A resident of Tampa for over 45 years, Alan R. Sandler attended Chamberlain High School. After graduating, Alan attended the University of Florida before earning his degree in Criminal Justice from the University of South Florida. After graduating, Mr. Sandler began his career as a Behavioral Program Specialist for the State of Florida Department of Children and Families.
Mr. Sandler returned to school after two years with the department, attending Thomas University School of Law in Miami, Florida. He graduated in May, 1991. After graduation, Mr. Sandler returned to Tampa where he worked as an Assistant Public Defender. For the first eight months of his tenure with the Office of the Public Defender, Mr. Sandler was assigned to the juvenile division. Mr. Sandler then moved to the misdemeanor division where he quickly established himself in handling DUI cases and other misdemeanor offenses such as possession of cannabis. After being in the misdemeanor division for a short period of time, Mr. Sandler moved to the office’s felony division.
Once moved to the felony division, Mr. Sandler began to represent felony offenders facing serious prison time. After establishing himself as a leader, Mr. Sandler received a promotion to Lead Trial Attorney, overseeing an entire felony division and other assistant public defenders Mr. Sandler soon after moved to the position of Lead Attorney in Charge of Special Litigation. As Attorney in Charge of Special Litigation, Mr. Sandler began to oversee highly complex criminal cases requiring broad knowledge of issues like DNA, serology, blood spatter evidence, or other scientific evidence. The Special Litigation unit also handled particularly labor-intensive cases, such as ones featuring many witnesses.
After three years at the Office of the Public Defender, Mr. Sandler moved into his own practice. By the time he left the Office of the Public Defender, he had represented individuals in more than 50 felony jury trials to verdict, including 1st degree murders, DUI Manslaughters, numerous sexual battery cases, robbery cases, drug trafficking offenses, and shaken baby cases.
After opening his own office in Ybor City in 1995, Mr. Sandler limited his practice to criminal law matters. Mr. Sandler soon found himself retained to handle criminal cases all over Florida, trying many serious criminal offenses before juries throughout the state. In 1997, Mr. Sandler expanded his practice into the area of personal injury as well. He has been handling personal injury cases for the past 20 years, building a reputation of success.
In 2001, Mr. Sandler established the firm of Sandler & Perez as managing partner. A boutique law firm, Sandler & Perez concentrated their practice in the areas of personal injury and criminal defense. During this time, Mr. Sandler also began accepting white collar crime cases and defended individuals in bank fraud cases and embezzlement cases.
In 2008 Mr. Sandler again established the Law Firm of Alan R. Sandler, P.A. which offered services in personal injury, criminal law, and family law matters. Mr. Sandler continued to appear in both state and federal courts throughout Florida, providing his clients with his services.
In 2010, a leading national civil litigation and real estate firm approached Mr. Sandler requesting he join their firm. Mr. Sandler agreed and quickly received a promotion to Supervising Attorney. As Supervising Attorney, Mr. Sandler oversaw 28 attorneys and their staff as they prepared for trials and other civil litigation and real estate matters. Mr. Sandler was also responsible for training attorneys that were joining the firm and implementing policies and procedures for the litigation staff. At its peak, Mr. Sandler and his staff were handling over 400 hearings per week throughout the state.
In 2015, Mr. Sandler returned to his private practice, yearning to once again provide representation for individuals in the areas of criminal law, personal injury, and family law. Today, Bald Guy Legal represents clients across a spectrum of practice areas, including foreclosure defense and Fair Debt Collection Practices Act violation.
Mr. Sandler has been a member of the Florida Bar since November, 1991. He lives in Tampa with his wife Susan and his two daughters. In his spare time, Mr. Sandler enjoys golf, soccer, exercise, reading and cooking.