skip to Main Content

Phone: (305) 761-2323

255 Alhambra Circle PH

Coral Gables, FL 33134

Joseph Matthews


Arbitrator, Mediator, Advocate

Current Employer:

Joseph M. Matthews, P.A.

Areas of Expertise:

✔ Admiralty ✔ Aviation
✔ Banking & finance ✔ Class Actions
✔ Commercial/Business ✔ Condominiums
✔ Construction ✔ Contract Disputes
✔ Debt/Foreclosure ✔ Defamation (Libel & Slander)
✔ Employment ✔ Executive Compensation
✔ Family Businesses ✔ Franchise
✔ Health Care ✔ Insurance
✔ International ✔ Joint Ventures
✔ Land Use/Planning ✔ Landlord/Tenant
✔ Legal Malpractice ✔ Licensing
✔ Media & Communications ✔ Medical Malpractice
✔ Mergers & Acquisitions ✔ Mining
✔ Non-profit Organizations ✔ Partnerships
✔ Personal Injury ✔ Premises Liability
✔ Professional Fees ✔ Professional Liability
✔ Professional Malpractice ✔ Professional Negligence
✔ Real Estate ✔ Securities
✔ Shareholder Disputes ✔ Software
✔ Sports ✔ Technology
✔ Telecommunications ✔ Torts
✔ Trade Secrets and Confidentiality Disputes


Mr. Matthews has served as an arbitrator or an advocate in more than 500 arbitrations. Cases have been conducted under the auspices of AAA, ICDR, ICSID, ICC, CPR NASD (now FINRA) and other dispute resolution forums. He has also conducted numerous ad hoc arbitration proceedings. He has served as advocate and arbitrator in class arbitrations under the Special Class Arbitration Rules of the American Arbitration Association.

DOMESTIC; 40 years of experience as advocate and more than 25 as arbitrator. Cases have included disputes involving business matters, partnerships, mergers and acquisitions, contract, construction, professional liability, employment relations, securities, business fraud, consumer fraud, health care, insurance and reinsurance, intellectual property, technology, class actions and personal injuries.

INTERNATIONAL - 25 years of experience as advocate and arbitrator. Cases include investment treaty arbitration, international commercial arbitration under all the major international arbitration forums and teaching international arbitration in Europe, Asia and North America, including advanced seminars in international arbitration and dispute resolution at the National University of Mongolia (2006) and University of Dundee, Scotland (2009).

He is a Florida Supreme Court Certified Circuit Mediator and is also certified by the Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution (CEDR).

Work History:

Florida Bar District of Columbia Bar U.S. District Court for Southern District of Florida U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit U.S. Court of Claims U.S. Supreme Court


The Best Lawyers in America (1996-present) Leading American Lawyers (1997-present) International Who's Who, Professionals (1998-present)


AAA International Arbitration Panel AAA Commercial and Construction Panel AAA Large, Complex Case Panel AAA Class Arbitration Panel Hong Kong International Arbitration Court, International Panel


Chartered Arbitrator, Chartered Institute of Arbitration; Honorary Bencher, Inn of Court of Northern Ireland; American Arbitration Association (former Director and Executive Committee); American Bar Association; International Academy of Trial Lawyers (President 2015-16); American College of Trial Lawyers (Fellow); American Board of Trial Advocates (Member)


The Defiance College, B.A. 1974 (magna cum laude) University of Miami School of Law, J.D. (summa cum laude 1st in Class; 1977)


Time to Evaluate the Standards for Issuance of Interim Measures of Protection in International Investment Arbitration” (with Karen Stewart) ARBITRATION INTERNATIONAL, Vol. 25, Issue 4, 2009

Identifying and Overcoming Arbitrator Bias - Advocacy in International Arbitration” TRANSNATIONAL DISPUTE MANAGEMENT JOURNAL, Special Issue, Summer 2008

Recognition and Enforcement of U.S. class action judgment and settlements in Switzerland; (with Daniele Favalli), REVIEW SUISSE DE DROIT INTERNATIONAL ET EUROPEEN April 2007

Are Florida Courts Really Parochial When it Comes to Arbitration? A Rebuttal; THE FLORIDA BAR JOURNAL, December 2007

Let the Sun Shine In and be Proud: The Case for Arbitration Rules that Presumptively Grant Public Access to All Arbitration Proceedings” TRANSNATIONAL DISPUTE MANAGEMENT JOURNAL, 2006

The Role of Arbitrators in Settlement of Claims Pending Before Them for Decision; TRANSNATIONAL DISPUTE MANAGEMENT JOURNAL, Vol. 2, Issue 5 November 2005

Deposition and Discovery; TRANSNATIONAL DISPUTE MANAGEMENT JOURNAL, Vol. 2, Issue 3 June 2005

Consumer Arbitration – Is It Working and Will It Continue to Work?; THE FLORIDA BAR JOURNAL, April 2005

Online Arbitration of Cross-Border, Business to Consumer Disputes,

UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI LAW REVIEW, vol. 56, p.1111, 2003

Is It Possible to Try a $100,000 Business Case to a Jury Without Bankrupting Yourself and Your Client? THE FLORIDA BAR JOURNAL, October 1997

Associate editor;Commercial Litigation;THE JOURNAL OF THE ACADEMY OF FLORIDA TRIAL LAWYERS, 1990-94 (monthly review of commercial law in Florida)

State Immunity From Zoning, A Question of Reasonableness; UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI LAW REVIEW, vol. 31, p. 191; 1977; Survey of the Law of Evidence; (With William Hicks) UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI LAW REVIEW, vol. 31, p. 951; 1977

Back To Top

Forgot Password?

Join Us

Password Reset
Please enter your e-mail address. You will receive a new password via e-mail.