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Larry Sandefer

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Criminal Defense Attorney in St. Petersburg, FL

Sandefer Law Firm
9721 Executive Center Dr N, Suite 120
St. Petersburg, FL 33702
Phone: 727-726-5297
Fax: 727-726-6729
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2008 - 2009
Licensed in Florida Since: 1978
Practice Areas: Criminal Defense (70%), Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI (30%)
Attorney Profile

Larry Sandefer has handled well over 5,000 criminal cases.   After over 30 years in criminal law in Florida, Mr. Sandefer is familiar with and has worked often with the Judges and prosecutors assigned to the criminal and civil courts.  He is a former prosecutor where he acted as Lead Trial attorney and Division Director.   Larry was one of the first attorneys in Florida to become Board Certified in criminal trial law by the Florida Bar and is the only criminal defense attorney in the Sixth Judiccial of Florida who has been continually board certified for over 25 years.    He has been recognized in the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers in America and is AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest possible rating in both legal ability and ethical standards.  He has tried over 200 jury trials including over 20 murder trials, multi-jurisdictional drug and homicide conspiracies, drug trafficking, drug sales and possessions, sexual offenses and computer offenses, arson, white collar crimes, DUI, DUI Manslaughter, kidnapping, fraud, burglary, resisting arrest, aggravated battery, domestic violence, and all types of felonies and misdemeanors.  As a division director at the state attorneys office he supervised and trained felony and misdemeanor trial attorneys and handled major cases. He was on the homicide response team called out to advise the police at murder scenes. He has maintained his board certification since 1987. 

Certificates and Credentials

About Larry Sandefer

First Admitted: 1978, Florida

Professional Webpage:


  • Published Appellate opinions: Pinellas County Sheriff v. Milewski, 43 So. 2d 53, 2 DCA Fl, 2010 Keeling v. State, 929 So.2d 1169, 2 DCA Fl, 2006 Vichich v. DHSMV, 799 So.2d 1069, 2 DCA Fl 2001 State v. Iaccsarino, 767 So. 2d 470, 2 DCA Fl, 2000 State v.Rairdon, 722 So.2d 1998, 2 DCA Fl, 1998 Lyons v. State, 711 So.2d 71, 2 DCA FL 1998 Wissel v. State, 691 So. 2d 507, 2 DCA Fl 1997 Bryant v. Lucky Stores, 577 So.2d 1347, 2 DCA Fl 1990 State ex rel Russell v. McGlothin, 427 So.2d 280, 2 DCA Fl 1983 Post v. State, 379 So.2d 982, 2DCA Fl 1980

Pro bono/Community Service

  • Former Indian Rocks Beach City Comissioner 1994 -2000, IRB Board of Adjustment, IRB Parks & Recrreation Board,  Springtime City Kiwanis (former) 

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Admitted before the U.S. Middle District Court, the United States Supreme Court and the U.S. 11th Circuit Court of Appeal.  Florida Bar (1978), Colorado Bar (1984) (inactive)
  • Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers, AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell, Named to Who's Who in America,  Leadership Pinellas, Past Chairman of Florida Bar Grievance Committees A and C, Association of Trial Lawyers of America, Pinellas County Trial Lawyers Association, Pinellas County Criminal Defense Lawyers, Florida Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys, National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys, Clearwater and St. Petersburg Bar Associations, American Association of Justice.  Named Top 100 Trial Lawyers in 2011by National Trial Lawyers.
  • Selected to be on the appointed conflict counsel list for defense of capital cases in the 6th Circuit of Florida    , 2012

Educational Background

  • Auburn University B.S.  Management,   Juris Doctor, University Of Florida

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • University of Florida Law School, Lectured students on criminal trial practice as a guest speaker., Guest lecturer University of Florida College of Law, Former Adjunct Professor St. Petersburg College, taught criminal paralegal classes. , 1980

Special Licenses/Certifications

  • Board Certification in Criminal Trial by the Florida Bar  The only attorney in the  6th Judicial Circuit of Florida continually board certified in criminal trial law for 25 years., 1987


  •   Leadership Pinellas is an honorary selection.  It's selectees are  composed of current and future civic leaders who have influence in the community and who meet regularly and attend programs regarding local and state government., Leadership Pinellas, 1998
  • Who's Who in the World, Marquis' Who's Who, 2004
  • Top 100 Criminal Defense Lawyers in the State of Florida, American Society of Legal Advocates, 2013
  • Who's Who in America, Marquis Who's Who, 1998
  • Named by the National Trial Lawyers Association as one of the top 100 trial lawyers of 2011.  A professional association composed of trial attorneys throughout the United States., One of the top 100 trial lawyers, National Trial Lawyers Association, 2011
  • Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers--"The most distinguished law practices appear in the Bar Register, those that have achieved the prestigious "AV (reg) rating, the top ranking in the Martindale_Hubbell (reg) Law Directory. , Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers, Martindale-Hubbell, 2012
  • Named by Tampa Bay Magazine as one of Tampa Bay's Top Lawyers in Criminal Law for 2011. , Tampa Bay's Top Lawyers, Tampa Bay Magazine, 2011

Other Outstanding Achievements

  • Named to Tampa Bay's Top Lawyers 2010 by Tampa Bay Magazine , 2010
  • Background:  President Phi Delta Theta Fraternity Auburn University 1972; Varsity Tennis  Team Auburn University 1968-1972; U.S. Air Force active duty 1973 - 1975, First Lt., K.I. Sawyer AFB; President Phi Delta Phi Legal Fraternity University of Florida 1977; Chief Defense Counsel Honor Court University of Florida 1976; Named as Student Supreme Court Justice University of Florida 1977; .

Industry Groups

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Office Location for Larry Sandefer

9721 Executive Center Dr N
Suite 120
St. Petersburg, FL 33702

Last Updated: 7/13/2021

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