Joseph Taraska

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Medical Malpractice Attorney in Orlando, FL

Morgan & Morgan PA
 | 20 North Orange Avenue, Suite 1600
Orlando, FL 32801
Phone: 407-420-1414
Fax: 407-425-8171
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2007, 2013 - 2016
Licensed Since: 1977
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff (60%),
  • Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff (30%),
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (10%)
Attorney Profile

Attorney Joseph Taraska is a senior trial lawyer at the law firm of Morgan & Morgan in Orlando, Florida. Mr. Taraska has several decades of legal experience and practices in the areas of civil rights, defective products, defective pharmaceuticals, health law, hospital law, medical malpractice, nursing home abuse, state medical licensure, tobacco litigation, wrongful death and more. He represents clients throughout the Orlando, Lakeland and Tampa, Florida areas.

After graduating from the U.S. Air Force Academy, Mr. Taraska earned his law degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School. He later trained at the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology and served as a medical and legal consultant for the U.S. Air Force. He has been admitted to practice law in the state of Florida since 1977 and is also certified by The Florida Bar as a civil trial lawyer.

Over the course of his legal career, Mr. Taraska has served in an advisory role to various Florida health care organizations, helping them with credentialing, bylaws, risk management and other issues. He serves on the bioethics committee for Florida Hospital, and has lectured and written extensively on the area of health care law.

Respected by his peers in the legal profession, Mr. Taraska has been rated AV Preeminent,* the highest possible rating, by the peer review service Martindale-Hubbell.

Mr. Taraska is a member of the Orange County Bar Association, the Seminole County Bar Association, The Florida Bar and the Florida chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates. He also belongs to a number of national organizations including the American Board of Trial Advocates, the American Association for Justice and the Volie A. Williams American Inn of Court.

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice (60%): Medical Malpractice

Personal Injury - Products (30%): Medical Devices, Products Liability

Personal Injury - General (10%): Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Wrongful Death, Brain Injury

Focus Areas

Medical Malpractice, Medical Devices, Products Liability, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Wrongful Death, Brain Injury


Selected to Super Lawyers for 5 yearsbottom-image

Super Lawyers: 2007, 2013 - 2016

Certificates and Credentials

Florida Bar Board Certified

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About Joseph Taraska

Admitted: 1977, Florida

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Honors and Awards:

  • AV Rating, Martindale Hubbell, 1991
  • Best Regular Feature Article, Central Florida Physicians Journal, 1986
  • Outstanding Speakers Award, Florida Medical Association, 1986
  • Top 15 lawyers in Central Florida, Orlando Business Journal, 1983
  • Forensic Medical Consultant, Judge Advocate General United States Air Force, 1974
  • Selected as a Florida Super lawyer by his peers, 2007

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Board Certified as a civil trial lawyer by The Florida Bar since 1984

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • The Florida Bar (Health Law Section), Member
  • The Florida Trial Lawyer’s Association, Member
  • The American Association for Justice, Member
  • The Volie A. Williams, American Inns of Court, Member
  • The Florida Board of Trial Advocates, Member
  • The American Board of Trial Advocates, Member
  • The United States Supreme Court
  • The United States Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
  • The United States District Court, Middle District of Florida
  • The Pennsylvania Bar
  • The Florida Bar
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Florida Defense Lawyers Association
  • Seminole County Trial Lawyers Association (Chairman 2002-2003)
  • National Health Law Association
  • Seminole County Bar Association
  • Orange County Bar Association
  • Florida Justice Association

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Adventist Health Systems/Sunbelt campuses in Central Florida, CEO
  • Bioethics Committee, Florida Hospital

Scholarly Lectures and Writings:

  • “Preventive Medicine for the Cancer Specialist”, Author
  • “Physician Discipline”, Author
  • “Death – Withholding and Withdrawing Life Support”, Author
  • “A Legal Guide for Physicians”, Author

Educational Background:

  • U.S. Air Force Academy, B.S. in International Affairs, Honors: Honored with the distinction of being selected as the outstanding cadet in law, 1969
  • Air Force Eastern Regional Medical Center; Armed Forces Institute of Pathology (Anatomy, Physiology, Pharmacology, Hospital Administration, 1974)
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Office Location for Joseph Taraska

20 North Orange Avenue
Suite 1600
Orlando, FL 32801

Phone: 407-420-1414

Fax: 407-425-8171


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Last Updated: 12/13/2017

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