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ABOUT MEColby S. Hearn, Esq.

I was born in Ocala, Florida. The youngest of three boys. From the outset, the fight for survival was on! My father worked in education and my mother worked in healthcare. From an early age, my parents instilled core values: integrity, diligence, dedication, compassion, and education. Core values that my wife and law partner, Trina Hearn, are instilling in our two young boys and core values that we have brought to Hearn Law. Throughout my youth, I excelled in athletics and academics. Although undersized, I was a receiver and special teams player for the University of South Florida’s varsity football team. I am living proof that it’s not the size of the dog in the fight, it’s the size of the fight in the dog. Let us fight for you!


I am a trusted advisor and strategic trial lawyer representing clients in a broad range of civil, business, corporate, real estate, health care, and commercial litigation matters including fraud, contractual disputes, brokerage disputes, disclosure disputes, insurance disputes, employment disputes, non-compete issues, shareholder and partnership disputes, negligence claims, criminal matters, and personal injury matters including auto accidents, wrongful death, premises liability incidents, and defective products.

ExperienceLitigation and Dispute Resolution

I have an active litigation and dispute resolution practice. I have advocated in numerous criminal and civil trials and arbitrations regarding complex business, commercial, financial, and contractual disputes. I have handled every stage of litigation from pre-suit negotiations, discovery, mediation, motion practice, arbitration, trial, and appeal. This vast knowledge and experience also provides me with the opportunity to counsel clients in drafting and reviewing various contracts, management agreements, leases, purchase and sale agreements, releases, agreements, and other legal documents.

Recently, I was selected to:

  • Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch! 2024
  • Super Lawyers Rising Stars 2024, 2023, 2022
  • Lawyers of Distinction 2024, 2023
  • Top 50 Lawyers in America 2023
  • Florida Top Lawyers 2024, 2023
  • Top Attorneys in Tampa Bay 2022
  • The National Trial Lawyers: Top 40 Under 40

Prior to founding Hearn Law, I was a partner in the litigation department at Johnson Pope Bokor Ruppel & Burns, LLP, where I practiced for over eight years.

I began my career serving the people of the State of Florida as an Assistant State Attorney in the Sixth Judicial Circuit of Florida for over three years.  During that time, I litigated thousands of cases ranging from white-collar crime (e.g., fraud, conspiracy, theft, embezzlement) to violent offenses (e.g., first degree murder, robbery, aggravated battery).  I brought over forty jury trials to verdict and advocated before the Grand Jury to a successful indictment in a capital case.  Based on my trial experience, I was selected as the Lead Trial Attorney, and presented awards for Excellence in Prosecution by RID of Tampa Bay and for Outstanding Service as a Prosecutor.

In addition to practicing law, I have served as a Trial Advocacy Skills Instructor at Stetson University College of Law. Along with my wife and law partner, Trina Hearn, I coached Stetson’s nationally recognized Trial Team to a first-place finish in the Florida Justice Association’s Mock Trial Competition.



  • Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch! 2024
  • Super Lawyers Rising Stars 2024, 2023, 2022
  • Lawyers of Distinction 2024, 2023
  • Top 50 Lawyers in America 2023
  • Florida Top Lawyers 2024, 2023
  • Top Attorneys in Tampa Bay 2022
  • The National Trial Lawyers: Top 40 Under 40
  • Victor O. Wehle Trial Advocacy Award
  • William F. Blews Pro Bono Service Award
  • Excellence in Prosecution by RID of Tampa Bay
  • Outstanding Service as a Prosecutor


  • Admitted to The Florida Bar – 2011
  • United States District Court, Middle District of Florida
  • Phi Delta Phi Legal Honors Fraternity, Member
  • Hillsborough County Bar Association, Member
  • St. Petersburg Bar Association, Member
    • Former Civil Trial Section – Chair
  • St. Petersburg Yacht Club, Member
  • The Bulls Varsity Club, Member


  • University of South Florida, B.A. – 2006
    • Former Letterman, University of South Florida Varsity Football
    • Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll
  • Stetson University College of Law, J.D. – 2010
    • Stetson Law Review, Senior Associate
    • Stetson Trial Team, Member
    • Academic Honor Roll
    • Concentration in Advocacy

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