Joseph Nemeh is a Tampa personal injury attorney working with Farah & Farah. Having spent his first few years out of law school protecting consumers against shady car dealerships selling problem vehicles, Joseph cut his teeth right out of the gate in trial law. From there, he made the leap to insurance defense work where he got several trials under his belt and saw how insurance carriers value cases on the defense side.
Now, Joseph uses these keen insights to fight for accident victims. With years of courtroom experience, Joseph can see the full picture and knows exactly what it takes to get his clients’ cases across the finish line successfully.
I’ve Always Had a Heart for the Victim
During my first few years after law school, I represented consumers who had fallen victim to auto repair or dealer fraud. I also represented those affected by deceptive or unfair trade practices by auto dealerships.
I represented hardworking Floridians from Miami to Tallahassee who had paid good money to dealers and were getting the runaround once the vehicle was shown to be mechanically unsound. This work was with a small firm, so I gained a ton of experience drafting motions, taking depositions, and putting together winning cases for well-deserving people.
I Know How the Insurance Companies’ Defense Teams Think
All the experience I gained in my first role as an attorney would be crucial as I made the leap into insurance defense work. In insurance defense, you’re working with an insurance carrier to protect a policyholder who’s being sued by another party. With about five years of experience in this line of work, I really honed my skills in the courtroom.
Having worked in insurance defense, I gained tremendous insight into how they put together cases. One of the most important aspects, no matter what side you’re on, is how a case is valued. Insurance carriers are data-driven; it’s how they run their business and it’s how they approach a case against them.
With my experience in litigating insurance defense cases, I know how to value a case so that it can keep moving forward. It’s one part science and one part intuition in knowing how a jury is going to react to your case and your client. Marrying these two together effectively is what makes an attorney really good at maximizing the recovery they’re able to achieve for their clients.
As an Attorney, You Have To Be a People Person
One of the first things I look at with my clients is where they are in their medical treatment. Some may have been getting medical help, but stopped when life events came up or it simply became too expensive.
First and foremost, I want to make sure they’re being taken care of physically. This not only helps my client on their road to recovery, but it also helps my ability to move their cases forward.
As an attorney, you have to be a people person, both for your client and in the courtroom as you connect with jury members. I thoroughly prepare my clients to be in front of a jury. I help them figure out how to share their story honestly and in a way that is relatable to everyone in the courtroom. Since I know the different land mines the defense side will try to use, I can help my client avoid these from the start. The sooner we’re connected, the better.
Born in Chicago, But I Love Calling Florida Home
I am a big sports fan and was born in Chicago – so I am a lifelong Bears, Bulls, Blackhawks, and Cubs fan. Truly, whichever team is doing the best is going to get the majority of my attention. I also grew up playing basketball and still play in a few adult leagues around town. One league that’s fiercely competitive is a group of lawyers in Hillsborough County. I’ve been playing with that group for more than five years now; I thrive on the friendly rivalries that happen there.
My wife, Kristen, and I equally love cooking, traveling, or just enjoying all that our area has to offer. Growing up Middle Eastern, family values are super important, so I’m glad I get to plant roots in such an awesome city. We are excited to expand our family here in the Saint Petersburg area.