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John J. Joyce

John J. “Joe” Joyce joined Schulman, Lopez, Hoffer & Adelstein, LLP in June 2019 and was promoted to Partner in January 2023. His practice includes the representation of school districts, charter schools and other public and private entities in all areas.

Prior to joining Schulman, Lopez, Hoffer & Adelstein, LLP, Mr. Joyce was a litigator in Florida, litigating a diverse area of cases, including banking litigation, foreclosure, construction law, public records, business disputes, real property litigation, criminal defense and appeals. Prior to becoming a civil litigator, Mr. Joyce began his career as an assistant public defender, representing indigent clients accused of crimes. 

Education & Honors

Mr. Joyce graduated from the University of Florida, receiving his B.A. cum laude in East Asian Language and Literatures with a specialty in Chinese language. Mr. Joyce attended the University of Florida Levin College of Law, where he received honors in Appellate Advocacy and Trial Practice courses, and served as President of the John Marshall Bar Association from 2010-2011. During law school, Mr. Joyce served as a summer law student clerk to the Honorable David Gersten of the Third Circuit Court of Appeals in Miami, Florida. 


Licensed to practice in all state courts in Florida and Texas, as well as the Middle and Northern Districts of Florida. 


Mr. Joyce previously served as the elected Governor for the Third Judicial Circuit on the Florida Bar Board of Governors – Young Lawyers Division. He also served as the Third Judicial Circuit’s Judicial Nominating Commission as the Governor’s appointee, the chairperson on the Third Judicial Circuit Professionalism Panel, and the Treasurer of the Third Judicial Circuit Bar Association. 

Representative cases in which Mr. Joyce was counsel: 

Lilker v. Suwannee Valley Transit Authority, 133 So. 3d 654 (Fla. 1st DCA 2014).   

Prins v. Farley, 208 So. 3d 1215 (Fla. 1st DCA 2017) Koon v. Lafayette State Bank, 249 So. 3d 607 (Fla. 1st DCA 2018)