Experienced Legal Counsel For The Injured And The Accused

There are two areas of law that deal with enormous life changes that often occur in a matter of seconds — personal injury and criminal defense. Being charged with a crime or suffering an injury due to someone else's negligence can change your life forever. The attorneys at DeCarlis & Sawyer in Gainesville and Ocala provide knowledgeable, experienced and accomplished legal counsel in both areas.

The irony of these two practice areas from a legal perspective is that while the incidents themselves typically occur in an instant, the legal work involved in building strong cases is methodical and detail-oriented. Positive outcomes require painstaking attention to details and a penchant for reviewing every aspect of a case from multiple angles. Attorneys William N. "Bill" DeCarlis and Mike Sawyer lead a team that brings these skills and more to every case.

Our personal injury clients pay no upfront costs. You will only pay attorney fees and any costs associated with developing your personal injury case if we obtain a recovery for you.

It's Not Rocket Science, But We'd Have That Covered If It Was

Bill and Mike are longtime residents of Gainesville. Between them, they have more than 65 years of legal experience. Before becoming a lawyer in 1972, Bill worked as an aeronautical engineer with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), working on numerous projects, including the Apollo 7 and Apollo 17 missions. Criminal defense presents challenges that are different from space travel, but equally complex. Bill's scientific background has proven immensely valuable to his law career. His analytical approach and immense capacity for facts make him the most prepared lawyer in the courtroom.

Our criminal defense attorneys represent individuals who face a wide range of charges, from drunk driving and drug possession to assault and battery, weapons charges and sex crimes. Although we primarily represent clients who live in Marion and Alachua counties and other parts of Central Florida, we have represented clients throughout the state and have been called in as co-counsel in other states as well.

We have established a reputation as a law firm that is willing to tackle challenging cases that other firms have turned down.

In both criminal defense and personal injury cases, we emphasize clear communication with our clients and accessibility from start to finish. We invite you to call us to schedule a free consultation or use the online contact form on this website.