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A. Jay Fowinkle

Family Attorney at Orlando, FL

5.0   15 reviews

also known as AJ

  • Licensed for 19 years
    State FL
    Acquired 2005
    Member in Good Standing Lawyer disciplined by state licensing authority in 2011

About A.

Learn A.’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Family
    Divorces can be emotionally difficult and hard on families. We work with our clients to make this legal process as smooth as possible. We handle all aspects of family law, including Divorces, Alimony, Modification of child support and Injunctions.

    16 years, 100 cases

  2. Criminal defense
    If you’ve been charged with a crime we are here to help. That is not just a slogan, it is our heartfelt commitment to you and your family. We handle all types of criminal charges, from 1st degree felonies to misdemeanors.

    19 years, 3,242 cases

A. Jay is an established family law and criminal defense attorney with more than 15 years of experience in Seminole, Orange and Osceola Counties.

A. Jay is passionate about representing his clients and takes very seriously the vulnerability clients find themselves in when dealing with a legal crisis. He is committed to providing excellent legal guidance and walking with his clients through their time of need.

As a prior US Navy Veteran and son of a decorated Navy Commander Aviator, A. Jay understands the difficulty military life can have on families and is driven to represent veterans and/or their families. It is for this reason A. Jay has volunteered his time as a mentor and attorney in Veterans Court. A. Jay has also volunteered his time providing speeches to various groups focusing on self-help and addiction issues.

In law school, A. Jay was selected to be a member of the Moot Court Honor Society based on his oral advocacy skills. Through competition, he won the opportunity to represent his school as a national competitor in Washington D.C. This litigation prowess continues with A. Jay in private practice where he has conducted over 50 trials in criminal defense and family law cases.

He is an active member of Journey Church. A. Jay and his wife Jennifer have two children, JT and Ashlynne.

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Client was arrested while trying to protect her 13 year old daughter on school bus.  Mark Nation and I worked together on this case.  See WESH 2 for more New Feed.


The Marks Law Firm, P.A.
733 N. Magnolia Ave
Orlando, FL, 32803

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Posted by anonymous | June 17, 2020
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Child Protective Services
Mr. Fowinkle Was the best lawyer to help me in one of my darkest time of my life. Not only did he provided his services as an attorney but many times he just listen in to my frustration. He was always available or had his team assisting me with any questions or concerns. My case went from being one of the worst charges to being dismissed. Thank you so much for all you have done for me and my family. Teo
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Posted by Robert | March 26, 2018
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A Jay Fowinkle reference
Mr Fowinkle is the one of the best attorneys I have ever worked with. He was initially referred to us by Mr Mark Nation who owns a very large firm in Orlando. Mr Nation said A. Jay was the man for our particular case and he could not have been more spot on. A. Jay jumped on it and stayed with it until it was resolved. If you want a smart and aggressive attorney that’s easy to work with, Mr Fowinkle is your guy
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Posted by Jim | June 7, 2015
Very knowledgeable and trustworthy.
My family and I have used A.J. for three different legal matters and in each case that he helped us with I was very impressed with his knowledge and dedication to our needs. He was most helpful with helping my mother through a very emotional legal situation when we needed him the most , he was there for us . I would not hesitate to recamend him to anyone. I would most certainly call him first for all of my legal needs.
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Posted by Chad | June 4, 2015
Excellent Defense Attorney
When I was facing a DUI charge I didn't know what to do. I asked around and was given Mr. Fowinkle's name as a person to consider in representing me. I found him to be very authentic and caring. He took the time to explain things to me so I could understand them and was available when I had additional questions. I hope that I never need another lawyer but if I do I will be calling Mr. Fowinkle. I would recommend him to any family or friend that needed a lawyer.
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Posted by Jeni | June 2, 2015
An honest and dedicated attorney
A. Jay Fowinkle has been a personal friend of mine for nearly twenty years. He is one of the most honest, ethical, hard working, and diligent people whom I have ever known. He assisted my husband and me with preparing our wills. He has also given us excellent advice regarding other legal issues. I know him to be extremely dedicated to his work and to his clients. A. Jay always goes above and beyond what is required. My husband and I have been extremely blessed to have such a knowledgeable and caring friend. I would highly recommend his legal services.
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Posted by Erin | June 2, 2015
Responsible, Competent, and Trustworthy
A. Jay Fowinkle helped my wife and I plan our family's wills. He walked me through the process, provided all of the forms that we needed, and asked some very good questions. I had never created a will before (the thought of it always freaked me out), but as my family has grown in size, we wanted to protect ourselves from the unexpected. Mr. Fowinkle was very knowledgeable, courteous, and professional. He was happy to meet with us at a time which suited our busy schedule. He was very polite, and made us feel at ease. He made what was, to me, an unnerving topic feel very comfortable. Afterwards, he provided us with our documents in a very timely manner. I am very pleased with his prompt and professional service. If my wife or I need any other legal services, I will call him up in a heartbeat. I have recommended his services to friends and family. If you are looking for someone you can trust with a difficult situation, he is the man to call.
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Posted by Brittany | June 2, 2015
Satisfied client
AJ represented me in a child custody case, and I felt like he did a good job with keeping me informed of what the next steps would be. I felt as if he was very knowledgeable and was able to get my daughter back in my custody. I would recommend him for any family law or criminal case to anyone.
Posted by Ivan Portillo | June 1, 2015
Grateful for his knowledge, wisdom and effectiveness
A. Jay is by far that best lawyer that I could have possibly asked for. From the initial consultation to the end of the case, A. Jay cared for me and my family and walked us through every step of the process. Phone calls, text and email, he would respond no matter how I tried to reach him. He gave us hope when we thought the case would not go in our favor, but thanks and his knowledge and wisdom the case did go in our favor.
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Posted by Charley | May 29, 2015
outstanding Lawer
He has done my will for my wife and me. He has handled traffic tickets for me and given me advice on many other things. In each case I was very Pleased with his knowledge, skill, and professionalism. He is the attorney we will always go to first.
Posted by anonymous | May 29, 2015
Excellent, personal, and expedient service
Attorney, AJay Fowinkle helped my husband and me with a somewhat complicated will. We were very pleased with his professionalism, compassionate understanding, and dedication to accomplishing this with skill and expediency. We would highly recommend his services to,anyone needing family or criminal law services.
Posted by Chad | May 23, 2015
The best lawyer you can have
A. Jay is by far the best lawyer that me and my family have felt with. He handles everything that you need done and in a quite timely fashion. If you need a lawyer you NEED to hire A. Jay. He won 5 out of 5 court cases for my family and if anything happens again he will be the guy I go to.
Posted by anonymous | May 22, 2015
Professional, prepared, would recommend
Mr. Fowinkle made my experience less nerve wracking and he gave me confidence that my case would be resolved with a victory-- which it was. He was immediately interested, gathered information promptly, and drove out of town twice to represent me, always on time and prepared. He handled everything from start to finish and I was grateful for the personal attention. I would highly recommend him and if I have to hire him again, I would-- but let's hope not! He gets an A+ from us.
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Posted by bacadiesel | May 21, 2015
Fowinkle review
I met A.J. Fowinkle 5 years years ago now while attending church. He is an awesome man with great values and ethics. Mr. Fowinkle has represented me in traffic court and several other court issues. I have personally seen Mr.Fowinkle help people (including myself ) with advice and representation with greatest of compassion in the most incredible ways possible. I will not go anywhere else but Mr. Fowinkle for any future legal advice /action needs.
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Posted by charliekorten | May 21, 2015
He Doesn't blow smoke. A. Jay just gets it done.
I was charged with 2 felonies. I was destined to spend a good amount of time in jail. I retained A. Jay and in short time I was out with no bond and in a pre-trial diversion program. Upon completion of this program I will have no record due to his diligent efforts. While in this program A. Jay has appeared numerous times on my behalf. I also had the pleasure of attending a celebrate recovery which he runs for no financial gain. I am now drug free for over 1 year. Thanks A. Jay.
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Posted by Wendy | April 17, 2014
Criminal Defense Attorney Review
Mr .Fowinkle was my attorney for a felony theft charge. He kept me informed of laws and how they applied to my case based on the evidence the State attorney was using, Mr. Fowinkle answered all questions, explained how the statutes read and applied to me and notified me of any changes, court dates, depositions or anything pertaining to my case either by phone or written letters. Mr. Fowinkle told me what could be the worst case scenario as well as the best case scenario in order for me to make informed decisions about how I wished him to proceed with my case. Mr. Fowinkle went line item by line item for 456 lines in my restitution hearing in order to show discrepancies and fallacies in the the documents submitted to the court. He was diligent in assisting me with my case. I trust this attorney and if I ever needed one again this is who I would go to.
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AVVO RATING 9.8 (Superb)

Professional misconduct

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority in 2011.

Public Reprimand - with Conditions issued in FL, 2011
updated on 04/16/2014

Public reprimand means the attorney did something wrong but may still practice law. The Bar warns the lawyer in hopes that he or she will not repeat the behavior and places conditions on the lawyer's license.

A.'s comment: “I learned many things through the grievance process and am a better attorney because of it! The complaint was started by a client serving a life sentence for home invasion robbery, but was made worse when I took bad advise from a senior attorney. I know I made mistakes, but I had legitimate defenses as well. I now pride myself on my availability and communication skills. This experience in no way hinders my ability to practice law, nor diminishes my skill and expertise in criminal defense.”

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • The Marks Law Firm
  • 2018 - Present
  • Owner/Attorney
  • The Fowinkle Law firm
  • 2012 - 2018
  • Attorney
  • The Nation Law Firm
  • 2011 - 2012
  • Owner/Attorney
  • Law Office of A. Jay Fowinkle
  • 2009 - 2011
  • Associate Attorney
  • Checchio & Stone
  • 2008 - 2009
  • Assistant Public Defender
  • Public Defender's Office
  • 2005 - 2008
  • Legal Yeoman
  • US Navy
  • 1992 - 1995
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  • Nova Southeastern University - Shepard Broad Law Center
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2003
  • University of Florida
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1999

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Lewd & Lascivious Battery; Lewd & Lascivious Molestation
  • Plea to Lesser Offense of Felony Battery with a Withhold of Adjudication. No Sexual Offender Status; No felony conviction; No jail; 8 years probation with option to early terminate.
  • Injunction - Repeat Violence & Stalking
  • Dismissal of both Injunctions
  • Aggravated Child Abuse by Malicious Punishment
  • Trial - Not Guilty
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  • Central Florida Soccer Club
  • Board of Directors and Secretary
  • 2021 - Present
  • Federalist Society
  • Member
  • 2020 - Present
  • Christian Legal Society
  • President
  • 2018 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2017 - Present
  • The Central Florida Christian Chamber of Commerce
  • Board of Directors (2021 - Present)
  • 2016 - Present
  • Seminole County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • Volie A. Williams American Inn of Court
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • United States Concealed Carry Association
  • Attorney Representative
  • 2011 - Present
  • Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2008 - 2013
  • Central Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2005 - 2008
  • Orange County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2005 - 2008
  • PULSE! - The Health Law Students Society
  • Public Relations Director
  • 2002 - 2003
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Moot Court Honor Society
  • Nova Southeastern University
  • 2003
  • Semi-Finalist; 2nd Place Winner
  • Feinrider Moot Court Competition
  • 2002
  • Moot Court Honor Society
  • Nova Southeastern University
  • 2002
  • National Defense Service Medal (as Legal Yeoman)
  • United States Navy
  • 1995
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  • Seawolf Association Education Scholarship
  • Morality in Modern Warfare
  • 1996

Speaking Engagements

  • TV45 Interview - Coming Home
  • From Rags to Riches
  • 2018
  • Panelist for Dinner & Dreams Fundraiser
  • Overcoming Struggle to Find Success
  • 2017
  • Keynote Speaker
  • Unmerited Justice
  • 2017
  • Commencement Speech
  • Don't Let Your Past Define You
  • 2017
  • Drug Court - Osceola County
  • The Harm of Addiction
  • 2015
  • Teen Challenge International of Florida
  • Overcoming Addiction
  • 2014
  • His Way - Northland Church
  • Sick and tired of being sick and tired
  • 2014
  • His Way - Northland Church
  • Came to believe
  • 2014
  • His Way - Northland Church
  • Giving Up Control
  • 2014
  • University of Central Florida Panhellenic Council
  • Alcohol & DUI Awareness Seminar
  • 2011
  • New Attorney Training - Public Defender
  • Attorney Case File Management
  • 2007
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Attorney endorsements

Received (21)
Given (19)
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Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known AJ for years. He is a hard working attorney who is dedicated to serving his clients in the best way possible. I endorse him."
Unknown Attorney | Jan 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Fowinkle is a hard working attorney and well respected by his pears. I would recommend Mr. Fowinkle to anyone seeking an attorney for a criminal or family law matter."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 31
Relationship: Co-worker
"He is caring, loving and not a person practicing law focused on the financial rewards. He has a heart of gold and his love of people propel him to go beyond the ordinary."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse A. Jay Fowinkle. He is a very driven, knowledgeable, professional & ethical attorney. I've known him my entire legal career of almost 15 years & would want him on my side in a case. I highly recommend him."
Unknown Attorney | May 28
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer for being a top-notch attorney in the community."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I've known Ajay, both personally and professionally, for 15 years. He is very knowledgeable and I would highly recommend him to anyone seeking an attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"AJ is a great lawyer who cares about his clients. I would recommend AJ without hesitation"
Criminal defense Attorney | May 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Jay is a dedicated attorney who serves his clients diligently, and knows thoroughly, the ins and outs of the judicial system. He is also a pleasure to work with as an individual."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr Fowinkle is an excellent lawyer and I have had the privilege of trying a criminal case with him. I make this endorsement without any reservation."
Unknown Attorney | May 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known A. Jay for many years, and he has a passion for justice, and a great love and respect for the law. He is very hard-working and has a brilliant legal mind. I highly recommend him to anyone looking for not only a great attorney, but a true advocate."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"A. Jay Fowinkle is an excellent attorney and a great guy overall. I have known him for 15 years. He truly cares for his clients and aggressively fights for the best results on their cases. I highly recommend A. Jay Fowinkle."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Mr. Fowinkle for 15 years, and he is a hard-working and knowledgeable attorney. I have recommended his legal services to many of my acquiantances. He will be on your side, as your advocate, and will follow through until the case is over. I can proudly recommend Mr. Fowinkle."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 10
Relationship: Friend
"I endorse this fellow lawyer and friend. If I ever got into trouble with the law, A. Jay would be my first call."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I used to work with Mr. Fowinkle, and I have always known him to be an excellent advocate for his clients. He is knowledgeable and compassionate, and I recently watched him argue several issues for an upcoming trial that you would have thought was going to be televised, but in reality, was a misdemeanor case that meant the world to him and his client, but was never going to be an article in the newspaper. He puts his best effort into his cases, and there is truly no case too big or too small, and this is why I endorse him."
Personal injury Attorney | May 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Fowinkle is a fine lawyer who gets to know his clients and understand their needs. They are not just a number. From working with Mr. Fowinkle in the past, I have gained the utmost respect for his work and integrity."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 28
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Mr. Fowinkle is a caring, compassionate, and knowledgeable Attorney. I have known Mr. Fowinkle for over a decade. In that time he has dedicated himself to serving his clients and his community. I would highly recommend Mr. Fowinkle for any matter where a trial lawyer is needed."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr Fowinkle is an outstanding litigator. It is important to note that he is excellent with the Central Florida Judges , prosecutors and court personnel, I highly recommend his services."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 27
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"A.J. is an excellent attorney who knows the law inside and out and obtains the best outcomes for his clients. I firmly endorse him."
Unknown Attorney | Apr 08
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have known Mr. Fowinkle for over ten years. I consider him a great attorney and a good friend. We handled hundreds of cases together at the Public Defenders Office. He always took his time with each client. He listened, answered their questions and cared. A. Jay is a very passionate attorney and works hard for his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
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Orlando Family Lawyer A. Jay Fowinkle
A. Jay Fowinkle
Family Attorney
Orlando, FL
Licensed for 19 years
This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority in 2011. See details