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About me

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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Practice areas


  1. Alimony: 25%
    41 years
  2. Child Support: 25%
    41 years
  3. Divorce & Separation: 25%
    41 years
  4. Mediation: 15%
    26 years
  5. Personal Injury: 10%
    32 years



Hourly ($250/hour)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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    I endorse this lawyer. Joseph Lorenz has the experience and understanding to represent his clients well. He is also an honorable Christian man and a valuable member of the community.


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Contact info

Joseph D. Lorenz P.A.

1817 Lewis Turner Blvd Ste D
Fort Walton Beach, FL, 32547-1287


FLMember in Good Standing197309/08/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Resolution Honoring ServiceNorthwest Florida State College2012
Meritorious Servcie AwardThe Florida Bar, First Judicial Circuit Grievance Committee2006
President' Pro Bono Service Award for the First Judicial CircuitThe Florida Bar1998
Governor's Award for service to the Guardian Ad Litem ProgramFlorida Supreme Court1994
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
OwnerJoseph D. Lorenz, P.A.2011 - Present
PartnerPoche' & Lorenz, P.A.2004 - 2011
OwnerJoseph D. Lorenz, P.A.1988 - 2003
PartnerEtheredge Miller Lorenz Lungstrum & Heflin1984 - 1988
PartnerLorenz Lungstrum & Heflin1974 - 1983
Association namePosition nameDuration
First United Methodist Church of Fort Walton Beach Administrative BoardMember and Chairman2006 - 2010
First Judicial Circuit "B" Grievance CommitteeCommittee Member and Chairperson2003 - 2007
United Methodist Church of Fort Walton Beach Staff Parrish Relations CommitteeMember1999 - 2004
Marital and Family Law Certification Exam Appeals CommitteeCommittee Member1999 - 2000
Fort Walton Beach Chamber of CommerceFormer Board of Directors1995 - 1997
Child Guardian's Inc.Past Vice President1991 - 1999
Boy Scouts of America Troop 506Advancment Chairman1991 - 1995
The Florida Bar Juvenile Court Rules CommitteeCommittee Member1984 - 1987
Fort Walton Beach JayceesPast President1979 - 1980
Okaloosa-Walton Bar AssociationMember1974 - Present
Historical Society of Okaloosa & Walton CountiesPast President1974 - 1978
Florida Bar AssociationMember1973 - Present
Ben Gordon Family Visitation CenterOrganizational Committee MemberN/A
First Circuit Pro Se Litigation State Wide Conference TeamMemberN/A
Steering Committee on Parental Education / Helping Children Cope with DivorceMemberN/A
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Florida, Fredric G. Levin College of LawDoctor of Jurisprudence/Juris DoctorN/A1973
University of MiamiAccountingBBA - Bachelor of Business Administration1970
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Family Law CLE seminarFamily Law MediationN/A
Child Protection Team ConferenceThe Attorney's Role in Child Protection Services CasesN/A