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In 2001, Joel began his legal career working at a regional, Miami-based law firm defending some of the largest companies in the country in personal injury, insurance and breach of contract matters.

Thereafter, Joel served as litigation and corporate counsel for a Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) broker-dealer, where his duties included representing the corporation and its subsidiaries in securities arbitration and litigation proceedings. Joel gained unique insight into the securities industry while serving in this role.

After serving as litigation and corporate counsel for a broker-dealer, Joel worked at a mid-sized, Tampa-based law firm for eight years where he represented many investors, agents, companies, and brokers in lawsuits and arbitration proceedings involving negligence, breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, fraud and negligent supervision. Joel also represented many individuals and companies, both individually and as a group, in lawsuits involving personal injuries, financial transactions and statutory violations.

In light of his diverse experience as a lawyer, Joel now handles a wide range of legal matters for both plaintiffs and defendants, but focuses his law practice on investment and business disputes.  He also assists individuals and businesses in the Florida medical marijuana industry (

Joel’s abilities as a lawyer have also been recognized.  For the past several years (2010-2015), he has been selected by Florida Super Lawyers as a Rising Star in securities litigation.  In 2013, Joel served as a board of director for the Safety Harbor Chamber of Commerce.  He also spearheads the Safety Harbor Bar Association (, which is an organization consisting of lawyers and friends who meet on the Third Thursday of every month at a local watering hole in town.

When he’s not working, Joel enjoys jogging, listening to music and attending concerts. Some of his favorite musicians include The Black Keys, Ben Harper, Citizen Cope, J.J. Grey & MoFro, Led Zeppelin, and The Rolling Stones. He is also an avid sports fan and closely follows the Pittsburgh Steelers, Tampa Bay Rays, and West Virginia Mountaineers.



Practice areas


  1. Investment Fraud: 30%
    13 years
  2. Insurance: 20%
    14 years
  3. Arbitration: 20%
    13 years
  4. Business: 20%
    12 years
  5. Personal Injury: 10%
    14 years



Hourly ($300-400/hour), contingent (33-40%)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Haley R. Maple

    I endorse this lawyer's work. I have had the pleasure of working with Joel since 2003, when we both joined Forizs & Dogali on the same day. Joel, two years my senior, has since consistently impressed me with his legal skill and analytical ability. His academic skills (graduated 2nd in his law schand legal experiences, I’m sure, are evident in his resume & biography. A resume, however, cannot adequately reveal the intangibles Joel possesses as an attorney and business owner. Hardworking, dedicated, ethical and focused all describe Joel. Even though he is less than a decade into his career, Joel’s skills as a litigator, analyst, and legal writer far outnumber his years. Tellingly, I have observed opposing counsel and fellow members of the Florida Bar (often with legal careers that span decades longer than Joel’s own career) consistently respect his arguments, seek his opinion and thoughts on legal theories, and admire his intellect and creativity.


    Haley Maple Construction and development Attorney
    Relationship: Co-worker

  • Daniel William Anderson

    Joel is a great attorney and friend. I have worked with Joel on a number of cases and would not hesitate to recommend him to anyone.


    Daniel Anderson Contracts and agreements Attorney
    Relationship: Co-worker

Contact info

Ewusiak Law, P.A.

6601 Memorial Highway
Suite 311
Tampa, FL, 33615


FLMember in Good Standing200106/19/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Super LawyerSuperLawyers2016
Rising StarSuper Lawyers2015
Rising StarFlorida Super Lawyers2014
Rising StarFlorida Super Lawyers2013
Florida Rising Stars - Securities LitigationSuper Lawyers2012
Florida Rising Stars - Securities LitigationSuperLawyers2011
Florida Rising Stars - Securities LitigationSuperLawyers2010
Constitutional Law AwardStetson University College of Law2001
Magna Cum Laude - J.D.Stetson University College of Law2001
Summa Cum Laude - B.A.WVU1998
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Civil Trial LawyerEwusiak Law, P.A.2014 - Present
Civil Trial LawyerEwusiak & Roberts, P.A.2011 - 2014
Equity PartnerForizs & Dogali, P.A.2003 - 2011
AttorneyLaw Office / Investment Firm2001 - 2003
Association namePosition nameDuration
Safety Harbor Bar AssociationPresident2013 - Present
Clearwater Bar AssociationMember2013 - Present
Public Investors Arbitration Bar AssociationMember2006 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember2001 - Present
Phi Beta KappaMember1998 - Present
Pi Sigma AlphaMember1998 - Present
Phi Kappa PhiMember1998 - Present
Safety Harbor Chamber of CommerceBoard of Directors2012 - 2013
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Florida Whistleblower LawsuitJury Verdict in Favor of Client
Securities Arbitration CaseArbitration Award in Favor of Client
Securities Arbitration CaseSettlement
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Stetson University College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2001
West Virginia UniversityN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1998
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Community FacilitiesHow to Avoid a Ponzi Scheme and Investments Subject to Frequent Abuse2011
ABA Sound AdviceWinning Discovery Disputes2011
Truesdell.TVInvestment and Insurance Fraud2010
Truesdell.TVPersonal Injury and Inmate Abuse2010
Online Radio Shows & Community FacilitiesHow to Avoid a Ponzi Scheme and Investments Subject to Frequent Abuse2010
Seminar - Truesdell ConsultingWhose interests does your broker have in mind: yours or his? The suitability of your investments2007