Joseph P. Klock has earned a reputation for his exceptional work in litigating a broad range of cases on a local and federal level. His career achievements which span decades have earned him coverage in many major publications including Bloomberg, the Los Angeles Times, South Florida’s Sun Sentinel and the prestigious New York Times.
Currently working as a partner at the successful Miami-based law firm of Rasco Klock, Joseph Klock’s areas of practice are:
- Complex Civil and Criminal
- Entertainment & Sports
- Family, Legacy & Wealth
- District of Columbia
- For 32 days following the presidential election in
2000, he headed a team of 20 lawyers who represented then-Florida
Secretary of State Katherine Harris in the various Bush-Gore election
challenges. He personally argued multiple appeals and trial court
proceedings in Florida appellate courts, an en banc appeal
to the US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit; and two successful
appeals within eight days to the United States Supreme Court.
- Following the 2000 election, he headed the teams that
defended Florida election laws during 2001-2003 in state and federal
courts. He has since handled litigation for candidates in contested state
and local elections.
- He was lead counsel with a team of 27 lawyers in the
representation of a major health insurer in a $2 billion-plus federal
False Claims Act litigation regarding alleged Medicare overpayments in the
trial courts and then successfully settled the matter while it was pending
in the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit on highly
- He has served and continues to serve as general counsel
and chief legal officer of a major international sugar farming,
manufacturing and distribution holding company, with extensive operations
in the U.S., Canada, Europe, The Caribbean, and Mexico, including hotel
and resort operations in the Caribbean.
- He led a team of lawyers in successfully resisting a
series of class action suits seeking damages for lost wages for H2A guest
workers from abroad in excess of $100 million over a 23-year period
involving foreign governments, federal and state regulators, thousands of
workers, and unrelenting local, national and international press coverage,
resulting in three jury and two non-jury verdicts in favor of the
companies, all of which have been affirmed on appeal.
- He has litigated and continues to litigate issues
relating to water quality and the impact of farming operations on the
Everglades and surrounding waters and lands before the Florida Environmental
Regulation Commission, the Division of Administrative Hearings, state
circuit, appellate, and supreme, as well as federal district and appellate
- He has handled politically sensitive and high-profile
cases with extensive media coverage, including successfully arguing
against amendments to the Florida state constitution that would have
singled out farming operations for penurious taxes and which were being
supported on a wide basis inclosing by the then vice president of the
- He served as co-personal representative of one of the
largest estates ($750 million-plus) ever probated in Florida, overseeing
multiple investment portfolios as well as extensive oil and gas interests
- He has served as a director to a publicly-traded
vertically-integrated producer of soft drink beverage products.
- He serves as a director of a corporation that operates
resort properties in the Dominican Republic, including Casa de Campo, and
negotiating numerous hotel management contracts for resort owners and
developers in the United States, the Caribbean, South America and Europe.
- He advises clients on wealth management and family
wealth dispositions as well as complex U.S. and international marital
litigation including the restructuring of business and property interests
across the globe.
- He has negotiated the break-ups and dissolution of
business entities, resolving complicated business disputes, and has
mediated and negotiated intercompany and interfamily disputes without
resort to the courts.
- He has handled MDL and complex class action defense
cases in federal and state courts.
- He has handled post-trial and appellate issues
involving novel or monetarily significant issues, most recently the
defense of a $79 million verdict in federal court in South Florida.
- He frequently argues cases in Florida appellate
courts on novel issues of Florida constitutional and public interest law.
- He has represented numerous private and governmental
institutions in South America and the Caribbean, including in contested matters
dealing with commercial sales and purchase transactions between China and
- He has represented professional athletes, musicians,
horse breeders and owners, race tracks, and professional race car teams.
- He has successfully negotiated settlements with
networks and other media regarding unwanted publicity of private clients.
- He has handled international child kidnapping and
wrongful removal cases in the United States District Court.
- He has handled several very high profile marital and
family matters, both inside and outside of court.
- Served for five years as Special and General Master In
Family Court Division of Sixteenth Judicial Circuit for Chief Circuit
Judge Sandra Taylor in marital and guardianship cases, and has served as
appointed special master in United States District Court, Special Master
in the Eleventh Judicial Circuit of Florida, and as a Miami-Dade County
School Board Hearing Officer. He has also served as a member of an
adjudicatory tribunal for the World Bank’s International Centre for
Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID)
- He has handled over 300 matters involving criminal
charges against individuals and family members in state and federal
- He has handled incompetency proceedings, guardianships,
and substance abuse interventions for foreign and domestic clients and has
extensive experience dealing with clients with substance abuse problems,
including interventions and allied criminal and drug court matters.