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Stacey Hendrix Mcnelis

Family Attorney at Bartow, FL

3.4   5 reviews

also known as McNelis, Stacey

  • Licensed for 22 years
    State FL
    Acquired 2001
    Member in Good Standing No misconduct found

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About Stacey

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Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    A Strong Defense Against Criminal Charges

  2. Family
    Legal Support For Your Changing Family

I am a Polk County Native who grew up in Bartow and graduated with honors from Bartow Senior High School. I received my Bachelors of Science degree in Psychology, with a minor in Communications, from the Florida State University in 1997. I then earned my Juris Doctorate from Stetson University College of Law in December of 2000. I began my legal career as an Assistant State Attorney at the State Attorney's Office for the Tenth Judicial Circuit practicing in Polk and Hardee County. I then decided to explore the other side and became an Assistant Public Defender at the Public Defender's Office for the Tenth Judicial Circuit. I joined Colón & McNelis, P.A. in 2005 and have been representing clients in family and criminal defense matters ever since. I am an experienced trial attorney, having handled numerous cases in both County and Circuit Court. During my career, I have argued countless motions and have tried over thirty jury trials. I am a member of the Polk County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, Lakeland Bar Association, and the Polk County Trial Lawyers Association. I have been a member of the Florida Bar since 2001 and is a member of the Criminal and Family Sections of the Bar. I am dedicated to the practice of law and helping those in need and I focus primarily in criminal, dependency and family law, and social security in Polk, Hardee and Highlands Counties.


McNelis Law, PA
158 E Summerlin Street
Bartow, FL, 33830

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3.4 / 5.0
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Posted by Jill | September 4, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Best attorney EVER!
Mrs. McNelis and her assistant were AWESOME! They helped me get divorced quick and painlessly! If you need legal help for anything - be sure you call her office! I will always use Stacey for any legal need I have.
Posted by Gernade | September 3, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Best Attorney In The Business
I was fortunate enough to have used Mrs. McNelis to represent me with my case. She was not only able to keep me from the worst possible outcome, but she was also extremely aggressive and had a strong presence in the courtroom, and fought for me 100% to the end. I was very impressed by her professionalism and I would refer her to anyone in need of aggressive representation in any legal matter.
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Posted by Wendy | April 23, 2015
Stacey McNelis is professional, aggressive, and experienced
Stacey McNelis is a well respected and trusted attorney. My family and I have, and always will, hire her for any of life's unexpected legal issues. She represented me - in my divorce and helped me through all the "unknowns" and made a difficult situation better. Mrs. McNelis was there for me 100% of the way. I am so thankful that she was my attorney. Stacey McNelis is professional, aggressive, and experienced. I would recommend her to anyone!!!
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Posted by Brandi | May 22, 2018
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Terrible Lawyer
In 2008, I was referred to Stacey McNelis through a military lawyer referral program at Fort Shafter, HI. I explained my situation to Ms. McNelis and gave me legal advice that I followed exactly, which caused me to lose custody of my son for two years. I hired her immediately after an emergency motion was filed against me in Polk County. At the hearing, she allowed the judge to threaten kidnapping charges against me without speaking up to tell the judge that she was the one who told me I could legally pick up my son the way I did. For a year, I worked with Ms. McNelis from Hawaii, in a completely different time zone. She constantly charged me full rates (in ten minute increments) for voicemails I would have to leave and emails due to the time difference. Her assistant at the time, Yesenia, was very helpful but I normally spoke with her and got charged just to turn around and have to speak with Ms. McNelis and get charged again. After paying her over $7,000, a year later, with no movement on my case, I terminated her services and hired another attorney. Within a year, I was at a final hearing and was awarded custody of my son again. After my hearing, I contacted Ms. McNelis and asked her to refund half of my fees for her overcharging me and not being able to progress on my case. She refused. I am still active duty Army, and aside from the money I wasted on her services (or lack thereof), my son still deals with emotional scarring because he was forced to remain in an unsafe home due to Ms. McNelis’ initial failures through her unsound legal advice.
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Posted by anonymous | June 8, 2009
I should have just payed the opposing Lawyer
No communication whatsoever, I got more help from her assistant than Stacy. She folded like a chair on every situation. In the end I didn't get one thing she said I would get. As a Matter of fact she put me in the hole, with child support. She made decisions without my consent. In the end, Stacy too the money and didn't bother to look back after the judge signed the final orders!
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Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • McNelis Law PA
  • 2018 - Present
  • Partner Attorney
  • Colon & McNelis, PA
  • 2005 - 2018
  • Assistant Public Defender
  • Office Of The Public Defender
  • 2004 - 2005
  • Assistant State Attorney
  • Office Of The State Attorney
  • 2001 - 2004
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  • Stetson University College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2000
  • Florida State University
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1997


  • Heather's Hope
  • Assistant Treasurer
  • 2017 - Present
  • Collaborative Professionals Association of Central Florida
  • Treasurer
  • 2017 - Present
  • Junior Service League
  • Recording Secretary
  • 2015 - Present
  • Lakeland Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Polk County Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Preeminent 5.0 out of 5
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2018

Speaking Engagements

  • Career Day
  • Careers
  • 2018

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Family Attorney | Jun 06
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I highly endorse Stacey as an attorney. She works hard and is always approachable. Stacey knows how to get the job done."
Divorce and separation

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Bartow Family Lawyer Stacey Hendrix Mcnelis
Stacey Hendrix Mcnelis
Family Attorney
Bartow, FL
Licensed for 22 years