Providing excellence in legal services has been our main goal at Steve Bartlett Law. Our commitment to the highest professional and ethical standards is the foundation for the legal services we provide.
20 years of court room experience handling criminal, divorce, bankruptcy, family, foreclosure, and injury law cases in Clearwater, New Port Richey, Palm Harbor, Tarpon Springs, and all of Tampa Bay, Florida
My name is Steve Bartlett and I am an experienced Board Certified Criminal Trial Attorney who is not afraid to fight for my clients. Although many lawyers describe themselves as aggressive or fearless, I have a proven documented history of fighting against the powerful. You can read about some of my cases in the news section of this webpage.
In 2010, I became the only lawyer in Florida to ever cross examine a chief circuit court judge in a criminal case. (See article For 16 Hours of Freedom) The Chief Judge told the reporter for the St. Petersburg Times that my cross examination caused him to feel anxiety and taught him that "Judges and lawyers should know that people do get anxiety when they testify."
In another case that was filmed by Court T.V. I won the acquittal for a man accused of felonious stalking of a circuit court judge. I successfully argued that my client was being persecuted for exercising his constitutionally protected right to criticize a judge and seek his removal. (See article Judge Testifies Man Stalked Him) As a result of my refusal to backdown in that trial, the St. Peterburg Times determined that I was not in the group of lawyers that "are brown-nosers and love to suck up to judges." (See article Who Cares if it Please the Court)
Fortunately, I have learned that passionately fighting for the rights of clients, has had the effect of gaining the respect of the Court. I have sworn an oath to zealously represent my clients to the best of my ability, and most judges, to their credit, favor those lawyers who take that oath seriously.
In 2004, I presented evidence that members of the Tarpon Springs Police Department were planting drugs in my client?s car. As a result, charges were not filed against my client for those drugs and the Tarpon Springs Police Department then became a target of state investigation. (See article A State Investigation of Drug Arrests)
In 2007, I successfully sued two mafia associates of the Columbo crime family who had previously threatened to kill my client after forcing them to borrow money from loan sharks to pay off gambling debts. (See article Couple Told to Pay Up in Mafia Case)