My judicial philosophy is a simple one: Integrity. Judges should be elected because of what they know - not who they know. Judges should never owe anyone a political favor. Politics does not belong in a courtroom. It is the role of a judge to ensure fair, neutral and impartial proceedings for everyone.
A Message from Matt
Hello. My name is Matt Jowanna. I've been an attorney for the past 25 years, and I'm now running for Pasco County Court Judge. I want to become a judge so that I can use my years of legal experience to serve the people of Pasco County.
During and after graduating from college, I first worked in radio and television before deciding to go to law school. I now have two law degrees. I received my J.D. Degree, Summa Cum Laude, from Nova Southeastern University. I next received my LL.M. Degree, Magna Cum Laude, from the University of Notre Dame.
I began my legal career by prosecuting and trying criminal cases with the State Attorney’s Office as a certified legal intern while still in my last semester of law school. Since graduating from law school in 1994, I have litigated thousands of cases - mainly defending or prosecuting civil cases involving complex litigation and substantial damages. Having a heavy caseload of complex cases in varying areas of the law is what has made me a diversely experienced lawyer.
Over the course of 25 years, my time as a lawyer has been very well-rounded in that I have handled nearly every type of case that could come before a judge. I've litigated cases in both state and federal court, in many different areas of the law. I have both tried cases and argued appeals. I've even written published articles and given lectures on varying legal topics. County court judges need to be knowledgeable in many aspects of the law - not just one or two.
I have worked for law firms as an employee and as a partner for the first 12 years of my career. I also know what it's like to be a small business owner. I've owned and operated my own law firm in Pasco County for the past 14 years. Therefore, I have experienced, and learned from, nearly every challenge there could be in the operation of a law firm. I have also accomplished a solution to every such challenge. I'm confident that my experience in this regard will greatly assist me in effectively and efficiently presiding over a courtroom.
On a personal note, I have been married for 27 years to my wonderfully supportive wife, Camille, who has been an educator for over 35 years and is currently a high school principal in Pasco County. When not in the courtroom, my hobbies include tinkering on my 1978 Pontiac Firebird which I’ve worked on restoring. I also enjoy spending time with my family, which includes Geli the dog and Oreo the cat.
Honors & Awards
Matt is listed in the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers. Fewer than 5% of lawyers qualify and are included.
Matt is a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum, The Top Trial Lawyers in America for obtaining substantial recoveries for his clients. Fewer than 1% of U.S. lawyers are members.
Matt was named as one of the Top Rated Lawyers and Legal Leaders in the Tampa Bay area, as published by the Tampa Tribune.