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Matthew John Jowanna

Matthew John Jowanna

Practice areas:

Personal Injury, Car Accidents, Bankruptcy & Debt, Family, Estate Planning, Wills & Living Wills, Chapter 7 Bankruptcy, Divorce & Separation

About Me

Matthew J. Jowanna obtained his Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree, majoring in Broadcasting and Mass Communications, from the University of South Florida. While at the University of South Florida, Mr. Jowanna was a member of the Golden Key National Honor Society and the Outstanding College Students of America.


Before attending law school, Mr. Jowanna worked for several Tampa Bay area radio and television stations as an announcer, news anchor, news assignment editor, producer, reporter and writer.


Mr. Jowanna obtained his Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree from Nova Southeastern University, graduating Summa Cum Laude (with Highest Honors) and achieving the distinction of graduating in the top two percent (2%) of his law school class. While in law school, Mr. Jowanna was the recipient of academic scholarships; was a Senior Staff Member, and published author, of the Nova Law Review; was awarded the Attorneys’ Title Insurance Fund, Inc. Prize (for scholarly writing on an issue of real property law); was an associate member of the Moot Court Society; was a student member of ATLA (Association of Trial Lawyers of America); was a member of the Phi Delta Phi Honor Fraternity; was named to the law school’s Dean’s List every semester; received the Dean’s Award for Academic Excellence; received the Highest Grade Awards (Book Awards) for Florida Constitutional Law and Torts; received the West Publishing Corporation Award for Outstanding Scholastic Achievement; and was listed in Who’s Who Among American Law Students, 13th and 14th Editions, and The National Dean’s List, 17th Edition. Also during law school, Mr. Jowanna served as a Federal Judicial Intern for a Federal District Court Judge; was a Law Clerk for a County Court Judge; and was a Certified Legal Intern with the Office of the State Attorney for the Seventeenth Judicial Circuit in Fort Lauderdale, Broward County, Florida where he prosecuted cases before both bench and jury.


Mr. Jowanna obtained his Legum Magister (LL.M.) degree from the University of Notre Dame, graduating Magna Cum Laude (with High Honors). While pursuing his Master of Laws degree at Notre Dame Law School, Mr. Jowanna served as the LL.M. Representative on the Executive Board of the NDLS Student Bar Association.


Practicing law in the Tampa Bay area since 1994, Mr. Jowanna’s legal practice has included Appellate Law; Civil Rights; Class Actions; Construction Litigation; Contract Litigation; Insurance Coverage; Insurance Defense; International Law; Medical Malpractice; Personal Injury; Products Liability; Professional Errors and Omissions; and Wrongful Death. Along with his litigation and trial work, Mr. Jowanna has also argued numerous civil appeals.


Prior to opening The Law Offices of Matthew J. Jowanna, P.A., Mr. Jowanna was a partner with one of the largest law firms in the state of Florida, and was next then a partner with a mid-sized, multi-office Florida law firm. In addition to his litigation practice, Mr. Jowanna is also a certified mediator for County and Circuit State Courts of Florida, as well as being a certified federal mediator for the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida.


Mr. Jowanna is a member of The Florida Bar and the Hillsborough County Bar Association, and is also admitted in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Florida; the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida; the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida; the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit; and the Supreme Court of the United States. Being “AV” rated by Martindale-Hubbell, Mr. Jowanna has also obtained the peer review rating of “preeminent” for his legal ability. Only the top seventeen percent (17%) of all lawyers across the nation receive this pinnacle rating.


Matthew J. Jowanna is the only attorney in Wesley Chapel, Zephyrhills and Dade City Rated by Avvo.com as “Superb” (with a 10 out of 10 Rating) for the legal practice categories of Personal Injury, Bankruptcy, Family Law and Estate Planning. Mr. Jowanna and The Law Offices of Matthew J. Jowanna, P.A. are the only lawyer and law firm principally located in New Tampa and Wesley Chapel listed in Tampa’s Top Rated Lawyers. Mr. Jowanna is also a platinum member of The Verdict Club; a member of The Top Trial Lawyers in America; and a member of both the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum. Platinum membership in The Verdict Club and membership in the Million Dollar Advocates Forum is limited to trial lawyers who have obtained million dollar verdicts and settlements for their clients. Membership in the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum is limited to trial lawyers who have obtained multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements for their clients.


The Law Offices of Matthew J. Jowanna, P.A. is listed in A.M. Best’s Directories of Insurance Professionals and Recommended Insurance Attorneys. Shortly after establishing The Law Offices of Matthew J. Jowanna, P.A., the Firm was listed in the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers, as published by Martindale-Hubbell. Fewer than five percent (5%) of all law firms in the United States of America qualify and are included in the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers. Mr. Jowanna is extremely proud of this accomplishment and honored recognition.


Some of Mr. Jowanna’s Publications and Lectures include the following:




  • Shirking the Duty to Defend in Florida: Is Assignment the Exception to Argonaut?, 30 No. 4 Trial Advoc. Q. 36 (2011);


  • Torture, American Style: A Recipe for Civil Tort Immunity, 42 McGeorge L. Rev. 243 (2011);


  • 42 U.S.C. § 1983: A Legal Vehicle with No International Human Rights Treaty Passengers, 9 U.N.H. L. Rev. 31 (2010);

  • Trial Exhibits, Subject Address at the Florida Defense Lawyers Association Symposium: Trial from the Defense Perspective – A Primer for the Defense, Tampa, Fla. (Apr. 9, 1999);

  • Florida Practice Handbook: Products Liability 1994 Supp. (Supp. 1994); and


  • Restrictions Against the Use of Hurricane Shutters: Are They Enforceable After Hurricane Andrew?,17 Nova L. Rev. 1191 (1993).


You may send Mr. Jowanna an email at MJJ@Jowanna.com.


 

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1994

  1. Car Accidents: 20%
    21 years, 2.5 thousand cases
  2. Personal Injury: 20%
    21 years, 2.5 thousand cases
  3. Divorce & Separation: 10%
    8 years, 500 cases
  4. Chapter 7 Bankruptcy: 10%
    8 years, 500 cases
  5. Other: 40%
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Payment

Fees:

Free Consultation (30 minutes)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

6 total 

  • Richard Alvarez

    I endorse Matt Jowanna as a fine lawyer who wisely developed his legal skills and knowledge from different positions at the courthouse. He has successfully served claimants, defendants, insurance companies, and even appellants over his career. This vast insight sets him apart from the competition and is a real boon to his clientele.

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    Richard Alvarez Litigation Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Belal Ghaleb Hamideh

    Highly knowledgable attorney. Great asset to legal community. I endorse this lawyer.

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    Belal Hamideh Personal Injury Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

The Law Offices of Matthew J. Jowanna, P.A.

2521 Windguard Circle
Wesley Chapel, FL, 33544-7346

The Law Offices Of Matthew J. Jowanna, P.A.

14220 8th Street
Suite 101
Dade City, FL, 33523-3702

The Law Offices Of Matthew J. Jowanna, P.A.

P.O. Box 49069
Tampa, FL, 33646-0126

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License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
FLMember in Good Standing199405/07/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
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Awards
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Tampa's Top Rated LawyersALM Law.com2012
Graduated with High Honors (Magna Cum Laude)University of Notre Dame2010
LL.M. Executive Board MemberNotre Dame Law School SBA2009
Member Since 2006Million Dollar Advocates Forum2006
Member Since 2006Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum2006
"AV" RatedMartindale-Hubbell2004
Graduated with Highest Honors (Summa Cum Laude)Nova Southeastern University1994
Dean's Award for Academic ExcellenceNova Southeastern University1994
West Publication Award for Outstanding Academic AchievementWest Publication Corporation1994
14th EditionWho's Who Among American Law Students1994
Graduate in Top 2% of Law School ClassNova Southeastern University1994
13th EditionWho's Who Among American Law Students1993
17th EditionThe National Dean's List1993
Highest Grade Award (Book Award) Florida Constitutional LawNova Southeastern University1993
Published Student AuthorNova Law Review1992
Attorneys’ Title Insurance Fund, Inc. PrizeAttorneys’ Title Insurance Fund, Inc.1992
Senior Staff MemberNova Law Review1992
Phi Delta Phi Honor FraternityNova Southeastern University1992
Highest Grade Award (Book Award) TortsNova Southeastern University1991
Dean's ListNova Southeastern University1991
ATLANova Southeastern University1991
Academic ScholarshipsNova Southeastern University1991
Moot Court SocietyNova Southeastern University1991
Outstanding College Students of AmericaOutstanding College Students of America1988
Golden Key National Honor SocietyGolden Key National Honor Society1987

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
Attorney at Law - Managing ShareholderTHE LAW OFFICES OF MATTHEW J. JOWANNA, P.A.2006 - Present
Attorney at Law - PartnerLUKS, SANTANIELLO, PEREZ, PETRILLO & GOLD2002 - 2006
Attorney at Law - PartnerWICKER, SMITH, TUTAN, O’HARA, MCCOY, GRAHAM & FORD, P.A.1996 - 2002
Certified Legal InternBroward County State Attorney's Office1994 - 1994
Attorney at Law - AssociateALPERT, JOSEY, GRILLI & HUGHES, P.A.1994 - 1996
Federal Judicial InternUnited States District Court1992 - 1992
Law ClerkPinellas County 6th Judicial Circuit1992 - 1993
On-Air Talent; Producer; Editor; WriterWTOG; WTSP; WUSF; WTKN; WHVE; WSUN; WYNF; WDUV; WBRD; Sun Radio Network1987 - 1991

Associations
Association NamePosition NameDuration
Dade City Chamber of CommerceMember2014 - Present
Federal Mediator U.S. Dist. Ct. Middle Dist. of FLA.Federal Mediator2010 - Present
Best's Reccomended Insurance AttorneysMember2010 - Present
U.S. Dist. Ct. Northern Dist. of Fla. BarMember2010 - Present
United States Supreme Court BarMember2010 - Present
U.S. Dist. Ct. Southern Dist. of Fla. BarMember2008 - Present
Wesley Chapel Chamber of CommerceMember2008 - Present
Bar Register of Preeminent LawyersMember2006 - Present
U.S. Dist. Bankruptcy Ct. Middle Dist. of Fla. BarMember2006 - Present
AvvoSuperb Rated2006 - Present
The Verdict ClubPlatinum Member2006 - Present
The Top Trial Lawyers in AmericaMember2006 - Present
New Tampa Chamber of CommerceMember2006 - Present
Million Dollar Advocates ForumMember2006 - Present
Multi-Million Dollar Advocates ForumMember2006 - Present
Florida County Court MediatorMediator2002 - Present
Florida Circuit Court MediatorMediator2002 - Present
Knights of.Columbus.4th Degree Member1996 - Present
U.S. Dist. Ct. Middle Dist. of Fla. BarMember1994 - Present
Hillsborough County Bar AssociationMember1994 - Present
Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals BarMember1994 - Present
Florida Bar, Trial Lawyers SectionMember1994 - Present
The Florida BarMember1994 - Present

Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
Class Action$10,000,000.00 (estimated class recovery)
Crane Accident$2,250,000.00
Medical Malpractice$2,100,000.00

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Publications
Publication NameTitleDate
30 No. 4 Trial Advoc. Q. 36Shirking the Duty to Defend in Florida: Is Assignment the Exception to Argonaut?2011
42 McGeorge L. Rev. 243Torture, American Style: A Recipe for Civil Tort Immunity2011
9 U.N.H. L. Rev. 3142 U.S.C. § 1983: A Legal Vehicle with No International Human Rights Treaty Passengers2010
Florida Practice Handbook (1994 Supp.)Products Liability1994
17 Nova L. Rev. 1191Restrictions Against the Use of Hurricane Shutters: Are They Enforceable After Hurricane Andrew?1993

Education
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Notre DameLawLL.M. - Master of Laws - Magna Cum Laude2010
Nova Southeastern UniversityLawJ.D. - Juris Doctor - Summa Cum Laude1994
University of South FloridaBroadcastingB.A. - Bachelor of Arts1989
St. Petersburg Catholic High SchoolSecondary EducationDiploma1984

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Trial from the Defense Perspective – A Primer for the DefenseTrial Exhibits1999