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About me

I am a trial lawyer and counselor with over 29 years experience in handling sophisticated commercial matters.  I have substantial experience in real estate-related matter including the representation of landowners and condemning authorities in eminent domain proceedings.  Prior to joining the Smith Hulsey firm in 1987, I practiced for four years with the Office of Chief Counsel of the Internal Revenue Service.


Practice areas


  1. Litigation: 100%
    33 years

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  • Ethan Andrew Way

    I 100% endorse this lawyer for his ethics, ability and professionalism. Joel is a very skilled trial lawyer with excellant preparation and solid delivery.


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Contact info

Po Box 53315
Jacksonville, FL, 32201-3315


FLMember in Good Standing198706/21/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Super LawyerSuperLawyers2011
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2010
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneySmith Hulsey & Busey1987 - Present
AttorneyChief Counsel Internal Revenue Service1983 - 1987
Association namePosition nameDuration
Florida Bar, Eminent Domain CommitteeCo-chair2008 - Present
Association of Eminent Domain ProfessionalsMember2002 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
United States v. 1098.22 Acres of LandVerdict of $162 million.
St. Johns County v. Intercoastal Utilities, Inc.$24.5 million settlement.
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Maryland, College ParkGovernment and PoliticsBA - Bachelor of Arts1978
George Washington University National Law CenterN/AJD - Juris DoctorN/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Condemnation 101Case Planning and Discovery Issues2008