Clients count on Joseph DeMaria as an aggressive advocate and ally when facing courtroom battles involving high-stakes business, construction or white-collar criminal disputes.Joseph is a former federal prosecutor with decades of experience leading trial teams and crafting effective legal arguments before state and federal courts. He is well-known for his tenacity and no-holds-barred approach to major litigation.
Among Joseph’s specific assets are:Proven success, in three distinct areas of the law — business litigation, construction litigation and white-collar criminal defense. Joseph offers a rare skill set: Strength in three diverse legal areas, coupled with trial victories in major litigation cases representing clients from wide-ranging sectors, including banking and services, large-scale corporate construction, international business, government entities and public school systems, among others. He has also defended individuals under investigation and subject to criminal and regulatory charges by the Department of Justice and federal and state regulators.
Certification by the Florida Bar as a Business Litigation Specialist, a mark of professional distinction. This designation is reserved for Florida-based attorneys who undergo rigorous vetting, including a written examination and peer review, to augment their deep experience in business litigation. Joseph’s certification for the past 21 years signifies his commitment to and capabilities in business litigation.
A particular ability to meet “Gordian knot” cases – especially complex, challenging and high-risk disputes – with confident poise and cool intellect. During his more than three-decade legal career, Joseph has been a key player in many of South Florida’s most high-profile — and highly publicized — business litigation and financial criminal cases, beginning with his years as a member of the Miami Organized Crime Strike Force with the U.S. Department of Justice, and continuing through his present representation of businesses and individuals. He thrives under the pressure inherent in these cases – a trait that benefits his clients.
Extensive experience with “bet the company” legal matters. Federal and civil RICO claims. Embezzlement and Bribery. Accounting and Legal Malpractice. Corporate Governance. Breach of Fiduciary Duty. Money Laundering. Fraud, Grand Theft and Tax Evasion. Construction Delays. Surety and Insurance Claims. Joseph has handled these matters and more. When facing a high-stakes situation, clients put their trust in Joseph.