trial Lawyers Association (The Association) and was selected for inclusion in the Top 100 Trial Lawyers for the State of Florida (2007-2010). Membership into The American Trial Lawyers Association is by invitation and is extended only to those attorneys who exemplify superior qualifications, trial results, leadership, influence, reputation, stature, and profile in the trial attorney community, as viewed by The Association, other trial lawyers, members of the bench, and the public at large.


Attorney Trevena was also elected as a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation in 2010. The Fellows of the American Bar Foundation is an honorary organization representing one-third of one percent of licensed attorneys. Fellows are lawyers, judges, law faculty, and legal scholars who have been elected by their peers to become members of The Fellows because of their outstanding achievements in the legal profession.


Attorney Trevena was invited to membership in Lawyers of Distinction in 2019. 


Attorney Trevena accepts cases in the areas of criminal defense, criminal appeals and related civil rights matters.


Attorney Trevena was admitted to the Florida Bar and US District Court, Middle District of Florida in 1986. He received his Juris Doctor from Stetson University in 1985, and his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1982 from the University of South Florida.


His current memberships include:


  • Clearwater, St. Petersburg and American (Member, Criminal Law Section) Bar Associations
  • The Florida Bar; the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (Life Member)
  • Pinellas County Trial Lawyers Association (President, 2005)
  • Pinellas County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (Life Member)
  • American Judicature Society.


John is a Lifetime Member of Phi Delta Phi, and was on the editorial board for the Florida Bar Journal and Florida Bar News from 1990-1993. He served as Assistant State Attorney from 1985-1987. Attorney Trevena has been a Board Certified Criminal Trial Lawyer (Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization and Education) since August 1, 1992.

Contact Johnnie

Trevena, Pontrello & Associates


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Posted by kimberly sult | August 18, 2009
best lawyer
i am kimberly sult cauler and i hired mr. trevena to represent me when i was unlawfully arrested. he is the best lawyer i have ever hired. i would reccommend him to anyone and have several times. thank you for justifying my rights. .
Posted by anonymous | February 9, 2009
Confidence in an Attorney
I have a great distrust of attorneys. Trevena is one of the few that I would recommend. He's helped me and my family through some harsh times. He is forthright and tells how it is. Even when it's not good. But doesn't try to scare. He also does his best to LISTEN and answer questions no matter how silly they may seem. He makes himself available when others won't and you might be in the scariest place you've ever been. He is also frank about his charges. He doesn't come back for more and more and more as so many do. Not a shyster. That's uplifiting all by itself!
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Posted by Dawn | December 4, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Thorough and Professional
John Trevena has been my attorney for years. He has the knowledge, the experience and the forthwith of getting the job done. He has gone above and beyond for my family. I recommend John Trevena for your attorney needs. You will never be disappointed. He is also a very caring individual. Thanks John for all you have done and continue to do. You are one awesome person and attorney !!
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Posted by Jen | March 26, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
John Trevena is one of the finest attorneys I have had contact with, also his team, were very professional. Always following up & answering your calls/email no matter the time. He also showed compassion through the whole case, and even after. His legal assistant Yasmin and office manager Fran were always very helpful and kind hearted. My experience with this office is 5 starts and would recommend. Very dedicated! Thanks John, and his team for all you did.
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Posted by Mark | March 21, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
When You Need The Best Legal Defense, John Is The One To Hire.
Thanks John for all you have done for me! John convinced the State that it would not be wise to take my case to trial. Would be a waste of their time and money. Too many inaccuracies in the police report. The result, NO CONVICTION! Not only does John have tons of experience and expertise in Criminal Defense, he showed so much compassion for my problem. I now consider John a very good friend.
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Posted by Kenny | July 7, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Mr trevena best lawyer around
Hands down best lawyer. I have been with mr trevena for 16 years. Matter of fact he is the only lawyer that I have hired ever. Mr trevena gets my vote for best lawyer ever in the Bay Area. Thanks John for everything.
Posted by Deputy Steven Smith | May 11, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Wrongfully accused deputy, Not Guilty!!!
I found myself on the wrong side of the law after being on the right side of the law for six years. Being a deputy sheriff I knew from my experience the good lawyers in the bad ones and I knew who to go to when I was up against a three hundred million dollar political machine. When I walked into John's office and spoke with him and Bridget I immediately could tell and hired them on the spot. I was facing three felonies and 15 years in prison John was able to get 2 of the felonies dropped and went to trial on one and got a not guilty verdict in a highly publicized case. The level of skill and wisdom John provided was unparalleled and he knew I was a political Pawn in a much larger scheme. He is way more respected by others in the Tampa Bay Region and has unparalleled trial experience in 32 years John has tried several high-profile cases on the news and the internet and through his professional business contacts in Media resources was able to equal the playing field in an unfair Battle of power and money in politics.
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Posted by Hank D. | December 5, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Trustworthy and Reliable
I hired Mr. Trevena on a Domestic Injunction Petition that was granted by Default. Most of all the Attorneys I spoke to, wouldn't touch it, Mr. Trevena, and his Associate: Mr. Saunders helped me with it and got it reversed. I highly recommend them and their friendly staff.
Posted by anonymous | June 23, 2015
Great Legal Representation
Mr. Trevena is a wonderful attorney. My husband was charged with a felony and we knew he needed great legal representation. We choose Mr. Trevena to be that lawyer and our voice if we went to trial. Mr. Trevena is steady and precise. He always let us know how our case was going and listened to our thoughts and concerns. With the help of Mr. Trevena and his team we were able to get an equitable resolution to our case.
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Posted by Yanna | April 26, 2013
I recommend John Trevena!
Me and my fiance was very pleased to work with John, he takes care of his clients. My fiance was originally charged with drug charges & DUI (felony) and John dropped all of those cases, my fiance was NOT convicted on none of the drug charges but was convicted on a misdemeanor for DUI and sentenced to probation for a year and 6 months, on top of that he helped my fiance with the VOP charges (currently one in process). I'm very thankful for helping us get through these harsh times. John always kept his words and I would defiantly recommend Mr. Trevena to those who been charged with criminal offence. John won't leave you hanging!
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Posted by Jennifer | October 10, 2012
John accomplished exactly what we were looking for!
John was hired to handle a VOP for my son on a very serious original charge. To make a long story short, my son was OVER charged in 2009 by Pinellas County Sheriff's and the Prosecutors. We had bad representation for that charge so this charge 'hung' over my son's head for years. The VOP he had was a minor event that could have had very serious long term consequences due to the original charge. John was very successful in accomplishing everything we wanted for my son. He got him into treatment for drugs and mental health issues which is what he has been needing the court to order for years as he wouldn't do it voluntarily. John was able to keep my son's adjudication withheld. He was able to keep him out of prison as he was looking at approximately 5 years in prison but possibly longer. John is a very reasonably priced attorney. He is patient and answers your questions even if you've already asked the question 3 times. He listens to your frustrations about our judicial system to let off some steam, even though he probably thinks this isn't time well spent. He never got annoyed with us for calling him repeatedly. He always remained polite, professional, sympathetic and never gave false hope. He can be a little challenging to get on the phone but I'm sure he's very busy as he's a GREAT attorney.
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  • Retainer Always
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Managing Partner
  • Trevena, Pontrello & Associates
  • 2015 - Present
  • Managing Attorney
  • Law Office Of John Trevena
  • 1987 - 2015
  • Assistant State Attorney
  • State Attorney's Office
  • 1985 - 1987


  • Stetson University College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1985
  • University of South Florida
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1982

Legal Cases

  • Meus v. State, 968 So.2d 706 (Fla. 2d DCA 2007)
  • Petitioner Prevailed - Evidentiary Hearing Ordered
  • Jaar v. State, 973 So.2d 1164 (Fla. 2d DCA 2007)
  • Petitioner Prevailed - Convictions Vacated
  • Sult v. State, 906 So.2d 1013 (Fla. 2005)
  • Petitioner Prevailed - Conviction Vacated


  • American Bar Foundation
  • Fellow
  • 2010 - Present
  • The American Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • Litigation Counsel of America
  • Fellow
  • 2007 - Present
  • Florida Bar
  • Member
  • 1986 - Present
  • Clearwater Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • St. Petersburg Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • American Bar Association, Criminal Law Section
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Life Member
  • N/A
  • Pinellas County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Life Member
  • N/A
  • American Judicature Society
  • Supporting Member
  • N/A
  • National Police Accountability Project
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Gold Life Member
  • N/A
  • American Civil Liberties Union
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Pinellas County Trial Lawyers Association
  • President
  • 2005 - 2006
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Recognized
  • Lawyers of Distinction
  • 2019
  • Recognized
  • Florida Super Lawyers
  • 2009
  • Recognized
  • Florida Super Lawyers
  • 2008
  • The 2007 Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • The American Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2008
  • Recognized
  • Florida Super Lawyers
  • 2007
  • Recognized
  • Florida Super Lawyers
  • 2006
  • Superb Rating - Client's Choice
  • Avvo
  • 2006
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Speaking Engagements

  • LCA Fall Conference
  • How To Effectively Use The Media To Your Clients' Advantage
  • 2007

Attorney endorsements

Received (7)
Given (4)
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Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Johnnie Trevena is a well respected extremely seasoned criminal defense lawyer. I endorse Johnnie and highly recommend him."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Johnnie Trevena since we were classmates in law school, and I have known him personally and professionally for more than three decades. I can attest to his sterling reputation as a zealous and effective advocate for his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Johnnie. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Attorney Trevena is a well known and respected attorney in Florida. I would high recommend his services."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 13
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer's work. John is always available to help his fellow attorney with sound reliable advice regarding any Criminal Law issue. Thanks John!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work. John is an excellent attorney. His work on high profile cases can only be described as outstanding. He works hard for his clients and is a tenacious advocate. I recommend him without reservation."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work. John is an excellent attorney who cannot be intimidated by anyone."
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Largo Criminal defense Lawyer Johnnie Harry Trevena
Johnnie Harry Trevena
Criminal defense Attorney
Largo, FL
Licensed for 37 years
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