Joe Johnson is a shareholder at Searcy Denney Scarola Barnhart & Shipley. Over the past 25 years, Joe Johnson has litigated some of the most complex cases in Florida – and he’s taken on some of the most powerful opponents. But that’s little surprise: The law, and courtroom savvy, is something the third-generation lawyer grew up with.

A Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer, Joe has successfully handled a wide range of product liability, consumer protection, defective medical device, and commercial litigation, as well as medical malpractice and other personal injury cases. While the personal injury cases may differ, the focus is always the same: fighting to protect and vindicate his client’s rights.

The South Florida native’s philosophy is simple: his client’s interests are his interests. That means he tackled every case with the same level of preparation, dedication, and skill that Joe would demand in his own attorneys. And it means always being responsive to clients and their needs. Over the years, he has earned the respect of judges, juries, and peers. But more importantly, he has earned him the respect of his clients.

Awards and Recognition

Joe Johnson was selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2021 in the field of Personal Injury Litigation- Plaintiffs.

Year Joined Firm
  • 1991
Areas of Practice
  • Civil Trial Law
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Medical Device Litigation
  • Pharmaceutical Litigation
  • Trucking and Auto Liability
  • Motor Vehicle Defects
  • Tire Defects
Litigation Percentage
  • 100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation
Certified Legal Specialties
  • Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer, The Florida Bar
  • Certified Civil Trial Advocate, National Board of Trial Advocacy
  • Civil Trial Practice, Florida Bar, 1996
Bar Admissions
  • Florida, 1983
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Florida, 1984
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • Florida State University College of Law, Tallahassee, Florida
    • J.D., Doctor of Jurisprudence – 1983
  • Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida
    • Bachelor of Science – 1980
Honors and Awards
Professional Associations and Memberships
  • Lawyers of Distinction, Member, 2018 – Present
  • ABOTA, Member, 2001 – Present
  • National Board of Trial Advocacy, Member, 1996 – Present
  • Florida Bar Association, Member, 1983 – Present
  • Palm Beach County Bar Association
  • Palm Beach County Justice Association
  • The Florida Bar, Member, Civil Procedure Rules Committee, 2008 – Present
  • American Association for Justice
  • American Bar Association
  • The Florida Justice Association
  • American Inns of the Court