Joseph H. Varner III is a partner in Holland & Knight's
Tampa office and serves on the firm's Directors Committee. Mr. Varner is
experienced in complex commercial litigation, business torts, securities
litigation, professional negligence, and personal injury and wrongful death
litigation. Mr. Varner has litigated complex liability and medical issues
ranging from corporate shareholder disputes to wrongful death arising from
medical malpractice. He has obtained significant jury verdicts and settlements
in commercial and personal injury litigation and has conducted numerous jury
trials in state and federal court. Mr. Varner is also a certified mediator in
state and federal court.
Mr. Varner has specialized in civil trial practice in Florida for his entire
career. He has been continuously Board Certified in Civil Trial Advocacy by the
Florida Bar Board of Legal Education and Specialization since 1993. As listed
below, Mr. Varner has received much recognition for his professional
accomplishments, including The Best Lawyers In America and Florida
Trend Legal Elite. Mr. Varner was also named in Attorney at Law
Magazine's "Attorneys to Watch in 2012" list. He is a member of the
prestigious Million Dollar Advocates Forum, an organization whose membership is
limited to trial attorneys who have achieved verdicts or settlements in the
amount of one million dollars or more.
Mr. Varner has twice been appointed to positions of service by the Federal
Judges of the Middle District of Florida, serving on the Merit Selection Panel
for U.S. Magistrates in 1999 and as a member of the Civil Justice Reform Act
Advisory Group for the Middle District of Florida from 1994-1996. Mr. Varner has
been invited to attend the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals Judicial Conference
on multiple occasions and was also appointed as Special Counsel for the Florida
Judicial Qualifications Commission in 1998.
Mr. Varner is active in the community and has been recognized for his
charitable contributions as a member of the United Way Keel Club. In recent
years, Mr. Varner has been actively involved with Voices for Children and
Metropolitan Ministries. Mr. Varner has also served as a member of the United
Way of Tampa Bay Campaign Cabinet and Community Service Youth Development Team.
He served on the board of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Tampa Region, and
chaired the Sixth Annual Skins Challenge Golf Classic in 1995. He participated
in Leadership Tampa in 1992-1993 and has been involved in Leadership Tampa
Alumni since 1993. He was named Man of the Year by the Leukemia Society/Brooks
Brothers in 1992-1993. Mr. Varner has also served on the University of Tampa
Board of Counselors, University of Tampa Institutional Advancement Committee,
and The Tampa Connection.