Frequently Asked Questions

faqs Some of our most frequently asked questions are those questions that everyone should ask when interviewing a prospective lawyer or law firm to handle their legal matters.

Q: Is your law firm “AV” rated?
A: Yes. The Law Offices of Matthew J. Jowanna, P.A. is an “AV” rated law firm.

Q: What does it mean to be an “AV” rated law firm?
A: It means that The Law Offices of Matthew J. Jowanna, P.A. has received the highest rating possible from Martindale-Hubbell. It also means that our peers in the local legal community, such as fellow lawyers and judges, consider our legal ability to be very high to preeminent, and our ethical standards to be very high.

Q: Are all law firms “AV” rated?
A: No. Only the top seventeen percent (17%) of all lawyers across the nation receive the pinnacle “AV” rating.

Q: Is your law firm listed in the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers?
A: Yes. The Law Offices of Matthew J. Jowanna, P.A. is also listed in the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers.

Q: Are all law firms listed in the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers?
A: No. Fewer than five percent (5%) of all law firms in the United States of America qualify and are included in the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers.

Q: Is your law firm a litigation law firm or a trial law firm?
A: It is both. The Law Offices of Matthew J. Jowanna, P.A. handles everything from pre-suit matters to litigating disputes in suit to trial work to appeals.

Q: What is the difference between a litigation law firm and a trial law firm?
A: Litigation can involve anything after the filing of a lawsuit. Many attorneys call themselves “litigators” when they have never tried a case before a jury. The Law Offices of Matthew J. Jowanna, P.A. is a litigation and trial law firm.

Q: Do you actually go to trial?
A: Yes. Some other lawyers are known for settling all of their cases and, therefore, are also known for never being at the courthouse. This is not a good reputation to have when the opposing parties are determined to try their case. But, at The Law Offices of Matthew J. Jowanna, P.A., we make every effort to resolve legal disputes as quickly, amicably and economically as possible. However, we are also fully prepared to go to trial on every case, if need be.