Local Counsel for Pro Hac Vice Admission in Florida State Court

Joel Ewusiak frequently serves as local counsel and co-counsel in lawsuits pending in state courts throughout Florida.   The applicable Florida rule for pro hac vice admission requires out-of-state counsel to secure a Florida Bar member as local counsel.  Additionally, each circuit court in Florida (a total of 20) typically has its own pro hac vice requirements, which usually involves the payment of an additional fee for out-of-state counsel to appear.   Please contact Joel Ewusiak for assistance with your lawsuit in Florida state court.  Joel may be reached at joel@ewusiaklaw.com or at 727.286.3559.  (Note: Joel also serves as local counsel in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida and for the Southern District of Florida.  For more information on the pro hac vice requirements of Florida federal courts, please review the Local Counsel page of this website).

The Florida rule for pro hac vice admission, and links to each Florida circuit court (click on the numbered circuits), are set forth below.

The Florida circuit courts:

The Florida court system consists of 20 judicial circuits.  All but five circuits include multiple counties.    The circuits (and counties included within each circuit) are as follows:

First Circuit - Escambia, Okaloosa, Santa Rosa and Walton
Second Circuit - Franklin, Gadsden, Jefferson, Leon, Liberty, and Wakulla
Third Circuit - Columbia, Dixie, Hamilton, Lafayette, Madison, Suwannee and Taylor
Fourth Circuit - Clay, Duval and Nassau
Fifth Circuit - Citrus, Hernando, Lake, Marion and Sumter
Sixth Circuit - Pasco and Pinellas
Seventh Circuit - Flagler, Putnam, St. Johns and Volusia,
Eighth Circuit - Alachua, Baker, Bradford, Gilchrist, Levy, and Union
Ninth Circuit - Orange and Osceola
Tenth Circuit - Hardee, Highlands, and Polk
Eleventh Circuit - Miami-Dade
Twelfth Circuit - DeSoto, Manatee, and Sarasota
Thirteenth Circuit - Hillsborough
Fourteenth Circuit - Bay, Calhoun, Gulf, Holmes, Jackson and Washington
Fifteenth Circuit - Palm Beach
Sixteenth Circuit - Monroe
Seventeenth Circuit - Broward
Eighteenth Circuit - Brevard and Seminole
Nineteenth Circuit - Indian River, Martin, Okeechobee and St. Lucie
Twentieth Circuit - Charlotte, Collier, Glades, Hendry and Lee

The Florida rule for pro hac vice admission:

Fla. R. Jud. Admin. 2.510. Foreign Attorneys
(a)  Eligibility. --Upon filing a verified motion with the court, an attorney who is an active member in good standing of the bar of another state and currently eligible to practice law in a state other than Florida may be permitted to appear in particular cases in a Florida court upon such conditions as the court may deem appropriate, provided that a member of The Florida Bar in good standing is associated as an attorney of record. The foreign attorney must make application in each court in which a case is filed even if a lower tribunal granted a motion to appear in the same case. In determining whether to permit a foreign attorney to appear pursuant to this rule, the court may consider, among other things, information provided under subdivision (b)(3) concerning discipline in other jurisdictions. No attorney is authorized to appear pursuant to this rule if the attorney (1) is a Florida resident, unless the attorney has an application pending for admission to The Florida Bar and has not previously been denied admission to The Florida Bar; (2) is a member of The Florida Bar but is ineligible to practice law; (3) has previously been disciplined or held in contempt by reason of misconduct committed while engaged in representation permitted pursuant to this rule provided, however, the contempt is final and has not been reversed or abated; (4) has failed to provide notice to The Florida Bar or pay the filing fee as required in subdivision (b)(7); or (5) is engaged in a "general practice" before Florida courts. For purposes of this rule, more than 3 appearances within a 365-day period in separate cases shall be presumed to be a "general practice." Appearances at different levels of the court system in the same case shall be deemed 1 appearance for the purposes of determining whether a foreign attorney has made more than 3 appearances within a 365-day period. In cases involving indigent or pro bono clients, the court may waive the filing fee for good cause shown. This rule shall not affect the eligibility of a foreign attorney to appear in a Florida court when authorized by federal law.
(b)  Contents of Verified Motion. --A form verified motion accompanies this rule and shall be utilized by the foreign attorney. The verified motion required by subdivision (a) shall include:
(1)  a statement identifying all jurisdictions in which the attorney is an active member in good standing and currently eligible to practice law, including all assigned bar numbers and attorney numbers, for which a certificate of good standing is not required;
(2)  a statement identifying by date, case name, and case number all other matters in Florida state courts in which pro hac vice admission has been sought in the preceding 5 years, including any lower tribunals for the case in which the motion is filed, and whether such admission was granted or denied;
(3)  a statement identifying all jurisdictions in which disciplinary, suspension, disbarment, or contempt proceedings have been initiated against the attorney in the preceding 5 years including the date on which the proceeding was initiated, the nature of the alleged violation, and the result of the proceeding including the sanction, if any, imposed;
(4)  a statement identifying the date on which the legal representation at issue commenced, and the party or parties represented;
(5)  a statement that all applicable provisions of these rules and the rules regulating the Florida bar have been read, and that the verified motion complies with those rules;
(6)  the name, record bar address, and membership status of the Florida bar member or members associated for purposes of the representation;
(7)  a certificate indicating service of the verified motion upon all counsel of record in the matter in which leave to appear pro hac vice is sought and upon The Florida Bar at its Tallahassee office accompanied by a nonrefundable $ 250.00 filing fee made payable to The Florida Bar or notice that the movant has requested a judicial waiver of said fee; and
(8)  a verification by the attorney seeking to appear pursuant to this rule and the signature of the Florida bar member or members associated for purposes of the representation.


                                               Case No.                       
Comes now                     , Movant herein, and respectfully represents the following:
1.  [] Movant resides in   (City)    ,   (State)    . Movant.
is not a resident of the State of Florida.
[] Movant is a resident of the State of Florida and has an application pending for admission to The Florida Bar and has not previously been denied admission to The Florida Bar.
2. Movant is an attorney and a member of the law firm of (or practices law under the name of)                , with offices at    (Street Address)    ,    (City)    ,   (County)   ,   (State)   ,   (Zip Code)   ,   (Telephone)   .
3.  Movant has been retained personally or as a member of the above-named law firm on (Date Representation Commenced) by   Name of Party or Parties    to provide legal representation in connection with the above-styled matter now pending before the above-named court of the State of Florida.
4.  Movant is an active member in good standing and currently eligible to practice law in the following jurisdiction(s): Include attorney or bar number(s). (Attach an additional sheet if necessary.)
5.  There have been no disciplinary, suspension, disbarment, or contempt proceedings initiated against Movant in the preceding 5 years, except as provided below (give jurisdiction of proceeding, date upon which proceeding was initiated, nature of alleged violation, statement of whether the proceeding has concluded or is still pending, and sanction, if any, imposed): (Attach an additional sheet if necessary.)
6.  Movant, either by resignation, withdrawal, or otherwise, never has terminated or attempted to terminate Movant's office as an attorney in order to avoid administrative, disciplinary, disbarment, or suspension proceedings.
7.  Movant is not an inactive member of The Florida Bar.
8.  Movant is not now a member of The Florida Bar.
9.  Movant is not a suspended member of The Florida Bar.
10.  Movant is not a disbarred member of The Florida Bar nor has Movant received a disciplinary resignation or disciplinary revocation from The Florida Bar.
11.  Movant has not previously been disciplined or held in contempt by reason of misconduct committed while engaged in representation pursuant to Florida Rule of Judicial Administration 2.510, except as provided below (give date of disciplinary action or contempt, reasons therefor, and court imposing contempt):
(Attach an additional sheet if necessary.)
12.  Movant has filed motion(s) to appear as counsel in Florida state courts during the past five (5) years in the following matters: (Attach an additional sheet if necessary)
Date of Motion Case Name Case Number Court Date Motion Granted/Denied
13. Local counsel of record associated with Movant in this matter is (Name and Florida Bar Number) who is an active member in good standing of The Florida Bar and has offices at    (Street Address)     ,   (City)    ,   (County)    ,   (State)   ,   (Zip Code)      (Telephone with area code)    .
(If local counsel is not an active member of The Florida Bar in good standing, please provide information as to local counsel's membership status.          )
14.  Movant has read the applicable provisions of Florida Rule of Judicial Administration 2.510 and Rule 1-3.10 of the Rules Regulating The Florida Bar and certifies that this verified motion complies with those rules.
15.  Movant agrees to comply with the provisions of the Florida Rules of Professional Conduct and consents to the jurisdiction of the courts and the Bar of the State of Florida.
WHEREFORE, Movant respectfully requests permission to appear in this court for this cause only.
Dated this      day of          , 20   .
City, State, Zip Code
Telephone Number
E-mail Address
STATE OF           
COUNTY OF           
I,       , do hereby swear or affirm under penalty of perjury that I am the Movant in the above-styled matter; that I have read the foregoing Motion and know the contents thereof, and the contents are true of my own knowledge and belief.
I hereby consent to be associated as local counsel of record in this cause pursuant to Florida Rule of Judicial Administration 2.510.
Dated this      day of         , 20  .
Local Counsel of Record
City, State, Zip Code
Telephone Number
Florida Bar Number

Email Address
I HEREBY CERTIFY that a true and correct copy of the foregoing motion was served (by mail) to PHV Admissions, The Florida Bar, 651 East Jefferson Street, Tallahassee, Florida 32399-2333 accompanied by payment of the $ 250.00 filing fee made payable to The Florida Bar, or notice that the movant has requested a judicial waiver of said fee; and by   (e-mail) (delivery) (mail) (fax)    to   (name of attorney or party if not represented)                                               
this        day of        , 20      .

Florida municipalities (cities, towns, and villages):

Acacia Villas, Alachua, Alafaya, Alford, Allentown, Altamonte Springs, Altha, Alturas, Alva, Andrews, Anna Maria, Apalachicola, Apollo Beach, Apopka, Arcadia, Archer, Aripeka, Asbury Lake, Astatula, Astor, Atlantic Beach, Atlantis, Auburndale, Aucilla, Avalon, Aventura, Avon Park, AzaleaPark, Babson Park, Bagdad, Bal Harbour village, Baldwin, Balm, Bardmoor, Bartow, Bascom, Bay Harbor Islands, Bay Hill, Bay Pines, Bayonet Point, Bayshore Gardens, Beacon Square, Bear Creek, Bee Ridge, Bell, Bellair Meadowbrook Terrace, Belle Glade, Belle Isle, Belleair, Belleair Beach, Belleair Bluffs, Belleair Shore, Belleview, Bellview, Berrydale, Beverly Beach, Beverly Hills, Big Coppitt Key, Big Pine Key, Biscayne Park village, Bithlo, Black Diamond, Black Hammock, Bloomingdale, Blountstown, Boca Raton, Bokeelia, Bonifay, Bonita Springs, Boulevard Gardens, Bowling Green, Boynton Beach, Bradenton, Bradenton Beach, Bradley Junction, Brandon, Branford, Brent, Briny Breezes, Bristol, Broadview Park, Bronson, Brooker, Brookridge, Brooksville, Brownsdale, Brownsville, Buckhead Ridge, Buckingham, Buena ventura Lakes,  Bunnell, Burnt Store Marina, Bushnell, Butler Beach, Cabana Colony, Callahan, Callaway, Campbell, Campbellton, Canal Point, Cape Canaveral, Cape Coral, Captiva, Carrabelle, Carrollwood, Caryville, Casselberry, Cedar Grove, Cedar Key, Celebration, Center Hill, Century, Charleston Park, Charlotte Harbor, Charlotte Park, Chattahoochee, Cheval, Chiefland, Chipley,  Chokoloskee, Christmas, Chuluota, Chumuckla, Cinco Bayou, Citrus Hills, Citrus Park, Citrus Springs, Clarcona, Clearwater, Clermont, Cleveland, Clewiston, Cloud Lake, Cocoa, Cocoa Beach, Cocoa West, Coconut Creek, Coleman, Combee Settlement, Connerton, Conway, Cooper City, Coral Gables, Coral Springs, Coral Terrace, Cortez, Cottondale, Country Club, Country Walk, Crawfordville, Crescent Beach, Crescent City,  Crestview, Crooked LakePark, Cross City, Crystal Lake, Crystal River, Crystal Springs, Cudjoe Key, Cutler Bay, Cypress Gardens, Cypress Lake, Cypress Quarters, Dade City, Dade City North, Dania Beach, Davenport, Davie, Day, Daytona Beach, Daytona Beach Shores, DeFuniak Springs, DeLeon Springs, DeBary, Deerfield Beach, DeLand, DeLand Southwest, Delray Beach, Deltona, Desoto Lakes, Destin, Dickerson City, Dixonville, Doctor Phillips, Doral, Dover, Duck Key, Dundee, Dunedin, Dunnellon, Eagle Lake, East Bronson, East Lake, East Lake Orient Park, East Milton, East Palatka, East Williston, Eastpoint, Eatonville, Ebro, Edgewater, Edgewood, Eglin AFB, Egypt Lake, Leto, El Portal village, Elfers, Ellenton, Englewood, Ensley, Estero, Esto, Eustis, Everglades, Fairview Shores, Fanning Springs, Feather Sound, Fellsmere, Fern Park,    Fernandina Beach, Ferndale, Ferry Pass, Fidelis, Fish Hawk, Fisher Island, Five Points, Flagler Beach, Flagler Estates, Fleming Island, Floral City, Florida City, Florida Ridge, Floridatown, Forest City, Fort Denaud, Fort Green, Fort Green Springs, Fort Lauderdale, Fort Meade, Fort Myers, Fort Myers Beach, Fort Myers Shores, Fort Pierce, Fort Pierce North, Fort Pierce South, Fort Walton Beach, Fort White, Fountainebleau, Four Corners, Franklin Park, Freeport, Frostproof, Fruit Cove, Fruitland Park, Fruitville, Fuller Heights, Fussels Corner, Gainesville, Garcon Point, Garden Grove, Gardner, Gateway, Geneva, Gibsonton, Gifford, Gladeview, Glen Ridge, Glen St Mary, Glencoe, Glenvar Heights, Golden Beach, Golden Gate, Golden Glades, Goldenrod, Golf village, Gonzalez, Goodland, Gotha, Goulding, Goulds, Graceville, Grand Ridge, Grant Valkaria, Green Cove Springs, Greenacres, Greenbriar, Greensboro, Greenville, Greenwood, Grenelefe, Gretna, Grove City, Groveland, Gulf Breeze, Gulf Gate Estates, Gulf Stream, Gulfport, Gun Club Estates, Haines City, Hallandale Beach, Hampton, Harbor Bluffs, Harbour Heights, Harlem, Harlem Heights, Harold, Hastings, Havana, Haverhill, Hawthorne, Heathrow, Heritage Pines, Hernando, Hernando Beach, Hialeah, Hialeah Gardens, High Point, High Springs, Highland Beach, Highland City, Highland Park village, Hill'nDale, Hillcrest Heights, Hilliard, Hillsboro Beach, Hillsboro Pines, Hobe Sound, Holden Heights, Holiday, Holley, Holly Hill, Hollywood, Holmes Beach, Homeland, Homestead, Homestead Base, Homosassa, Homosassa Springs, Horizon West, Horseshoe Beach, Hosford, Howey in the Hills, Hudson, Hunters Creek, Hutchinson Island South, Hypoluxo, Immokalee, Indialantic, Indian Harbour Beach, Indian River Estates, Indian River Shores, Indian Rocks Beach, Indian Shores, Indiantown, Inglis, Interlachen, Inverness, Inverness Highlands North, Inverness Highlands South, Inwood, Iona, Islamorada Village of Islands village, Island Walk, Istachatta, Ives Estates, Jacksonville, Jacksonville Beach, Jacob City, Jan Phyl Village, Jasmine Estates, Jasper, Jay, Jennings, Jensen Beach, June Park, Juno Beach, Juno Ridge, Jupiter, Jupiter Farms, Jupiter Inlet Colony, Jupiter Island, Kathleen, Kendale Lakes, Kendall, Kendall West, Kenneth City, Kensington Park, Kenwood Estates, Key Biscayne village, Key Colony Beach, Key Largo, Key Vista, Key West, Keystone, Keystone Heights, LaCrosse, LaBelle, Lacoochee, Lady Lake, Laguna Beach, Lake Alfred, Lake Belvedere Estates, Lake Butler, Lake Butler, Lake City, Lake Clarke Shores, Lake Hamilton, Lake Hart, Lake Helen, Lake Kathryn, Lake Lorraine, Lake Mack Forest Hills, Lake Magdalene, Lake Mary, Lake Mary Jane, Lake Mystic, Lake Panasoffkee, Lake Park, Lake Placid, Lake Sarasota, Lake Wales, Lake Worth, Lakeland, Lakeland Highlands, Lakeside, Lakewood Gardens, Lakewood Park, Lamont, Land O' Lakes, Lantana, Largo, Lauderdale by the Sea, Lauderdale Lakes, Lauderhill, Laurel, Laurel Hill, Lawtey, Layton, Lealman, Lecanto, Lee, Leesburg, Lehigh Acres, Leisure City, Lely, Lely Resort, Lemon Grove, Lighthouse Point, Limestone, Limestone Creek, Lisbon, Live Oak, Lloyd, Lochmoor Waterway Estates, Lockhart, Longboat Key, Longwood, Loughman, Lower Grand Lagoon, Loxahatchee Groves, Lutz, Lynn Haven, Macclenny, Madeira Beach, Madison, Maitland, Malabar, Malone, Manalapan, Manasota Key, Manatee Road, Mango, Mangonia Park, Marathon, Marco Island, Margate, Marianna, Mary Esther, Masaryktown, Mascotte, Matlacha, Matlacha Isles, Matlacha Shores, Mayo, McGregor, McIntosh, Meadow Oaks, Meadow Woods, Medley, Medulla, Melbourne, Melbourne Beach, Melbourne Village, Memphis, Merritt Island, Mexico Beach, Miami, Miami Beach, Miami Gardens, Miami Lakes, Miami Shores village, Miami Springs, Micanopy, Micco, Middleburg, Midway, Milton, Mims, Minneola, Miramar, Miramar Beach, Molino, Monticello, Montura, Montverde, Moon Lake, Moore Haven, Morriston, Mount Carmel, Mount Dora, Mount Plymouth, Mulat, Mulberry, Munson, Myrtle Grove, Naples, Naples Manor, Naples Park, Naranja, Nassau Village Ratliff, Navarre, Navarre Beach, Neptune Beach, New Port Richey, New Port Richey East, New Smyrna Beach, Newberry, Niceville, Nobleton, Nocatee, Nokomis, Noma, North Bay Village, North Brooksville, North DeLand, North Fort Myers, North Key Largo, North Lauderdale, North Miami, North Miami Beach, North Palm Beach village, North Port, North Redington Beach, North River Shores, North Sarasota, North Weeki Wachee, Northdale Oak Hill, Oak Ridge, Oakland, Oakland Park, Oakleaf Plantation, Ocala, Ocean Breeze Park, Ocean City, Ocean Ridge, Ocoee, Odessa, Ojus, Okahumpka, Okeechobee, Oldsmar, Olga, Olympia Heights, Ona, Opalocka, Orange City, Orange Park, Orangetree, Orchid, Oriole Beach, Orlando, Orlovista, Ormond Beach, Ormond by the Sea, Osprey, Otter Creek, Oviedo, Pace, Page Park, Pahokee, Paisley, Palatka, Palm Bay, Palm Beach, Palm Beach Gardens, Palm Beach Shores, Palm City, Palm Coast, Palm Harbor, Palm River Clair Mel, Palm Shores, Palm Springs North, Palm Springs village, Palm Valley, Palmetto, Palmetto Bay village, Palmetto Estates, Palmona Park, Panacea, Panama City, Panama City Beach, Paradise Heights, Parker, Parkland, Pasadena Hills, Patrick AFB, Paxton, Pea Ridge, Pebble Creek, Pelican Bay, Pembroke Park, Pembroke Pines, Penney Farms, Pensacola, Perry, Pierson, Pine Air, Pine Castle, Pine Hills, Pine Island Center, Pine Lakes, Pine Level, Pine Manor, Pine Ridge, Pine Ridge, Pinecrest village, Pineland, Pinellas Park, Pinewood, Pioneer, Pittman, Plant City, Plantation, Plantation, Plantation Island, Plantation Mobile Home Park, Poinciana, Point Baker, Polk City, Pomona Park, Pompano Beach, Ponce de Leon, Ponce Inlet, Port Charlotte, Port LaBelle, Port Orange, Port Richey, Port Salerno, Port St Joe, Port St John, Port St Lucie, Pretty Bayou, Princeton, Progress Village, Punta Gorda, Punta Rassa, Quail Ridge, Quincy, Raiford, Raleigh, Reddick, Redington Beach, Redington Shores, Richmond Heights, Richmond West, Ridge Manor, Ridge Wood Heights, Ridgecrest, Rio, Rio Pinar, River Park, River Ridge, Riverview, Riviera Beach, Rockledge, Roeville, Roosevelt Gardens, Roseland, Rotonda, Royal Palm Beach village, Royal Palm Estates, Ruskin, Safety Harbor, Samoset, Samsula Spruce Creek, San Antonio, San Carlos Park, San Castle, Sanford, Sanibel, Sarasota, Sarasota Springs, Satellite Beach, Sawgrass, Schall Circle, Sea Ranch Lakes village, Sebastian, Sebring, Seffner, Seminole, Seminole Manor, Seville, Sewall's Point, Shady Hills, Shalimar, Sharpes, Siesta Key, Silver Lake, Silver Springs Shores, Sky Lake, Sneads, Solana, Sopchoppy, Sorrento, South Apopka, South Bay, South Beach, South Bradenton, South Brooksville, South Daytona    , South Gate Ridge, South Highpoint, South Miami, South Miami Heights, South Palm Beach, South Pasadena, South  Patrick Shores, South Sarasota, South Venice, Southchase, Southeast Arcadia, Southgate, Southwest Ranches, Spring Hill, Spring Lake, Spring Ridge, Springfield, Springhill, St Augustine, St Augustine Beach, St Augustine Shores, St Augustine South, St Cloud, St James City, St Leo, St Lucie Village, St Marks, St Pete Beach, St Petersburg, Stacey, Street, Starke, Steinhatchee, Stock Island, Stuart, Sugarmill Woods, Sumatra, Sun City Center, Suncoast Estates, Sunny Isles Beach, Sunrise, Sunset, Surfside, Sweetwater, Taft, Tallahassee, Tamarac, Tamiami, Tampa, Tangelo Park, Tangerine, Tarpon Springs, Tavares, Tavernier, Taylor Creek , Temple Terrace, Tequesta village, The Acreage, The Crossings, The Hammocks, The Meadows, The Villages, Thonotosassa, Three Lakes, Three Oaks, Tice, Tierra Verde, Tiger Point, Tildenville, Timber Pines, Titusville, Town'n'Country, Treasure Island, Trenton, Trilby, Trinity, Tyndall AFB, Umatilla, Union Park, University, University Park, Upper Grand Lagoon ,Valparaiso, Valrico, Vamo, Venice, Venice Gardens, Vernon,Vero Beach, Vero Beach South, Verona Walk, Viera East, Viera West, Villano Beach, Villas, Vineyards, Virginia Gardens, Village, Wabasso, Wabasso Beach, Wacissa, Wahneta, Waldo, Wallace, Warm Mineral Springs, Warrington, Washington Park, Watergate, Watertown, Wauchula, Waukeenah, Wausau, Waverly, Webster, Wedgefield, Weeki Wachee Gardens, Wekiwa Springs, Welaka, Wellington village, Wesley Chapel, West Bradenton, West DeLand, West Lealman, West Little River, West Melbourne, West Miami, West Palm Beach, West Park, West Pensacola, West Perrine, West Samoset, West Vero Corridor, Westchase, Westchester, Westgate, Weston,  Westview, Westville, Westwood Lakes,   Wewahitchka,  Whiskey Creek, White City, White Springs, Whitfield, Whitfield, Wildwood, Williamsburg, Williston, Williston Highlands, Willow Oak, Wilton Manors, Wimauma, Windermere, Windsor, Winter Beach, Winter Garden, Winter Haven, Winter Park, Winter Springs, Wiscon, Woodlawn Beach, Woodville, World Golf Village, Worthington Springs, Wright, Yalaha, Yankeetown, Yeehaw Junction, Yulee, Zellwood, Zephyrhills, Zephyrhills North, Zephyrhills South, Zephyrhills West, Zolfo Springs