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Joseph J. Registrato was a sergeant in the United States Marine Corps from 1965 to 1969 and served for a year in the Republic of Vietnam during that conflict in 1968 and 1969.  After being honorably discharged from the Marines, he worked as a journalist at The Tampa Tribune from 1971 to 1986, and obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of South Florida with honors in 1974.  He then attended Stetson University College of Law from 1986 to 1989, was a staff member of the Stetson Law Review and was graduated with a Juris Doctor degree in 1989.  Registrato was an assistant state attorney at the Hillsborough County State Attorney's Office and was also Chief Assistant Public Defender of Hillsborough County. 


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Practice areas


  1. Divorce: 40%
  2. Child Custody: 30%
  3. Child Support: 20%
  4. Criminal Defense: 5%
  5. DUI & DWI: 5%



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Contact info

Law Office of Joseph J. Registrato

2607 N. 15th St.
Tampa, FL, 33605


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Award nameGrantorDate granted
BV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2008
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Certified Florida Supreme Court Family Law MediatorLaw Office of Joseph J. Registrato2012 - Present
AttorneyLaw Office of Joseph J. Registrato1998 - Present
Chief Assistant Public DefenderHillsborough County Public Defender's Office1996 - 1998
Assistant State AttorneyHillsborough County State Attorney's Office1989 - 1991
Association namePosition nameDuration
Everest UniversityAdjunct Professor2014 - Present
Middle District of FloridaMember2014 - Present
Tampa Family Law Inns Of CourtMember2012 - Present
Florida Supreme Court Family MediatorMediator2012 - Present
Florida BarMember1989 - Present
Hillsborough County Bar AssociationMemberN/A
St. Leo UniversityAdjunct Professor2009 - 2009
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Modification of custodyCustody modified so child moved to New York.
Appeal of Sex Crime convictionConviction reversed and new trial ordered
termination or modification of alimonyPermanent alimony terminated as a result of supportive relationship
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Publication nameTitleDate
Stetson Law Review, volume 18, 19Stetson Law Review, volume 18, 1988-891988
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Stetson University College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1989
University of South FloridaMass CommunicationsBA - Bachelor of Arts1973
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
rotary club meetingpublic defender's office1997