Joseph J. Reiter – Florida Bar Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer

Joseph Reiter’s highly successful legal career is well documented by his many contributions to the profession, his reputation among the legal community and his leadership.

Trying cases throughout Florida and the United States, his experience, and hard work has resulted in many multi-million dollar verdicts totaling more than $100 million dollars for his clients. He is recognized as one of the best personal injury lawyers in the United States by the prestigious publication, The Best Lawyers in America.

Joe’s reputation as a fighter was born of survival. He grew up in a near north side Chicago slum tenement in a rough neighborhood shared by several gangs. He learned at an early age that hard work and education was the only way out of poverty. Reiter enlisted in the U.S. Army twice. The first time he was sent home because he was too young. He went on to serve in the Seventh Infantry Division in Korea.

Joe attended the University of Illinois and received a Juris Doctor degree from Stetson University where he was a Dana Scholar. On the eve of graduation in 1968, he accepted an offer to join a West Palm Beach law firm where he and Lake Lytal, Jr. practiced together until they started their own firm in 1985.


  • J.D., Dana Scholar, Stetson University College of Law, 1968
  • University of Illinois

Areas of Practice

  • Automobile Accidents
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Products Liability

Certifications Specialties

  • Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer, Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization and Education

Bar Admissions

  • Florida, 1968
  • New York, 1985

Classes/Seminars Taught

  • Lecturer: Ethics and Personal Injury: The Florida Bar Association
  • Lecturer: Ethics and Personal Injury: The Florida Justice Association
  • Lecturer: Ethics and Personal Injury: The Palm Beach County Bar Association

Awards and Honors

  • US News & World Reports, Best Lawyers in America: 2021
  • Ben Willard Award- Stetson University College of Law
  • American Legion Service Award
  • Best Lawyers in America – Personal Injury and Civil Litigation
  • Florida Bar Association – Outstanding Past Voluntary Bar President Award
  • Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers – Mickey Smiley Award
  • Florida Super Lawyers –Top 5% of Attorneys in Florida
  • Martindale Hubbell – AV Rating
  • Metropolitan YMCA of the Palm Beaches – First Florida Recipient, “ Man of the Year” Award
  • Stetson College of Law Hall of Fame –click here to see video presentation
  • Stetson College of Law – Outstanding Alumnus Award
  • South Florida Legal Guide – Top Lawyer in South Florida in Civil Litigation (2003-2006)
  • U.S. National YMCA – Outstanding District Leadership

Professional Associations and Leadership Activities

  • Diplomat: American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
  • Elected Delegate: American Bar Association
  • Member: American Association for Justice
  • Member: Federal Bar Association
  • Member: International Society of Barristers
  • Member: Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • Member: New York Bar Association
  • Member: The Florida Bar Association
  • Member: Palm Beach County Bar Association
  • Congressional Federal Advisory Commission Member: Southern District of Florida
  • Federal Judicial Nominating Commission Member: Southern District of Florida
  • Member: U.S. Bicentennial Constitution Committee, Florida
  • Board of Directors: Enterprise National Bank
  • Former President (1986/87), and Board of Governors (1981-1984): The Florida Bar Association
  • Former Treasurer (1978) and Board of Directors (1975-1980): Florida Judicial Council
  • Former Chairman: Florida Judicial Qualifications Commission
  • Former President (1979) and Board of Directors (1973-1979): Palm Beach County Bar Association
  • Former Special Counsel: Senator Bob Graham, Washington D.C.
  • Former Southern and National Conferences of Bar Presidents

Community Associations and Leadership Activities

  • Trustee: Stetson College of Law
  • Board of Advisors: Nova College of Law
  • Chairman of the Board, St. Andrews School, Boca Raton
  • Board Member: Palm Beach County Council of the Arts
  • Member: Paul Harris Fellow
  • Board Member: United Way of Palm Beach County
  • Former Treasurer (1978), Board of Directors (1975-1980): Palm Beach County Legal Aid Society
  • Former Chairman: Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
  • Former Board Member and Chairman: Florida Arts Council of the State of Florida
  • An Organization Founder: Junior Achievement
  • Former President: Metropolitan YMCA of the Palm Beaches
  • Former President, Rotary Club of West Palm Beach
  • Former Chairman and President: United Way of Palm Beach County


  • The Law Office of Lytal, Reiter, Smith, Ivey and Fronrath included in 2016 South Florida Legal Guide
  • Joseph J. Reiter, Partner receives Ben C. Willard Award from prestigious Stetson University College of Law