Over the past 16 years, Joel Ewusiak has represented many individuals, small businesses, and large corporations in a wide range of litigation matters in state and federal courts, as well as in arbitration proceedings. Joel is admitted to practice law in all state and federal courts in the State of Florida and the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals. He has also been admitted on a case-by-case (pro hac vice) basis to litigate and arbitrate disputes in Arizona, California, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Michigan, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, Texas, Washington and the District of Columbia.
Joel began his legal career in 2001 working as an associate at a regional, Miami-based law firm defending some of the largest companies in the country in insurance, breach of contract, and personal injury disputes. From 2002 to 2003, Joel served as litigation and corporate counsel for a Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) broker-dealer, where his duties included representing the corporation and its subsidiaries in securities arbitration, litigation, and business transactions. From 2003 to 2011, Joel worked as an associate and shareholder at a mid-sized, Tampa-based law firm where he represented many individuals and companies, individually and as a group, in lawsuits and arbitration proceedings involving securities, investments, insurance products, financial transactions, breach of contract, statutory violations, and serious injuries. From 2011 to 2014, Joel co-owned and operated a law practice, and since 2014, has solely-owned and operated his own law practice, Ewusiak Law, P.A. Ewusiak Law, P.A. represents both plaintiffs and defendants in litigation and arbitration matters.
Joel represents individuals, small businesses, and large corporations in lawsuits and arbitration proceedings against corporations and professionals in various industries. Joel's plaintiff clients have usually sustained substantial economic losses. Some of Joel's representative plaintiff clients include individuals who have suffered investment losses, individuals and corporations in business disputes, similarly-situated individuals and businesses who have sustained monetary losses as a result of the same or similar unlawful business practices and statutory violations (e.g., class actions), and individuals who have sustained serious injuries as a result of negligence.
Joel also represents the interests of large corporations, small businesses, and professionals in lawsuits and arbitration proceedings. The disputes at issue typically involve securities, investments, insurance products, intellectual property, commercial contracts, business ventures, books of business, and consumer and business products. Some of Joel's representative defense clients include, or have included, inter-dealer brokers (ICAP Securities), retail securities brokerage firms (JHS Capital), retailers and wholesalers of products, distributors of aircraft hardware and components (Aero Supply USA), and various insurance companies and their insureds.
LOCAL COUNSEL AND CO-COUNSEL
Finally, in light of his thorough familiarity with all Florida federal and state courts, Joel frequently serves as local counsel for out-of-state lawyers and law firms. In his role as local counsel, Joel provides guidance and input on custom, procedure, and substantive law in Florida. Joel also serves as co-counsel on large, complex matters that require additional legal work and resources.
Joel’s abilities as a lawyer have been recognized. From 2010 to 2015, he was selected by Florida Super Lawyers as a Rising Star in securities litigation. In 2016 and 2017, Joel was selected as a Super Lawyer. Super Lawyers selects attorneys using a multiphase selection process. Peer nominations and evaluations are combined with independent research. Each candidate is evaluated on 12 indicators of peer recognition and professional achievement. Selections are made on an annual, state-by-state basis. Only 5% of attorneys in a state are selected to Super Lawyers.
Joel has also published various legal articles and pieces. Some of his publications include “Discovery Strategies and Preparing a Case for Success,” American Bar Association, Pretrial Practice & Discovery, and “Winning Discovery Disputes,” American Bar Association, Sound Advice.
From time to time, Joel's cases, thoughts, and opinions have been covered by various media outlets, including the Tampa Bay Times, the Tampa Tribune, the Tampa Bay Business Journal, the Ocala Star Banner, the Sarasota Herald-Tribune, Courthouse News and Bankrate.com. Examples of Joel’s cases recently featured in the press include claims relating to alleged negligence and fraud by a Tampa Bay financial advisor, and a class action involving processing fees imposed on merchants that accept credit cards as a form of payment.
Joel is member of the American Bar Association (Past Co-Chair and Chair of Subcommittees within the Section of Litigation), Federal Bar Association, Hillsborough County Bar Association, Clearwater Bar Association, and the Public Investors Arbitration Bar Association. Joel has previously served as a board of director for the Safety Harbor Chamber of Commerce.
Educational and Personal Background
Prior to becoming a lawyer, Joel attended West Virginia University in Morgantown, West Virginia. He graduated from WVU in 1998, Summa Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa, and as do all Mountaineer alumni, bleeds "Old Gold and Blue." Joel then traveled to Saint Petersburg, Florida to attend Stetson University College of Law, which is routinely ranked as the best law school in the country for trial advocacy. Joel graduated from Stetson in 2001, Magna Cum Laude, and finished second in his class. Joel became a licensed Florida lawyer in September 2001.
Joel grew up in a small West Virginia town and takes pride in his roots. When he’s not working, Joel enjoys jogging, hiking, traveling, listening to music, and attending concerts. Some of his favorite musicians include The Black Keys, Ben Harper, Citizen Cope, J.J. Grey & MoFro, Led Zeppelin, and The Rolling Stones. He is also an avid sports fan and closely follows the Pittsburgh Steelers, Tampa Bay Rays and Mountaineers.
Attorney Fees and Costs
In those instances when he agrees to represent clients (generally, plaintiffs) on a contingency fees basis and advances costs, Joel requests attorney fees of 33% to 40% of the total recovery, depending upon the complexity of the matter. As is customary, the attorney fees are calculated based upon the total recovery prior to reducing the total by advanced costs.
When representing defendants in litigation and arbitration matters, Joel's hourly rate ranges from $225/hour to $375/hour for attorney fees, depending upon the complexity of the matter. Clients pay for costs or reimburse the firm on a monthly basis for advanced costs. Ewusiak Law provides detailed monthly invoices outlining all attorney time and costs incurred on a particular matter.
When serving as local counsel, Joel's hourly rate is based on the level of his anticipated involvement and the complexity of the matter; however, he typically agrees to a lower hourly rate if lead counsel intends to handle the "heavy lifting" in the lawsuit. Depending on the nature of a plaintiff's case, Joel will also consider serving as local counsel for a percentage of lead counsel's attorney fees.