Hello. My name is Matthew J. Jowanna. I’ve been an attorney for 25 years, and I’m running for Pasco County Court Judge in the August 2020 elections.
In looking at the websites of other judicial candidates, I noticed that they provide very little substance on why that person is qualified to be a judge. Other judicial candidate websites look very nice and artistic. These other websites usually contain photos of the judicial candidate with his or her family, or of the candidate casually talking to people in the community. But, it's just typical political marketing and public relations. They hope that you will like them as a person and, therefore, vote for them. But, being artistic and well-liked does not mean they will be a good judge. And, voters know that.
So, I want to be a little different. I want people to know my credentials and why I would be a good judge. I want people to vote for me because I'm highly qualified to be a judge - not because there is a nice picture of me smiling with my family, or as I talk to a group of people with my tie loosened and my shirt sleeves rolled-up. People can see right through the phoniness of typical political advertising. I want to be direct and real. Please explore this website to review my qualifications for being a Pasco County Court Judge.
My judicial philosophy is a simple one: Integrity. A judge should act with the utmost integrity while having respect for the law. Judicial elections are nonpartisan for a reason, because politics does not belong in a courtroom. It is the role of a judge to ensure fair, neutral and impartial proceedings for everyone.
I 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 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’ve litigated thousands of cases. The majority of my career has been spent defending or prosecuting civil cases involving complex litigation and substantial damages. Some complex cases have had a multitude of parties, and even more lawyers, in a single dispute. On other cases, I’ve literally represented thousands of class plaintiffs for a single claim. Even with cases of this magnitude, the other cases deserved just as much time and attention. Therefore, having heavy caseloads is what has made me a well-trained and experienced lawyer.
Besides the above-described work, over the course of 25 years, I’ve handled nearly every type of case that could come across the bench of a county court judge. At some point in my well-rounded career, I’ve worked on cases involving: Bankruptcy, Civil Rights, Class Actions, Contracts, Corporate Law, Criminal Law, Employment Law, Family Law, Government, Insurance, Landlord & Tenant, Malpractice, Personal Injury, Probate, Property Damage, Real Property Rights, Traffic, Workers' Compensation and Wrongful Death. I've tried cases and argued appeals in state and federal court. County court judges need to know how to preside over cases in many different areas 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've also owned and operated my own law firm in Pasco County for the past 14 years. Therefore, I have experienced, and learned from, every challenge there could be in the running of a law firm. I've 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 wonderful wife, Camille, who is 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 time with my family, which includes Geli the dog and Oreo the cat.
Mr. Jowanna has obtained the peer review rating of “preeminent” for his legal ability. Only the top 17% of all lawyers receive this pinnacle rating.
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