Joe was born in Tallahassee, Florida and received both a bachelor degree (1973) and his Juris Doctorate (1976) from Florida State University. Joe is admitted to the Florida Bar (1976) and is also admitted to the U.S. District Courts, Northern and Middle Districts, and the U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit. Joe is also a Florida Supreme Court Certified Circuit Civil Mediator.
Joe served in the United States Army Reserve (1970-1977) and was the City Attorney for the City of Lakeland (1989-2001) before entering private practice. Joe served on the Lakeland Downtown Development Authority and Downtown CRA Advisory Committee (2002-2011) and is actively involved in numerous other community boards and service organizations. Joe has 3 children and 3 grandchildren, and is an active member of All Saints’ Episcopal Church and its Men’s Bible Study.
Joe practices in the areas of Civil Litigation, Eminent Domain and Government Relations. Joe also provides mediation services.