Joel H. Brown

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney in Miami, FL

Freidin Brown, P.A.
 | 2 S Biscayne Blvd., Suite 3100
Miami, FL 33131
Phone: 305-371-3666
Fax: 305-371-6725
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2015 - 2019
Licensed Since: 1971
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (50%),
  • Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff (50%)
Attorney Profile

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 lawyer 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 lawyers’ 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 Florida 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.

 
Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Personal Injury - General (50%): Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Wrongful Death, Construction Accident, Brain Injury, Trucking Accidents

Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice (50%): Medical Malpractice, Birth Injury, Delayed or Incorrect Diagnosis

Focus Areas

Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Wrongful Death, Construction Accident, Brain Injury, Trucking Accidents, Medical Malpractice, Birth Injury, Delayed or Incorrect Diagnosis

Selections

Selected to Super Lawyers for 5 yearsbottom-image

Super Lawyers: 2015 - 2019

Certificates and Credentials

Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization

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About Joel Brown

Admitted: 1971, Florida

Professional Webpage: http://www.yourfloridatrialteam.com/attorney-profiles/joel-b...

Honors/Awards:

  • Award of Excellence, Dade County Bar Association, 2013
  • The Rodef Sholom Award (Pursuer of Peace), The Miami Jewish Legal Society, 2012
  • Sabadell's Community Service Award, Sabadell United Bank, 2011
  • "The Best Lawyers in America" 2015-2017
  • Who's Who in American Law, 3rd Edition
  • Person of the Year Award, South Florida Shomrim Society, 2012
  • Paver Award, Cuban American Bar Association, 2012 - Present
  • Judicial Leadership Award, The First Family American Inns of Court, 2008
  • Florida Super Lawyers, 2015
  • Martindale Hubbell Directory - AV rating
  • Inductee, Miami Beach High School Alumni Association Hall of Fame, 2012
  • Diversity in the Judiciary Award, Spanish American League Against Discrimination, 2011
  • Avvo rating of 10 – Superb!
  • The National Trial Lawyers Top 100, 2015

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Certified Mediator, Florida Supreme Court
  • Certified Civil Trial Lawyer, Florida Bar, 1989

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Florida Justice Association
  • Dade Traffic Oversight Committee, Chairperson, 1992 - 1994
  • Colorado Bar, Member
  • Unified Family Court Advisory Board, Chairperson, 2001 - 2002
  • Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers, Past Member
  • Optical Imaging Executive Committee , Co-Chairperson, Past Member
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Past Member
  • College of Advanced Judicial Studies, Faculty Member, Past Member
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit, 1981
  • Coconut Grove Bar Association, Member, Board of Directors, 1984
  • Elected Chief Judge, Eleventh Judicial Circuit, 2009 - March 31, 2013
  • Dade County Bar Association
  • Lakeridge Townhome Association, Member, Board of Directors, 1988 - 1990
  • Miami Dade Justice Association
  • Eleventh Judicial Circuit, Member, Education Committee, Circuit and County Courts, 1991 - 1994
  • Dade County Trial Lawyers Association, Past Member
  • Florida Bar, Family Court Rules Committee, Past member
  • Florida Criminal Defense Attorneys Association, Past Member
  • Eleventh Judicial Circuit, Circuit and County Courts, Education Committee Education, Past Member
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Florida, 1971
  • Florida Bar, Member, Grievance Committee I, 11th Judicial Circuit, 1985 - 1988
  • College of Advance Judicial Studies, No Fault Law, Faculty Member, 1993
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1976
  • Florida Bar, Past Member, Ethics Committee
  • Florida Bar, Member
  • Supreme Court Select Committee on the Study of D.U.I. Programs, Member, 1993
  • American Bar Association, Past Member
  • Non-Custodial Parent Employment Program Advisory Board, Chairperson , 2000 - Present
  • American Arbitration Association, Past Member
  • Florida Conference of County Court Judges, Education Committee, Legislative Committee, and Traffic Court Rules Committee, Past Member
  • Florida, 1971
  • Florida Bar, Criminal Law Ethics Committee, Past Member
  • Dade Traffic Oversight Committee, Chairperson, Past Member
  • Supreme Court of Colorado, 1986
  • Florida Bar, Chairperson, Grievance Committee I, 1986 - 1988

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Community Oriented Rehabilitation and Education Program DUI School - Dade County, Past Member
  • Community Oriented Rehabilitation and Education Program, DUI School,, Dade County, Chairperson, Board of Directors, 1992 - 1994

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Miami Dade Chapter Induction of Officers, Florida Association for Women Lawyers, July 9, 2009
  • "Put Something Back" Program, View From The Bench
  • "Keynote Address and Effectiveness of Argument", County Attorney's Office Litigation Training Seminar, April 29, 2009
  • "Family Division Practice", DCBA Young Lawyers Courthouse 101, March 27, 2009
  • "Family Law Issues", Fifteenth Annual Nuts & Bolts of Divorce, December 8, 2006
  • Speaker, "Service Above Self", Miami Rotary Club of Miami, FL, January 15, 2004
  • "Put Something Back" Program View From the Bench Lecturer - Burden of Proof, 2004
  • "Put Something Back" Program View From the Bench, 2003
  • "Put Something Back" Program, 2002
  • FICPA Litigation and Valuation Services Conference, 2001
  • Family Court Self Help Project Orientation, January 21, 1977
  • Special Presenter, "Technology in Today's Courts", The National Judicial College, March 12, 1996
  • "Depositions-Preparation and Procedures in Civil Cases", University of Miami School of Law, October 16, 1995
  • "Depositions, Preparation and Procedures in Civil Cases", St. Thomas School of Law, 1994
  • "Use of Florida No Fault Law in Auto Negligence Claims and Criminal Restitution", Winter Conference of County Court Judges, 1992
  • Faculty Lecturer, Florida Conference of County Court Judges
  • "The Obstructive Litigator", Summer Conference of County Court Judges, 1991
  • Lecturer, The Obstructive Litigator, Summer Conference of County Court Judges, 1991
  • Lecturer, Civil Procedure and Practice, St. Thomas School of Law, 1991
  • Lecturer, Use of Florida No Fault Law in Auto Negligence Claims and Criminal Restitution, County Court Judges, Winter Conference, 1992
  • Faculty Member, Florida No Fault law, College of Advanced Judicial Studies, 1993
  • Lecturer - "Depositions-Preparation and Procedures in Civil Cases", St. Thomas School of Law, 1994
  • Lecturer - "Advanced Legal Research and Writing". Subject-Preparation, St. Thomas School of Law
  • Dade Legal Aid 23rd Annual Recognition Luncheon, Awards Presentation, Dade County Bar Association, April 27, 2012
  • Faculty Lecturer, D.U.I. Programs, Florida Conference of County Court Judge, Supreme Court Select Committee
  • Keynote Speaker, Tenth Annual Judges and Lawyers Event, January 26, 2012
  • Keynote Speaker, "Diversity on the Bench", Spanish American League Against Discrimination ? S.A.L.A.D., August 25, 2011
  • Speaker, Preservation of our Court History, Cuban American Bar Association? CABA, August 19, 2011
  • Speaker, Dade County Bar Association 95th Annual Installation Ceremony Speaker and Award Recipient, June 3, 2011
  • Speaker, Eleventh Judicial Circuit Centennial Gala, May 21, 2011
  • Faculty Lecturer, Florida Conference of Circuit Judges, 2010
  • Outline of Court Programs, Dade Community Foundation, November 4, 2009
  • Update to Policies and Procedures in the various divisions of the Circuit and County Courts, Coral Gables Bar Association, September 16, 2009
  • State of the Courts, Dade County Defense Bar Association, July 15, 2009

Other Outstanding Achievements:

  • Judge, University of Miami Moot Court, 1998
  • Dade County Bar Association YLS, Super Lawyers Mock Trial, Presiding Judge, 2010
  • Dade County Bar Association YLS, Super Lawyers Mock Trial, Presiding Judge, 2011

Educational Background:

  • University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, B.S.B.A., 1967
Office Location for Joel H. Brown

2 S Biscayne Blvd.
Suite 3100
Miami, FL 33131

Phone: 305-371-3666

Fax: 305-371-6725

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Last Updated: 3/28/2019

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