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William J. Sheslow, Esq.

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Phone: 352-666-2121
Fax: 352-556-4839

11020 Northcliffe Blvd
Spring Hill, Florida 34608

Attorney Sheslow has extensive litigation and trial experience. Mr. Sheslow takes matters to trial in state, and federal court. He has tried multiple federal cases, including successfully litigating matters to verdict. Mr. Sheslow has extensive trial experience in state court matters including major sex crimes and violent offenses throughout the state of Florida. He represents individuals in Civil Rights matters against law enforcement agencies including representing active duty officers. He also represents small businesses in both federal and state court.

Mr. Sheslow has not only represented parties trial court matters but has also conducted appeals of State and Federal Cases. He has been recognized by his peers for his trial performance and has been employed as a Professor at the University of South Florida teaching law in the Business School in Tampa, Florida.

Prior to joining Whittel & Melton, Mr. Sheslow served as an Assistant Public Defender. Mr. Sheslow accumulated an impressive trial record while with the Public Defender's Office. He has earned acquittals in serious cases from firearms to sex offenses.

Additionally, Mr. Sheslow completed the National Criminal Defense Lawyers College held at Mercer College of Law in Macon, Georgia, where he learned from the best trial attorneys in the country.

During law school, Mr. Sheslow gained experience on the prosecution side with the Los Angeles District Attorney's Office. Further, Mr. Sheslow was recognized as an outstanding advocate as a member of the Law School's Moot Court Board. Mr. Sheslow competed on the Moot Court Board's National Team where he argued at the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco, CA.

Before law school, Mr. Sheslow worked on Capitol Hill, in the United States Senate. He was recognized on the UC Berkeley Dean's List receiving awards for his writing, and graduating with Highest Honors and Highest Distinction. During his high school playing days he was a nationally ranked point guard, representing Los Angeles in the Maccabi games.


J.D., University of California, Davis, King Hall School of Law

B.A., University of California, Berkeley

Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice Florida
Southern District of Florida
Middle District of Florida
Professional & Bar Association Memberships

Manatee County Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Vice President

Manatee County Inns of Court
Associate Member

Previous Experience

State Criminal Defense

Federal Criminal Defense

Assistant Public Defender, State of Florida, 12th Judicial Circuit

Law Office of Steven W. Ledbetter, Venice, Florida

Justia Lawyer Rating
Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum
Super Lawyers
American Association of Justice
Florida Legal Elite
Avvo Rating
AV Martindale-Hubbell
Florida Justice Association
Best Law Firms 2015
BBB - Accredited Business
Best Lawyers
NAMIL LAW Founding Member
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Top 100
Client Reviews
This firm was extremely helpful and courteous to deal with. I did not expect to need their services, but was fortunate to find such a great firm. Thank you for your services. E.S.
Great customer service. I was always kept updated on every new detail throughout my whole case. The staff made me feel very comfortable and confident in choosing their services. Highly recommend. C.B.
I have been to this office three different times and have not one complaint ! Always prompt and on point. I wouldn't pick any other office! R.S.
The staff was very attentive and answered all my questions regarding my criminal case. I was very pleased with the outcome and professionalism. C.V.
Could never see myself using any other law firm. My case was a difficult one it was handled with perfection and extreme professionalism. R.B.