PH. 904.356.1306

Partner

Joni Alexis Poitier

Contact information JAPoitier@mppkj.com

904.421.8492

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Areas of Practice

  • Complex civil litigation
  • Criminal Defense
  • Maritime law
  • Motor carrier law
  • Product liability and personal injury defense
  • Railroad law

Education

  • Spelman College B.A., summa cum laude, 2002
  • Vanderbilt University School of Law J.D., 2005

Admissions

  • Florida (2006)
  • Georgia (2005)
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Georgia

Beginning her legal career as a prosecutor in Jacksonville, Joni Poitier tried to verdict more than 30 jury trials. She brought this litigation experience with her into private practice, defending the firm’s clients in civil actions ranging from automobile negligence actions to complex class action litigation.

During her law school years at Vanderbilt, Ms. Poitier’s contributions to several clubs and organizations earned her the Damali K. Booker Award for legal activism. Today, she is active in her church and many local civic and charitable organizations. She currently serves on the board of directors for Family Foundations of Northeast Florida, Inc. Ms. Poitier is a native Floridian who grew up in Miami.

Associations/ Memberships/ Distinctions

  • Civil Service Board, City of Jacksonville (2013-2016)
  • Daniel Webster Perkins Bar Association
  • Florida Bar Professional Ethics Committee (2014-2016)
  • Florida Elections Commission (Commissioner, 2016-Present)
  • Jacksonville Bar Association, Diversity Committee Chair (2017-Present)
  • Jacksonville Women Lawyers Association
  • Law Week Committee
  • Leadership Jacksonville (Class of 2016)

Awards / Recognitions

  • Woman Lawyer of the Year, Jacksonville Women Lawyers Association 2019
  • Jacksonville Business Journal 40 Under 40 2018
  • Super Lawyers Magazine, Listed as a "Rising Star" in Florida 2017-2019
  • American Bar Association On the Rise Top 40 Young Lawyer 2016