attorney Joseph W. “Jay” Fleece, III.

St. Petersburg lawyer Jay Fleece is a graduate of Tulane University and Stetson University College of Law. Jay is an AV Rated Lawyer by Martindale Hubbell and has been named as a Florida Super Lawyer since 2007 and as one of the Best Lawyers in America since 2010. His practice has focused on estate, trust, and fiduciary litigation for the past 34 years and he has been involved in many complex cases throughout Florida, both at the trial and appellate levels and has appeared as counsel in matters in California and South Carolina.

Jay is a Fellow of the Litigation Council of America and is admitted to practice in the United States District Court, Middle District of Florida; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit; U.S. Tax Court; and the United States Supreme Court.


  • Tulane University, B.A., 1977,
  • Stetson University College of Law, J.D., 1980

Practice Areas

Professional Memberships

Professional Honors and Distinctions

Bar Admissions

Previously Admitted Pro Hac Vice

Community and Civic Affiliations

  • Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital – current member of the Board of Trustees
  • Pinellas County Community Foundation – Member, Board of Directors
  • PARC – Past Chairman of the Board
  • Police Athletic League – Past President
  • Sunshine City Jaycees – Past President
  • Canterbury School of Florida – Past Member, Board of Trustees
  • American Red Cross, Tampa Bay Chapter – Past Member, Board of Directors
  • YMCA – Past Member, Board of Directors
  • St. Petersburg Yacht Club – Past Commodore
  • St. Thomas Episcopal Church – Life Member; Former Vestry Member

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