Matthew J. Jowanna obtained his Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree, majoring in Broadcasting and Mass Communications, from the University of South Florida. While at the University of South Florida, Mr. Jowanna was a member of the Golden Key National Honor Society and the Outstanding College Students of America.
Before attending law school, Mr. Jowanna worked for several Tampa Bay area radio and television stations as an announcer, news anchor, news assignment editor, producer, reporter and writer.
Mr. Jowanna obtained his Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree from Nova Southeastern University, graduating Summa Cum Laude (with Highest Honors) and achieving the distinction of graduating in the top two percent (2%) of his law school class. While in law school, Mr. Jowanna was the recipient of academic scholarships; was a Senior Staff Member, and published author, of the Nova Law Review; was awarded the Attorneys’ Title Insurance Fund, Inc. Prize (for scholarly writing on an issue of real property law); was an associate member of the Moot Court Society; was a student member of ATLA (Association of Trial Lawyers of America); was a member of the Phi Delta Phi Honor Fraternity; was named to the law school’s Dean’s List every semester; received the Dean’s Award for Academic Excellence; received the Highest Grade Awards (Book Awards) for Florida Constitutional Law and Torts; received the West Publishing Corporation Award for Outstanding Scholastic Achievement; and was listed in Who’s Who Among American Law Students, 13th and 14th Editions, and The National Dean’s List, 17th Edition. Also during law school, Mr. Jowanna served as a Federal Judicial Intern for a Federal District Court Judge; was a Law Clerk for a County Court Judge; and was a Certified Legal Intern with the Office of the State Attorney for the Seventeenth Judicial Circuit in Fort Lauderdale, Broward County, Florida where he prosecuted cases before both bench and jury.
Mr. Jowanna obtained his Legum Magister (LL.M.) degree from the University of Notre Dame, graduating Magna Cum Laude (with High Honors). While pursuing his Master of Laws degree at Notre Dame Law School, Mr. Jowanna served as the LL.M. Representative on the Executive Board of the NDLS Student Bar Association.
Practicing law in the Tampa Bay area since 1994, Mr. Jowanna’s legal practice has included Appellate Law; Civil Rights; Class Actions; Construction Litigation; Contract Litigation; Insurance Coverage; Insurance Defense; International Law; Medical Malpractice; Personal Injury; Products Liability; Professional Errors and Omissions; and Wrongful Death. Along with his litigation and trial work, Mr. Jowanna has also argued numerous civil appeals.
Prior to opening The Law Offices of Matthew J. Jowanna, P.A., Mr. Jowanna was a partner with one of the largest law firms in the state of Florida, and was next then a partner with a mid-sized, multi-office Florida law firm. In addition to his litigation practice, Mr. Jowanna is also a certified mediator for County and Circuit State Courts of Florida, as well as being a certified federal mediator for the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida.
Mr. Jowanna is a member of The Florida Bar and the Hillsborough County Bar Association, and is also admitted in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Florida; the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida; the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida; the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit; and the Supreme Court of the United States. Being “AV” rated by Martindale-Hubbell, Mr. Jowanna has also obtained the peer review rating of “preeminent” for his legal ability. Only the top seventeen percent (17%) of all lawyers across the nation receive this pinnacle rating.
Matthew J. Jowanna is the only attorney in Wesley Chapel, Zephyrhills and Dade City Rated by Avvo.com as “Superb” (with a 10 out of 10 Rating) for the legal practice categories of Personal Injury, Bankruptcy, Family Law and Estate Planning. Mr. Jowanna and The Law Offices of Matthew J. Jowanna, P.A. are the only lawyer and law firm principally located in New Tampa and Wesley Chapel listed in Tampa’s Top Rated Lawyers. Mr. Jowanna is also a platinum member of The Verdict Club; a member of The Top Trial Lawyers in America; and a member of both the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum. Platinum membership in The Verdict Club and membership in the Million Dollar Advocates Forum is limited to trial lawyers who have obtained million dollar verdicts and settlements for their clients. Membership in the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum is limited to trial lawyers who have obtained multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements for their clients.
The Law Offices of Matthew J. Jowanna, P.A. is listed in A.M. Best’s Directories of Insurance Professionals and Recommended Insurance Attorneys. Shortly after establishing The Law Offices of Matthew J. Jowanna, P.A., the Firm was listed in the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers, as published by Martindale-Hubbell. Fewer than five percent (5%) of all law firms in the United States of America qualify and are included in the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers. Mr. Jowanna is extremely proud of this accomplishment and honored recognition.
Some of Mr. Jowanna’s Publications and Lectures include the following:
You may send Mr. Jowanna an email at MJJ@Jowanna.com.
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|FL||Member in Good Standing||1994||01/30/2017|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Tampa's Top Rated Lawyers||ALM Law.com||2012|
|Graduated with High Honors (Magna Cum Laude)||University of Notre Dame||2010|
|LL.M. Executive Board Member||Notre Dame Law School SBA||2009|
|Member Since 2006||Million Dollar Advocates Forum||2006|
|Member Since 2006||Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum||2006|
|Graduated with Highest Honors (Summa Cum Laude)||Nova Southeastern University||1994|
|Dean's Award for Academic Excellence||Nova Southeastern University||1994|
|West Publication Award for Outstanding Academic Achievement||West Publication Corporation||1994|
|14th Edition||Who's Who Among American Law Students||1994|
|Graduate in Top 2% of Law School Class||Nova Southeastern University||1994|
|13th Edition||Who's Who Among American Law Students||1993|
|17th Edition||The National Dean's List||1993|
|Highest Grade Award (Book Award) Florida Constitutional Law||Nova Southeastern University||1993|
|Published Student Author||Nova Law Review||1992|
|Attorneys’ Title Insurance Fund, Inc. Prize||Attorneys’ Title Insurance Fund, Inc.||1992|
|Senior Staff Member||Nova Law Review||1992|
|Phi Delta Phi Honor Fraternity||Nova Southeastern University||1992|
|Highest Grade Award (Book Award) Torts||Nova Southeastern University||1991|
|Dean's List||Nova Southeastern University||1991|
|ATLA||Nova Southeastern University||1991|
|Academic Scholarships||Nova Southeastern University||1991|
|Moot Court Society||Nova Southeastern University||1991|
|Outstanding College Students of America||Outstanding College Students of America||1988|
|Golden Key National Honor Society||Golden Key National Honor Society||1987|
|Attorney at Law - Managing Shareholder||THE LAW OFFICES OF MATTHEW J. JOWANNA, P.A.||2006 - Present|
|Attorney at Law - Partner||LUKS, SANTANIELLO, PEREZ, PETRILLO & GOLD||2002 - 2006|
|Attorney at Law - Partner||WICKER, SMITH, TUTAN, O’HARA, MCCOY, GRAHAM & FORD, P.A.||1996 - 2002|
|Certified Legal Intern||Broward County State Attorney's Office||1994 - 1994|
|Attorney at Law - Associate||ALPERT, JOSEY, GRILLI & HUGHES, P.A.||1994 - 1996|
|Federal Judicial Intern||United States District Court||1992 - 1992|
|Law Clerk||Pinellas County 6th Judicial Circuit||1992 - 1993|
|On-Air Talent; Producer; Editor; Writer||WTOG; WTSP; WUSF; WTKN; WHVE; WSUN; WYNF; WDUV; WBRD; Sun Radio Network||1987 - 1991|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Dade City Chamber of Commerce||Member||2014 - Present|
|Federal Mediator U.S. Dist. Ct. Middle Dist. of FLA.||Federal Mediator||2010 - Present|
|Best's Reccomended Insurance Attorneys||Member||2010 - Present|
|U.S. Dist. Ct. Northern Dist. of Fla. Bar||Member||2010 - Present|
|United States Supreme Court Bar||Member||2010 - Present|
|U.S. Dist. Ct. Southern Dist. of Fla. Bar||Member||2008 - Present|
|Wesley Chapel Chamber of Commerce||Member||2008 - Present|
|Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers||Member||2006 - Present|
|U.S. Dist. Bankruptcy Ct. Middle Dist. of Fla. Bar||Member||2006 - Present|
|Avvo||Superb Rated||2006 - Present|
|The Verdict Club||Platinum Member||2006 - Present|
|The Top Trial Lawyers in America||Member||2006 - Present|
|New Tampa Chamber of Commerce||Member||2006 - Present|
|Million Dollar Advocates Forum||Member||2006 - Present|
|Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum||Member||2006 - Present|
|Florida County Court Mediator||Mediator||2002 - Present|
|Florida Circuit Court Mediator||Mediator||2002 - Present|
|Knights of.Columbus.||4th Degree Member||1996 - Present|
|U.S. Dist. Ct. Middle Dist. of Fla. Bar||Member||1994 - Present|
|Hillsborough County Bar Association||Member||1994 - Present|
|Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals Bar||Member||1994 - Present|
|Florida Bar, Trial Lawyers Section||Member||1994 - Present|
|The Florida Bar||Member||1994 - Present|
|Trip & Fall||$530,000.00|
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|30 No. 4 Trial Advoc. Q. 36||Shirking the Duty to Defend in Florida: Is Assignment the Exception to Argonaut?||2011|
|42 McGeorge L. Rev. 243||Torture, American Style: A Recipe for Civil Tort Immunity||2011|
|9 U.N.H. L. Rev. 31||42 U.S.C. § 1983: A Legal Vehicle with No International Human Rights Treaty Passengers||2010|
|Florida Practice Handbook (1994 Supp.)||Products Liability||1994|
|17 Nova L. Rev. 1191||Restrictions Against the Use of Hurricane Shutters: Are They Enforceable After Hurricane Andrew?||1993|
|University of Notre Dame||Law||LL.M. - Master of Laws - Magna Cum Laude||2010|
|Nova Southeastern University||Law||J.D. - Juris Doctor - Summa Cum Laude||1994|
|University of South Florida||Broadcasting||B.A. - Bachelor of Arts||1989|
|St. Petersburg Catholic High School||Secondary Education||Diploma||1984|
|Trial from the Defense Perspective – A Primer for the Defense||Trial Exhibits||1999|