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Joseph W. "Jay" Fleece, III, is a native Floridian having been born and raised in St. Petersburg. Mr. Fleece started practicing law in 1980 with the firm of Belcher & Fleece, P.A., and subsequently joined Holland & Knight, where he was a partner heading up the litigation department of the St. Petersburg office. In 2004, Mr. Fleece joined with Hamden H. Baskin, III, and founded the law firm of BaskinFleece, located in Clearwater, Florida. In 2017 Mr. Fleece moved his practice back to St. Petersburg and joined the Legacy Protection Lawyers, LLP law firm.

Mr. Fleece is a graduate of Tulane University and Stetson University College of Law. Mr. Fleece is an AV rated lawyer by Martindale Hubbell and has been selected for inclusion in the Florida Super Lawyer publication since 2007 and The Best Lawyers in America© publication since 2010. Mr. Fleece’s practice has focused on estate, trust, and fiduciary litigation for the past 34 years and he has been involved in many complex cases throughout Florida, both at the trial and appellate levels, and has appeared as counsel in matters in California and South Carolina.

Mr. Fleece is a Fellow of the Litigation Council of America and is admitted to practice in the United States District Court, Middle District of Florida; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit; U.S. Tax Court; and the United States Supreme Court.

Mr. Fleece has also been active in his community, having previously served as president of the Police Athletic League, PARC, Sunshine City Jaycees, and he has previously served on the boards of the local YMCA and Red Cross. Mr. Fleece is a former Chancellor of the Episcopal Diocese of Southwest Florida and a past Commodore of the St. Petersburg Yacht Club. Currently, Mr. Fleece serves as a member of the Board of Johns Hopklins All Children’s Hospital.

Contact & Links


  • 100 Second Avenue South, Suite 900
    St. Petersburg, FL 33701


  • Stetson University , J.D., graduated 1980
  • Tulane University, BA, graduated 1977

Bar Admissions

  • Florida, The Florida Bar


  • American Red Cross, Tampa Bay Chapter - Past Member, Board of Directors
  • Canterbury School of Florida - Past Member, Board of Trustees
  • Episcopal Diocese of Southwest Florida - Former Chancellor; Member, The Standing Committee
  • Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital - Member, Board of Trustees
  • PARC - Past Chairman of the Board
  • Pinellas County Community Foundation - Vice Chairmanr, Board of Directors
  • Police Athletic League - Past President
  • St. Petersburg Yacht Club - Past Commodore
  • St. Thomas Episcopal Church - Life Member; Former Vestry Member
  • Sunshine City Jaycees - Past President
  • YMCA - Past Member, Board of Directors

Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2022 for work in:

  • Litigation - Trusts and Estates

Special Focus

  • Litigation


  • AV Rated by Martindale Hubbell
  • Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America
  • Florida Trend Legal Elite, 2004-2007; 2015-2016
  • 2011 Recipient of the Distinguished Citizens Award by the West Central Florida Council Boy Scouts of America
  • Best Lawyers in America©, 2010-2018
  • Florida Super Lawyers, 2007-2017


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