Curriculum Vitae/Resume

Law Office of Joseph A. Corsmeier, P.A.
2454 N. McMullen Booth Road, Suite 431
Clearwater, Florida 33759
(office) (727) 799-1688
jcorsmeier@jac-law.com

LEGAL EXPERIENCE:

November 2008-present: Partner, Law Office of Joseph A. Corsmeier, P.A.

Representation of attorneys in disciplinary matters before The Florida Bar, appeals, and oral argument before the Supreme Court of Florida, attorney admission and readmission proceedings before the Florida Board of Bar Examiners, representation of professionals (physicians, nurses, real estate agents/brokers, CPAs, et al) before all State of Florida boards and agencies in licensure admission and disciplinary matters, expert analysis and opinion on legal ethics, malpractice, and professionalism issues. Qualified and provided expert testimony on multiple occasions on attorney ethics and malpractice issues in Circuit Court litigation matters. Practice includes analysis and defense of Unlicensed Practice of Law (UPL) issues and representation in UPL matters before The Florida Bar. Practice also includes workers’ compensation, and representation of law enforcement unions in labor, grievance, and other matters, including appeals of final agency actions.

September 2006-November 2008: Partner, Albinson & Corsmeier, P.A.

Representation of attorneys in disciplinary matters before The Florida Bar, appeals, and oral argument before the Supreme Court of Florida, attorney admission and readmission proceedings before the Florida Board of Bar Examiners, representation of professionals (physicians, nurses, real estate agents/brokers, CPAs, et al) before all Florida boards and agencies in licensure admission and disciplinary matters, expert analysis and opinion on legal ethics, malpractice, and professionalism issues. Qualified and provided testimony on multiple occasions as an expert on attorney ethics and malpractice issues in Circuit Court litigation matters. Practice included analysis and defense of Unlicensed Practice of Law (UPL) issues and representation in UPL matters before The Florida Bar. Practice also included workers’ compensation, and representation of law enforcement unions in labor, grievance, and other matters, including appeals of final agency actions.

September 2003-August 2006: Partner, Law Office of Joseph A. Corsmeier, P.A.

Representation of attorneys in disciplinary matters before The Florida Bar, appeals, and oral argument before the Supreme Court of Florida, attorney admission and readmission proceedings before the Florida Board of Bar Examiners, representation of professionals (physicians, nurses, real estate agents/brokers, CPAs, et al) before all Florida boards and agencies in licensure admission and disciplinary matters, expert analysis and opinion on legal ethics, malpractice, and professionalism issues. Qualified and provided testimony on multiple occasions as an expert on attorney ethics and malpractice issues in Circuit Court litigation matters. Practice included analysis and defense of Unlicensed Practice of Law (UPL) issues and representation in UPL matters before The Florida Bar. Practice also included workers’ compensation, and representation of law enforcement unions in labor, grievance, and other matters, including appeals of final agency actions.

March 1998 -August 2003: Attorney/Partner, Tew, Barnes & Atkinson, L.L.P.

Representation of attorneys in disciplinary matters before The Florida Bar, appeals, and oral argument before the Supreme Court of Florida, attorney admission and readmission proceedings before the Florida Board of Bar Examiners, representation of professionals (physicians, nurses, real estate agents/brokers, CPAs, et al) before all Florida boards and agencies in licensure admission and disciplinary matters, expert analysis and opinion on legal ethics, malpractice, and professionalism issues. Qualified and provided testimony on multiple occasions as an expert on attorney ethics and malpractice issues in Circuit Court litigation matters. Practice included analysis and defense of Unlicensed Practice of Law (UPL) issues and representation in UPL matters before The Florida Bar. Practice also included workers’ compensation, and representation of law enforcement unions in labor, grievance, and other matters, including appeals of final agency actions.

January 1990 -March 1998: Senior Bar Counsel, The Florida Bar, Department of Lawyer Regulation

Investigation and prosecution of attorney disciplinary matters pursuant to the Rules Regulating The Florida Bar, initial screening and investigation of bar complaints, advisor and Bar liaison to disciplinary grievance committees, litigation of Bar disciplinary matters before judges (referees) appointed by the Supreme Court of Florida, preparing and filing briefs on direct appeals to the Supreme Court of Florida, and oral arguments before the Supreme Court of Florida.

February 1986 -December 1989: Assistant State Attorney, Florida Sixth Judicial Circuit

Prosecution of criminal offenses for the State of Florida, investigation of criminal charges, motion practice, pretrial preparation, and numerous jury trials. Prosecution of felonies exclusively from June 1987 to December 1989.

September 1985 – January 1986: Attorney, Hopping, Boyd, Green and Sams, P.A.

Administrative matters and hearings, including health care, environmental, and water law, land use planning, growth management, and federal air and water quality statutes. Legal research and preparation of detailed memoranda.

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS, ASSOCIATIONS, AND ACHIEVEMENTS:

  • Member, Supreme Court of the United States Bar
  • Member, United States District Court, Middle District of Florida Bar
  • Member, United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit Bar
  • Member, American Bar Association (Professionalism Section)
  • Member, Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers
    • Member, Clearwater Bar Association (1986-present) (Board of Directors 2004-2008, President-Elect 2008-2009, President 2009-2010, Immediate Past President 2010-2011)
    • St. Petersburg Bar Association (1987-present)
    • The Florida Bar, Professional Ethics Committee, (2007-present)
    • Law Office Management Advisory Services, Inc. Advisory Board (2007-present) (Board Vice-Chair 2011-present)
    • The Florida Bar, Law Student Education and Admissions To The Bar Committee (2005-2006)
    • Member, Thomson Reuters/Super Lawyers Ethics Advisory Board
    • Panel Member, Westlaw Expert Round Table Group
    • AV” Rated, Martindale-Hubbell
    • Pro bono, Community Law Program: Certificates of Appreciation for “Outstanding dedication in providing pro bono legal services to the indigent of Pinellas County” 1995, 1996, 1997, and 1998
    • Marquis’ Who’s Who In American Law, 14th Edition, 2005

EDUCATION:

  • Juris Doctor: Mercer University Walter F. George School of Law, Macon, Georgia
  • Undergraduate: Florida State University

PARTIAL LISTING OF SEMINARS AND PROFESSIONAL ENHANCEMENT (Since 2000):

  • Speaker on Ethical Dilemmas at Medical and Legal Issues in Workers’ Compensation for the New Millennium Seminar presented by the Workers’ Compensation Section of The Florida Bar, February 2000.
  • Speaker and Panelist at Ethics and Professionalism Seminar presented by Stetson College of Law, March 2000.
  • Speaker on Legal Ethics at Workers’ Compensation in Florida Seminar presented by Lorman Educational Services, October 2000 and August 2002.
  • Speaker at Workers’ Compensation For General Practitioner In Florida Seminar presented by Lorman, September 2001.
  • Speaker on Risk Management and How to Avoid Bar Grievances at Seminar sponsored by Clearwater Bar Association, January 2002.
  • Speaker on Ethical Considerations For Criminal Lawyers, Sentencing and Alternatives Seminar presented by St. Petersburg Bar Association, April 2002.
  • Speaker at Advanced Workers’ Compensation and Ethics at Seminar sponsored by Lorman ES, November 2002.
  • Speaker on Legal Ethics in Florida at Seminar presented by Lorman ES, December 2002.
  • Speaker on Legal Ethics at Seminar on Legal Ethics and Risk Management presented by the Clearwater Bar Association, January 2003.
  • Speaker on Bar Advertising Rules Update at Seminar presented by St. Petersburg Bar Association, February 2003.
  • Speaker on Legal Ethics at Discovery for Legal Staff Seminar presented by Lorman ES, March 2003.
  • Speaker on Legal Ethics and Advertising at Seminar presented by Stetson College of Law, March 2003.
  • Speaker on Ethics and Attorney Fee Sanctions at Seminar presented by Clearwater Bar Association Family Law Section, May 2003.
  • Speaker/Panelist on Ethics/Attorney Sanctions at Masters in Ethics Seminar presented by The Florida Bar, June 2003.
  • Speaker/Panelist on Ethics and Professionalism at Seminar presented by Clearwater Bar Association, September 2003.
  • Speaker on Ethics and Attorney Sanctions at Fourth Annual Bench and Bar Conference and Symposium presented by Clearwater and St. Petersburg Bar Associations, October 2003.
  • Speaker/Panelist at Trial Ethics Seminar, presented by Pinellas County Trial Lawyers’ Association, October 2003.
  • Speaker on Legal Ethics at Discovery for Legal Staff Seminar, presented by Lorman ES, March 2004.
  • Speaker on Working Effectively and Ethically with Paralegals at Seminar presented by St. Petersburg College, March 2004.
  • Speaker on Legal Ethics for Paralegals at Seminar presented by Paralegal Association of Florida, March 2004.
  • Speaker on Attorney Advertising at Annual Bench and Bar Conference presented by Clearwater and St. Petersburg Bar Associations, October 2004.
  • Speaker on Working Effectively and Ethically with Staff at Seminar presented by Clearwater Bar Association, December 2004.
  • Moderator for Judicial Panel on Attorney Professionalism, Practicing with Professionalism Program presented by The Florida Bar, February 2005, August 2005, February 2006.
  • Speaker on Attorney Ethics and Bar Grievance Process at seminar presented by Lorman ES, February 2005.
  • Speaker on Attorney Ethics and Fees, Barney Masterson Inn of Court, February 2005.
    • Speaker on Good Billing Practices and Managing Trust Accounts To Avoid Ethical and Liability Issues, Practical Ethics Seminar presented by Half Moon Seminars, April 2005.
    • Speaker at Survivor Ethics Seminar presented by the Clearwater Bar Association, June 2005.
    • Speaker at Ethics Update Seminar presented by Clearwater Bar Association’, September 2005.
    • Speaker at Ethics Update Seminar presented by Paralegal Association of Florida, September 2005.
    • Speaker on Legal Ethics at Discovery for Legal Staff Seminar, presented by Lorman ES, October 2005.
    • Speaker at Trust Account Management for Lawyers and Staff Seminar presented by Clearwater Bar Association, February 2006.
    • Speaker on Attorney Ethics and Professionalism at Annual Family Law Update Seminar presented by Clearwater Bar Association, March 2006.
    • Speaker on attorney professionalism at joint annual meeting of Pinellas and Hillsborough Chapters of the Canakaris Inns of Court, March 2006.
    • Speaker at Professionalism Seminar sponsored by Palm Beach County Bar Association, April 2006.
    • Speaker at Law Office Management for Lawyers and Staff Seminar presented by Clearwater Bar Association, April 2006.
    • Speaker on Ethical Considerations for Pro Bono Public Service presented by Clearwater Bar Association, May 2006.
    • Moderator of Judicial Panel on Professionalism at Practicing with Professionalism Seminar presented by The Florida Bar, August 2006.
    • Speaker on Ethics at Discovery Skills for Legal Staff Seminar presented by Lorman ES, October 2006.
    • Speaker on Ethics and Bar Rules Update at Bench and Bar Conference presented by Clearwater and St. Petersburg Bar Associations, November 2006.
    • Speaker on Ethics at Ethics in Estate Planning seminar, presented by Clearwater Bar Association, November 2006.
    • Speaker at Professionalism & Ethics for Courtroom Lawyers seminar, presented by Hillsborough County Bar Association, December 2006.
    • Speaker/Moderator/ Panelist at Professionalism Seminar sponsored by Clearwater Bar Association, January 2007.
    • Panelist/Speaker on Ethics at Hot Topics, Medical Issues, and Current Trends in Attorney Fees and Costs (Workers’ Compensation) Seminar presented by St. Petersburg Bar Association, January 2007.
    • Moderator of Judicial Panel at Practicing with Professionalism Seminar presented by The Florida Bar, February 2007.
    • Speaker on ethics at 2007 Real Estate Law Update Seminar presented by Clearwater Bar Association and Pinellas Realtor Organization, February 2007.
    • Speaker on mediation ethics and risk management at mediation at Ethics and Risk Management at Seminar presented by Hillsborough Bar Association, March 2007.
    • Speaker on ethics and update on Bar Website and Advertising Rules at seminar presented by Legal Marketing Association, March 2007.
    • Speaker on ethical issues in representing and/or serving on Board of Directors of a Non-Profit Organization at Overview of Legal Issues Affecting Start-up Non-profit Organizations sponsored by Community Law Program and Gulfcoast Legal Services, June 2007.
    • Speaker on ethical issues at Masters in Ethics Seminar at The Florida Bar’s annual meeting, June 2007.
    • Speaker on Attorney Ethics at Bench and Bar symposium presented by Clearwater and St. Petersburg Bar Associations, October 2007.
    • Speaker/Moderator of Professionalism & Ethics Seminar presented by Hillsborough County Bar Association, November 2007.
    • Speaker on Ethics for Paralegals at Discovery Skills Seminar presented by Lorman ES, November 2007.
    • Speaker on Ethics at Criminal Basic Skills Course presented by The Florida Bar, February 2008.
    • Speaker on Ethics at Probate Update Seminar presented by Clearwater Bar Association, February 2008.
    • Speaker on Ethics at Bar Advertising Rules Update Seminar, Pinellas Mid-County Bar Association, February 2008.
    • Speaker on Ethics and substance abuse and depression issues at seminar presented by Florida Lawyer’s Assistance, Inc. and the Clearwater Bar Association, April 2008.
    • Speaker at Professionalism, Ethics, and Diversity Seminar presented by Hillsborough County Bar Association, April 2008.
    • Speaker on Ethics at Disaster Preparedness and Recovery For Lawyers and Law Offices presented by Clearwater Bar Association, April 2008.
    • Speaker on Ethics at The Florida Bar’s Annual Masters in Ethics Seminar, June 2008.
    • Speaker on Ethics at St. Petersburg College Paralegal classes, October 2008.
    • Speaker on Attorney Ethics at Seminar presented by Gulfcoast Legal Services, October 2008.
    • Speaker on Attorney Ethics at Fathers’ Rights and Other Adoption Questions Seminar presented by St. Petersburg Adoption Attorneys, November 2008.
    • Speaker/Moderator of Professionalism Symposium sponsored by Clearwater Bar Association, January 2009.
    • Speaker at Ethical Tips and Traps for Advertising Lawyer Webinar sponsored by Law and Politics, January 2009.
    • Speaker on Ethics at Basic Criminal Law Seminar presented by The Florida Bar, February 2009.
    • Speaker on Ethics and Malpractice Issues for McFarlane Ferguson Law Firm, March 2009
    • Speaker on Attorney Ethics at Ethics Seminar presented by Gulfcoast Legal Services, May 2009.
    • Speaker on Ethics and Malpractice Issues for Abbey Adams law firm, May 2009.
    • Speaker on Ethics and Electronic Discovery at The Florida Bar’s Annual Masters Seminar on Ethics, June 2009.
      • Speaker on Pro Bono Public Service and Ethical Considerations at seminar presented by Clearwater Bar Association and Gulfcoast Legal Services, August 2009.
      • Speaker on Ethics at Internet Advertising/Marketing Seminar presented by Westlaw/Clearwater Bar Association, September 2009.
      • Speaker on Paralegal Ethics at Social Media and the Law Seminar presented by Tampa Bay Paralegal Association, September 2009.
      • Speaker on Paralegal Ethics at Seminar presented by the Paralegal Association of Florida, September 2009.
      • Speaker on Attorney Ethics and Metadata at Bankruptcy Techniques: Foreclosure Defense Strategies Seminar presented by AmStar Litigations Services, December 2009.
      • Speaker on Amended Florida Bar Lawyer Website and Internet Advertising Rules at Ethical Considerations in an Online World Seminar presented by Findlaw, December 2009.
      • Speaker at Amended Bar Website and Internet Advertising Rules Seminar presented by Clearwater Bar Association, January 2010.
      • Panelist for Professionalism 2010 for Judges and Lawyers presented by Clearwater Bar Association January 2010.
      • Speaker at Ethics in Changing Times Seminar presented by the Rossdale Group, LLC January 2010.
      • Speaker at Seminar on New Internet Florida Bar Rules presented by the Clearwater Bar Association, January 2010.
      • Speaker at Ethical Tips and Traps for Advertising Lawyers presented by SuperLawyers/Thomson Reuters, March 2010.
      • Speaker on Amended Internet Bar Rules at Using Technology in Today’s Law Practice Seminar presented by Westlaw, April 2010.
      • Speaker on Brave New World, Florida Website and Internet Regulation in the 21st Century at Seminar presented by Legal Marketing Association, Tampa Bay City Group, April 2010.
      • Speaker at Ethical Paralegal Billing and other Office Management and Ethics Tips Seminar presented by Clearwater Bar Association, April 2010.
      • Speaker on Amended Website and Internet Bar Rules at Canakaris Inn of Court, April 2010.
      • Speaker on Ethical Issues in Representation of and/or Service on Boards of Non-Profit Organizations presented by St. Petersburg Bar Association, Gulfcoast Legal Services, and Community Law Program, June 2010.
      • Speaker on Ethics at The Florida Bar’s Annual Masters Seminar on Ethics June 2010.
      • Speaker on Ethics Tips and How to Avoid Grievance and What to Do If You Get One at Advanced Medical Imaging seminar, July 2010.
      • Speaker on Paralegal Ethics to Paralegal Association of Florida, Pinellas Chapter, August 2010.
      • Speaker on Judicial Assistants Ethics to the Judicial Assistants Association of Florida, August 2010.
      • Speaker on Lawyer Ethics and Website and Internet Regulation in the 21st Century, Florida Public Relations Association, October 2010.
      • Speaker/Panelist on Ethics/Practice Management, Stetson Law School Practice Management Class, November 2010.
      • Speaker on Ethical Fee Agreements, Billing, and Practice Management Tips at Hillsborough County Bar Association YLD Seminar, February 2011.
      • Speaker on Ethics in the Probate Process at CBA/SPBA Probate Update Seminar, February 2011.
      • Speaker on Fee Agreements, Billing and other ethics issues at ethics seminar sponsored by Advanced Medical Imaging, March 2011.
      • Speaker on Ethics in Alternative Dispute Resolution-Tips and Traps for the Unwary at Tips for Mediators and Advocates Seminar sponsored by the St. Petersburg Bar Association, April 2011.
      • Speaker on Ethics at Lorman Premises Liability and Negligent Security Seminar, May 2011.
      • Speaker/Panelist at Florida 5th Circuit Judicial Professionalism Seminar, June 2011.
      • Speaker on Current Ethics Topics, Tips, and Traps at The Florida Bar’s Annual Masters Seminar on Ethics June 2011.
      • Speaker on Ethical Fee Agreements and Billing at Pinellas Criminal Defense Lawyers seminar, August 2011.
      • Speaker on Ethical Fee Agreements and Billing at Lawline.com webcast seminar, August 2011.
      • Speaker on advertising ethics and proposed comprehensive Bar advertising rules at Marketing Ethically in the 21st Century seminar sponsored by Clearwater Bar Association September 2011.
      • Speaker on Ethical Billing and Fee Agreements and Ethics Update at Manatee County Bar Association, October 2011.
      • Speaker on Family Law Ethical Billing and Fee Agreements at CBA Family Law Section meeting, November 2011.
      • Speaker on Ethics and Estate Planning at Joint CBA/SPBA Probate Seminar February 2012.

PUBLISHED ARTICLES:

  • Author of numerous articles on Legal Ethics and Professionalism topics for publications of the Clearwater Bar Association, St. Petersburg Bar Association, and other voluntary bar associations, 1993 to present.

TEACHING:

  • Instructor of Legal Ethics at the Tampa campus of Rollins College Paralegal Studies Program, 1993-1996 (campus closed in 1996).

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