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Joseph H. Varner, III, Mediator, Tampa, Florida.

Joseph H. Varner, III

Diplomate member
Holland & Knight LLP
100 N. Tampa Street
Suite 4100
Tampa, FL 33602`
Tel: (813) 227-6703
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Recognized to Florida Chapter for Mediation Other ADR Services: ADR Training/CME, Court-Appointed Neutral (Special Master), Discovery Referee, Early Neutral Evaluation, Med-Arb, Mini-Trial Judge
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  • Practice Commenced 
  • # of MEDS (as of 18/7/24)200
  • # of ARBS (as of 18/7/24)1
Current Practice
Online / In-Person
  • 6th Circuit
  • 10th Circuit
  • 12th Circuit
  • 13th Circuit
  • 20th Circuit
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Joseph H. Varner III is a partner in Holland & Knight's Tampa office. He is an  accomplished trial lawyer who has focused on civil trial practice in Florida for his entire career. He is a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers, has been named one of the Top 10 lawyers in Florida by Super Lawyers, has been Board Certified in Civil Trial Law for more than 25 years, and has received numerous other honors and accolades for his professional achievements.

Mr. Varner is experienced in complex commercial litigation, business torts, securities litigation, professional negligence, and personal injury and wrongful death litigation. He has obtained significant jury verdicts and settlements in commercial and personal injury litigation, and has conducted numerous jury trials in state and federal court. Mr. Varner is also a certified mediator in state and federal court, and he has presided over international mediations, as well as serving as a single arbitrator and on arbitration panels.

Mr. Varner has held numerous positions of bar leadership, including President of the Tampa Bay Chapter of the Federal Bar Association and President of the J. Clifford Cheatwood American Inn of Court. He has also been appointed to several positions of service to the courts, including chair of the Middle District of Florida Local Rules Advisory Committee, the Merit Selection Panel for U.S. Magistrates, the Civil Justice Reform Act Advisory Group for the Middle District of Florida and Special Counsel for the Florida Judicial Qualifications Commission.

In addition to his trial practice and professional activities, Mr. Varner has been active in community and charitable activities his entire career, including Visit Tampa Bay, Copperhead Charities, Chi Chi Rodriguez Youth Foundation, the United Way Keel Club, Voices for Children, Metropolitan Ministries, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Leadership Tampa, Leukemia Society/Brooks Brothers Man of the Year, the University of Tampa Board of Counselors, and The Tampa Connection.


Case Experience

  • Anti-Trust
  • Banking & Finance
  • Business Dissolution
  • Commercial/Business
  • Contract Disputes
  • Insurance
  • Intellectual Property
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Partnerships
  • Product Liability
  • Professional Liability
  • Securities
  • Shareholder Disputes
  • Taxation
  • Trademarks/Patents
  • Unfair Competition
  • Venture Capital


  • University of Virginia School of Law, J.D.
  • Samford University, B.S.B.A., magna cum laude

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Visit Tampa Bay, Board of Directors, 2011-2013
  • Copperhead Charities, Inc., Board of Directors, 2010-2019
  • Chi Chi Rodriguez Youth Foundation, Board of Directors, 2017-2019
  • Hillsborough County Bar Association, Active Member and Trial Lawyers Section Director, 2000-2009, 1991-1992
  • Hillsborough County Bar Association, Judicial Liaison Committee, Chairperson, 2000-2002
  • Hillsborough County Bar Association, Professional Courtesy Committee, 1991-1994
  • Hillsborough County Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division President, 1990-1991 and Director, 1988-1990
  • Federal Bar Association, Tampa Bay Chapter, Active Member and President, 2001-2002; President-Elect, 2000-2001; Vice President, 1999-2000; Treasurer, 1998-1999; Secretary, 1997-1998
  • American Bar Association
  • American Association for Justice
  • American College of Trial Lawyers, Florida State Committee, 2011-2017
  • J. Clifford Cheatwood Inn of Court, President, 2014-2015
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida, Local Rules Advisory Committee

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