Clearwater firm hires Adam Bugg as new personal injury, criminal defense attorney

By Katelyn Kivel | May 24, 2016

CLEARWATER – Tampa Bay-area law firm Carlson, Meissner, Hart & Hayslett PA recently hired attorney Adam R. Bugg. 

Bugg’s primary focus will be on serving personal injury and criminal defense clients in Pinellas, Hillsborough and surrounding counties.

“Adam was scouted due to his maturity, family and family values,” the firm’s office and systems administrator, Mary Ann Bounacos, told the Florida Record.

After receiving his undergraduate degree in business management from Samford University, Bugg became a police officer serving the Largo community. During his five years as an officer, Bugg was part of the crisis intervention team and mentored new officers. He then attended law school at Stetson University where he graduated cum laude and received the Paul Barnard Award for Clinic Excellence.

“Adam’s experience as law enforcement officer demonstrates an analytical thought process an investigative mindset, fact-gathering ability and take-charge initiative,” Bounacos said. “His prosecutorial experience, developed trial experience, work ethic and familiarity with local judicial personnel and process definitely make him an asset to our firm.”

Carlson Meissner has handled Floridians personal injury, criminal defense and driving under the influence cases since 1971. The firm touts its team approach to providing legal representation. In a press release, the firm stated that the addition of Bugg would further strengthen this particular approach.

"Bugg has consistently proven his commitment to strong and fair legal representation," partner J. Kevin Hayslett said in the release. "His addition is paramount to our firm's continuing success and reputation for excellence. Adam’s dedication to serving others in the community is commendable.”

Bugg's other experience includes working in the Office of the Public Offender, 6th Judicial Circuit and the Office of the State Attorney, 13th Judicial Circuit as a certified legal intern. Following graduation from law school, he worked at Phelps Dunbar LLP as an associate handling defense liability claims.

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