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Joel C. Wilson

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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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Practice areas


  1. Divorce: 50%
    14 years
  2. Criminal Defense: 50%
    14 years



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  • Debra Scanlon Johnson

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    Debra Johnson Divorce and separation Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Jerry Jenkins

    Joel has a great understanding of how the legal system works. Joel keeps his clients informed of what is happening on their cases. He works very hard to make sure every client gets the best representation.


    Jerry Jenkins Criminal defense Attorney
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Contact info

Wilson Law Firm

1415 E. Robinson St
Orlando, FL, 32801


FLMember in Good Standing200206/21/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Book AwardFlorida State University College of Law2001
Distinguished Pro Bono ServiceFlorida State University College of Law2001
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Managing PartnerWilson Law Firm2007 - Present
PartnerCalzada, Hamner & Wilson2005 - 2007
Public DefenderSeminole County Public Defender's Office2004 - 2005
Prosecuting AttorneyMiami-Dade State Attorney's Office2002 - 2004
Legal InternAttorney General, Florida2001 - 2001
Legal InternChildren's Advocacy Center2000 - 2000
OperationsUnited States Air Force (Active Duty)1989 - 1999
OperationsUnited States Air Force Reserve1986 - 1989
Association namePosition nameDuration
Orange County Bar AssociationMember2013 - Present
Central Florida Association for Women LawyersMember2012 - Present
Central Florida Criminal Defense Attorneys AssociationMember2005 - Present
Florida Bar, Family Law SectionMember2005 - Present
Florida Bar, Criminal Law SectionMember2005 - Present
U.S. District Court - Middle District of FloridaMember2005 - Present
Florida BarMember2002 - Present
Florida Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember2005 - 2013
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
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 - DUIWithhold Adjudication for Reckless Driving Alchohol Related with Probation
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Publication nameTitleDate
Orlando WeeklyMulligan2009
CBS SportsCBS Sports Article2009
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Upper Iowa UniversityBusinessMBA - Master of Business Administration2004
Florida State University College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2001
Upper Iowa UniversityBusinessBS - Bachelor of Science1998