Attorney Joseph Taraska
Rated by his peers as a Florida Super Lawyer in 2007 in the practice areas of personal injury and malpractice, Attorney Joseph Taraska began his law studies at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He graduated from the academy in 1969 with a Bachelor of Science in International Affairs. In 1972, Attorney Joseph Taraska earned his J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania School of Law and returned to the Air Force to join the Judge Advocate’s General Corps. Soon after, he received special training in physiology, pharmacology, anatomy, and hospital administration at the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology (AFIP), an arm of the Defense Department based in Washington, DC. The AFIP training gave Joseph Taraska the skills needed to qualify as one of only six Forensic Medical/Legal Consultants in the Air Force versed in forensics. In that capacity, he covered 13 hospitals in the northeastern U.S. from 1974 to 1976. Having completed his military service, Attorney Joseph Taraska settled in Florida and started in private practice as an Associate with Maguire, Voorhis, and Wells, P.A. Focusing on the representation of hospitals and physicians, he worked his way up to Partner in the firm within five years. Subsequently, Joseph Taraska founded his own law practice in Orlando in 1982. Under various names and with various partners, Joseph Taraska headed his law firm for 16 years, while also serving as counsel for Adventist Health Systems’ array of Orlando-based hospitals. In 2000, he accepted the position of Director of the Complex Litigation Department at Jacobs & Goodman, P.A., in Altamonte Springs, and in 2009 Joseph Taraska joined the firm of Morgan & Morgan, P.A., specializing in complex litigation, health law, and products liability. Licensed to practice by The Florida Bar and the Pennsylvania Bar Association, Joseph Taraska can also appear in matters of litigation before the federal jurisdictions of the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, and the U.S. Supreme Court. Ever since 1991, the Martindale-Hubbell perr-review system has listed Joseph Taraska with an “AV” rating, the highest possible mark for legal acumen and standards of ethics based on the reports of his colleagues in the legal community.