Joseph D. Hunt's Profile Image

Joseph D. Hunt

St. Pete: (727) 310-3017
Fax: (813) 223-6127

For more than 25 years, Joseph Hunt has practiced in the area of marital and family law. As an experienced trial lawyer, he is as comfortable in the courtroom as in the conference room, but recognizes the benefits of settlement over trial. Mr. Hunt is one of a select few Florida attorneys who have earned the designation of being Board Certified in Marital and Family Law. Board Certification is the highest level of recognition by The Florida Bar, displaying an attorney’s competency and experience in their specific area of law, and a Fellow in the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, demonstrating substantial involvement in the matrimonial area of practice. Mr. Hunt utilizes his experience to focus on complex domestic relations matters, either with a traditional litigation-based approach or a collaborative approach.

Mr. Hunt has litigated numerous cases in Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco, Manatee, Hernando and Sarasota Counties.  With extensive trial experience, he is a zealous advocate who simultaneously promotes the amicable resolution of disputes. Additionally, Mr. Hunt has handled numerous collaborative cases in multiple counties.

Mr. Hunt has been a member of The Florida Bar since 1993 and is an active member of The Florida Bar Family Law Section, where he is currently a member of the Executive Council and a Co-Chair of the Equitable Distribution Committee. He previously served as Co-Chair of The Florida Bar Family Law Section’s Legislative Committee and as a member of the Trial Advocacy Committee. He also previously served on The Florida Bar Marital and Family Law Certification Committee, as well as on a Florida Bar Grievance Committee. Mr. Hunt is a member of the Hillsborough County Bar Association and formerly served as Chair of their Marital and Family Law Section. He is a member of the Tampa Bay Academy of Collaborative Professionals and previously served on the Executive and Membership Committee. Mr. Hunt is a member of the St. Petersburg Bar Association, is a master member of the Stann W. Givens Family Law Inn of Court, and serves on the Board of Managers and Institute and Webinar Committees for the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers.

Mr. Hunt received his B.A. degree from Michigan State University and his J.D. degree from Stetson University College of Law.  Mr. Hunt has been recognized in Florida Super Lawyers®, Florida Trend’s Legal Elite. Mr. Hunt was awarded as one of Best Lawyers in America© 2020 Family Law “Lawyer of the Year,” after being recognized by his peers. Mr. Hunt completed Family Mediation Certification training, has served as a family law mediator, is a frequent speaker on Family Law issues, speaking at Florida’s Marital and Family Law Review Course, and serving as a workshop leader at the last three cycles of the Florida Bar Family Law Section Trial Advocacy Seminar. He was awarded the 2012 Ted Millison Professionalism Award by the Family Law Inn of Tampa having exemplified the highest standards of ethics and professionalism in the practice of family law.

Mr. Hunt is active in charitable causes and civic organizations, including Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay, Lawyers for Literacy and serves on the Board of Directors and is the current President-Elect for The Rotary Club of Tampa.

Professional Licenses

  • Admitted to Florida Bar (1993)
  • Board Certified in Marital and Family Law (2012)
  • Fellow in American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (2015) 

Professional Recognition

  • Florida Super Lawyers (2014 – 2019)
  • Best Lawyers® (2017 – 2019)
  • Florida Trend's Legal Elite (2019)
  • 10.0 AVVO Rating
  • Ted Millison Professionalism Award – Family Law Inn of Court Tampa (2012)
  • The National Advocates Top 100 Lawyers (2014 – 2016)

Professional Activities

  • Hillsborough County Bar Association (Member)
  • St. Petersburg Bar Association (Member)
  • International Academy of Collaborative Professionals (Member)
  • Florida Bar Marital and Family Law Certification Committee (2016 – Present)
  • Florida Bar Family Law Section (Member)
    • Equitable Distribution Committee (Chair 2016 – 2017)
    • Executive Council
    • Legislation Committee (Co-Chair 2018 – 2019)
    • Finance Committee
    • Trial Advocacy Workshop Committee (2017)
    • Various Ad Hoc Committees
  • Florida Bar Family Law Grievance Committee (2009 – 2012)
  • HCBA Family Law Section (Member)
    • Executive Committee (2007 – 2016)
    • Chair (2010 – 2011)
    • Secretary/Treasurer (2008 – 2009)
  • Tampa Bay Academy of Collaborative Professionals (Member)
    • Membership Committee Chair (2008 – 2014)
    • Executive Committee (2007 – 2015)
  • The Stann W. Givens Family Law American Inn of Court (2004-2016) (2017 – Present)
  • The Tampa Bay American Inn of Court (2014 – 2019)
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
    • Board of Managers (2017 – Present)
    • Institute Committee (2016 – Present)
    • Webinar Committee (2017 – Present)

Lecturer/Speaker

  • Trial Advocacy Workshop Leader (Florida Bar Family Law Section – 2015, 2017, 2019)
  • Using Discovery and Procedure to Your Advantage (AAML Annual Institute – 2019)
  • Family Law Section of the Florida Bar - Legislative Update (Webinar – 2019)
  • Gifts in Family Law Cases…Unwrapped (Webinar – 2018)
  • UIFSA, PKPA & Hague Abduction Overview (AAML and Florida Bar Family Law Section Annual Marital and Family Law Review Course – 2016)
  • Professionalism and Ethics in Marital and Family Law (AAML and Florida Bar Family Law Section Annual Marital and Family Law Review Course – 2015)
  • Ethics and Professionalism in Family Law Practice (HCBA Bench Bar Conference – 2011)
  • Complex Issues in Divorce for the Florida Practitioner: Child Custody and Support (2004)
  • Divorce 101: Obtaining the Best Settlement for your Client in Florida (2006)
  • Various speaking engagements with community organizations on traditional and Collaborative divorce models

CLE and Trainings

  • AAML and Florida Bar Family Law Section Annual Marital and Family Law Review Course (2005 – 2019)
  • AAML Annual Institute (2004 – 2010 & 2012 – 2019)
  • Interdisciplinary Family Collaborative Practice Training, Advanced/Intermediate Course by Florida Collaborative Trainers (2010)
  • American Bar Association Trial Advocacy Institute (2010)
  • Florida Bar Seminar – Future of Child Custody Litigation (2006)
  • Interdisciplinary Collaborative Law Training (2006)
  • Various CLE programs and Webinars
  • Atticus Workshops and Seminars

Community Organizations

  • Lawyers for Literacy Mentoring Program
  • Rotary Club of Tampa Bay (2010 – Present)
  • Rotary Club of Tampa Bay Board of Directors (2015 – Present)
    • President-Elect (2019 – 2020)
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay (2009 – 2012)