I grew up in McKees Rocks, PA and came to Florida in 1966 to attend the University of Miami. After graduating Magna Cum Laude with a BBA in Accounting in 1970, I attended the University of Florida Law School, receiving my JD in 1973.
I began private practice in Fort Walton Beach, Florida in January 1974 and have continuously practiced in Okaloosa County and the First Judicial Circuit of Florida since that time.
My early years afforded me the opportunity to handle a wide variety of cases. 40+ years of practice have allowed me to narrow my focus to Personal Injury and Divorce related matters.
I've handled all types of divorce situations and have extensive experience dealing with the special needs and situations that arise due to military service, including distribution of military retirement, survivor's benefit plans and QDRO's. My expertise ranges from negotiation and preparation of Marital Settlement Agreements through all levels of contested cases involving child custody, spousal support and distribution of large pools of assets.
Even though divorces and personal injury cases present very different situations for clients, we know that both situations are difficult to endure and emotions run high. It's my belief that every client deserves the best possible service and highest attention to detail my staff and I can provide. This attention to detail allows our clients to focus on their physical, mental and emotional recovery.
If I can be of service to you please call for a consultation.
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|FL||Member in Good Standing||1973||09/08/2015|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Resolution Honoring Service||Northwest Florida State College||2012|
|Meritorious Servcie Award||The Florida Bar, First Judicial Circuit Grievance Committee||2006|
|President' Pro Bono Service Award for the First Judicial Circuit||The Florida Bar||1998|
|Governor's Award for service to the Guardian Ad Litem Program||Florida Supreme Court||1994|
|Owner||Joseph D. Lorenz, P.A.||2011 - Present|
|Partner||Poche' & Lorenz, P.A.||2004 - 2011|
|Owner||Joseph D. Lorenz, P.A.||1988 - 2003|
|Partner||Etheredge Miller Lorenz Lungstrum & Heflin||1984 - 1988|
|Partner||Lorenz Lungstrum & Heflin||1974 - 1983|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|First United Methodist Church of Fort Walton Beach Administrative Board||Member and Chairman||2006 - 2010|
|First Judicial Circuit "B" Grievance Committee||Committee Member and Chairperson||2003 - 2007|
|United Methodist Church of Fort Walton Beach Staff Parrish Relations Committee||Member||1999 - 2004|
|Marital and Family Law Certification Exam Appeals Committee||Committee Member||1999 - 2000|
|Fort Walton Beach Chamber of Commerce||Former Board of Directors||1995 - 1997|
|Child Guardian's Inc.||Past Vice President||1991 - 1999|
|Boy Scouts of America Troop 506||Advancment Chairman||1991 - 1995|
|The Florida Bar Juvenile Court Rules Committee||Committee Member||1984 - 1987|
|Fort Walton Beach Jaycees||Past President||1979 - 1980|
|Okaloosa-Walton Bar Association||Member||1974 - Present|
|Historical Society of Okaloosa & Walton Counties||Past President||1974 - 1978|
|Florida Bar Association||Member||1973 - Present|
|Ben Gordon Family Visitation Center||Organizational Committee Member||N/A|
|First Circuit Pro Se Litigation State Wide Conference Team||Member||N/A|
|Steering Committee on Parental Education / Helping Children Cope with Divorce||Member||N/A|
|University of Florida, Fredric G. Levin College of Law||Doctor of Jurisprudence/Juris Doctor||N/A||1973|
|University of Miami||Accounting||BBA - Bachelor of Business Administration||1970|
|Family Law CLE seminar||Family Law Mediation||N/A|
|Child Protection Team Conference||The Attorney's Role in Child Protection Services Cases||N/A|