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Joseph Payne Milton

Joseph Payne Milton, American lawyer. Bar: Florida 1969, United States Court Appeals (5th circuit) 1971, Supreme Court of the United States Court 1972, United States Court Appeals (11th circuit) 1981. Recipient Outstanding Service award for individual contributions in support of legal services for the poor, 1981; named Superlawyer of Florida, 2006, 2007, Million Dollar Advocates Forum.


Milton, Joseph Payne was born on October 24, 1943 in Richmond, Virginia, United States. Son of Hubert E. and Grace C. Milton.


Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, University Florida, 1967. Juris Doctor, University Florida, 1969.


Worked at Milton, Leach & D'Andrea, P.A. (Jacksonville, Florida) specializing in FELA, Admiralty, Personal Injury and Wrongful Death, General Civil and Appellate Practice in State and Federal Courts. Admitted to the bar, 1969, Florida. 1972, United States. Supreme Court.

Phi Alpha Delta. President, 1969, John Marshall Bar Association. Member: Jacksonville (President, 1980-1981) and American Bar Associations. The Florida Bar (Member, Board of Governors, 1988-1990.

Member, Executive Council Trial Lawyers Section, 1982-1989. Chairman, 1987-1988; Member, Fourth Judicial Circuit Nominating Commission, 1980-1982. Member, 1976-1978 and Chairman, 1977, Fourth Judicial Circuit Grievance Committee).

Florida Council of Bar Association Presidents (President, 1985-1986). National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel (President, 1990-1991. Member, Executive Council, 1982—.

Southeastern Regional Vice President, 1984-1986). Maritime Law Association of the United States. The Association of Trial Lawyers of America.

Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers. American Judicature Society. Florida Defense Lawyers Association.

Fellow, American Bar Foundation. Advocate, American Board of Trial Advocates (President-Elect, 1995-1996, Jacksonville Chapter). Fellow, International Society of Barristers.

(Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer, Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization and Education) (Certified as a Civil Trial Advocate by the National Board of Trial Advocacy). After 21 years of trial practice as a senior partner in a large firm, Joe Milton formed Joseph P. Milton, P.A. in January, 1990. In January, 1993, Eric Leach became a partner, and the firm name changed to Milton & Leach, P.A. In January, 1996, James L. D' Andrea became a partner and the firm name changed to Milton, Leach & D'Andrea, P.A. The firm is a general civil litigation firm with practice emphasis in railroad defense, admiralty, products liability and personal injury.

The firm encourages continued professional development for all staff through professional association activities and community affairs, as well as continuing legal education.


Member Mayor's Blue Ribbon Task Force. Member Law Center Council, University Florida College Law, 1972-1978, member alumni council, since 1995. Campaign chairman Northeast Florida chapter March of Dimes, 1973-1974, vice president, 1974-1975.

President Willing Hands, 1974-1975. Chairman attys.' division United Way, 1977. President Civic Round Table of Jacksonville, 1980-1981.

Member executive committee Jacksonville Area Legal Aid, Inc., 1982-1983. Chairman private bar involvement committee Legal Aid Board Directors, 1982-1983. Member History Society Florida Supreme Court, membership chairman N. Florida United States Supreme Court History Society.

Fellow: Society Lawyers for Public Service, Southeastern Admiralty Law (committee, director Port, Jacksonville 1996-1999), American Bar Foundation, International Society Barristers. Member: Association of Trial Lawyers of America, National ABOTA Foundation (treasurer 2004-2005, president since 2006), American Judicature Society, Academy Florida Trial Lawyers, Maritime Law Association United States (member committee professionalism since 1996), National Association RailRoad Trial Counsel (executive committee 1979—2004, vice president southeastern region 1984-1986, president 1990-1991), Jacksonville Association Defense Counsel 1981-1982, (lecturer Continuing Legal Education programs, guest lecturer University Florida National Association RailRoad Trial Counsel), Florida Council Bar Association President (executive committee 1982-1988, vice president 1984, president 1985-1986, Outstanding Past Bar President award 2001), Florida Bar (grievance committee 1975-1977, chairman grievance committee 1976, 4th judicial circuit nominating commission 1980-1982, voluntary bar liaison committee 1982-1983, member executive council for trial section 1982-1989, chairman 1987, 1988, board governors 1988-1990, charter member admirality and maritime law board certified 1996—2000, chairman 1998, chairman 4th judicial circuit professionalism committee since 1998, board cert civil trial lawyer, board certified admiralty and maritime law, member History Society for 11th circuit, recipient Outstanding Professionalism Program 1999, 2001), Jacksonville Bar Association (young lawyers section 1974-1975, president 1980-1981, Lawyer of Year award 1999), American Board Trial Advocates (president Jacksonville chapter 1997, FLABOTA board member since 1997, treasurer 1999, national board member since 1999, president-elect 2000, treasurer 2004, charter, chapter selected as Best in Nation 1997, Jacksonville chapter Trial Lawyer of Year 2000, selected as Florida Trial Lawyer of Year 2000, named Master In Trial Master of Year 2003), Country Club Sapphire Valley (North Carolina), Gulf Life Tower Club, University Club, San Jose Country Club.


Children: Michael Payne, Amy Barrett, David King. Married Cela Cabler Milton, April 8, 1989.