Joe Matthews has been a trial and appellate advocate for 40 years. He is a magna cum laude graduate of the University of Miami, School of Law where he was an Editor of the Law Review and recipient of the Wesley Sturges Award, graduating first in his class. He is a Fellow and Past-President of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates. He is a member of the American Law Institute and is an Honorary Bencher of the Inn of Court of Northern Ireland.
In addition to his trial and appellate practice, Mr. Matthews has been an advocate in arbitration and a neutral arbitrator for more than 25 years. He is a Chartered Arbitrator and Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and a Fellow of the College of Commercial Arbitrators. He served for 12 years as a member of the Board of Directors of American Arbitration Association and for 3 years on its Executive Committee. He now serves as a Fellow and member of the Board of Directors of The Dispute Board Federation.
Mr. Matthews is a Florida Certified Circuit Civil Mediator and is Certified by the Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution (CEDR). He serves as mediator in commercial, construction, insurance, hospitality, employment, class action and personal injury cases pending in state and federal courts of the United States, as well as in commercial and investment arbitration disputes domestically and internationally. He is a member of the Panel of Mediators appointed by the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida and is also on the AAA Panel of Mediators.
Mr. Matthews has lectured and taught extensively in the US and other countries on topics including substantive law, civil justice systems and procedure, trial tactics, arbitration, rule of law and ethics, as well as technology. He taught at the National University of Mongolia and lectured at the University of Dundee, in Dundee Scotland. He lectured at the Central Party School, Beijing, China on the role of lawyers and the rule of law.
The Defiance College (1974) University of Miami School of Law (1977) Admission to Florida Bar (1977) Admission to District of Columbia Bar (1979) Trial, Appellate and Arbitration Advocate – Complex Business Disputes