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Joseph M. Herbert

Joseph M. Herbert

Associate

601 South Osprey Avenue
Sarasota, Florida 34236
Direct: 941.556.1485
Fax: 941.365.2916
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Joseph M. Herbert practices primarily in the areas of business, construction, real estate, and employment law; handling a wide variety of disputes and negotiations within those areas. In addition, Joseph has helped clients in business and partnership formation and disassociation, a wide variety of contract drafting and evaluation, as well as general civil litigation matters.

Following a career in business management, Joseph obtained his Juris Doctorate with honors from Stetson University College of Law simultaneously with his Masters of Business Administration with honors and began practicing law in 2010.

Joseph was born in Louisville, Kentucky and, following his service in the U.S. Navy, has lived and worked in Sarasota since 2003. He has a wife and two daughters and enjoys spending his free time with his family. Joseph is a supporter of the Sarasota branch of the John Hopkins All Children’s Hospital as well as other community causes and organizations, and contributes a portion of his practice to the provision of pro-bono services to persons in need of legal assistance. Joseph is a past Chair of the Sarasota County Bar Association Employment Law Section, as well as a past member of the Diversity Committee Section and a current member of the Business Law Section Steering Committee. He has been awarded the President’s Award for services in support of the Sarasota Bar and has given lectures on general employment and business matters, the effects of healthcare changes on businesses, and other matters. Joseph is admitted to practice in the state courts of Florida and the U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Middle, and Southern Districts of Florida.

Honors:

  • Silver Award, Legal Aid of Manasota (recognized for 50 to 99 hours of pro bono legal services) (2011, 2012)
  • Bronze Award, Legal Aid of Manasota (recognized for 20 to 49 hours of pro bono legal services) (2013)
  • Sarasota County Bar Association President’s Award (for Commitment in Providing Exceptional Governance Oversight for the Board of Directors) (2011-2013)

Professional and Community Affiliations:

  • The Florida Bar: Member; Labor and Employment Law Section, Trial Lawyers Section
  • American Bar Association: Member
  • Sarasota County Bar Association: Member; Labor and Employment Law Section, Trial Lawyers Section, and Business Law Section
  • Sarasota County Bar Association Contract Review Liaison (2011-2014)
  • Sarasota County Bar Association Labor and Employment Law Section, Chair (2015)
  • Sarasota County Bar Association Young Lawyers Division, Diversity Committee Co-Chair (2014-2015)
  • Sarasota County Bar Association Business Law Section Steering Committee (2017)

Military Background

  • U.S. Navy: Petty Officer (1998 to 2000); Midshipman (2000 to 2001)

Practices

  • Surety Law
  • Construction Law
  • Business and Commercial Litigation
  • Insurance Defense
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Condominium Law
  • Trial Practice
  • Employment Law
  • Contracts and Business Disputes

Education

  • J.D., Stetson University College of Law, 2010, with honors
  • M.B.A., Stetson University, 2010, with honors
  • B.S. Business Administration, University of Florida, Warrington College of Business, 2004

Bar & Court Admissions

  • Florida State Courts, 2010
  • United States District Court, Northern District of Florida
  • United States District Court, Middle District of Florida
  • United States District Court, Southern District of Florida

Seminars

  • “Affordable Care Act - Impact on Employers and Small Businesses”
    • July, 2013 and September 2013
  • “Controlling Unemployment Compensation Costs”
    • September, 2016
  • “Human Resource Law: What You Need to Know Now”
    • August, 2017
    • Topics presented include: “Recent Developments in Employment Law,” “Hiring/Recruiting,” and “Workplace Behavior and Privacy Issues.”

 

Additional Info

  • Practices
    • General Business & Commercial Law
    • General Civil Litigation
    • Casualty and Premises Liability
    • General Liability
    • Amusement, Sports and Recreation
    • Professional Liability Long Term Care Litigation
    • Construction Litigation Management of Risk and Compliance
  • Education
    • Florida State University College of Law, J.D.
    • The University of Central Florida, B.S. Business Management
  • Bar & Court Admissions
    • The Florida Bar

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