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|FL||Member in Good Standing||1991||01/29/2017|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Client Distinction Award||Martindale-Hubbell||2015|
|2014 Pro Bono Service Award||19th Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Comittee||2014|
|2013 Pro Bono Service Award||19th Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Coordinator/ Martin County Bar Association||2013|
|2012 Pro Bono Service Award||19th Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Coordinator/ Martin County Bar Association||2012|
|Board of Directors||Florida Equal Justice Center||2010|
|Board of Directors||Florida Rural Legal Services||2010|
|2008-2009 Martin County Bar Association Pro Bono Service Award||Martin County Bar Association||2009|
|Martin County Bar Association Family Law Committee Chairman||Martin County Bar Association||2008|
|2008 Outstanding Pro Bono Service award||Florida Rural Legal Services||2008|
|Airborne Wings||US Army Airborne School||1987|
|President||The Gufford Law Firm, P.A.||2008 - Present|
|Managing member||Brandt & Gufford, Attorneys at Law||2003 - 2008|
|Associate||Grazi & Gianino||2001 - 2003|
|Regional Director of Marketing||Bluegreen Resorts||2001 - 2001|
|Regional Director of Marketing||GoldKey Resorts||1999 - 2001|
|Regional Director of Marketing||Sunterra Resorts||1998 - 1999|
|Partner||Gufford & Lawrence, Attorneys at Law||1995 - 1996|
|Partner||Barber, Gufford & Lawrence, Attorneys at Law||1992 - 1995|
|Associate||Obrien & Hooper||1991 - 1991|
|Law Clerk||Justin C. Johnson P.A.||1989 - 1991|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Circuit 19 Bar Association||Member||2013 - Present|
|CIVITAS PLACE CONDOMINIUM ASSOCIATION, INC.||Board of Directors||2009 - Present|
|The Florida Bar||Member||1991 - Present|
|Florida Rural Legal Services||Board of Directors||2010 - 2010|
|Florida Equal Justice Center||Board of Directors||2010 - 2010|
|Martin County Bar Association, Family Law Committee||Chair||2008 - 2008|
|American Association for Justice||Member||2005 - 2008|
|Martin County Bar Association||Member||2001 - 2008|
|Florida Bar, Family Law Section||Member||2001 - 2008|
|Downie v. Dep't of Highway Safety & Motor Vehicles||Trial Court Reversed and Law Stricken as Being Unconstitutional|
|BG v AG||MCBA June 2009 Newsletter|
|See all legal cases|
|2008 Changes to Chapter 61- Custody (Parental Responsibility) and Equitable Distribution||2008 Changes to Chapter 61- Custody (Parental Responsibility) and Equitable Distribution||2008|
|University of Florida||Political Science||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1988|
|Stetson University College of Law||N/A||law||N/A|
|Changes to Chapter 61 of the Florida Stautes Seminar||The Changes to Chapter 61 of the Florida Stautes||2008|
Posted by Mac
This case seemed to go on forever!! Back and forth for at least 2 years. Finally it went to trial. As a military man it was time for me to relocate and of course I wanted my son (who I had shared custody of at the time) to go and live with me up north where I was to be stationed. Worried that I would have to leave my son in Fl and move up north, I needed a lawyer to fight for what I believed to be in the best interest for my son and me. After hearing my whole story Mr. Gufford immediately showed the assertiveness and knowledge that would ultimately win me the most important thing in my life, my son! For those who have been involved with any sort of court trial can understand the intense pressure put on both a lawyer and client. Mr. Gufford handled the pressure very well and was a real bulldog in the court room! I think the most important aspect and skill that he posses is knowing his opposition and knowing already how he would cross examine opposing counsel’s witnesses. His staff is very knowledgeable as well; I was given a lot of good advice by the paralegal that was assigned to my particular case. This was a trial I was not supposed to win, I felt it was in the best interest for the child, but I was extremely nervous because my opposition was very inept at misleading a judge with untrue statements. Plus I was fully aware that sometimes the system doesn’t work, however Joe Gufford helped me regain confidence in the system again by submitting every ounce of evidence so the judge could make a ruling with all the facts and truths. Really what else can you ask for?
Posted by richel
Mr. Gufford and his staff did a great job handling my child custody case. He was responsive with all phone calls and questions, and did a wonderful job preparing for my hearing infront of the judge. I put myself in a bind and was nervous I was going to lose my case however Mr. Gufford was able to get me out of that bind plus got me more then what I expected. I highly recommend him for family/child custody matters!!!
Posted by anonymous
Due to a very tragic family event that has forever changed our family, a little boy was left without his only caregiver, his loving mother. Here was this beautiful baby that was left without a home and not understanding the events that would forever change his life. Without a second thought, I knew I was the one that would love and look after this little boy. After relocating him to Florida we have had to overcome many obstacles to obtain the right to care and love my nephew, meanwhile he is thriving and a happy growing little boy.
After working with Florida Rural Legal Services for a few months and getting nowhere with the courts I was referred to Mr. Gufford who proceeded to assist me with a Pro Bono relative adoption case. Due to the complexity of the situation, Mr. Gufford and his staff was helpful in guiding me in the right direction to obtain documents and a home study requested by the judge. His office was patient while I completed the tasks, frequently kept in touch via mail and phone along the way and was able to schedule the final hearing very quickly. Mr. Gufford and his staff did an outstanding job; with his knowledge of family law and a Go Ge-tum attitude he presented the courts with a winning case. Due to people like Mr. Gufford who believe in the family unit I was able to open my home to a relative in need making me a proud father and I am forever grateful!
Posted by anonymous
I was a mess when I met Joe, thinking I had no choice but to bow to the demands of my ex. Joe was a trooper, played hardball and got me out of deep water where I could breathe, and didn't charge me an arm and a leg! He is still working on my behalf today. Go gettum Joe!!! Your the best!!
Posted by Happily Divorced
Joe Gufford has been my attorney for 5 plus years, still going strong. He and his office staff work very close and keep communication open during the rough times. He has been very thorough in the divorce, property, and child custody/support, as well as harassment, stalking, and violations of restraining orders. Having Joe Gufford and his strong staff working to make sure that my well being and my childrens best interest give me peace of mind. I have recommended Mr. Gufford's services to several friends and co-workers of which all have been statisfied with their results.
Posted by anonymous
Mr. Gufford is very knowledgeable and understand the complexity of family law. His knowledge of the law helps him navigate thru the system to provide his clients with the outcome they expect. If fast result and a lawyer with knowledge and experience is what you are looking for I'm sure you will find it wih Mr. Gufford.
Posted by anonymous
He has stood by me through thick and thin of my family court case. Has put up with my crazy ex-husband. Steered me in all the right direction a million times. He always knows what to do and gets it done in grand fashion. He also has been very caring and sensitive to my daughter whom we are doing all this for. And she just adores him as well. He and his office have always made me feel like I was their only client even though I know that is not the case. He answers all my questions and concerns immediately. He is an all around great guy and whenever anyone asks me for an attorney I always recommend him. He is extremely knowledgeable and gets the job done.
Posted by Pete
Joe Gufford is second to none! Mr. Gufford handled my VERY difficult divorce/custody case. His knowledge of Florida family law combined with his patience, diligence and foresight provided for a shortened mediation and a very favorable custody agreement. Joe actually met with my family and children and provided all with a comfort level not typical of many attorneys. His staff ALWAYS answered my calls and questions promptly. After dealing with 2 other attorneys, Joe revived my faith in the legal process. Joe still answers his phone calls and my questions even though it's been several years. Thanks for everything Joe!
Posted by anonymous
I needed a good attorney for a difficult child support and visitation battle. What I received with this law firm is a excellent attorney. He was not only HONEST, but very knowledgable in this area. He answered all my questions, and when it came time to go to court he was amazing. The other attorney while playing sly and trying to weasel things into court Joe was upstanding and beat them with honestly and integrity. I could not have asked for a better attorney. I will use this law firm for all my legal needs.
Posted by anonymous
Great lawyer and staff, always kept me informed, and just an all in general pleasure to work with.
Posted by anonymous
During my troubled time in my case, My Gurrord worked with myself and wife so that we could see the whole picture and not just our demands. With he and his staff, we were able to keep our case simple and work out our matters to keep everyone on the same page. Mr. Gufford treats you with the up most respect and takes time to listen and help everyone in concern.
Posted by Lisa
Mr. Gufford is great attorney. He has stood by me through thick and thin. He has done wonders in court against my ex. I would and do recommend to antone who asks me for an attorney.
Posted by Mary
Mr. Gufford was hired to recover a bad check issued to my business. Sounds simple enough but the circumstances of the case and the sometimes wacky nature of the individuals involved required both legal knowledge and the ability to finesse negotiations. Mr. Gufford knew when and how to push and when to play nice in order to keep the process moving to resolution. The result was a recovery of the funds without having to go to court which could have added months or even years of ongoing aggravation.
Lori Steger, Family Attorney
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
I endorse this lawyer. Joe is a very knowledgeable attorney who is a tenacious advocate for his clients. Joe and I have had many cases together and I find him to be reasonable to work with yet very effective for his clients.
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