Larry Sandefer

Sandefer Law Firm
4625 E Bay Dr Ste 203
Clearwater, FL 33764
(727) 726-5297

Larry Sandefer’s experience is varied. Throughout his life, he has consistently been honored with leadership positions. He was named one of the outstanding high school graduates in Florida in 1968. While in college at Auburn University in Alabama, he was selected for the National Leadership Honorary Fraternity Omicron Delta Kappa. He was treasurer of his business fraternity as well as treasurer and president of Phi Delta Theta Fraternity. Also, while at Auburn, he was named the Assistant Director of Auburn Free University. He was a four year starter on the varsity tennis team and was active in ROTC (USAF). He graduated receiving his Bachelor of Science in business and management in 1972.

Between college and law school, Larry Sandefer was commissioned as Second Lieutenant in the United States Air Force serving as a Procurement Officer on active duty at K. I. Sawyer Air Force Base in the upper peninsula of Michigan. While there, he was assigned to investigate irregularities in the career program of the 410th Transportation Squadron leading an investigation of military personnel. While in the Air Force, Larry also was a radio announcer at a cable radio station where he became music director. He attended the Air Force Institute of Technology Contract Law School in Denver Colorado. He left active duty as a First Lieutenant serving in the Air Force reserves for a short time thereafter.

After leaving his service in the U.S. Air Force, Mr. Sandefer attended law school at the University of Florida. He was elected President of the Legal Fraternity Phi Delta Phi. He was also later named as Honor Court Defense Counsel and later Honor Court Chief Defense Counsel, given the duty of defending students charged with violation of University policies and/or cheating. He was honored to be named one of the three Student Supreme Court Justices at the University of Florida. In that position he heard appeals and decided cases regarding student government elections student government issues.

Larry Sandefer’s legal career began as an Assistant State Attorney in the Sixth Judicial Circuit under James T. Russell, State Attorney. He served in that position for over eight years, serving as a Lead Trial Attorney supervising other felony trial attorneys. He then was chosen as one of three Division Directors responsible for major cases and training and supervising felony and misdemeanor divisions.

Mr. Sandefer has continued to educate himself and stay abreast of the latest legal developments. He was one of the first attorneys in the State of Florida, and the first in the Sixth Judicial Circuit of Florida (Pinellas and Pasco Counties) to become Board Certified in Criminal Trial Law in 1987 and has maintained that certification since that date. He was the only attorney from the Sixth Circuit to be honored at the Florida Bar Convention 2012 by the Board of Legal Specialization and Education for being Board Certified in Criminal Trial Law for over 25 years.

Board certification standards require a rigorous examination and the experience of being the lead attorney on a large number of felony trials. It is considered the ‘gold standard’ when rating criminal defense attorneys.

After close to 40 years in criminal law in Florida, Mr. Sandefer is very familiar with the Judges and prosecutors assigned to the criminal 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 supervised several trial divisions and trial attorneys. He is one of only a select few attorneys who have the experience of being former Division Directors. There he was involved with the investigation and decision making aspects of these charges as well as sentencing decisions. The present Division Directors in the 6th Judicial Circuit still operate in the same manner as they did when Mr. Sandefer was a Division Director, and, therefore Mr. Sandefer is well aquainted with what goes into decisions and it’s importance to the person making these decisions. 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 Clearwater criminal defense office and has continued in the defense of criminal cases since that time. What Mr. Sandefer and Sandefer Law Firm take the most pride in is treating our clients the way we would want to be treated and providing with the best defense and best advice that we can. Mr. Sandefer has continued his training through continuing education courses involving violent crime, organized crime, defending capital cases in Florida, narcotic investigation techniques, false child abuse allegations, and numerous other 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. 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. He has been named a Florida Super Lawyer by Florida Super Magazine in 2009 and one of the top 100 Trial Attorneys in Florida by the National Trial Lawyers Association.