Joseph R.  Fitos - Attorney at Law

301 East Pine Street
Suite 1400
Post Office Box 3068 (32802-3068)
Orlando, Florida 32801

P 407-843-8880
F 407-244-5690

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Biography

Joe is a shareholder who focuses in the areas of commercial and construction litigation as well as professional liability defense. Joe's commercial litigation practice focuses on complex business disputes and complex, commercial landlord-tenant actions. For matters pertaining to construction litigation and professional liability defense, Joe represents a wide range of clients including engineers, architects, developers, owners, contractors and insurers, involving a broad scope of construction disputes as well as claims involving catastrophic injuries. Joe also has trial experience in various fields including medical malpractice defense, complex tort claims and products liability.

Joe has also been privileged to lecture at various seminars on the topics of defending design professionals and the ethical considerations and other responsibilities of counsel retained to defend policyholders by liability insurance companies.

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Background

Joe was born in Sanford, Florida, and raised in Ocala, Florida. He attended Florida State University, where he received his bachelor’s in history. Joe received his J.D. from Nova Southeastern University. Joe currently resides in Windermere, Florida.

Prior to joining GrayRobinson, Joe was an associate with one of the largest insurance defense firms in Florida. There, he gained valuable trial experience in the fields of complex tort claims and medical malpractice defense and was mentored by several outstanding trial lawyers.

In 2006, Joe joined GrayRobinson's Litigation Group as an associate and has worked hard to provide his clients with outstanding customer service, good value and favorable results. Joe believes that hard work, responsiveness, respecting and caring for his clients and colleagues, and maintaining a high professional standard for himself form the cornerstones of a successful law practice.

Education
  • Florida State University, B.A.
  • Nova Southeastern University, J.D.
    • ATLA National Trial Team
    • Teaching Assistant, Street Law Program
Professional Associations & Memberships
  • The Florida Bar, Member
  • American Bar Association, Member
  • Orange County Bar Association, Member
Admissions
  • Florida
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Florida 
Civic
  • Habitat for Humanity Lake-Sumter, General Counsel
  • Roper (West Orange) YMCA, Board of Directors
  • Holy Family Catholic Church, Member
  • University Club, Member
  • Leadership Orlando, Class 75
Presentations & Seminars
  • "What Design Professionals and Their Counsel Need to Know," 54th Annual Meeting of Invited Attorneys, Phoenix, Arizona, May 27-28, 2015
  • "The Home Field Advantage," 6th Annual Joint In-House EPC-CLE, Burns & McDonnell, Kansas City, Missouri, May 14, 2015
  • "How Important is Your Choice of Law Provision," 53rd Annual Meeting of Invited Attorneys, Boston, Massachusetts, May 21, 2014
  • “Litigation Trends in Risk Allocation and Impact of Certificates of Insurance,” BB&T and J. Rolfe Davis Presentation, August 29, 2011
  • "Discovery of Electronically Stored Information and Forensic Examination of Computers," Orlando, Florida, 2010
  • Keynote speaker, "Ethical Considerations and Other Responsibilities of Defense Counsel Retained to Defend Policyholders by Liability Insurance Companies," presented by GrayRobinson in conjunction with the Orange County Bar Association, Orlando, Florida, 2008
Reported Cases
  • M&H University Shoppes, LLLP v. Great China Restaurant, Inc., et al. – obtained summary judgment in favor of the landlord in a complex commercial landlord-tenant action.
  • Camp v. Community Supports, Inc. et al. – defeated plaintiff's motion to amend complaint to add punitive damages against multiple corporate entities after oral argument in a complex wrongful death action. Denial of motion resulted in favorable settlement to the client.
  • Mariner Club v. Summit Contractors, Inc. – represented an owner in multimillion-dollar construction claim based on damages to a multifamily apartment complex as a result of water intrusion; contractor obtained summary judgment in November 2008 and owner appealed. Following submission of complex appellate briefs and oral argument, 1st DCA ultimately reversed the award of summary judgment and remanded the case back to trial court, resulting in a favorable settlement to the owner.
  • One South Orange, Ltd. v. Gino’s Pizza – Lead trial counsel on behalf of the owner of a historical commercial building in Downtown Orlando, against a tenant who alleged owner breached various terms of a long-term, commercial lease. At the conclusion of trial, court awarded owner with a favorable verdict which tenant ultimately appealed after tenant’s motion for new trial was denied. The parties ultimately resolved the post-trial and appellate issues, tenant vacated the building, and dismissed the appeal.
  • Bernardo v. Bowyer Singleton & Associates, Inc. – Lead trial counsel representing Bowyer Singleton & Associates, Inc., a reputable Orlando based engineering firm, in a highly publicized case involving an Orlando housing development which was built near a former World War II-era bombing range. Homeowners alleged that various types of weapons and equipment left behind by the United States Military at the conclusion of World War II, were discovered within the borders of the housing development. Consequently, homeowners alleged the value of their homes was significantly reduced due to the stigma associated with the bombing range. Prior to trial, Bowyer Singleton, was dismissed from the case, with prejudice, after the court granted their motion for summary judgment, and awarded litigation costs in their favor.    
Awards & Recognitions
  • AV Preeminent™ rated by Martindale-Hubbell
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