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Joseph Gufford III

also known as Joe Gufford, Joseph L. Gufford, III

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My name is Joseph Gufford,  and I am an attorney who practices primarly in the areas of family law and civil litigation. No lawyer is better than the staff that supports him and I am proud to say that my team is trully my greatest asset. Let's face it, being successful in court is all about making an effective presentation to the the trier of fact. That means being organized and prepared and making sure that everything that should have been done prior to Court, has been done. TEAMWORK is the key.

Joe Gufford, III, is the founding member of  The Gufford Law Firm, P.A. in Stuart Florida. Formerly, Mr. Gufford was an associate with the firm of Grazi & Gianino. Mr. Gufford graduated from Stetson University College of Law in St. Petersburg in 1990 where he actively participated in trial team competition as well as the Stetson Negotiation Team. He has been a member of the Florida Bar since 1991. He is also a graduate of the University of Florida, having earned his undergraduate degree in Political Science. Following his graduation, Mr. Gufford was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the United States Army and graduated from the US Army Airborne School at Ft. Benning, Ga. While at the University of Florida Mr. Gufford was a member of Kappa Alpha Order and was also the President Pro Tem of the Student Senate.  Mr. Gufford's practice is primarily devoted to family law although he also has extensive civil litigation and appellate experience. He has also served as the 2008 Chairman of the Martin County Bar Association Family Law Committee and has given professional lectures in the area in the area of family law. 


Languages spoken: Spanish

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Practice areas


  1. Divorce & Separation: 50%
    24 years
  2. Child Custody: 20%
    24 years
  3. Family: 10%
    24 years
  4. Child Support: 6%
    24 years
  5. Other: 10%
  6. More 



Hourly ($250-350/hour)

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Attorney endorsements

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  • Lori Irene Steger

    I endorse this lawyer. Joe is a very knowledgeable attorney who is a tenacious advocate for his clients. Joe and I have had many cases together and I find him to be reasonable to work with yet very effective for his clients.


    Lori Steger Family Attorney
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  • Gloria Seidule

    I endorse Mr. Gufford without reservation. He is a tenacious advocate, smart and well prepared. He is a hard working lawyer who provides direct, personal attention to his clients.


    Gloria Seidule Personal Injury Attorney
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Contact info

The Gufford Law Firm, PA

101 SE Ocean blvd.
Suite 201
Stuart, FL, 34994

The Gufford Law Firm, PA

101 SE Ocean blvd.
Suite 201
Stuart, FL, 34994



FLMember in Good Standing199109/08/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Client Distinction AwardMartindale-Hubbell2015
2014 Pro Bono Service Award19th Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Comittee2014
2013 Pro Bono Service Award19th Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Coordinator/ Martin County Bar Association2013
2012 Pro Bono Service Award19th Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Coordinator/ Martin County Bar Association2012
Board of DirectorsFlorida Equal Justice Center2010
Board of DirectorsFlorida Rural Legal Services2010
2008-2009 Martin County Bar Association Pro Bono Service AwardMartin County Bar Association2009
Martin County Bar Association Family Law Committee ChairmanMartin County Bar Association2008
2008 Outstanding Pro Bono Service awardFlorida Rural Legal Services2008
Airborne WingsUS Army Airborne School1987
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PresidentThe Gufford Law Firm, P.A.2008 - Present
Managing memberBrandt & Gufford, Attorneys at Law2003 - 2008
AssociateGrazi & Gianino2001 - 2003
Regional Director of MarketingBluegreen Resorts2001 - 2001
Regional Director of MarketingGoldKey Resorts1999 - 2001
Regional Director of MarketingSunterra Resorts1998 - 1999
PartnerGufford & Lawrence, Attorneys at Law1995 - 1996
PartnerBarber, Gufford & Lawrence, Attorneys at Law1992 - 1995
AssociateObrien & Hooper1991 - 1991
Law ClerkJustin C. Johnson P.A.1989 - 1991
Association namePosition nameDuration
Circuit 19 Bar AssociationMember2013 - Present
Florida Rural Legal ServicesBoard of Directors2010 - 2010
Florida Equal Justice CenterBoard of Directors2010 - 2010
Martin County Bar Association, Family Law CommitteeChair2008 - 2008
American Association for JusticeMember2005 - 2008
Martin County Bar AssociationMember2001 - 2008
Florida Bar, Family Law SectionMember2001 - 2008
The Florida BarMember1991 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
BG v AGMCBA June 2009 Newsletter
Downie v. Dep't of Highway Safety & Motor VehiclesTrial Court Reversed and Law Stricken as Being Unconstitutional
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Publication nameTitleDate
2008 Changes to Chapter 61- Custody (Parental Responsibility) and Equitable Distribution2008 Changes to Chapter 61- Custody (Parental Responsibility) and Equitable Distribution2008
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of FloridaPolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts1988
Stetson University College of LawN/AlawN/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Changes to Chapter 61 of the Florida Stautes SeminarThe Changes to Chapter 61 of the Florida Stautes2008