Attorney Profile

Robert E. Heyman was born in Providence, RI, and grew up in Barrington, RI. He graduated from Barrington High School in 1974, and earned the rank of Eagle Scout. Following high school graduation, Mr. Heyman attended Northfield-Mt. Hermon Academy in Northfield, MA and thereafter attended college in St. Petersburg, Florida at Eckerd College, graduating in 1979 with a B.A. in Political Science. While at Eckerd College he also played varsity baseball and was a pitcher on the 1977 team which reached the finals of the Division II College World Series.

After graduation, he attended Stetson University College of Law in St. Petersburg, Florida, where he participated as a member of the State Moot Court team.

Following his Law school graduation in 1982, Mr. Heyman served for 15 years as an Assistant State Attorney in the Sixth Judicial Circuit of Florida in Pinellas County. While serving as a prosecutor, Mr. Heyman assumed a variety of supervisory positions, which culminated in his serving as a Felony Division Director from 1992, until he left the office in 1997. During his career as a prosecutor, Mr. Heyman tried over 100 jury trials, including 25 first degree murder trials, together with numerous other complicated prosecutions, including bank robbery,drug trafficking, manslaughter and sexual battery.

In 1997, Mr. Heyman joined the Clearwater firm of Tew, Zinober, Barnes, Zimmet & Unice, PA, where he began to concentrate his practice in the fields of insurance defense and plaintiffs personal injury cases. In 2002, Mr. Heyman became a shareholder in the firm of Zimmet, Unice, Salzman & Heyman, PA, where he narrowed his practice to plaintiffs personal injury and criminal defense cases.

In 2008, Mr. Heyman established The Heyman Law Firm, PA, in St. Petersburg, Florida where he continues to focus his practice in plaintiffs personal injury and criminal trial law.

Mr. Heyman has been awarded an “AV” rating from Martindale-Hubbell and has appeared as a legal commentator on Court TV and on the MSNBC “Internight” program. In 2012, Mr. Heyman was named one of Florida’s “Top 100″ Trial Lawyers by the National Trial Lawyers Association. He is a member of the Florida Bar ( Trial Lawyers Section), the St. Petersburg Bar Association, The Pinellas County Trial Lawyers Association, the Florida Justice Association and the National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys.

Mr. Heyman and his wife, Lorrie, live in St Petersburg with their 2 daughters. His hobbies include tennis, golf and music.

EDUCATION

B.A. 1979 – Eckerd College, St Petersburg, Florida
J.D. 1982 – Stetson University College of Law, Gulfport, Florida

BAR ADMISSIONS

Florida Bar 1983-present
U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida 1984-present

AFFILIATIONS

Florida Bar Association
St. Petersburg Bar Association
Hillsborough County Bar Association
Florida Justice Association
Pinellas County Criminal Defense Attorney’s Association
St. Petersburg Chamber of Commerce