Joanne O’Connor is a Florida Bar Board certified specialist in Business Litigation who focuses her practice in complex commercial litigation including business torts, partnership and corporate disputes, non-compete agreements, civil RICO, real estate and land use litigation and lawyer and law firm defense. Joanne has experience defending actions seeking certification of nationwide and statewide classes, including consumer claims brought under the federal Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA). She counsels governmental entities on statutory, constitutional and civil rights claims and both governmental and private entities on Florida’s Public Records Act and Sunshine Law. Joanne is an experienced litigator who advocates for her clients in jury and non-jury trials and appeals in state and federal courts and before private arbitration panels.
Joanne has been listed among Florida’s Leading Lawyers in the area of Litigation by Chambers USA, one of the oldest and most prestigious legal listings in the world. She is recognized consistently by Best Lawyers in America and holds an AV Preeminent Rating from Martindale-Hubbell, awarded to only those lawyers with the highest ethical standards and legal ability. Joanne currently serves as the Vice President and President-Elect of the Federal Bar Association Palm Beach Chapter and on the Florida Bar’s Business Litigation Certification committee and is actively involved in industry organizations. Notably, she was recently appointed by the United States District Court Southern District of Florida to serve on the newly established West Palm Beach Federal Courthouse Committee organized to address the Southern District of Florida's facilities in Palm Beach County.
Before joining Jones Foster, Joanne served as a judicial clerk for the Honorable Sarah S. Vance, United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Louisiana.