Trevena, Pontrello & Associates

Trevena, Pontrello & Associates

Practice limited to criminal defense, criminal appeals, post conviction relief, and related civil rights matters.

Firm Overview

Board Certified Criminal Trial Lawyer For 27 Years
John H. Trevena is the owner and principal attorney of his firm. He has been practicing law for more than 33 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 (2007-2019). 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 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.

Main Office

Main Office
801 West Bay Drive
Suite 509
Largo FL 33770


(727) 581-5813


(727) 581-7758


Free Initial Consultation?

Free initial consultation.

Services Offered For Fixed Fees?

Fixed flat rate fee quotes.

Hourly Rates

$1,000.00 per hour, plus costs.

Office Information

Office Hours

8:30 am - 5:00 pm daily

Office Manager

Chelsea Vance

Emergency After Hours


Languages Spoken

English, Spanish, Russian and Arabic

Criminal Defense


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