Joseph D. Pickles

Joseph D. Pickles is a partner with the Firm and is a civil litigator with significant experience handling jury and non-jury trials, as well as matters in arbitration and private litigation. Joseph has practiced in both federal and state courts throughout the state of Florida. In addition to general complex litigation matters, Joseph focuses his practice on business and commercial litigation and probate and trust litigation. Joseph has represented clients in complex partnership, corporate, real estate, and contract disputes; employment litigation; and construction disputes. He also has substantial experience in probate and trust litigation, including fiduciary litigation and will contests.

Joseph has been recognized by Florida Super Lawyers as a Rising Star (2014-2016) and has received a Martindale AV® Preeminent™ rating by his peers reflecting high ethical standards and legal ability. In addition to being a member of the Florida Bar, he is admitted to practice in the United States District Courts for the Northern, Middle, and Southern Districts of Florida.

A Florida native, Joseph attended the University of Florida, receiving his B.A. in Political Science with a Minor in Business Administration. While at the University of Florida, Joseph interned with the Alachua County Clerk of Courts. Joseph obtained his J.D. degree, cum laude, from Nova Southeastern University. While in law school, he served as the Senior Articles Editor for the Nova Law Review.

Joseph is active in the community and the Florida Bar. He has been recognized by the Jacksonville Area Legal Aid for his outstanding service, and he volunteers his time as a coach for youth soccer and basketball teams. Joseph is currently serving on the Constitutional Judiciary Committee of the Florida Bar, and previously served on the Florida Bar’s Judicial Administrative and Evaluation Committee. Joseph is also a member of the Jacksonville Bar Association and the Trial Lawyers Section and the Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section of the Florida Bar.

During his free time, Joseph enjoys cooking, traveling, and cheering on his Florida Gators, but most of all, he enjoys spending time with his wife, Shannon, and their children, Lauren and Kate.


Professional Associations and Memberships:

The Florida Bar Association

  • Trial Lawyers Section
  • Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section

The Jacksonville Bar Association

  • Commercial Litigation Committee
  • Probate, Trust and Guardianship Litigation Committee

Bar Admissions

Florida, 2003

  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida


Nova Southeastern University, 2003, Juris Doctorate, cum laude

  • Nova Law Review, Senior Articles Editor

University of Florida, 2000, B.A.

Based in Jacksonville, Florida the attorneys at Dawson | Orr draw upon 100 years of combined legal experience to serve clients throughout Florida and across the country.