Joe Werner was born and grew up in Lexington, South Carolina. He earned a bachelor of arts degree in business economics from Wofford College in 2000. Subsequently, he attended the University of Miami School of Law earning a Juris Doctor in December 2002. While at the University of Miami, Joe was fortunate to study at the University College of London in London, Great Britain for one semester where he studied Evidence and European Union Law.
Following law school, Joe was employed by the State Attorney for Clearwater/St. Petersburg, Florida. There, he worked as a misdemeanor trial attorney for twelve months before being promoted to misdemeanor lead trial attorney, and quickly on to felony prosecutor. Joe gained extensive trial experience, trying more than sixty cases ranging from DUIs and drug trafficking to sexual batteries and other violent crimes.
In August 2008, Joe accepted a job with the Tennessee Attorney General's Office and worked as an assistant attorney general in the antitrust division. He was responsible for reviewing nonprofit corporation mergers, dissolutions, and sales as well as public benefit hospital transactions. In addition, Joe handled a number of false claims act cases, including healthcare fraud.
Following three years in private practice, Joe accepted a pposition as an assistant attorney general in the Medicaid Fraud Unit with the Florida Attorney General's Office where he prosecutes Medicaid Fraud and Elderly Abuse/Neglect cases for the State of Florida. Joe is now the North Florida Bureau Chief, responsible for Medicaid Fraud cases across North Florida with offices in Pensacola, Tallahassee, and Jacksonville.
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I first met Joe over ten years ago when we both attended law school together at the University of Miami. As a student, Joe was extremely diligent and eager to succeed, even graduating early to begin working for the State Attorneyâ€™s Office near Tampa. He now brings the same intensity and work ethic to his work in private practice in Nashville. Joe is an excellent lawyer and I highly recommend his services.
|FL||Member in Good Standing||2003||01/30/2017|
|North Region Bureau Chief||Attorney General's Office, Florida||2013 - Present|
|Sole Proprietor||Werner Law||2010 - 2013|
|Assistant Attorney General||Tennessee Attorney General||2008 - 2009|
|Assistant State Attorney||State Attorney's Office, 6th Circuit, Florida||2003 - 2008|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Florida Association of Police Attorneys||Member||2014 - Present|
|United States District Court for the Northern District of Florida||Attorney Member||2013 - Present|
|United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida||Attorney Member||2013 - Present|
|Florida v Simmons||Adjudicated on Patient Brokering and GT > $10K ; 6 months jail + 9 yrs probation|
|Florida v Aultman||Plea to grand theft|
|US ex rel. Eberhard v. Dfine, Inc.||Settlement $2.39 million|
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|University of Miami School of Law||Law||Juris Doctor||2002|
|Wofford College||Business Economics||BA - Bachelor of Arts||2000|
|Medical Billing Class||Healthcare Fraud||2012|
|Medical Billing Class||Healthcare Fraud||2011|