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Before joining the firm as a partner in 2013, Joel H. Brown was elected by his colleagues to serve as Chief Judge for the 11th Judicial Circuit of Florida in 2009. Joel was admitted to the Florida Bar in 1971 and had been practicing personal injury law as a civil trial attorney prior to his appointment by former Governor Bob Martinez to the County Court in 1990. Following his appointment, Joel served as Associate Administrative Judge of the County Court, Criminal Traffic Division, and then served as Administrative Judge of the County Court, Criminal Division.

In 1994, he was appointed by former Governor Lawton Chiles to the Circuit Court of the 11th Judicial Circuit of Florida, and in that capacity, he served in several different divisions, including Administrative Judge of the Family Division (2001 – 2009). He later served as the Chair of the Chief Judges Judicial Administration Committee (2011 – 2012).

Joel is a Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer and a Florida Supreme Court Certified Mediator. Board certification recognizes attorneys’ special knowledge, skills, and proficiency in various areas of law and professionalism, and ethics in practice.

As a native Floridian, Joel was born, raised, and spent his formative years in Miami Beach, Florida. He majored in accounting and graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. He continued his education and graduated with his Juris Doctorate degree from the University Of Florida Levin School of Law. Joel served his country as a member of the U.S. Army Reserves for six years, from 1969-1975.

Some of Joel’s additional accomplishments include:

  • Elected Chief Judge, Eleventh Judicial Circuit, 2009 - March 31, 2013
  • Admitted to practice law in Florida, Colorado, in the United States District Court for the Southern District, and in the Supreme Court of the United States.
  • Inclusion in the Martindale-Hubbell's Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers
  • Recognition as one of Florida’s top personal injury attorneys in the Florida Super Lawyers Magazine, Florida Trend's Legal Elite, and the South Florida Legal Guide

Court Programs

  • Court Relocation Committee,1999
  • Family Data Reporting Committee, Chairperson, Implemented Civil System Management Report and Post Judgment Report, February, 1997
  • Court Oriented Rehabilitative and Education Program, Implemented the first court operated DUI School in Dade County Child Restraint Offender Program, Organized the first court sponsored program to assist drivers to obtain approved infant car seats
  • Operation Drive Legal Program - Implemented the first court operated program to assist defendants with suspended driver's licenses to obtain valid licenses.

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Certified Civil Trial Lawyer, Florida Bar
  • Certified Mediator, Florida Supreme Court

Bar Admissions

  • Florida, 1971
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Florida, 1971
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit, 1981
  • Supreme Court of Colorado, 1986
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1976


  • University of Florida College of Law, Gainesville, Florida
    • J.D. - 1970
  • University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida
    • B.S.B.A. - 1967

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Dade County Bar Association
  • Florida Justice Association
  • Florida Bar, Member
  • Miami Dade Justice Association
  • Colorado Bar, Member
  • American Bar Association, Past Member
  • Dade County Trial Lawyers Association, Past Member
  • Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers, Past Member
  • American Arbitration Association, Past Member
  • Florida Criminal Defense Attorneys Association, Past Member
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Past Member
  • Florida Bar, Criminal Law Ethics Committee, Past Member
  • Florida Bar, Member, Grievance Committee I, 11th Judicial Circuit, 1985 - 1988
  • Coconut Grove Bar Association, Member, Board of Directors, 1984
  • Florida Bar, Chairperson, Grievance Committee I, 1986 - 1988
  • Florida Bar, Past Member, Ethics Committee
  • Lakeridge Townhome Association, Member, Board of Directors, 1988 - 1990
  • Community Oriented Rehabilitation and Education Program, DUI School, Dade County, Chairperson, Board of Directors, 1992 - 1994
  • Dade Traffic Oversight Committee, Chairperson, 1992 - 1994
  • Supreme Court Select Committee on the Study of D.U.I. Programs, Member, 1993
  • Eleventh Judicial Circuit, Member, Education Committee, Circuit and County Courts, 1991 - 1994
  • Unified Family Court Advisory Board, Chairperson, 2001 - 2002
  • Non-Custodial Parent Employment Program Advisory Board, Past Member
  • Florida Bar, Family Court Rules Committee, Past member
  • Optical Imaging Executive Committee, Co-Chairperson, Past Member
  • Florida Conference of County Court Judges, Education Committee, Legislative Committee, and Traffic Court Rules Committee, Past Member
  • Eleventh Judicial Circuit, Circuit and County Courts, Education Committee Education, Past Member
  • College of Advanced Judicial Studies, Faculty Member, Past Member
  • Dade Traffic Oversight Committee, Chairperson, Past Member
  • Community Oriented Rehabilitation and Education Program DUI School - Dade County, Past Member
  • College of Advance Judicial Studies, No Fault Law, Faculty Member, 1993
  • Dade County Bar Association YLS, Super Lawyers Mock Trial, Presiding Judge, 2011
  • Dade County Bar Association YLS, Super Lawyers Mock Trial, Presiding Judge, 2010
  • Judge, University of Miami Moot Court, 1998
  • Elected Chief Judge, Eleventh Judicial Circuit, 2009 - March 31, 2013

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