Joseph D. Hunt

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Family Law Attorney in Tampa, FL

Harris, Hunt & Derr, P.A.
100 South Ashley Drive, Suite 300
Tampa, FL 33602
Phone: 813-906-7921
Fax: 813-223-6127
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2014 - 2021
Licensed Since: 1993
Practice Areas: Family Law
Attorney Profile

For more than 25 years, Joseph Hunt has practiced in the area of marital and family law. As an experienced trial lawyer, he is as comfortable in the courtroom as in the conference room, but recognizes the benefits of settlement over trial. Mr. Hunt is one of a select few Florida attorneys who have earned the designation of being Board Certified in Marital and Family Law. Board Certification is the highest level of recognition by The Florida Bar, displaying an attorney’s competency and experience in their specific area of law. Mr. Hunt is one of only sixty-four attorneys who have earned the recognition of being a fellow in the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, which recognizes the leading practitioner in the field of family law. Mr. Hunt utilizes his experience to focus on complex domestic relations matters, either with a traditional litigation-based approach or a collaborative approach.

Mr. Hunt has litigated numerous cases in Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco, Manatee, Hernando and Sarasota Counties.  With extensive trial experience, he is a zealous advocate who simultaneously promotes the amicable resolution of disputes. Additionally, Mr. Hunt has handled numerous collaborative cases in multiple counties.

Mr. Hunt has been a member of The Florida Bar since 1993 and is an active member of The Florida Bar Family Law Section, where he is currently a member of the Executive Council and a Co-Chair of the Equitable Distribution Committee. He previously served as Co-Chair of The Florida Bar Family Law Section’s Legislative Committee and as a member of the Trial Advocacy Committee. He also previously served on The Florida Bar Marital and Family Law Certification Committee, as well as on a Florida Bar Grievance Committee. Mr. Hunt is a member of the Hillsborough County Bar Association and formerly served as Chair of their Marital and Family Law Section. He is a member of the Tampa Bay Academy of Collaborative Professionals and previously served on the Executive and Membership Committee. Mr. Hunt is a member of the St. Petersburg Bar Association, is a master member of the Stann W. Givens Family Law Inn of Court, and serves on the Board of Managers and Institute and Webinar Committees for the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers.

Mr. Hunt received his B.A. degree from Michigan State University and his J.D. degree from Stetson University College of Law.  Mr. Hunt has been recognized in Florida Super Lawyers®, Florida Trend’s Legal Elite. Mr. Hunt was awarded as one of Best Lawyers in America© 2020 Family Law “Lawyer of the Year,” after being recognized by his peers. Mr. Hunt completed Family Mediation Certification training, has served as a family law mediator, is a frequent speaker on Family Law issues, speaking at Florida’s Marital and Family Law Review Course, and serving as a workshop leader at the last three cycles of the Florida Bar Family Law Section Trial Advocacy Seminar. He was awarded the 2012 Ted Millison Professionalism Award by the Family Law Inn of Tampa having exemplified the highest standards of ethics and professionalism in the practice of family law.

Mr. Hunt is active in charitable causes and civic organizations, including Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay, Lawyers for Literacy and serves on the Board of Directors and is the current President-Elect for The Rotary Club of Tampa.

Practice Areas
  • 100%Family Law
Focus Areas

Alimony & Spousal Support, Child Support, Custody & Visitation, Dissolution, Divorce, Domestic Violence, Name Change, Paternity, Prenuptial Agreements, Marital Property, Mediation & Collaborative Law, Same Sex Family Law, Father's Rights

Selections

8 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2014 - 2021

Certificates and Credentials

About Joseph D. Hunt

Admitted: 1993, Florida

Professional Webpage: https://www.harrishuntderr.com/attorney/hunt-joseph-d/

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Webinar Committee, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, 2017 - Present 
  • Institute Committee, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, 2016 - Present
  • Membership Committee, Tampa Bay Academy of Collaborative Professionals, Chair, 2008-2014
  • Board of Managers, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, 2017 - Present
  • The Tampa Bay American Inn of Court, 2014-2019
  • The Stann W. Givens Family Law American Inn of Court, 2004-2016 and 2017-Present 
  • Tampa Bay Academy of Collaborative Professionals, member
  • Various Ad Hoc Committees, Florida Bar Family Law Section 
  • Trial Advocacy Workshop Committee, Florida Bar Family Law Section, 2017
  • Equitable Distribution Committee, Florida Bar Family Law Section, Chair 2016-2017; Co-Chair 2019-2020
  • Finance Committee, Florida Bar Family Law Section 
  • Legislation Committee, Florida Bar Family Law Section, Member 2017-Present; Co-Chair 2018-2019 
  • Executive Council, Florida Bar Family Law Section, 2016 - Present
  • Certification Committee, Florida Bar Marital and Family Law, 2016-2019
  • International Academy of Collaborative Professionals, Member
  • St. Petersburg Bar Association, Member
  • Hillsborough County Bar Association Family Law Section, Chair, 2010 - 2011
  • Hillsborough County Bar Association, Family Law Section, Secretary/Treasurer, 2008-2009
  • Hillsborough County Bar Association, Family Law Section, Member
  • Florida Bar, Member, 1993
  • Hillsborough County Bar Association 
  • Executive Committee, Tampa Bay Collaborative Divorce Group, 2007-2015
  • Executive Committee, Hillsborough County Bar Association, Family Law Section, 2007-2016
  • Hillsborough County Family Law Inn of Court, Master Member
  • Florida Bar Family Law Section, Member
  • Grievance Committee, Florida Bar Family Law, 2009-2012

Honors/Awards

  • , Florida Trend’s Legal Elite , Florida Trend
  • , Florida Super Lawyers, Florida Super Lawyers
  • , Best Lawyers® , Best Lawyers®
  • , 10.0 AVVO Rating, AVVO
  • , Family Law “Lawyer of the Year”, Best Lawyers in America® , 2020
  • , Top 100 Lawyers , The National Advocates
  • Theodore Millison Professionalism Award, Family Law Inn of Court Tampa , 2012
  • Paul Harris Fellow

Pro bono/Community Service

  • Rotary Club of Tampa Board of Directors - President
  • Rotary Club of Tampa Board of Directors 
  • Rotary Club of Tampa
  • Lawyers for Literacy Mentoring Program
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay

Special Licenses/Certifications

  • Family Mediation Certification Training

Educational Background

  • Michigan State University, B.A.

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • Complex Issues in Divorce for the Florida Practitioner: Child Custody and Support, Complex Issues in Divorce for the Florida Practitioner: Child Custody and Support , 2004
  • Divorce 101: Obtaining the Best Settlement for your Client in Florida, Divorce 101: Obtaining the Best Settlement for your Client in Florida, 2006
  • Frequent Speaker on Family Law Issues
  • Ethics and Professionalism in Family Law Practice , Ethics and Professionalism in Family Law Practice , HCBA Bench Bar Conference, 2011
  • Professionalism and Ethics in Marital and Family Law , Professionalism and Ethics in Marital and Family Law, AAML and Florida Bar Family Law Section Annual Marital and Family Law Review Course , 2015
  • Gifts in Family Law Cases…Unwrapped Webinar, Gifts in Family Law Cases…Unwrapped Webinar, 2018
  • Family Law Section of the Florida Bar – Legislative Update , Legislative Update Webinar, Family Law Section of the Florida Bar , 2019
  • Using Discovery and Procedure to Your Advantage , Using Discovery and Procedure to Your Advantage , AAML Annual Institute , 2019
  • Trial Advocacy Workshop Leader , Trial Advocacy Workshop Leader , Florida Bar Family Law Section, 2015
  • Trial Advocacy Workshop Leader , Trial Advocacy Workshop Leader , Florida Bar Family Law Section, 2017
  • Trial Advocacy Workshop Leader , Trial Advocacy Workshop Leader , Florida Bar Family Law Section, 2019
  • UIFSA, PKPA & Hague Abduction , UIFSA, PKPA & Hague Abduction , AAML and Florida Bar Family Law Section Annual Marital and Family Law Review Course , 2016
  • UIFSA, PKPA & Hague Abduction Overview , UIFSA, PKPA & Hague Abduction Overview , AAML and Florida Bar Family Law Section Annual Marital and Family Law Review Course , 2020
  • Attorney’s Fees, Suit Monies and Costs , Attorney’s Fees, Suit Monies and Costs , AAML and Florida Bar Family Law Section Annual Marital and Family Law Review Course , 2021
  • Lecturer, "Complex Issues in Divorce for the Florida Practitioner", National Business Institute
  • Lecturer, "Attaining the Best Settlement for Your Client in Florida", National Business Institute, Lecturer, "Attaining the Best Settlement for Your Client in Florida", National Business Institute
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Office Location for Joseph D. Hunt

100 South Ashley Drive
Suite 300
Tampa, FL 33602

Phone: 813-906-7921

Fax: 813-223-6127

Last Updated: 4/2/2021

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