Florida Bar Board Certified Business Litigation Attorney
Martindale-Hubbell 'AV' Rated Attorney

Joanne O’Connor is a Florida Bar Board certified specialist in Business Litigation and focuses her practice in the areas of complex commercial litigation including business torts, real estate disputes and lawyer and law firm defense. Joanne has litigated a broad range of matters from arbitration and trials through appeals and has niche experience successfully defending national and regional law firms against legal malpractice claims.

Joanne has been listed among Florida’s Leading Lawyers in 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. Additionally, Joanne has been selected as a Top Lawyer by the South Florida Legal Guide, as a Legal Elite by Florida Trend, and as a 2018 Top Lawyer by Palm Beach Illustrated.  

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. 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 to address issues relating to the Southern District of Florida's facilities in Palm Beach County.  Joanne previously chaired the 15th Judicial Circuit Grievance Committee "A", the Palm Beach County Bar Association Professionalism and Judicial Relations Committees, as well as served on the Florida Bar Professional Ethics Committee. She also recently served on the Merit Selection Panel for a U.S. Magistrate Judge for the Southern District of Florida. Joanne is a Director and former Vice President of the Duke University Alumni Association and a former Director of the Forum Club of the Palm Beaches.


  • Served as counsel to The Scripps Research Institute in establishing Scripps Florida, a new state-of-the-art scientific research institute, in Palm Beach County, Florida against a variety of legal challenges from environmental and non-profit organizations.
  • Represented publicly held financial services corporation and its chairman and chief executive officer in defense of $65 million claim brought by minority shareholders of wholly owned subsidiary alleging breach of fiduciary duty, breach of contract, fraud and civil theft in two-week hearing before AAA arbitration panel.
  • Obtained directed verdict, affirmed on appeal, on behalf of national law firm sued for damages in excess of $20 million for alleged legal malpractice in drafting limited partnership documents.
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