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Morgan & Morgan

20 North Orange Avenue, Suite 1600, Orlando, FL 32801

Visit: http://www.forthepeople.com/

Phone: 407-420-1414

Licensed Since: 1977

Education:University of Pennsylvania Law School

Practice Areas:

  • Personal Injury – Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff (60%)
  • Personal Injury – Products: Plaintiff (30%)
  • Personal Injury – General: Plaintiff (10%)

Q Attorney Profile

Attorney Joseph Taraska is a senior trial lawyer at the law firm of Morgan & Morgan in Orlando, Florida. Mr. Taraska has several decades of legal experience and practices in the areas of civil rights, defective products, defective pharmaceuticals, health law, hospital law, medical malpractice, nursing home abuse, state medical licensure, tobacco litigation, wrongful death and more. He represents clients throughout the Orlando, Lakeland and Tampa, Florida areas.

After graduating from the U.S. Air Force Academy, Mr. Taraska earned his law degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School. He later trained at the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology and served as a medical and legal consultant for the U.S. Air Force. He has been admitted to practice law in the state of Florida since 1977 and is also certified by The Florida Bar as a civil trial lawyer.

Over the course of his legal career, Mr. Taraska has served in an advisory role to various Florida health care organizations, helping them with credentialing, bylaws, risk management and other issues. He served on the bioethics committee as well as the foundation board for Florida Hospital, and has lectured and written extensively on the area of health care law.

Respected by his peers in the legal profession, Mr. Taraska has been rated AV Preeminent,* the highest possible rating, by the peer review service Martindale-Hubbell.

Mr. Taraska is a member of  The Florida Bar and the Florida chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates. He also belongs to a number of national organizations including the American Board of Trial Advocates, the American Association for Justice and the Volie A. Williams American Inn of Court.

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Q More info

About Joseph Taraska

Admitted: 1977, Florida

Professional Webpage: https://www.forthepeople.com/attorneys/joe-taraska/


  • Forensic Medical Consultant, Judge Advocate General United States Air Force, 1974
  • Best Regular Feature Article, Central Florida Physicians Journal, 1986
  • Top 15 lawyers in Central Florida, Orlando Business Journal, 1983
  • AV Rating, Martindale Hubbell, 1991
  • Outstanding Speakers Award, Florida Medical Association, 1986
  • Selected as a Florida Super lawyer by his peers, 2007

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Board Certified as a civil trial lawyer by The Florida Bar since 1984

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • The Florida Bar
  • The United States Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
  • The Volie A. Williams, American Inns of Court, Member
  • The Florida Bar (Health Law Section), Member
  • National Health Law Association
  • The United States District Court, Middle District of Florida
  • The Florida Board of Trial Advocates, Member
  • The Florida Trial Lawyer’s Association, Member
  • Florida Justice Association
  • The Pennsylvania Bar
  • The American Board of Trial Advocates, Member
  • The United States Supreme Court
  • The American Association for Justice, Member

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Adventist Health Systems/Sunbelt campuses in Central Florida, CEO
  • Bioethics Committee, Florida Hospital.  1997

    foundation board florida hospital.  1997

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • “A Legal Guide for Physicians” .  2000 pages

    , Author, A legal guide for physicians
  • 2 volume text

    , A legal guide for florida physicians, Medical
  • “Death – Withholding and Withdrawing Life Support”, Author
  • “Physician Discipline”, Author
  • “Preventive Medicine for the Cancer Specialist”, Author


  • 2015-2016. Settlement of 152 spinal injury cases for 92,000,000

    2017 settlement of stroke and brain injury cases 8,000,000


  • 2 volume text

    , a legal guide for florida physicians, Medical

Educational Background:

  • Air Force Eastern Regional Medical Center; Armed Forces Institute of Pathology (Anatomy, Physiology, Pharmacology, Hospital Administration, 1974)
  • U.S. Air Force Academy, B.S. in International Affairs, Honors: Honored with the distinction of being selected as the outstanding cadet in law, 1969

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