Law Office of Richard F. Joyce, P.A.



Attorney's Law Practice
Child Dependency . Termination of Parental Rights . Appeals

Indian Child Welfare Act . Adoption Entity/Intermediary . General Practice

I am a Florida Bar Board Certified Attorney in Juvenile Law who specializes in dependency and termination of parental rights ("TPR") cases in Florida's trial and appellate courts.  I obtained Board Certification in the first group of Florida attorneys certified in Juvenile Law.  While I primarily represent parents, I also represent children in these case.  In fact, The Florida Bar Foundation recognized my advocacy for children in Dependency cases in an article at​​

My appellate experience includes over 135 Dependency and TPR cases with additional appellate experience  representing clients in guardianship and civil cases.  Also, while working as an Assistant General Counsel for the Office of the General Counsel for the Eleventh Judicial Circuit, I gained significant experience in researching legal issues pending before the trial court and in reviewing appeals pending before the Circuit Court's Appellate Division.

​Since starting my legal career in 1992, I have represented clients in a variety of cases, including accident, business, civil, domestic violence, family, guardian advocate, guardianship, incapacity, landlord-tenant, Marchman Act, mortgage foreclosure, personal injury, probate, real estate, insurance subrogation, traffic and transactional matters.

​Prior to practicing law, I worked for ten years at Eastern Air Lines. My last position there was Senior Logistics Analyst.

Throughout law school at the University of Miami, I worked at Eastern Air Lines.

Bar Admissions
  •  Florida Bar 
  • U.S. District Court,​ Southern District of Florida
  • The Seminole Tribe of Florida

Florida Bar Certification - Juvenile Law

  • 2016 GALP Excellence in Advocacy Award​​ as Attorney for Children with Special Needs - 16th Circuit​ of Florida
Professional Memberships

The Florida Bar Public Interest Law Section - Executive Council Member

The Florida Bar Public Interest Law Section - Recruitment Committee - Chair

The Florida Bar Public Interest Law Section - Parents Advocacy Committee - Chair

The Florida Bar Appellate Section - Member

The Florida Bar Elder Law Section - Member

The Florida Bar Family Law Section - Member

Third District Court of Appeal Historical Society - Member

The Rosemary Barkett Appellate American Inns of Court - Member

Dade County Bar Association Juvenile Court Committee - Member

Dade County  Bar Association - Member

National Association of Counsel  for Children - Member​​

Florida Association for Parents' Attorneys, Inc.  - Member

State of Florida Domestic Violence Fatality Review Team - Former Member

Miami-Dade County Domestic Violence Fatality Review Team - Former Member

Miami-Dade County Child Abuse Death Review Team - Former Member

Florida Association of Counsel for Children - Former Director

Former Legal Positions

Chief Assistant Regional Counsel - Office of Criminal Conflict and Civil Regional Counsel, Third Region of Florida
Assistant General Counsel - Florida Justice Administrative Commission
Assistant General Counsel
- Eleventh Judicial Circuit Court of Florida
- Family Reunification Legal Office (Eleventh Judicial Circuit Court)
Senior Attorney
- Florida Department of Children and Families, C.W.L.S.
Attorney- Law Office of Richard F. Joyce

Intern - State of Florida, Third District Court of Appeal