Attorney Joseph Ravelo was offered an associate position with our office early in 2016 after both the managing partners took notice of his courtroom skills and knowledge of the law. Once this was taken into consideration, along with his demeanor and mastery of the Spanish language, it was evident that he was a great fit to help our client’s rights. He currently works our of our bartow office but is available for appointments both in Lakeland and Sebring.
Joseph Ravelo is a former Assistant State Attorney here in Polk County who served at the State Attorney’s Office for the 10th Judicial Circuit. He has handled over 40 jury trials during his years with the State Attorney’s Office, including: Drug Trafficking, DUI Manslaughter, and Murder cases.
At the State Attorney’s Office, Joseph served as Felony Division Chief, where he supervised, trained and oversaw other experienced prosecutors to assist in reinforcing their trial skills. In addition to handling his own case load and overseeing multiple Assistant State Attorneys as Division Chief; he was ultimately also responsible for overseeing the prosecution of hundreds of active felony cases of those attorneys under his supervision.
Joseph was born and raised in Miami, Florida to parents from Cuba and Panama. His familial background and cultural experiences help him in understanding and relating to his clients. He began his career at the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office where he practiced law as a Florida Supreme Court Certified Legal Intern and prosecuted misdemeanor crimes. While in law school, Joseph completed specialized courses in Criminal Evidence and Wrongful Convictions that were specifically germane and geared toward his goal of being a criminal law practitioner.
Now at Lopez & Humphries, P. A. Joseph will be taking his natural born talents and learned skills to represent clients in Criminal Defense, Social Security Disability and Personal Injury cases. We are excited to have him on board and thankful for his contributions to his clients. In addition to managing his cases here at the firm Joseph is also actively involved with the Polk County legal community, specifically the Willson American Inns of Court and the 10th Circuit Young Lawyers Section.
He also volunteers at the George W. Harris, Jr. Youth Shelter, which provides housing for runaway and homeless youth, ages 10-17. Joseph is fluent in written and conversational Spanish. Joseph’s life experiences and natural talents make him a compassionate and formidable advocate for his clients. His real trial experience and work ethic are exhibited in the courtroom daily as well as by the leadership positions he has been previously given in this Circuit’s State Attorney’s Office as well as within our own office.