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Joseph Patrick Cairns

Joseph Patrick Cairns

Practice areas:

Divorce & Separation, Child Support, Domestic Violence, Marriage & Prenuptials

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

Licensed since 2007

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



Hourly ($225/hour)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

13 total 

  • Theodore James Rechel

    I endorse this lawyer. Joe and I were opposing counsel on a contentious case a couple of years ago. Joe took over from previous counsel, quickly oriented himself in he case and made all of the moves necessary to position his client and prepare for trial. At trial, he zealously advocated his client's position, adeptly presented the case to the court and obtained an excellent result. He did a great job in a difficult situation. He proved himself a talented and committed attorney.


    Theodore Rechel Divorce & Separation Attorney
    Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter

  • Robert Lawrence Todd

    Attorney Cairns exemplifies the needs of the family law community in his understanding of the law, appreciation of his client's interests and tenacity in Court. I have witnessed first hand these qualities in work I have done with him. Joe receives my highest recommendation for Family Law Attorneys.


    Robert Todd Commercial Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact Info

Cairns Law, P.A.

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


FLMember in Good Standing200705/07/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
Founding PartnerCairns Law, P.A.2013 - Present
Senior Associate AttorneyThe Law Firm for Family Law2009 - Present
Junior Associate AttorneyCatherine W. Real Pa2007 - 2009

Association NamePosition NameDuration
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 LawLawlaw2007
Saint Joseph's UniversityEnglishBA - Bachelor of Arts2004

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Referral MastersPractice of Family Law2013
Leadership Tampa Charity EventCharity Board Membership2013