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W. Joseph Werner Jr.

W. Joseph Werner Jr.

also known as Joe Werner

Practice areas:

State, Local And Municipal Law, Health Care

About Me

Joe Werner was born and grew up in Lexington, South Carolina.  He earned a bachelor of arts degree in business economics from Wofford College in 2000.  Subsequently, he attended the University of Miami School of Law earning a Juris Doctor in December 2002.  While at the University of Miami, Joe was fortunate to study at the University College of London in London, Great Britain for one semester where he studied Evidence and European Union Law. 


Following law school, Joe was employed by the State Attorney for Clearwater/St. Petersburg, Florida.  There, he worked as a misdemeanor trial attorney for twelve months before being promoted to misdemeanor lead trial attorney, and quickly on to felony prosecutor.  Joe gained extensive trial experience, trying more than sixty cases ranging from DUIs and drug trafficking to sexual batteries and other violent crimes.


In August 2008, Joe accepted a job with the Tennessee Attorney General's Office and worked as an assistant attorney general in the antitrust division.  He was responsible for reviewing nonprofit corporation mergers, dissolutions, and sales as well as public benefit hospital transactions.  In addition, Joe handled a number of false claims act cases, including healthcare fraud.


Following three years in private practice, Joe accepted a pposition as an assistant attorney general in the Medicaid Fraud Unit with the Florida Attorney General's Office where he prosecutes Medicaid Fraud and Elderly Abuse/Neglect cases for the State of Florida.  Joe is now the North Florida Bureau Chief, responsible for Medicaid Fraud cases across North Florida with offices in Pensacola, Tallahassee, and Jacksonville. 


Practice Areas

Licensed since 2003

  1. State, Local And Municipal Law: 90%
    13 years, 15.2 thousand cases
  2. Health Care: 10%
    8 years, 300 cases

Attorney Endorsements

8 total 

  • Eric Akst Shane

    Mr. Werner is a talented attorney who has garnered experience after working in numerous governmental positions that has taken him to different places in the country. He has superior advocacy skills.


    Eric Shane Personal Injury Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Andrew Ryan Kleppinger

    I first met Joe over ten years ago when we both attended law school together at the University of Miami. As a student, Joe was extremely diligent and eager to succeed, even graduating early to begin working for the State Attorney’s Office near Tampa. He now brings the same intensity and work ethic to his work in private practice in Nashville. Joe is an excellent lawyer and I highly recommend his services.


    Andrew Kleppinger Lemon Law Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

Office of the Attorney General

Medicaid Fraud Control Unit
Tallahassee, FL, 32399



FLMember in Good Standing200308/12/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

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Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
North Region Bureau ChiefAttorney General's Office, Florida2013 - Present
Sole ProprietorWerner Law2010 - 2013
Assistant Attorney GeneralTennessee Attorney General2008 - 2009
Assistant State AttorneyState Attorney's Office, 6th Circuit, Florida2003 - 2008


Association NamePosition NameDuration
Florida Association of Police AttorneysMember2014 - Present
United States District Court for the Northern District of FloridaAttorney Member2013 - Present
United States District Court for the Middle District of FloridaAttorney Member2013 - Present

Legal Cases

Case NameOutcome
State of Florida v. Jerry RobersonGUILTY as charged, sentenced to 20 years in prison
State of Florida vs. LeBlancGuilty on two counts. 25 year prison sentence
State of Florida vs. PorubskyGuilty of Attempted Arson (1) 10 years prison

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School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Miami School of LawLawJuris Doctor2002
Wofford CollegeBusiness EconomicsBA - Bachelor of Arts2000

Speaking Engagements

Conference NameTitleDate
Medical Billing ClassHealthcare Fraud2012
Medical Billing ClassHealthcare Fraud2011