Paul M. Messina, Jr., a fourth generation Tampa, Florida native, graduated from Tampa Catholic High School where he was active in basketball and football. Following high school, Paul attended Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida, and obtained a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and Real Estate. After Florida State, Paul attended Stetson University College of Law in Gulfport, Florida, where he earned his Juris Doctorate and his Master of Business Administration.
Paul began his career at a mid-size Tampa law firm before moving on to Greenspoon Marder, P.A., an AMLaw Magazine’s top 200 firm. Prior to Messina Law Group, P.A., Paul spent nearly eight years with Blank Rome, LLP, an international AMLaw Magazine’s top 100 firm, where he represented some of the world’s largest corporations. Paul has extensive experience in real estate law, probate and estate planning, family law, and civil litigation. Paul has served as lead counsel in hundreds of cases and is experienced in appellate practice and oral argument, trial court litigation, post-trial litigation, and alternative dispute resolution.
Paul is a Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent rated attorney, the highest possible rating in both legal ability and ethical standards. He has also received other recognitions including: Ones to Watch, Litigation – Real Estate, Best Lawyers in America© 2021–2023, “Florida Rising Star” in Real Estate, Super Lawyers 2018–2023, Top Attorneys in Tampa Bay, Rising Stars Tampa Bay Magazine and 2020 Tampa Style Magazine Attorneys of the Year. Paul is licensed in the State Courts of Florida, the Federal Courts for the Middle and Southern Districts of Florida, the Bankruptcy Courts for the Middle and Southern Districts of Florida, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.
Paul and his wife are parents of two young children. In his spare time, Paul enjoys playing basketball, spending time with his family, watching Florida State sports, and coaching his son’s youth league baseball, basketball, and flag football teams. Paul has provided hundreds of hours of pro bono legal assistance to the (Tampa) Bay Area Legal Services.