Matthew J Jowanna
Attorney Matthew Jowanna is a Managing Shareholder of The Law Offices of Matthew J. Jowanna, P.A., a law firm in Wesley Chapel, FL. As a lawyer in Wesley Chapel, Florida, attorney Jowanna serves Pasco County, as well as clients throughout Florida.
Areas of Practice
- Arbitration and Mediation
- Birth Injury
- Business Law
- Estate Planning
- Nursing Home Abuse
- Personal Injury
- Tax Law
- Trusts and Estates
Admitted to Practice Law
- The Florida Bar
- Supreme Court of the United States
- United States Court of Appeals for the Eleveth Circuit
- United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida
|:||University of South Florida, BA, 1989|
|Law School||:||Nova Southeastern University, JD, Summa Cum Laude, with Highest Honors, 1994|
- "AV" Rated by Martindale-Hubbell; Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers Member; Tampa's Top Rated Lawyers Member; Top Trial Lawyers in America Member; Million Dollar Advocates Forum Member; Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum Member; Platinum Member of The Verdict Club; and Hillsborough County Bar Association Member.
Matthew J. Jowanna obtained his Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree, majoring in Broadcasting and Mass Communications, from the University of South Florida. While at the University of South Florida, Mr. Jowanna was a member of the Golden Key National Honor Society and the Outstanding College Students of America.
Before attending law school, Mr. Jowanna worked for several Tampa Bay area radio and television stations as an announcer, news anchor, news assignment editor, producer, reporter and writer.
Mr. Jowanna obtained his Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree from Nova Southeastern University, graduating Summa Cum Laude (with Highest Honors) and achieving the distinction of graduating in the top two percent (2%) of his law school class. While in law school, Mr. Jowanna was the recipient of academic scholarships; was a Senior Staff Member, and published author, of the Nova Law Review; was awarded the Attorneys' Title Insurance Fund, Inc. Prize (for scholarly writing on an issue of real property law); was an associate member of the Moot Court Society; was a student member of ATLA (Association of Trial Lawyers of America); was a member of the Phi Delta Phi Honor Fraternity; was named to the law school's Dean's List every semester; received the Dean's Award for Academic Excellence; received the Highest Grade Awards (Book Awards) for Florida Constitutional Law and Torts; received the West Publishing Corporation Award for Outstanding Scholastic Achievement; and was listed in Who's Who Among American Law Students, 13th and 14th Editions, and The National Dean's List, 17th Edition. Also during law school, Mr. Jowanna served as a Federal Judicial Intern for a Federal District Court Judge; was a Law Clerk for a County Court Judge; and was a Certified Legal Intern with the Office of the State Attorney for the Seventeenth Judicial Circuit in Fort Lauderdale, Broward County, Florida where he prosecuted cases before both bench and jury.
Mr. Jowanna obtained his Legum Magister (LL.M.) degree from the University of Notre Dame, graduating Magna Cum Laude (with High Honors). While pursuing his Master of Laws degree at Notre Dame Law School, Mr. Jowanna served as the LL.M. Representative on the Executive Board of the NDLS Student Bar Association.
Practicing law in the Tampa Bay area since 1994, Mr. Jowanna's legal practice has included Appellate Law; Civil Rights; Class Actions; Construction Litigation; Contract Litigation; Insurance Coverage; Insurance Defense; International Law; Medical Malpractice; Personal Injury; Products Liability; Professional Errors and Omissions; and Wrongful Death. Along with his litigation and trial work, Mr. Jowanna has also argued numerous civil appeals.
Prior to opening The Law Offices of Matthew J. Jowanna, P.A., Mr. Jowanna was a partner with one of the largest law firms in the state of Florida, and was next then a partner with a mid-sized, multi-office Florida law firm. In addition to his litigation practice, Mr. Jowanna is also a certified mediator for County and Circuit State Courts of Florida, as well as being a certified federal mediator for the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida.
Mr. Jowanna is a member of The Florida Bar and the Hillsborough County Bar Association, and is also admitted in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida; the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit; and the Supreme Court of the United States. Being "AV" rated by Martindale-Hubbell, Mr. Jowanna has also obtained the peer review rating of "preeminent" for his legal ability. Only the top seventeen percent (17%) of all lawyers across the nation receive this pinnacle rating.
Matthew J. Jowanna and The Law Offices of Matthew J. Jowanna, P.A. are the only lawyer and law firm principally located in New Tampa and Wesley Chapel listed in Tampa's Top Rated Lawyers. Mr. Jowanna is also a platinum member of The Verdict Club; a member of The Top Trial Lawyers in America; and a member of both the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum. Platinum membership in The Verdict Club and membership in the Million Dollar Advocates Forum is limited to trial lawyers who have obtained million dollar verdicts and settlements for their clients. Membership in the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum is limited to trial lawyers who have obtained multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements for their clients.
The Law Offices of Matthew J. Jowanna, P.A. is listed in A.M. Best's Directories of Insurance Professionals and Recommended Insurance Attorneys. Shortly after establishing The Law Offices of Matthew J. Jowanna, P.A., the Firm was listed in the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers, as published by Martindale-Hubbell. Fewer than five percent (5%) of all law firms in the United States of America qualify and are included in the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers. Mr. Jowanna is extremely proud of this accomplishment and honored recognition.
The Law Offices of Matthew J. Jowanna, P.A.
2521 Windguard Circle
Wesley Chapel, Florida 33544
Firm OverviewThe Law Offices of Matthew J. Jowanna, P.A. is a full-service civil litigation and trial law firm. The Firm has received Martindale-Hubbell's highest rating ("AV") for legal ability and ethical standards. The Firm is also listed in the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers, for which fewer than five percent (5%) of all law firms in the country qualify and are included. Matthew J. Jowanna and The Law Offices of Matthew J. Jowanna, P.A. are the only lawyer and law firm principally located in New Tampa and Wesley Chapel listed in Tampa's Top Rated Lawyers. The Firm is also listed in A.M. Best's Directories of Insurance Professionals and Recommended Insurance Attorneys. The Firm's practice areas include, but are not limited to: Personal Injury; Wrongful Death; Motor Vehicle Accidents; Uninsured and Underinsured Motorist (UM/UIM); Personal Injury Protection (PIP); Slip and Fall; Medical Malpractice; Insurance Defense; Self-Insured Defense; Class Action Defense; Insurance Coverage; Insurance Disputes; Declaratory Judgment Actions; Business Litigation; Construction Litigation; Civil Litigation, Trials and Appeals; Divorce; Child Custody; Bankruptcy; Wills and Trusts; and Mediation.
Personal Injury (Plaintiff & Defense) Insurance Bankruptcy Family Law Wills & Trusts
On April 18, 1994, the Plaintiff was operating a crane that Mr. Jowanna, for the Plaintiff, alleged was owned by the Defendant. On behalf of the Plaintiff, Mr. Jowanna also alleged that, regardless of ownership, the Defendant was the entity that provided the crane for the Plaintiff's use, and that the Defendant provided the crane in a defective condition. As the Plaintiff attempted to make a lift with the crane, the crane tipped over and fell off a bridge and into the water of Tampa Bay. The Plaintiff's right leg was crushed between the crane and a bridge guardrail before the Plaintiff fell into the water. The Plaintiff's right leg was later amputated just below the knee.
The primary disputes were over ownership of the subject crane and, regardless of ownership, what entity provided the crane for the Plaintiff's use. The Defendant was successful in obtaining a final judgment on the issues of ownership and legal duty of care. During the appeal of the final judgment, the Plaintiff rejected a settlement offer in the amount of $500,000.00, and a $300,000.00 cap on the Plaintiff's future workers' compensation benefits. After Mr. Jowanna was successful in having the final judgment reversed by the appellate court, he was able to obtain $2,000,000.00 for the Plaintiff, along with a waiver of a $250,000.00 workers' compensation lien. Accordingly, the net benefit to Mr. Jowanna's client was $2,250,000.00.
In 2012, Mr. Jowanna resolved a confidential medical malpractice, wrongful death claim in favor of his client for $2,090,196.19.
On February 3, 2007, while returning home from church, the Plaintiffs, Seneque and Edith Thomas, were walking up their driveway and onto a concrete walkway that led to their front door. However, Mr. Thomas' foot came into contact with a sprinkler pipe causing him to fall and strike his head on a concrete wall. The impact caused spinal cord trauma and, soon thereafter, a multi-level surgical fusion was performed.
Mr. Jowanna filed suit against the general contractor and the irrigation contractor for the Plaintiffs' home, which was built and purchased in Pasco County, Florida. The Defendants asserted that the sprinkler at issue was not a dangerous condition; was open and obvious; and that the Plaintiffs' cause of action was barred by the Slavin Doctrine. However, on behalf of the Plaintiffs, it was alleged and asserted that the sprinkler at issue was the wrong type of sprinkler and that it was negligently placed in the wrong location. It was further asserted that the use of the particular sprinkler violated the Pasco County Land Use Code because the area at issue required micro-irrigation and the sprinkler used was not specifically designed for micro-irrigation applications. The case was resolved on April 20, 2011 with the Plaintiffs obtaining $530,000.00 from the Defendants.
In 2006, the Plaintiff truck driver was driving his rig, on an Interstate highway system within Florida, when his semi-tractor and trailer were struck by another big rig. The impact caused both trucks to leave the road and also caused the Plaintiff's truck to jackknife. As a result of the collision, the Plaintiff suffered from low back pain and was, therefore, unable to return to work as a truck driver.
Mr. Jowanna filed suit against the Defendant truck driver and the trucking company that employed the driver. Mr. Jowanna alleged that the Defendants knowingly violated multiple provisions of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations, which are safety rules that apply to trucking companies and to truck drivers. In 2008, Mr. Jowanna successfully resolved the case in favor of the Plaintiffs for the sum of $410,000.00.
The Plaintiffs were traveling on Interstate 275 in their van when they were struck by another vehicle causing a roll-over crash. One Plaintiff suffered a lower back injury requiring a lumbar fusion. The case was resolved with the Defendants paying the Plaintiffs a total of $320,000.00.
The Plaintiff was involved in a motor vehicle accident for which the other driver had no liability insurance. The Plaintiff had cervical surgery and Mr. Jowanna filed suit against the Plaintiff's uninsured motorist coverage insurance carrier. Shortly before trial, in 2009, Mr. Jowanna was able to resolve the claim by obtaining $225,000.00 for his client, the Plaintiff.
The Plaintiff's father had purchased a life insurance policy naming the Plaintiff as the sole beneficiary. The Plaintiff's father had a history of seizures and, therefore, death as a result of seizure or a seizure related accident was excluded from the life insurance coverage. In 2007, the Plaintiff's father struck his head on a bathroom sink and died. The Plaintiff applied for the life insurance and the claim was denied.
Suit was filed against the Defendant life insurance company. The Defendant life insurance company took the position that the Plaintiff's father died as a result of falling due to a seizure and, therefore, the life insurance claim was properly denied. Mr. Jowanna took the position that the Defendant could not prove how or why the Plaintiff's father fell and, therefore, the claim was improperly denied. In 2010, Mr. Jowanna successfully resolved the case in favor of the Plaintiff for the sum of $185,000.00.
In 2009, the Plaintiff was enjoying the common area of the apartment complex where the Plaintiff lived. While enjoying the waterfront view of the property, the retaining wall the Plaintiff was standing on crumbled and the Plaintiff fell onto the rocks below. As a result of the fall, the Plaintiff suffered a shoulder injury requiring surgery.
Mr. Jowanna made claim against the owner of the apartment complex asserting that the retaining wall at issue was improperly designed, constructed and maintained. In 2010, Mr. Jowanna successfully resolved the claim in favor of the Plaintiffs for the sum of $150,000.00.