Joseph Ernest Boatwright Jr.

josephJoseph Ernest Boatwright Jr.
Orlando, Florida

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Joseph E. Boatwright is a civil trial attorney who has invested over thirty years developing effective skills in civil trial practice. Joe earned his law degree from The University of Florida College of Law and joined the Florida Bar in 1985.

In 1999, Joe received the highest level of recognition awarded by the Florida Bar when he became board certified in the specialty of civil trial law. He uses this expertise to provide effective legal advocacy to people who are injured through the wrongful acts of another person. Board Certification recognizes an attorney’s specific knowledge, skill and proficiency in areas of law, professionalism, and ethics.

As of February 2016, there are 85,141 attorneys licensed to practice law in the state of Florida. Fewer than 2 percent of those attorneys have achieved certification by the Florida Bar as experts in civil trial law.

Mr. Boatwright has excelled as a civil trial attorney and received the highest accolades from his peers. He earned the premier AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell, one of the nation’s prominent attorney rating systems. The AV peer review rating illustrates that a lawyer has reached the height of professional excellence, practiced law for more than ten years, and is recognized for their superior level of skill and integrity.     (

Joe was awarded membership into The Million Dollar Advocates Forum, an eminent group of trial lawyers in the United Sates. Membership is limited to attorneys who have won for their client million and multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements. Fewer than 1 percent of the United States lawyers are members. The quality of the membership is impressive and includes select   trial lawyers from around the country. Mr. Boatwright has demonstrated, in an objective and tangible manner, his ability to accomplish superior results in complex cases.

In addition, Mr. Boatwright has been repeatedly recognized as a Florida Super Lawyer. To determine the designations, an independent research company surveys  lawyers across the state of Florida. From that survey, the top 5 percent of Florida attorneys in more than 60 practice areas are awarded the title as Florida Super Lawyers.  (

As well as his stellar legal achievements, Mr. Boatwright has been a community leader for twenty years in Central Florida. For many years he served on the Board of Directors of the Emmaus Counseling Center in Altamonte Springs, metro Orlando. Mr. Boatwright also served for several years on the Board of Directors of the Central Florida Chapter of the Christian Legal Society. In 2013, Mr. Boatwright began working with Redemption Prison Ministry. Along with a team of other men, he volunteers to work with inmates in Florida’s state prison system.

When not in the courtroom or volunteering in the community, you will probably find Joe and his wife, Debi, out with friends boating, fishing or scuba diving. Joe and Debi have been married 39 years and have one son, Joshua. Joshua is married and he and his wife currently reside in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Joe is recognized by his peers, colleagues, staff and community as a man with integrity, exceptional work ethic and who is genuine, honest and direct. He excels in litigation and is greatly respected by all who encounter him in the courtroom.

Joe and his staff would be pleased to meet with you and advise you concerning your legal rights. There is no charge for the initial consultation. If Mr. Boatwright accepts your case, there will be no attorney fees or legal costs charged to you, unless he makes a financial recovery for your losses.

Contact Mr. Boatwright for your free appointment. Put his thirty years of legal expertise to work for you.

Certification/Specialties: Civil Trial Law, The Florida Bar, 1999

Bar Admissions:
Florida, 1985 U.S. District Court Middle District of Florida, 1986

Education: University of Florida College of Law, Gainesville, Florida J.D.
Honors: University of Florida Trial Team

Asbury College, Wilmore, Kentucky B.A.
Honors: Magna Cum Laude
Major:  Biblical Studies

Classes/Seminars Taught:
Nursing Home Malpractice in Florida, National Business Institute, 1999

AL J. Cone Trial Advocacy Institute, The Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers, 2001

Honors and Awards:
Florida Super Lawyers 2006, 2008-2014

AV Rated by Martindale Hubble

Million Dollar Advocates Forum

Honorable Discharge, United States Army

Ordained Baptist Minister

Winter Park Chamber of Commerce

Graduate of the Greater Orlando Leadership Foundation

Professional Associations and Memberships:
Christian Legal Society, 2001-2004  Board of Directors

Emmaus Counseling Center, 1999-2013 Board of Directors

Central Florida Trial Lawyers Association

Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers

American Trial Lawyers Association

American Bar Association