Joel Elsea earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in history from the University of Richmond before graduating from Stetson University College of Law with his Juris Doctor. While in law school, he was part of a championship Mock Trial Team that won both the 2004 Chester Bedell Memorial Mock Trial Competition and 2004 ATLA Regional Tournament. The team also made the quarterfinals of the 2004 ATLA National Finals.

Prior to joining Wilkes & McHugh, Mr. Elsea served as an Assistant State Attorney in the Hillsborough County State Attorney's Office. During his time there he served as trial counsel in more than 75 jury trials, including nine homicide trials, and was ultimately promoted to Deputy Division Chief.


  • Stetson University College of Law  (J.D.)
  • University of Richmond  (B.A.)

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  • Florida


In law school, Mr. Elsea earned the Victor O. Wehle Excellence in Trial Advocacy Award, which is presented to highest scoring student in each section of Trial Advocacy class. As a National Member of The Order of Barristers, he received a Commendation from The International Academy of Trial Lawyers. 

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