Brian Joslyn heads the firm’s Commercial Litigation department. He has practiced for more than 30 years in the commercial trial arena with a focus on all aspects of real estate law, development, and land use.
He also tries partnership and corporation dissolutions, will contests, and broker/dealer disputes, and has represented numerous local governments and special districts in zoning and land use disputes.
In addition to acting as lead counsel in dozens of trials and arbitrations, Mr. Joslyn has argued more than 20 appeals before Florida District Courts of Appeal and Florida Supreme Court.
Mr. Joslyn served in the military from 1971 to 1974 as a member of the U.S. Army Rangers.
- Commercial Litigation
- Bitterman v. Bitterman, 714 So.2d 396 (Fla. 1998). Mr. Joslyn was the lead attorney in the case where the Florida Supreme Court held for the first time that a trial judge has inherent authority to sanction “inequitable conduct” by litigants.
- City of Lake Worth v. Save Our Neighborhood, 995 So.2d 1002 (Fla. 4th DCA 2008). Mr. Joslyn was successful in reversing a Final Judgment against the City that directed the City to hold a referendum seeking reversal of the City’s zoning approval of a small scale development. In a case of first impression, the Fourth District Court of Appeal defined the restriction on referenda challenging land use approvals for “five or fewer lots” under §163.3167(12), F.S.
Awards and Recognition
- Martindale-Hubbell® AV® Preeminent™ 5.0 out of 5
Professional and Community Activities
- American Bar Association, Member
- The Florida Bar, Member
- Palm Beach County Bar Association, Member
- Palm Beach County Environmental Appeal Board, Chair
- Palm Beach County Justice Association, Member
- Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers, Member
- American Justice Association, Member
- American Board of Trial Advocates, Member
- Trial Bar of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, Member
- Florida, 1981
- U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, 1989
- J.D., with honors, University of Florida, Fredric G. Levin College of Law, Gainesville, FL, 1981
- B.A., summa cum laude, University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL, 1978
Mr. Joslyn has a wide variety of interests outside the field of law, including Martial Arts (3rd Degree Black Belt, Shaolin Karate and 1st degree Black Belt, Kendo), mountaineering, photography, conflict simulation games, and sporting clays. In addition, Mr. Joslyn is nationally known in the field for construction of model ships, several of which are exhibited in museums in the United States and Japan.