Joel D. Eaton

Joel D. Eaton

Appellate Litigation



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Joel received his Bachelor of Arts Degree from Yale University and his Juris Doctorate Degree (cum laude) from Harvard Law School. He is admitted to the following bars: Florida, U.S. Court of Appeals, 5th Circuit, U.S. Supreme Court, U.S. Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit, U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit.

Joel handles appellate litigation––a practice which has taken him to all of the appellate courts of Florida, including innumerable appearances in the Florida Supreme Court, to the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth and Eleventh Circuits on many occasions, and several times to the United States Supreme Court. Joel authored “The American Law of Defamation Through Gertz v. Robert Welch, Inc. and Beyond: An Analytical Primer,” Virginia Law Review, Vol. 61, Issue No. 7, in 1975; and Ch. 6, “Making a Proper Record,” Florida Civil Trial Practice, Eighth Edition, in 2010. His article, “Jumping Through the Hoops to Meaningful Appellate Review: Protecting the Record at Trial,” which was published in the May, 1988 Florida Bar Journal, won first prize for the best Journal article published in 1988.

Joel is also heavily involved in organizations concerned with appellate practice, including a former chairmanship of the Appellate Court Rules Committee of the Florida Bar, Adviser to The Reporter of the American Law Institute′s Restatement of the Law of Torts (Third), two terms as a member of the Florida Supreme Court Committee on Standard Jury Instructions in Civil Cases, membership in the prestigious American Law Institute, the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers and the American Association for Justice, and is a Diplomat of the Florida Justice Association. Joel served as a Lieutenant, Naval Aviator, in the U.S. Navy from 1965–1971 and flew 150 combat missions during two tours in Southeast Asia.

Recent Awards & Recognition

2014 "The Best Lawyers in America", 2014

2013 “America′s Leading Lawyers for Business 2013”, Chambers & Partners

2013 South Florida Legal Guide, "Top Lawyers", 2013

2013 "The Best Lawyers in America", 2013

2012 “America′s Leading Lawyers for Business 2012”, Chambers & Partners

2012 "The Best Lawyers in America", 2012

2012 Florida Trend Magazine, "Florida's Legal Elite" 2012

2012 South Florida Legal Guide, "Top Lawyers", 2012

2011 "The Best Lawyers in America", 2011

2011 “America′s Leading Lawyers for Business 2011”, Chambers & Partners

2011 South Florida Legal Guide, "Top Lawyers", 2011

2010 “America′s Leading Lawyers for Business 2010”, Chambers & Partners

2010 South Florida Legal Guide, "Top Lawyers", 2010

2010  Ten Podhurst Orseck attorneys named Florida Super Lawyers

2010  "The Best Lawyers in America", 2010

2010  Best Lawyers' "Lawyer of the Year 2010 " , South Florida's Best Lawyers

2009  "The Best Lawyers in America", 2009

2009 “America′s Leading Lawyers for Business 2009”, Chambers & Partners

2009  South Florida Legal Guide, "Top Lawyers", 2009
2008  "The Best Lawyers in America", 2008

2008  South Florida Legal Guide, "Top Lawyers", 2008

2008  “America′s Leading Lawyers for Business 2008”, Chambers & Partners

2007  "The Best Lawyers in America", 2007

2007  “America′s Leading Lawyers for Business 2007”, Chambers & Partners
2007  South Florida Legal Guide, "Top Lawyers", 2007