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Legal professional with a focus on commercial litigation, transactions, and in-house support services. Recent background as a legal and operations executive for global public and private companies. My experiences are primarily in the real estate, intellectual property, healthcare IT, hospitality/entertainment, and the government contracting/affairs sectors. I’ve helped transition organizations through IPOs, spin-offs, M&As, and restructuring. Proudly serve in Florida National Guard for over 12 years, carrying military occupational specialties (MOSs) for Logistics, Engineering, and Ordnance Branches. Coming from a commercial litigation background, I’m recognized by clients, colleagues, and customers as someone who brings creative and dependable expertise to the table, with a subtle dose of tenacity. Joshua is AV rated “Preeminent” by Martindale-Hubbell, and was recently recognized as one of North Florida's top Business Lawyers by 904 Magazine, Joshua has a 10 out 10 ("Superb") rating by, received the 40 under 40 Award from the Business Journal, and was selected as one of the Top 100 Lawyers in America by The International 100. His trial experience includes property disputes, business disputes, and lending practices. 



American Bar Association

American Bankruptcy Institute

National Association of Consumer Advocates

Business Section of ABA

Jacksonville Bar Association

Florida Bar Real Property, Probate and Trust Section

Florida Bar Foreclosure Defense Section



Leadership Florida NE Region Board of Govenors

Florida Attorneys Saving Homes

Wounded Warriors Project Volunteer

Guys with Ties Philanthropy

Chairman of American Lung Association YPG   



Practice areas


  1. Employment: 30%
    1 year, 200 cases
  2. Health Care: 25%
    8 years
  3. Business: 25%
    10 years, 300 cases
  4. Intellectual Property: 10%
    100 cases
  5. Real Estate: 10%
    10 years, 400 cases



Fixed (sometimes), Free consultation (30 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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  • Mark V. Clay

    I highly endorse Mr. Cossey. Truly exceptional and caring attorney who gets great results in representing clients! I want all people with legal problems to contact him first.


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  • James Charles Shields

    I endorse this lawyer with no reservation. An extremely talented and well respected attorney in the legal community. Very hardworking and diligent. Consistently achieves superior results. Advice is always practical and on point. I recommend to anyone looking for an attorney who knows the law and truly cares about protecting the rights of clients and achieving the most favorable result possible.


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FLMember in Good Standing200806/17/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Best Corporate Counsel ServicesAI Legal2016
AV Preeminent RatedMartindale-Hubbell2015
Top 100 Lawyers in AmericaInternational Top 100 Business2014
NE FL Top Lawyers in Business904 Magazine2014
Army Accomidation MedalUnited states Army2013
Who's Who of Executives in the Legal ServicesThe Cambridge Heritage Society2010
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerNorth Florida Lawyers, PLLC2016 - Present
Managing AttorneySentinel Law, P.A.2009 - Present
PartnerDouglas Hedstrom Cossey2015 - 2016
General Counsel & Senior VPLatitude 360, Inc2014 - 2016
Senior VP OperationsThe HCI Group2013 - 2014
Of CounselThe Bankruptcy Firm Of Lansing J. Roy, P.A.2011 - 2012
Of CounselThe Chestnut Firm2009 - 2010
Of CounselJimerson Wilson PA2009 - 2011
AssociateThe Law Offices of Robert W. Bauer2007 - 2008
Law ClerkCity Attorney of Gainesville2006 - 2006
Legal AnalystUniversity of Florida2005 - 2007
Association namePosition nameDuration
Clay County Chamber of CommerceN/A2015 - Present
St Johns County Chamber of CommerceN/A2015 - Present
American Bankruptcy InstituteN/A2010 - Present
National Association of Consumer AdvocatesN/A2010 - Present
Jacksonville Bar AssociationN/A2009 - Present
Florida Bar, Real Property, Probate and Trust Law SectionN/A2009 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Exception to the NormDIL & Short Sale for 2 properties - same person
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Publication nameTitleDate
Florida Bar Journal, February EditionA Horse is Horse of Course of Course, But is it Agriculture2012
Drake Journal of Agricultural LawProtecting Equine Rescue From Being Put Out to Pasture2011
Drake Journal of Agricultural LawEvaluation on Whether Ranches for Abandoned Horses out to be entitled to Greenbelt Status2011
The ResidentWe're watching out for you2010
Florida Bar JournalUdder Nonsense? The Emerging Issue of Raw Milk Sales in Florida, Part I: Regulation2008
Handbook of Fence and Florida Property LawProperty and Boundary Law for Adjoining Land Owners2007
Drake Journal of Agricultural LawThe Legal Basis for Regulatory Control of Invasive Citrus Pests in Florida2007
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Florida, Fredric G. Levin College of LawLand UseJD - Juris Doctor2007
Florida State UniversityPolitical Science & PsychologyBA - Bachelor of Arts2002
Florida Atlantic UniversityN/AEnvironmental Studies Certificate1998
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Home Buyers SeminarShort Sales, Foreclosures, and Precautions2010
Florida Real Estate Investment CouncilCreating Margins between Net Present Value and Market Value2010
Agents, Cowboys, and Short Sale IndiansShort Sales2010