At DeCarlis & Sawyer, Criminal Defense and Personal Injury Firm, we specilize in the strong defense of the wide range of criminal cases and personal injury in all state and federal courts. DeCarlis & Sawyer is a result-oriented law firm offering a full range of legal services to individuals and companies across Florida. Our primary objective is to deliver outstanding results for each of our clients in the most efficient and cost effective manner possible.

A Commitment to Client Relationships

The Lawyers at DeCarlis and Sawyer endeavor to provide our clients with the finest legal representation available and our combined trial experience of over 90 years is our foundation in meeting this aim. Our firm utilizes a skilled team of attorneys, paralegals, assistants and investigators in each case. In addition, we firmly believe in the values of excellence and integrity in attaining outcomes for our clients. We also believe reciprocated respect and understandable, timely communications with our clients are critical to achieving shared goals. Lastly, our firm is committed to an ardent work ethic that assures our clients are receiving all the resources, information and attention necessary to win their case.

Our commitment to help our clients deliver their strategies has seen us build a truly global network

Our firm is dedicated to a personal understanding of the diverse concerns and needs each case presents and we are devoted to obtaining the best possible results for each and every one of our unique clients.We are sensitive to the needs of our clients and appreciate that every case involves unique challenges and opportunities.  Our firm’s philosophy is centered on fostering client relationships and spending as much time as needed responding to clients’ questions, learning about their needs, and answering their concerns.


About Attorneys

The attorneys at DeCarlis & Sawyer are committed to providing clients with innovative ways to contain legal costs and provide value for our clients. We provide early evaluation of cases and develop litigation plans that aim to resolve claims as quickly and cost-effectively as possible.  We have developed sophisticated reporting procedures and systems that keep our clients apprised of all important developments in their cases.Our firm is proud of the strong reputation we have built for delivering individualized attention and high-quality legal services to our clients.  Businesses and organizations choose our firm because we are committed to developing strong relationships with our clients and they know they can count on the exceptional skills and experience of our attorneys.

aboutus3At the Forefront of Legal Issues

Over the past four decades, DeCarlis & Sawyer has emerged as a leading law firm with four attorneys working across a diverse range of practice areas. Our legal professionals are committed to being at the forefront of legal issues impacting the ever-changing insurance and business communities.

We strive to keep abreast of new and emerging litigation, laws and regulations.

Our legal team also monitors medical and scientific developments, as well as industry changes that may affect the business operations of our clients.


Strength in the Team

At DeCarlis & Sawyer, our strength is in our people.  We have focused on establishing a firm of exceptional partners, associates, and paralegals to provide our clients with the best legal representation.DeCarlis & Sawyer is proud of the diverse backgrounds and experiences of our legal professionals.  This training and knowledge gives our attorneys a keen understanding of the many industries and businesses in which our clients operate.  Client satisfaction requires a complete awareness of a client’s personal and financial goals. Our firm was built on that understanding.


William DeCarlis


William Nicholas DeCarlis was born and raised in upstate New York but has been a resident of Gainesville since the late 1960s when he moved here Read More

James Michael Sawyer


James Michael Sawyer hails from South Florida but has been a resident of Gainesville off and on since the 1970’s when he moved here to attend the University of Florida . Read More

Shane R. Bachman


SHANE R. BACHMAN was born and raised in New Jersey and graduated from The College of New Jersey with a B.S. degree in Business Administration. Read More


“We specialize in the strong defense of the wide range of criminal cases and personal injury in all state and federal courts”