Charles Dayhoff

Serving the Greater Tampa Bay Area

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Charles S. Dayhoff III
Barbara Franzese

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Mr. Dayhoff was born in Dayton, Ohio and grew up in Rome, New York. He has been married for 30 years to Jocelyn R. Dayhoff, and has two adult children. Mr. Dayhoff is a problem-solver and is ready to use his experience to find personalized solutions to your legal troubles.


Admitted to bar in 1978

Our Staff

Barbara Franzese


Barbara Franzese has been Mr. Dayhoff’s legal assistant since 1991. Barbara has a professional attitude, years of experience, and a friendly personality. Clients often lean on Barbara for moral support during stressful periods of their lawsuits.

Missouri and U.S. District Court, Western District of Missouri; 1980, Florida; 1981, U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth and Eleventh Circuits, and U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida



University of Missouri School of Law J.D., 1977

Colgate University A.B., with Honors in Economics, 1970; Phi Society; Omicron Delta Epsilon (Honor Society – Economics)

Double Major in Economics and French, 1970

President, Phi Delta Theta, 1969-1970

Member of French Study Group, Dijon, France



Young Lawyer Award, Kansas City Chapter of the Federal Bar Association, 1980

U.S. Navy, Sailor of the Month (U.S.S. Lester DE-1022)



The Florida Bar –

The Clearwater Bar Association –

Upper Tampa Bay Chamber of Commerce -

Professional Referral Organization, Inc. –

Martindale-Hubble Legal Directory Rating: “high to very high.”



Operations Specialist Petty Officer Second Class, U.S. Navy, 1970-1974; served on U.S.S. Lester (DE-1022), which tracked Soviet submarines in the Mediterranean Sea; U.S.S. Little Rock (CLG-4), which was the flag ship of the U.S. Sixth Fleet. Participated in the October 1973 Mideast Crisis aboard the U.S.S. Little Rock


Law Clerk for U.S. Senior District Judge William H. Becker, U.S. District Court, Kansas City, Missouri, 1978-1980. Judge Becker was a nationally renowned expert in class action and antitrust cases and Chairman of the Board of Editors of the Manual for Complex Litigation in federal cases


Associate at Battaglia, Ross, Forlizzo and Hastings, St. Petersburg, Florida 1980-1981. Provided legal research in the criminal defense of Congressman Kelly in one of the Abscam cases. Also played a substantial role in the defense of members of the Menendez drug trafficking organization


Associate at Devito, Colen, Forlizzo and Reese, New Port Richey, Florida 1981-1984

1984 to 2010: Sole practitioner in Palm Harbor, Florida

2010 to Present: Sole practitioner in Oldsmar, Florida

She is originally from Bethpage, New York and has resided in Florida for over 20 years. She is married with 2 adult children and 3 grandchildren. She has over 30 years’ experience as a legal assistant in the areas of family and marital law, real property law, civil litigation, corporate and business law, wills, living wills, and health care directives. She is always readily available to answer any of your questions concerning your file with regard to procedure, forms, and scheduling at no charge to you.

Charles S. Dayhoff III, Esquire