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     Before becoming a lawyer, Joseph E. Brooks was a helicopter pilot in an Air Calvary Squadron in the U.S. Army from 1982-1987. He was awarded the Army Achievement Medal, Army Commendation Medal, as well as a U.S. Army Honorable Discharge in December 1987. In 1986, he received his MBA from Embry-Riddle Aeuronautical University.

     Joseph graduated first in his class from the University of Florida College of Law  in 1990 with high honors. He has been awarded Order of the Coif, the McDonald Prize, Gertrude Brick Law Review Prize, International Law Scholarship Award, Honors in Legal Research and Writing, and an "AV" rating through Martindale Hubble -- a peer rating based on evaluations of other lawyers for preeminent legal abilities and highest ethical standards. He has trial experience in Pensacola, Tallahassee, Panama City, Appalachicola, Daytona Beach, Sarasota, Jacksonville, Ocala, and Gainesville, Florida, and currently belongs to the firm Brooks & Dunmire. He has authored and co-authored many publications including a chapter in The Defense Speaks entitled "Direct Examination of Defendant's Damages Expert." . He has also lectured to professionals for seminars in Florida, Georgia, New York, Tennessee, Rhode Island, Louisiana, and Illinois, and Canada on numerous legal and medical topics.

      Joseph is a member of the Florida Bar as well as all State Courts, all three Federal District Courts, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, and the U.S. Supreme Court. He was on the Board of Directors for the Florida Defense Lawyers Association and was President from 2010-2011. He was the chairman of the Florida Bar Second Judicial Circuit Grievance Committee 2B in 2012. (Attorney Discipline.) He is also the President Elect for the American Board of Trial Advocates, Tallahassee, Florida Chapter. He is on the Editorial Board for the Trial Advocate Quarterly and has regularly coached teams at the Florida State University's College of Law Mock Trial teams since 2011.


Contact info

Brooks Law

2629 Mitcham Dr.
Tallahassee, FL, 32308-5404

Practice areas


  1. Medical Malpractice: 70%
  2. Personal Injury: 10%
  3. Business: 10%
  4. Insurance: 10%


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  • Jay S. Grife

    This is actually one of the easiest referrals I can write. Having litigated against Joseph who knows how many times in 20 years, I can openly and honestly say even when opposing him, there is never a doubt of his honesty and sincerity. A man of his word whose opinion I wholeheartedly trust. No matter what side of the coin you retain him to represent you, consider it the best choice.


    Jay Grife Consumer protection Attorney
    Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter

  • Michael S. Waddington

    I endorse Joseph. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community.


    Michael Waddington Military law Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community


FLMember in Good Standing199106/17/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2009
Order of the CoifOrder of the Coif1990
Gertrude Brick PrizeFlorida Law Review1990
McDonald PrizeUniversity of Florida1990
Davis ScholarUniversity of Florida1990
International ScholarshipFlorida Bar1989
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Managing PartnerBrooks & Dunmire, PLLC2003 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Board of Trial AdvocatesPresident-Elect Tallahassee Chapter2013 - Present
Florida Defense Lawyers AssociationPast President2011 - Present
American Board of Trial AdvocatesAttorney Member2009 - Present
Trial Advocate QuarterlyEditorial Board1995 - Present
Florida Bar, Grievance Committe BChairman2012 - 2012
Florida Bar, Grievance Committe BMember2010 - 2012
Phi Kappa PhiN/A1990 - 1990
Publication nameTitleDate
Trial Advocate Quarterly"Voir Dire Essentials 2010"2010
Trial Advocate Quarterly"Voir Dire Essentials 2009"2009
Trial Advocate Quarterly"Medical Malpractice: The Federal Tort Claims Action -- An Elusive Exclusive Remedy?"2000
41, Florida Law Review"Jurisprudence: The New Haven School and the Emergence of Secondary Authority -- Is Number Two Trying Harder?"1989
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Florida, Fredric G. Levin College of LawN/AJD - Juris DoctorN/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Leon County Civic Center Rotary ClubBP Oil Spill Claims for Business Economic Losses2013
Central Florida Medical Group Managers Association ConferenceAffordable Care Act -- Effects on Physicians' Practice2013
Florida Liability Claims ConferenceCross Examination of Medical Experts2010
AIG New York Risk Management SeminarInsurer Bad Faith2002