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Brown, Michael J.

Name:Brown, Michael J.
Practice In: Government ,Social Security
Law Firm: Wolf and Brown, L.L.C.
Location:228 Kings Highway East
Haddonfield, NJ 08033
Fax: 856-429-3269

Joel H. Brown was elected by his colleagues as Chief Judge in February, 2009 and served in that capacity until reentering private practice in April of 2013. He was admitted to the Florida Bar in 1971 and practiced as a civil trial attorney for 19 years prior to being appointed to the County Court in 1990 by former Governor Bob Martinez. Subsequently, he served as Associate Administrative Judge of the County Court, Criminal Traffic Division, and then served as Administrative Judge of the County Court, Criminal Division. In 1994, Governor Lawton Chiles appointed him to the Circuit Court of the 11th Judicial Circuit of Florida where he served in various divisions with increasing levels of responsibility, ultimately being named Administrative Judge of the Family Division from 2001 to 2009.

During his tenure as Administrative Judge of the Family Division, Brown was responsible for the creation of the “Odyssey” program, which is the first circuit division’s effort to go paperless. In county criminal court, he instituted the first paperless program, known as “Spirit.” In addition to “Odyssey” and “Spirit,” Brown led the movement to establish a “mobile court” that enabled members of the community to maintain access to the courts while the branch courthouse was closed temporarily for renovations. Brown was selected to serve as Chair of the Judicial Administration Committee of the Florida Conference of Circuit Judges, effective July 1, 2011.

Joel H. Brown, former Chief Judge, is a native Floridian. He was born, grew up and spent his formative years in Miami Beach.  He attended the University of Florida, majored in accounting and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. He holds a Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Florida School of Law.

Brown is a Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer and was Peer-Review Rated AV, the highest rating, by Martindale-Hubbell. He is admitted to practice in Florida, Colorado, the United States District Court for the Southern District, the United States Court of Appeals for the 11th Judicial Circuit and the Supreme Court of the United States.  

AV®, BV®, AV Preeminent® and BV Distinguished® are registered certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used under in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies.


  • Court Relocation Committee,1999
  • Family Data Reporting Committee, Chairperson, Implemented Civil System Management Report and Post Judgment Report, February, 1997
  • Court Oriented Rehabilitative and Education Program, Implemented the first court operated DUI School in Dade County Child Restraint Offender Program, Organized the first court sponsored program to assist drivers to obtain approved infant car seats
  • Operation Drive Legal Program - Implemented the first court operated program to assist defendants with suspended driver's licenses to obtain valid licenses.

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