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Florida Justice Association (FJA)

About the FJA


  • Foundation: FJA Research & Education Foundation
  • Location: Tallahassee, Florida

Mission and History

The Florida Justice Association (FJA), formerly the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers (AFTL), works to protect the rights of individuals living in Florida while seeking justice in the state's civil court system.

The Florida Justice Association serves as a professional organization for personal injury lawyers in Florida and other types of attorneys within the civil justice system. The association also serves as an advocacy group.

With more than 3,000 members, FJA attorneys focus on representing plaintiffs in personal injury, medical malpractice, insurance, auto litigation, commercial law, government torts, products liability, and workers' compensation claims.

The FJA opposes efforts to restrict an average citizen's right to the civil court system, often called "tort reform," and fights such matters in the Florida Legislature.




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John Eric Romano
Lake Worth, FL
Tiffany Marie Faddis
Orlando, FL
Curry Gary Pajcic
Jacksonville, FL

Board of Directors

James L. Magazine
New Port Richey, FL
Matthew Nichols Posgay
Jacksonville, FL

FJA Members Active on Lawyer Legion

Michael B. Germain
Germain Law Group, P.A.
Tampa, FL
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Patrick J. Tighe
X1 Law, P.A.
North Palm Beach, FL
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Christian Dietrich Searcy
Searcy Denney Scarola Barnhart & Shipley, PA
West Palm Beach, FL
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Forrest Gregory Barnhart
Searcy Denney Scarola Barnahrt & Shipley, P.A.
West Palm Beach, FL
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Aaron Samuel Podhurst
Podhurst Orseck, PA
Miami, FL
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James William Gustafson Jr
Searcy Denney Scarola Barnhart & Shipley, P.A.
West Palm Beach, FL
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Past Presidents

Lake Henry Lytal III
West Palm Beach, FL
Dale Martin Swope
Tampa, FL
James William Gustafson Jr
West Palm Beach, FL

Contact the FJA

Florida Justice Association (FJA)
218 South Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL 32301
Office: (850) 224-9403
Fax: (850) 224-4254

More About the Florida Justice Association

Benefits of Membership

Members enjoy discounts on continuing legal education (CLE) seminars and audio home-study programs on topics like ethics, jury selection, insurance, auto accidents, and medical malpractice. Membership also provides influence in the Florida legislature and other policy-making bodies on issues that are important to trial lawyers and the profession.

Membership also provides discounts on registration fees to CLE events, like the "Masters of Justice" seminar, "Workhorse" Seminar and Annual Convention.

Another benefit of joining the Florida Justice Association involves access to member-only sections of the website, including:

  • An online membership directory on the FJA website designed to connect members throughout the state to encourage referrals within the organization;
  • FJA Annual Workhorse Seminar - three-day seminar featuring many of Florida's most well-respected civil attorneys attended by approximately 250 lawyers each year;
  • FJA Annual Convention, a three-day seminar that includes the Welcome Reception, FJA Board of Director's Meeting, and FJA Committee Meetings;
  • FJA One-day Live Webinars and Seminars, which includes the Young Lawyer Webinar Series Sponsor, the Case Law Series, and the Monthly Webinar Sponsor;
  • Access to Depositions Online and Litigation Services;
  • JournalSearch with issues dating back to 1991; and
  • FJA Expert Witness and Vendor Guide.

Networking Opportunities

Providing networking opportunities remain one of the most important benefits of membership in FJA. Networking opportunities include:

  • Invitations to Membership Appreciation Meetings at different locations throughout the year where members can network with other personal injury attorneys and leaders in the organization;
  • An invitation to the annual convention for CLE seminars and a trade show to meet vendors with solutions to practice management problems; and
  • The opportunity to get involved in FJA sections where members can share their knowledge in specific practice areas including the Young Lawyers Section, the Workers' Compensation Section, the Women's Caucus, and the Appellate Practice Section.

Many county-level justice associations also exist throughout the State of Florida including the Palm Beach Justice Association.

Types of Membership

The Florida Justice Association offers different types of memberships:

  • Attorney Membership,for attorneys whose personal practice includes less than 40 percent insurance defense or representing defendants in personal injury or wrongful death matters;
  • Paralegal/Legal Assistant Membership,for paralegals and legal assistants of FJA attorney members;
  • Student Membership in FJA, for law students who seek to adhere to FJA objectives; and
  • Citizen Membership, for citizens who believe in FJA values.

Directory of Personal Injury Lawyers in Florida

Lawyer Legion maintains a statewide directory of personal injury lawyers in Florida which includes both FJA members and non-members amongst a broader directory of Florida attorneys. To help the public find the best choices when searching for a personal injury attorney, Lawyer Legion recognizes attorneys for their involvement and leadership within the FJA and other professional associations. This includes recognition for FJA EAGLE Members, Patrons, Past Presidents and FJA members who have updated their Lawyer Legion profile to include information about their involvement with the FJA.

Use this directory to find a Florida personal injury lawyer in your local area. Start by choosing your county from the list below.

Personal Injury Lawyers by County


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