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Joel C. Zwemer - Fort Pierce, FL

1903 S. 25th StreetSuite 200 Fort Pierce, FL 34947

Updated: 05/11/2017

Fort Pierce Commercial business and real estate litigation Lawyer


Mr. Zwemer is an attorney in the Fort Pierce office. He concentrates his practice in the areas of commercial business and real estate litigation, creditors' rights and bankruptcy. He has successfully litigated a wide range of cases in federal and state courts and regularly represents financial institutions in business and bankruptcy cases and litigation in Fort Pierce and Port Saint Lucie.


About Joel C. Zwemer

Practice Areas

  • Commercial business and real estate litigation
  • Creditors’ rights
  • Bankruptcy


  • 95%

Current Employment Position(s)

  • Of Counsel


Bar Admissions

  • Florida, 1991
  • Kentucky, 1985
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Florida

Specialties and Certifications

  • Certified Circuit Civil Mediator
  • Certified Bankruptcy Mediator

Other Affiliations

  • Bankruptcy Bar Association for the Southern District of Florida (Board of Directors, 2002 - 2005, Meetings and Programs Committee, 2003)
  • Economic Development Council of St. Lucie County, Inc., 2009 - Present (Board of Directors)
  • Education Foundation of Indian River County, 1994, Board of Directors
  • St. Lucie County Bar Association, 2005 - 2006 (President)
  • St. Lucie County Bar Association, 2004 - 2005 (Vice President)
  • St. Lucie County Bar Association, 2003 - 2004 (Secretary/Treasurer)
  • St. Lucie County Chamber of Commerce (Former Committee Chairman, New Businesses & Infrastructure Committees)
  • The Florida Bar, 2002 - Present (Member, Bankruptcy/UCC Committee)
  • The Florida Bar Foundation, Inc., 2005 - Present (Fellow)
  • The Florida Bar, Business Law Section
  • The Florida Bar, Trial Lawyers Section
  • The Treasure Coast Builders Association, Member
  • Economic Development Council of St. Lucie County, Inc. (By-Laws Committee, 2015)
  • Economic Development Council of St. Lucie County, Inc. (Tax Abatement Committee, 2012)
  • St. Lucie County Chamber of Commerce (SeaFest Committee, Co-Chair, 1997)
  • St. Lucie County Chamber of Commerce (Infrastructure Committees, Chairman, 1996)
  • St. Lucie County Chamber of Commerce (New Businesses Committee, Chairman, 1994)
  • Indian River Chamber of Commerce (New Businesses Committee, Chairman, 1994 – 1995)
  • Council of 100 of Indian River County, Advisory Board
  • Executive Board Member of Young Lawyer’s Section of the Louisville Bar Association, 1988
  • Florida Academy of Professional Mediators, 2001 – Present
  • NASD Regulation, Inc. Board of Arbitrators, 2003-2007
  • Nineteenth Circuit Fee Arbitration Panel, Panel Member, 2002 – 2005


  • University of Louisville School of Law, Louisville, Kentucky, 1985
    Juris Doctorate
    Honors: cum laude
    Honors: Brandeis Honorary Society, Phi Kappa Phi Honorary Society
    Law Review: University of Louisville Law Review's Journal of Family Law, Manuscript Editor
  • University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, 1981
    Honors: cum laude
    Honors: Alpha Zeta Honorary Society
    Honors: Board of College Councils – Representative
    Honors: Food and Resources Economics Club – President

Pro Bono Activities

  • Education Foundation of Indian River County, 1994 - Present
  • Education Foundation of Indian River County, Board of Directors, September 2015 - Present
  • Rotary Service Club, 1991 – 1994

Classes and Seminars

  • Florida Land Title Association: 2011 Claims Prevention, Avoidance & Education Committee Roundtable, April 13, 2011
  • Adjunct Professor, Legal Issues in Agriculture and Agribusiness, University of Florida College of Agriculture, Gainesville, Florida, 2000
  • The Ins and Outs of Bankruptcy Practice for Non-Bankruptcy Practitioners seminar sponsored by Lorman Business Center, Inc. February 21, 1991



  • Martindale Hubbell: Preeminent AV® Rating
  • Pro Bono Commendation Awards 2001, 2002, 2003 by the Nineteenth Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee

Representative Clients

  • First Peoples Bank
  • Gulfstream Business Bank
  • First American Title Insurance Company
  • Old Republic Title Insurance Company
  • Florida Community Bank
  • N.A.
  • Seacoast National Bank

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Office Information


1903 S. 25th StreetSuite 200 Fort Pierce, FL 34947


  • 772-464-7877

Accepts Credit Cards




  • Florida Bankruptcy Case Law Update, Business Law Section of The Florida Bar, Eleventh Circuit Opinions, September 2014 Cases
  • Joel Zwemer Re-Elected to St. Lucie County EDC Board
  • Junior Lienholders and Banks Need to Take Care to Timely File Claims For Surplus Funds
  • High Flying Farmers Prevail Against County on Alleged Zoning Code Violation
  • Eleventh Circuit Rules Against the Kardashians
  • Out of State Counsel Beware: Estate Claims Must Be E-Filed
  • Landlords: During Lease Negotiations, Be Aware of Co-tenancy Provisions
  • Incomplete Condo Docs Can Sink Your Sale. Here’s Why?
  • St. Lucie County Education Foundation Awards $50,000 to School Board
  • Joel Zwemer Quoted in Your Voice Weekly about Investing in Local Education
  • Florida’s Fifth DCA Weighs In On The Scope of Easements For Ingress And Egress
  • The Fourth District Court of Appeals Re-emphasizes Importance of Formal Notice in Certain Probate Proceedings
  • Joel Zwemer authors Florida Bankruptcy Case Law Update

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