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Joseph Charles Shoemaker

Litigation Attorney at Leesburg, FL

4.9   15 reviews

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I grew up in Lakeland, Florida, in a family of six brothers. My brothers and I played nearly every sport imaginable and my parents spent a ton of time travelling with us to countless practices and games. I joined the United States Marines at the age of 17. After a “paid vacation” at Parris Island and a year of training at NAS Memphis to be an avionics technician, I was assigned to work on the Harrier attack plane at VMA-231, the Marine Corps’ oldest squadron, at MCAS Cherry Point, North Carolina. During my six years in the Marines, I travelled to Spain, Sicily, Japan, Okinawa, the Philippines, Saudi Arabia, and many different parts of the United States. I spent time deployed at sea on an Italian Aircraft Carrier, the Giuseppe Garibaldi, and received commendation for my service during Operation Desert Storm.

After my service, I returned to Florida and attended Polk Community College, the University of South Florida and, ultimately, the University of Florida, where I obtained my law degree. I started my legal career working as a judicial clerk for the Honorable Martha Lott in Gainesville and thereafter worked for several respected law firms on business litigation, local government law, employment litigation, real estate litigation, and many other areas. I joined Bogin, Munns & Munns in 2004 and, over the years, have had the pleasure of representing a great number of clients in many diverse areas of law. I regularly meet with clients in about five of the firm’s thirteen offices and greatly enjoy both my work and the many interesting people I get to meet and assist.

I have always enjoyed solving complicated problems and working with people. This is a profession that allows me to do both. After spending time as a U.S. Marine, I considered several areas including engineering, education, and law enforcement. I honestly do not know which area I would have ultimately chosen, but I think I made the right choice and genuinely enjoy what I do. I take pride in being able to explain involved legal issues in simple everyday language. I legitimately enjoy helping people and I am often able to do so. Folks are rarely happy when they first come to see me as a litigation attorney. Of course, we cannot always help every person resolve every issue, but it is greatly satisfying when we are able to help and we can often provide helpful information, real world options, and peace of mind to those facing difficult problems.

When I am not at work, I spend much of my time with my wife Amy and my five sons. My family and I enjoy spending time together watching movies, playing video and board games, going to the beach, attending sporting events, visiting local parks, and getting free food samples during our weekly trips to Costco and Sam’s Club. I am a huge fan of Florida Gator and Dallas Cowboys football and of classic rock music, with a collection of more than a thousand albums. In addition to chasing our sons and spending time at their schools, my wife spends a great deal of time in various activities related to our church and faith.


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Licensed for 22 years
State FL
Status Member in Good Standing
Acquired 2000
Updated 11/23/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

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Bogin, Munns & Munns, P.A.
628 S. 14th Street
Leesburg, FL, 34748


4.9 / 5.0
  15 customer reviews
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Posted by Steve | October 11, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Case Closed
My real estate legal dispute was small to the firm, but a big deal to me. Joe graciously took on the case. His expertise, efficiency, and counsel were spot on. We resolved the case without going to arbitration, and achieved the desired outcome. Very much appreciated Joe’s efforts, and would use him and the firm again.
Posted by Nikki | September 8, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent Attorney
Joe Shoemaker has been a breath of fresh air in the legal arena. He explained the options available to me in my situation and his follow up throughout was exceptional. I felt very confident that I was being represented by a strong advocate for my case, and through the process he also proved that he was an ethical attorney with high integrity. I would highly recommend Mr. Shoemaker for legal counsel.
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Posted by Brian | May 22, 2022
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Thank you
Mr. Shoemaker helped me through a very difficult time in my life. He was there every step of the way.
Posted by MIKE | June 18, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
I would highly recommend Joe Shoemaker to everyone .I am a CEO of an insurance company in NJ and upon seeking an attorney could not find one who would be willing to help me. Upon contacting Joe he was the first attorney who had the patience and feelings to listen and help me resolve my legal issues .I cannot say enough good things about him .I would recommend him to anyone looking for an excellent attorney who cares about his clients.
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Posted by Scott | February 4, 2021
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Review of Joe Shoemaker @ Bogin Munns & Munns
Over the last 4-5 years I have unfortunately needed the assistance of an attorney twice. Both times I chose to use Bogin Munns & Munns. The first time was based on the suggestion of a friend and the second time I was a return client because of how I was treated the first time. Joe Shoemaker went above & beyond as far as what I expected and definitely spent more time explaining things to me that what I had expected. If I need attorney services in the future Bogin Munns & Munns will definitely be my first call.
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Posted by Frank | July 24, 2020
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Skilled, Professional, Accommodating
In need of some legal advice but not knowing where to turn, I was very fortunate to have come upon the name of Joe Shoemaker, a partner with Bogin Munns, during my internet search of local firms, Within minutes of my reaching out to him by email, he responded and a consultation was quickly and conveniently scheduled. I found Joe's advice in the course of that consult to be precise, forthright, honest, and helpful, and I now have a "go to" attorney in mind for any such future needs!
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Posted by Donna | November 28, 2019
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Not just a Dog to us
Mr. Shoemaker was able to bring us to closure on an issue with our beautiful dog. Through a series of unfortunate events, our big boy passed away and Mr. Shoemaker was a huge help in recovering monies we spent trying to save him. He was serious, friendly, knowledgeable, available, and just a wonderful person.
Posted by Michael M. | November 13, 2019
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Seeking Help and got it!
I contacted Bogin Munns & Munns because I needed a good lawyer to handle a business matter. Attorney Joe Shoemaker listened to my concerns and guided me to a quick resolution. Highly recommend Joe and his staff for prompt results.
Posted by Hayes | November 6, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
HOA Covenant and Deed Restriction Case
Joe assisted us with challenging our HOA over deed restriction changes that were made by the board and not approved by individual lot owners. We felt very confident with his advise as we moved thru resolving the issue. I would recommend this office and call on them again if a need arises. Thanks, Joe and Toni.
Posted by Autumn | December 31, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Thorough, Honest, and Very Knowledgeable
Hire Joe!!! One of the best attributes I admire most in any profession is Honesty and Professionalism. Joe is definitely both; not only is he very well verse in Contract Employment laws, but he is clear, concise, and upfront with facts. He will tell you the things you need to hear, and not what you want to hear. He addresses YOUR concerns and works for YOU, and definitely does not run up the bill unnecessarily. My case is still ongoing, however, there does seem to be a light at the end of the tunnel, thanks to Joe's preparations and strategies . He is highly recommended, and I will continue to recommend him to anyone who is looking for a great lawyer.
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Posted by Gary | December 31, 2018
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Great litigator and attorney
Mr Shoemaker was very personable, took an extremely proactive interest in my case and resolved it quickly. Joe was readily available for calls, answered emails quickly, exceptionally reasonable billing for his work and will always have my trust, loyalty and lifelong THANKS for his dedication to my case and resolving it to our total satisfaction. Never in the 35++ years I was an employer have we had such a professional and skillful and personable attorney who I now consider a friend.
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Posted by Ray | December 30, 2018
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Saved my Career
I have known Joe for many years. He is a person of the highest integrity. As a professional, he is committed, hard working, efficient and a great communicator. Simply put, I was falsely accused of 'assault' of a supervisor and if it wasn't for Mr. Joe Shoemaker, my career as a middle school teacher in Florida would have summarily ended. The Department of Education was prepared to revoke my certification without even being charged with anything at the local level. It was after some effort on our parts and a telephone conference call, the DOE decided against any future action. In fact, the comment made was, "I am so glad we had this conversation. We were prepared to move forward." God Bless Joe Shoemaker. I will NEVER be able to repay him for what he did for me. Although it was a small effort for him, it was ENORMOUS for me. Words cannot express my gratitude and appreciation. Perhaps this review can help in some way. If you need help, he is the person to go to.
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Posted by Timothy | December 28, 2018
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Honest, Thorough, and without a doubt the best attorney I could have hired.
Mr. Shoemaker is very professional and makes it very clear that he works for YOU. Everything you may need is explained up front with options on how to proceed and does not waste any of your time running up a bill. His knowledge and experience from start to finish in contracts and agreements along with litigation is impeccable. He is always available for you when you have questions. When researching which attorney to hire, Mr. Shoemaker hits every mark you need to look for. Communication skills, judgement, analytical skills, research skills, people skills, perseverance, and creativity. I highly recommend Mr Shoemaker as a competent advocate.
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Posted by Gary | December 28, 2018
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Hire Joe!
Thank you Joe! Vicki and I thank you for helping us through this experience. This goes down in the win column. Should we ever need an attorney again, we are calling you. If someone needs legal help we recommend you talk to Joe ASAP. Sincerely, Gary Haynes
Posted by BobbieAbbott | November 8, 2013
Reply was responsive and realistic.
I think he is honest about what legal avenues are available, and gives input that may lead to an actual argument for your situation that may have not come to mind. In my situation I was not thinking that maybe being over 50, and or my being white may have a bearing why I did not get a certain position. Though if you look at the other candidate that did, it wasn't base on experience as they are a new grad, but in their 20's and a different race. So there is that possibility that these two criteria may have been used against me in determining who got the position.
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AVVO RATING 8.3 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Shareholder
  • Bogin, Munns, & Munns, PA
  • 2004 - Present
  • Attorney
  • McLin & Burnsed, PA
  • 2000 - 2004
  • Law Clerk
  • Clayton Johnston, P.A.
  • 1999 - 2000
  • Law Clerk
  • Eighth Judicial Circuit, for the Honorable Martha A. Lott
  • 1998 - 1999
  • Avionics Technician
  • United States Marine Corps
  • 1986 - 1992
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  • University of Florida, Fredric G. Levin College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2000
  • University of South Florida
  • BA - Criminology
  • 1997
  • Polk Community College
  • AA - Secondary Education
  • 1995

Legal Cases

  • Philips v Haynes - 5D15-2548
  • 5th DCA Affirmed Denial of Temporary Injunction
  • Souder v. Malone - 5D13-4054
  • Judgment Affirmed by 5th DCA
  • Alavi v. Garcia, 140 So. 3d 1141 (Fla. 5th DCA 2014)
  • Judgment Affirmed by 5th DCA
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  • United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • United States Bankruptcy Court, Middle District of Florida
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Florida
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida
  • Member
  • 2001 - Present
  • Florida Bar
  • Member
  • 2000 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2000 - Present
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America
  • Member
  • 2000 - Present
  • Phi Kappa Phi
  • 1996 - Present
  • Golden Key National Honor Society
  • 1996 - Present
  • Lake County Conservative Founders Club
  • 2013 - 2017
  • Leesburg Chamber of Commerce
  • Board of Directors
  • 2010 - 2015
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Languages Spoken

  • English


  • Merit Based Scholarship
  • University of Florida, Levin College of Law
  • 1997


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Speaking Engagements

  • Monthly Meeting, Property Owners Association of the Villages
  • Contractor Issues
  • 2014

Attorney endorsements

Received (11)
Given (16)
Contracts and agreements Attorney | May 05
Relationship: Co-worker
"Wonderful person and a great attorney. Joe has a solid knowledge of the law and does a great job for his clients. Highly recommend."
Unknown Attorney | May 05
Relationship: Co-worker
"Joe is a man of integrity with great knowledge of the law. His unparalleled work ethic make him an outstanding attorney in and out of the courtroom. I highly recommend him."
Unknown Attorney | Jan 29
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse Joe. He is the type of attorney that will listen to his clients, thinks outside the box in resolving cases, and puts his client first."
Litigation Attorney | Jun 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Excellent attorney with superior knowledge of his field. I would not hesitate to contact this attorney if confronted with an issue in that jurisdiction. Wholeheartedly recommend consulting with such knowledgeable counsel."
Employment and labor Attorney | May 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I've known Joe Shoemaker for many years. He is very good employment and commercial litigator. I highly recommend Joe."
Unknown Attorney | Nov 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Top-notch attorney. Highly respected in the legal community."
Litigation Attorney | Oct 03
Relationship: Co-worker
"A very skilled attorney and a great guy!"
Employment and labor Attorney | Aug 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Business Attorney | Jun 25
Relationship: Friend
"I've known Joe for over 15 years. We share a military background. He's an excellent lawyer and a close friend. I endorse this lawyer."
Employment and labor Attorney | Jun 25
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Litigation Attorney | May 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Shoemaker is an extremely talented attorney who fights diligently on behalf of his clients."
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Commercial real estate
Wills and living wills
Personal injury
Personal injury
Personal injury
Employment and labor
Bankruptcy and debt
Real estate
Workers compensation
Commercial real estate
Car accident