Joel is an experienced attorney who has represented thousands of clients in the Orlando and Central Florida area in criminal defense, dui, divorce & family law cases. Originally from Wisconsin, Joel completed his Bachelor of Science in Business and graduated with honors (Summa Cum Laude) before moving to Florida in to attend law school at Florida State University.
Joel graduated from Florida State University with his Juris Doctorate in December 2001 and passed the Florida Bar on his first attempt. In addition to his Bachelor of Science (BS) and Juris Doctorate (JD), Joel also completed his Masters of Business Administration (MBA).
While in Law school, Joel completed an externship for the Attorney General's Office where he conducted research and attended hearings on numerous legal actions involving the State of Florida. Joel also completed an externship with the Children's Advocacy Center where he assisted children and families with a wide range of family law issues. Joel also completed a law program at the University of Oxford in England.
After law school, Joel went to work for the State Attorney’s Office in Miami-Dade County as a Prosecutor. While at the State Attorney’s Office, Joel quickly moved up, and was soon entrusted to handle major felony cases. He was the lead prosecutor on hundreds of criminal cases, including cases involving attempted murder, drug trafficking, sexual battery, armed robbery and numerous other felony and life felony charges. After leaving the State Attorney’s Office, Joel moved to the Orlando and worked for the Public Defenders office where he gained additional experience from a defense perspective before starting his own law practice.
Joel also has significant trial experience, having tried over 75 cases during his career as an attorney. While most cases do not need to result in a trial, there are cases that will go to trial. When a case cannot be resolved except by trial, you will want an experienced trial attorney on your side to present your side of the case to the Court in a persuasive and effective manner in order to achieve the best results possible.
In addition to his legal education and background, Joel is a military veteran having served 13 years in the military prior to law school. Joel received an Honorable Discharge before moving to Florida to pursing his desire of helping others as an attorney.
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|FL||Member in Good Standing||2002||06/21/2016|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Book Award||Florida State University College of Law||2001|
|Distinguished Pro Bono Service||Florida State University College of Law||2001|
|Managing Partner||Wilson Law Firm||2007 - Present|
|Partner||Calzada, Hamner & Wilson||2005 - 2007|
|Public Defender||Seminole County Public Defender's Office||2004 - 2005|
|Prosecuting Attorney||Miami-Dade State Attorney's Office||2002 - 2004|
|Legal Intern||Attorney General, Florida||2001 - 2001|
|Legal Intern||Children's Advocacy Center||2000 - 2000|
|Operations||United States Air Force (Active Duty)||1989 - 1999|
|Operations||United States Air Force Reserve||1986 - 1989|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Orange County Bar Association||Member||2013 - Present|
|Central Florida Association for Women Lawyers||Member||2012 - Present|
|Central Florida Criminal Defense Attorneys Association||Member||2005 - Present|
|Florida Bar, Family Law Section||Member||2005 - Present|
|Florida Bar, Criminal Law Section||Member||2005 - Present|
|U.S. District Court - Middle District of Florida||Member||2005 - Present|
|Florida Bar||Member||2002 - Present|
|Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers||Member||2005 - 2013|
|State v. P.R.F - Battery (Domestic Violence)||Case Dismissed|
|State v. C.L - Felony Battery & Battery (Domestic Violence)||Case Dismissed|
|State v. M.G.H - DUI||Withhold Adjudication for Reckless Driving Alchohol Related with Probation|
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|Upper Iowa University||Business||MBA - Master of Business Administration||2004|
|Florida State University College of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||2001|
|Upper Iowa University||Business||BS - Bachelor of Science||1998|