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Joseph Patrick Cairns

About me

I have been practicing family law in the Tampa Bay area for six (6) years.  I graduated from St. Joseph's University with my bachelor of arts in English and received my law degree from Stetson University.  

In my time of practice I have determine that litigation and mediation must go hand in hand.  The best results for my clients have always begun with a strong and reasonable approach to settlement coupled with an attention to the details of each particular case so that my clients are successful in the event of litigation.  It is always my goal to achieve a result that is best for my clients and their families.  

Litigation can take an unnecessary toll on families.  I strive to lessen the emotional impact by explaining the process and being available to my clients beyond the hours I am in my office.  Life happens beyond the hours of 9 to 5 during the week.  As such, my goal is to be availalbe when my client's have questions.  This allows my clients the peace of mind to know that I am looking out for their interests at all times and helping them avoid the pitfalls that are so typically found in family law situations.


Practice areas


  1. Divorce: 60%
  2. Child Support: 20%
  3. Domestic Violence: 15%
  4. Prenuptials: 5%



Hourly ($250/hour)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

13 total 

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  • A. Cody Emerson

    I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Cairns is a stand-up guy who goes the extra mile for his clients. I would recommend Joe to anyone looking for a family law or domestic violence attorney.


    A. Emerson Landlord & Tenant Attorney
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    I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Cairns and I have opposed each other on a number of cases. He is always well prepared, know the law and can apply the law to the facts in such a fashion that protects his client, and the family all the while attempted to preserve the dignity of the parties and minimize the expense to the family.


    Thomas Donnelly Family Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

Cairns Law, P.A.

801 W. Bay Dr. Suite #707
Largo, FL, 33770


FLMember in Good Standing200701/11/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Founding PartnerCairns Law, P.A.2013 - Present
Senior Associate AttorneyThe Law Firm for Family Law2009 - 2013
Junior Associate AttorneyCatherine W. Real Pa2007 - 2009
Association namePosition nameDuration
Easter Seals, FloridaState Board Member2015 - Present
Easter Seals TampaBoard Chair2009 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Bishop v. BishopAlmost all facets of the case were overturned by the Second District Court of Appeals based upon the record made at the trial level and the excellent appellate work of Ellen Ware, Esq.
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Publication nameTitleDate
Cairns Law BlogFather's Rights2013
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Stetson University College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2007
Saint Joseph's UniversityEnglishBA - Bachelor of Arts2004
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
REQB Show 12.19.15 TapingGeneral Family Law2015
Referral MastersPractice of Family Law2013
Leadership Tampa Charity EventCharity Board Membership2013