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Joel H Brown

Joel H Brown

also known as Joel Harvey Brown

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Joel H. Brown was elected by his colleagues as Chief Judge in February, 2009 and served in that capacity until reentering private practice in April of 2013. He was admitted to the Florida Bar in 1971 and practiced as a civil trial attorney for 19 years prior to being appointed to the County Court in 1990 by former Governor Bob Martinez. Subsequently, he served as Associate Administrative Judge of the County Court, Criminal Traffic Division, and then served as Administrative Judge of the County Court, Criminal Division. In 1994, Governor Lawton Chiles appointed him to the Circuit Court of the 11th Judicial Circuit of Florida where he served in various divisions with increasing levels of responsibility, ultimately being named Administrative Judge of the Family Division from 2001 to 2009 and Chair of the Chief Judges Judicial Administration Committee from July 1, 2011 to July 1, 2012.

During his tenure as Administrative Judge of the Family Division, Brown was responsible for the creation of the "Odyssey" program, which is the first circuit division's effort to go paperless. In county criminal court, he instituted the first paperless program, known as "Spirit." In addition to "Odyssey" and "Spirit," Brown led the movement to establish a "mobile court" that enabled members of the community to maintain access to the courts while the branch courthouse was closed temporarily for renovations.

Joel H. Brown, former Chief Judge, is a native Floridian. He was born, grew up and spent his formative years in Miami Beach. He attended the University of Florida, majored in accounting and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. He holds a Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Florida School of Law. He was a member of the U.S. Army Reserve from 1969 to 1975.

Brown is a Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer and was Peer-Review Rated AV, the highest rating, by Martindale-Hubbell. He is admitted to practice in Florida, Colorado, the United States District Court for the Southern District, and the Supreme Court of the United States.

AV®, BV®, AV Preeminent® and BV Distinguished® are registered certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used under in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies.


  • Court Relocation Committee,1999

  • Family Data Reporting Committee, Chairperson, Implemented Civil System Management Report and Post Judgment Report, February, 1997

  • Court Oriented Rehabilitative and Education Program, Implemented the first court operated DUI School in Dade County Child Restraint Offender Program, Organized the first court sponsored program to assist drivers to obtain approved infant car seats

  • Operation Drive Legal Program - Implemented the first court operated program to assist defendants with suspended driver's licenses to obtain valid licenses.


Practice Areas


  1. Trusts: 35%
  2. Probate: 35%
  3. Estate Planning: 30%


Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

2 total 

  • No photo

    I endorse this lawyer. Joel commands the respect in and out of the Courtroom. Always prepared and a professional.


    David Young Employee Benefits Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Richard John Inglis

    Joel is a first rate attorney of impeccable integrity.


    Richard Inglis Probate Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

2245 McGregor Boulevard
Fort Myers, FL, 33901

Freidin Dobrinsky Brown & Rosenblum, P.A.

One Biscayne Tower
2 S. Biscayne Boulevard, Suite 3100
Miami, FL, 33131



FLMember in Good Standing197109/08/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Award of ExcellenceDade County Bar Association2013
Hall of Fame InducteeMiami Beach High School Alumni Association2012
Paver AwardCuban American Bar Association2012
Person of the Year AwardSouth Florida Shomrim Society2012
The Rodef Sholom Award (Pursuer of Peace)The Miami Jewish Legal Society2012
Sabadell's Communty Service AwardSabadell United Bank2011
Diversity in the Judiciary AwardSpanish American League Against Discrimination2011
Judicial Leadership AwardThe First Family American Inns of Court2008
Board Certified - Civil Trial LawyerFlorida Bar1989
AV RatingMartindale-Hubbell DirectoryN/A
Who's WhoWho's Who In American Law, 3rd EditionN/A
Certified MediatorFlorida Supreme CourtN/A
Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
PartnerFreidin Dobrinsky Brown & Rosenblum, P.A.2013 - Present
Chief JudgeState of Florida, 11th Judicial Circuit2009 - 2013
Admin Judge Family Division Circuit CourtState Of Florida Judiciary2001 - 2009
Circuit JudgeState of Florida, 11 Judicial Circuit1994 - 2001
Admin Judge Criminal Division County CourtState of Florida, 11th Judicial Circuit1990 - 1994
Association NamePosition NameDuration
Unified Family Court Advisory BoardChairperson2001 - 2002
Non-Custodial Parent Employment Program AdvisoryBoard Member2000 - Present
University of Miami Moot CourtJudge1998 - Present
Supreme Court Select Committee on the Study of D.U.I. ProgramsMember1993 - 1993
College of Advance Judicial Studies, No Fault LawFaculty Member1993 - 1993
Dade County Community Oriented Rehab & Education Program, DUI SchoolChairperson, Board of Directors1992 - 1994
Dade Traffic Oversight CommitteeChairperson1992 - 1994
Eleventh Judicial Circuit, Education Committee, Circuit & County CourtsMember1991 - 1994
Lakeridge Townhome AssociationMember, Board of Directors1988 - 1990
Supreme Court of ColoradoMember1986 - Present
Florida Bar Grievance Committee IChairperson1986 - 1988
FLorida Bar Grievance Committee I, 11th Judicial CircuitMember1985 - 1988
Coconut Grove Bar AssociationMember, Board of Directors1984 - 1984
U.S. Supreme CourtMember1976 - Present
Florida BarMember1971 - Present
U.S. District Court Southern District of FloridaMember1971 - Present
Florida Criminal Defense Attorneys AssociationPast MemberN/A
Dade County Bar Association, Young Lawyers SectionPresiding Judge at Super Lawyers Mock Trial 2010N/A
Florida Bar Family Court Rules CommitteePast MemberN/A
Florida Conference of County Court Judges, Education, Legislative and Traffic Court Rules CommitteesPast MemberN/A
College of Advanced Judicial Studies - Faculty MemberPast MemberN/A
Dade County Bar Association, Young Lawyers SectionPresiding Judge at Super Lawyers Mock Trial 2011N/A
Dade County Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Florida Justice AssociationMemberN/A
Miami-Dade Justice AssociationMemberN/A
American Bar AssociationPast MemberN/A
Dade County Trial Lawyers AssociationPast MemberN/A
Academy of Florida Trial LawyersPast MemberN/A
American Arbitration AssociationPast MemberN/A
Colorado Bar AssociationMemberN/A
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersPast MemberN/A
Florida Bar Criminal Law Ethics CommitteePast MemberN/A
Florida Bar Ethics CommitteePast MemberN/A
Dade Traffic Oversight CommitteeChairperson, Past memberN/A
Publication NameTitleDate
Daily Business ReviewTobacco Litigation2013
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Florida, Fredric G. Levin College of LawLawDoctor of Jurisprudence/Juris Doctor1970
University of Florida, GainesvilleAccountingN/A1967
Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Tenth Annual Judges & Lawyers EventKeynote Speaker2012
Spanish American League Againt DiscriminationDiversity on the Bench2011
Eleventh Judicial Circuit Centennial GalaSpeaker2011
Dade County Bar Association 95th Annual Installation CeremonySpeaker & Awards Recipient2011
Cuban American Bar AssociationPreservation of our Court History2011
Florida Conference of Circuit JudgesFaculty Lecturer2010
Florida Association for Women LawyersMiami Dade Chapter Induction of Officers2009
Dade County Defense Bar AssociationState of the Courts2009
Dade County Bar Association, Young Lawyers SectionFamily Division Practice2009
Dade Community FoundationOutline of Court Programs2009
County Attorney's Office, Litigation Training SeminarKeynote Address & Effectiveness of Argument2009
Coral Gables Bar AssociationUpdate to Policies & Procedures in the various divisions of the Circuit & County Courts2009
Eleventh Judicial Circuit Court, Fifteenth Annual Nuts & Bolts of DivorceFamily Law Issues2006
Rotary Club of MiamiService Above Self2004
Eleventh Judicial Circuit Court, Put Something Back - View from the BenchBurden of Proof2004
The National Judicial CollegeTechnology in Today's Courts1996
University of Miami School of LawDepositions - Preparation & Procedures in Civil Cases1995
St. Thomas School of LawDepositions - Preparation & Procedures in Civil Cases1994
College of Advanced Judicial StudiesFlorida No Fault Law1993
County Court Judges Winter ConferenceUse of Florida No Fault Law in Auto Negligence Claims & Criminal Restitution1992
St. Thomas School of LawCivil Procedure and Practice1991
County Court Judges Summer ConferenceThe Obstructive Litigator1991
St. Thomas School of LawDepositions - Preparation & Procedures in Civil Cases1984
St. Thomas School of LawAdvanced Legal Research & WritingN/A
Florida Conference of County Court JudgesD.U.I. ProgramsN/A