Criminal Defense & Civil Litigation Law Firm in Tampa, FL

Trombley & Hanes, P.A. is a Tampa-based law firm representing clients in federal and state criminal defense and civil litigation. The firm was formed in 1977 by its principal partner Gary R. Trombley, a former federal prosecutor in the Middle District of Florida. The law firm is based in Tampa, Florida and operates out of its original location, the historic Tampa Theatre Building. Trombley & Hanes, P.A. handles legal matters in the State of Florida and in Federal Courts throughout Florida and the United States. The firm focuses its practice in the areas of federal grand jury investigations, complex white collar crime, regulatory investigations, state crime matters, civil litigation and personal injury. For insightful, practical advice and vigorous representation in Florida and federal courts, call Trombley & Hanes, P.A. with your legal needs.

The Tampa criminal defense & civil litigation lawyers at Trombley & Hanes, P.A. bring together diverse legal experiences to provide comprehensive representation to clients with a high degree of knowledge and skill. As former prosecutors in criminal matters, defense counsel in federal and state criminal and civil matters, and plaintiff counsel in wrongful death and personal injury matters, together, the attorneys of Trombley & Hanes, P.A. are well versed in criminal and civil matters in Florida and nationwide. Contact Trombley & Hanes, P.A. for help in any of the following areas:



Practice Areas

Trombley & Hanes is equally qualified and committed to representing clients in response to state criminal investigations by local law enforcement agencies and prosecutorial offices including agencies in Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco, Polk and the surrounding communities. Trombley & Hanes defends against criminal DUI investigations, including administrative matters before the Department of Motor Vehicles, drug offenses, theft, and fraud matters as well as other investigations and charges brought by Statewide Prosecutor Offices, the Department of Revenue and Finance, Department of Insurance, City Police Departments, and County Sheriff Offices.

The firm’s attorneys assist clients even before charges are ever filed and use their knowledge and experience to influence what charges are brought or how an arrest is made, or to keep charges from being filed in the first place. The firm counsels clients making grand jury appearances and assists with ancillary matters ranging from extradition to forfeiture proceedings.


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The firm’s representation includes criminal investigations and trials, corporate internal investigations, and regulatory matters. Trombley & Hanes vigorously defends against Tax Fraud, Healthcare Fraud, Defense Contracting Fraud, Conspiracy, Securities Fraud, Money Laundering, Wire Fraud, Mail Fraud, Public Corruption, Bank Fraud, Environmental Crimes, RICO, Antitrust, and represents clients in Qui tam/Whistleblowing Actions.

The manner in which prosecutors exercise their decision-making authority has far-reaching implications in terms of the consequences for individual citizens. A determination to prosecute represents a policy judgment that the fundamental interests of society require the application of the criminal laws to a particular set of circumstances—recognizing both that serious violations of law must be prosecuted, and that prosecution entails profound consequences for the accused and the family of the accused whether or not a conviction ultimately results. Other prosecutorial decisions can be equally significant.


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Civil Litigation involves disputes of civil or private rights. Typically, an individual, entity or organization will initiate a claim against a defendant alleging the defendant to have caused damage of some type and degree. The government can also bring claims through the civil or administrative process. A claim, called a complaint, is filed in court and requests a remedy, usually monetary relief. During the litigation phase the parties will engage in the discovery process so that each side can gain an understanding of the factual claims made by witnesses or documents and the defenses to those claims. If the dispute cannot be resolved, the matter will proceed to trial where the plaintiff is required to prove its claims by a preponderance of the evidence.

The firm’s civil litigation practice includes administrative and regulator actions, antitrust, civil fraud, qui tam actions, forfeiture proceedings, racketeering, bankruptcy adversary proceedings, civil rights violations, false claims and more.


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Civil negligence claims are based on the failure to do what a reasonable and prudent person would ordinarily have done under the circumstances. Or, the failure to observe, for the protection of another’s interest, such care and vigilance as the circumstances demand and the absence of which caused injury. Or, an omission by a responsible person to use that degree of care, diligence, and skill that it was his legal duty to use to protect another person from injury.

The firm represents victims of automobile accidents, truck and motorcycle accidents, bicycle and pedestrian accidents, and other motor vehicle accidents. The firm’s attorneys represent people injured due to a dangerous condition on another’s property, as well as those who have been hurt through the use of a consumer product which was defectively manufactured. Additionally, the firm helps families who lost a loved one in a fatal accident hold the responsible party accountable for the financial and emotional harm they have created through their negligence or wrongful conduct.


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Our Lawyers

Gary R. Trombley

Gary R. Trombley

Upon graduation from Stetson, Gary became an Assistant United States Attorney in the Middle District of Florida, and served in that capacity from 1973…


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Ronald P. Hanes

Ronald P. Hanes

Ron has been a lawyer for over 30 years and for the last 20 years has represented clients facing federal grand jury investigations and trials, state criminal…


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Wes E. Trombley

Wes E. Trombley

Wes began his legal career as a prosecutor for the Pinellas County State Attorney’s Office where he tried both misdemeanor and felony jury trials in county…


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White Collar Criminal Defense

The firm’s white collar criminal defense practice covers federal laws from antitrust and bank fraud to civil rights violations, bribery and corruption, money laundering, securities fraud and more. The firm has expertise in defending clients charged with fraud against the government in areas as diverse as health care and defense contracting.

General Crimes & Offenses

Trombley & Hanes, P.A. is well-versed from both the prosecution and defense perspectives in the full range of Florida and federal misdemeanor and felony offenses. The firm provides strong, strategic defense against an array of criminal charges in Tampa, including DUI, drug crimes, theft, juvenile offenses, racketeering, conspiracies, forfeiture proceedings and extradition issues.

Civil Litigation

The firm represents clients facing serious liability in civil enforcement actions brought by the Department of Justice’s Civil Division and other government agencies. The firm’s practice in this area includes administrative and regulatory actions, civil fraud, qui tam and false claims actions, bankruptcy adversary proceedings, civil rights violations, and others.

Personal Injury

The skilled litigators at Trombley & Hanes, P.A. lend their expertise to the representation of people injured by the negligence of others. The firm strives to recover significant jury verdicts and settlements for people harmed in automobile accidents, on unsafe premises or by defective products. The firm also helps family members obtain justice and compensation for the loss of a loved one in Florida wrongful death actions.

COVID-19 Fraud Defense and Opioid Litigation

Most recently, the firm has begun taking on clients charged with COVID-19 fraud and opioid litigation. The firm’s COVID-19 fraud defense practice covers allegations of fraud related to CARES Act programs such as Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans and Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL). The firm represents clients facing criminal responsibility under various fraud statutes as well as civil liability under laws such as the federal False Claims Act and the Financial Institutions Reform, Recovery, and Enforcement Act (FIRREA).

In the field of opioid litigation, the firm represents pharmaceutical manufacturers as well as doctors, clinics, pharmacies and doctor practice groups accused of illegally manufacturing or dispensing opioids and other controlled substances. Opioid litigation has captured the national spotlight in recent years, and many doctors and pharmacists have found themselves caught in the crosshairs of government efforts to solve the opioid crisis by going after individuals and entities up and down the prescription opioid supply chain.

Lending expertise in areas such as these is one way the law firm of Trombley & Hanes, P.A. strives to meet the needs of clients in Tampa, Florida and nationwide facing government enforcement actions and serious liability.

Trust Trombley & Hanes With Civil Litigation and Criminal Defense Needs in Tampa and Beyond

For help with Tampa criminal defense or civil litigation in Florida or nationwide, call Trombley & Hanes, P.A. at 813-229-7918.

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