Josef B. Hess was born in New York City and raised in New Jersey. He received his undergraduate degree at Fairleigh Dickinson University and thereafter received his Juris Doctorate at Florida Coastal School of Law, where he earned Deans List Honors and Pro Bono Honors.
During law school, Josef interned for Holland & Knight LLP where he conducted legal research and wrote memoranda of law that involved complex legal issues. Josef also was a judicial clerk for the Honorable Judge Waddell A. Wallace III in Florida’s Fourth Judicial Circuit Court. As a judicial clerk, Josef drafted proposed court orders, legal memoranda, conducted legal research on cases before the bench, and observed many judicial proceedings before Judge Wallace.
After being admitted to the Florida Bar, Josef joined Phillips & Hunt as an associate attorney. He was also a law clerk with the firm for about a year during law school, where he was mentored by Board Certified attorney Matthew Hunt in the courtroom and during other legal proceedings.
Josef is naturally drawn to helping other people. He is a compassionate person who takes the time to sit and listen to his client’s concerns, fears, and goals for their case. Josef is the type of attorney that will always be honest and will constantly keep his clients informed during the entire process. He understands that each client’s case is unique yet equally important, and will always work efficiently and fight hard to obtain the best results for each of his clients.
Josef is very active in the community and is a member of the Jacksonville Bar Association, the Florida Family Law American Inn of Court, the E. Robert Williams American Inn of Court, as well as an integral part of his family’s non for profit organization that has brought programs to the Ronald McDonald House and others for over twelve years.
Outside of the office, Josef likes to spend his time with family and friends. He plays semi-professional soccer in Jacksonville and enjoys watching sports, traveling, and being involved in philanthropy events at the Duuuval House.