Sandefer Law Firm

Firm Overview

Larry Sandefer was the first attorney in the 6th Judicial Circuit (Pinellas and Pasco Counties) to earn Board Certification as a criminal trial law specialist. Before making a decision that will affect your future contact him. Former Division Director and Lead Trial Attorney, former prosecutor. Named to the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers and Named one of the top trial attorneys in Florida by the National Trial Lawyers Association and Tampa Bay Magazine. When Experience Counts, Count on Experience (R.) You owe it to yourself. Not all attorneys are the same. Let us assess your case and discuss your defenses and potential outcomes.
Main Office
Clearwater Office
4625 East Bay Drive
Suite 203
Clearwater  FL  33764
  • (727) 726-5297
  • (727) 726-6729


Free Initial Consultation?
Free initial consultation.
Services Offered For Fixed Fees?
Fixed fees.
Hourly Rates
Most fees are flat fees, however, on some situations hourly rates are available.

Office Information

Office Hours
Monday through Friday
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Office Manager
Emergency After Hours

Other Offices

St.Petersburg Office
8801 9TH St N
St Petersburg,  FL  33702
Criminal Defense
Board Certified Criminal Trial Lawyer. Over 30 years courtroom experience. Handling Criminal and DUI defense.
Larry Sandefer has handled well over 5,000 criminal cases. Over 200 of these have resulted in jury trials of from one day to several weeks in length. These trials have included numerous first degree murder cases, multi-jurisdictional drug and homicide conspiracies, drug trafficking, sales and possessions, sexual battery, lewdness and exposure charges, arson, white collar crimes including trade secrets and fraud, robbery, theft, assault and battery, domestic violence, traffic deaths, DUI, resisting arrest, shoplifting, abuse allegations of children and the elderly, embezzlement, insurance fraud, burglary, kidnaping, and many other criminal charges.

After over 35 years in criminal law in Florida, Mr. Sandefer is familiar with and has worked very often with the Judges and prosecutors assigned to the criminal and civil courts. He is a former prosecutor of over eight years, with experience as both a Lead Trial Attorney and a Division Director in the State Attorney's Office. In those positions, he not only tried the most serious cases, he also over saw several trial divisions and trial attorneys. He was involved with the investigation and decision making aspects of these charges. As a member of the homicide investigation unit, he was often called out to the scene of homicides.

In 1986, Mr. Sandefer opened his own office and has continued in the defense of criminal cases since that time. He was one of the first attorney's in the State of Florida to become Board Certified in criminal trial law, that occurred in 1987. He has maintained that certification continually since that date. This vast background of experience gives him the knowledge of both sides of a criminal case from both a decision making perspective and a trial perspective, and the understanding of what affects those decisions by the prosecution and what goes into those decisions. What this means for you is the knowledge, the experience, and the court room skills to assist you in your defense.

Mr. Sandefer has continued his training through continuing education courses involving violent crime, organized crime, defending capital cases in Florida, narcotic investigation techniques, and various advanced education programs by the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. He is a graduate of the Criminal Trial Advocacy Institute at the University of Florida and has attended Masters of DUI Courses of the Florida Bar and the DUI Defender Courses in Las Vegas, Nevada of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.

Mr. Sandefer has been honored with the national recognition of being named to the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers in America. This is a register which lists only the most distinguished law practices, those that signify the highest levels of legal ability and the adherence to professional standards of conduct, ethics, reliability, and diligence.

Mr. Sandefer has achieved a prestigious rating of AV by Martindale-Hubbell. This rating is a result of a peer review system based upon the confidential opinions of practicing attorneys and judges. Martindale-Hubbell has been recognized for over a century as the most respected source of authoritative information about members of the legal community. An AV rating reflects an attorney who has reached the heights of professional excellence and is recognized for the highest level of skill, integrity, and ethical standards.

How did your firm decide on the primary area of practice(s)?

As a former prosecutor I am familiar with both sides of a case and how decisions are made by the charging authority, the State Attorney, and also what goes in to these important decsions. I enjoy courtroom work and I am dedicated to fighting for an individuals rights and fairness. The system is daunting and seems weighted against the individual. A person needs someone who knows how to navigate the system and how to fight for them and when it is needed.

What is your firm's point of view regarding clients educating themselves on legal issues?

It is important for the client to know as much about the legal issues as possible and ask questions. Only then can the lawyer and the client discuss the options and make decisions about the case.

Is your firm willing to review documents prepared by clients?

Anything which relates to the case should be reviewed by the attorney.

Is your firm willing to coach clients who want to represent themselves?

No, we do not do that and we recommend against someone trying to go it alone against the government.

Larry Sandefer

*Assistant State Attorney, 1978 - 1986

Lead Trial Attorney
Division Director
Elite Homicide Response Unit
DUI/Traffic Court Supervisor

*Admitted to Practice before:

All Florida State Courts including Florida Supreme Court
The United States Supreme Court (1982)
The United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals
(New Orleans) (1981)
The United States Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals
(Atlanta) (1981)
The United States Middle District of Florida (1978)

*Education and Awards:

Bachelors Degree Auburn University, 1972
Selected to National Leadership Honorary
President Phi Delta Theta Fraternity
Assistant Director of Auburn Free University
Dean's List
Masters studies in counseling at Northern Michigan
University 1974
Juris Doctor, University of Florida, 1977
Chief Defense Counsel Honor Court, 1976
Student Supreme Court Justice, 1977
President Phi Delta Phi Legal Fraternity, 1977
United States Air Force Officer 1972 - 1975 (active)
Appointed Special Investigator regarding irregularities
in the 410th Combat Support Group Transport Squadron
* Achieved Board Certification as a Criminal Trial Attorney
by The Florida Bar in 1987. One of the first
attorneys in the state to be awarded certification as
a criminal trial lawyer.
*Named to Who's Who in America 1997 - present
*Named to Who's Who in American Law 1997 - present
*Named to Leadership Pinellas 1998
*Graduate of United States Drug Enforcement
*Administration (DEA) School on Undercover Narcotics
Enforcement Techniques
*Graduate Criminal Trial Advocacy Institute at University
of Florida
*Former Adjunct Professor of Criminal Law and Civil Law at St. Petersburg College

*Guest lecturer:
University of Florida School of Law
Pinellas Police Academy
Pasco Police Academy

* Past Chairman of Florida Bar Grievance Committee 6D, 1991
*Past Chairman of Florida Bar Grievance Committee 6A, 2000
*AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell, highest rating
*Named to the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers

*Professional Organizations

Association of Trial Lawyers of America
Pinellas County Trial Lawyers Association
Pinellas County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
Florida Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys
National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys
Clearwater Bar Association
St. Petersburg Bar Association
Florida Bar
  • Bar Number: 252352
    Florida , 1978
  • Auburn University
    Bachelor of Science , 1972
    Auburn, AL
    Dean's List; Omicron Delta Kappa (ODK) Leadership Honorary; Vice President Auburn Free University; President Phi Delta Theta Fraternity; Varsity Tennis; and ROTC.
  • University Of Florida
    Juris Doctor , 1977
    President of Legal Fratiernity (Phi Delta Phi), Chief Defense Counsel of Honor Court, Student Supreme Court Justice.

Larry Sandefer

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