Joy Ewertz is a real estate and business law transactional attorney. She represents developers, companies, individuals, financial institutions and governmental entities in all areas of real estate law including contract negotiation, commercial real estate acquisitions, commercial loan transactions, commercial leasing and condominium development and drafting of declarations and restrictive covenants. Ms. Ewertz is also an experienced business law attorney. She counsels clients on the proper selection of business entities, provides proper documentation, drafts non-disclosure and non-compete agreements, drafts documents for the securitization of company ownership units, assists in the due diligence of company purchase transactions, and provides business purchase and sale closing services.
She has represented clients in real estate matters, in front of municipal planning boards, county commissions, zoning boards, code enforcement boards, value adjustment boards, and the Division of Florida Condominium, Timeshares and Mobile Homes.
For seven years, she served as a Special Magistrate for the Orange County Value Adjustment Board, the Osceola County Value Adjustment Board and the Lake County Value Adjustment Board. As a Special Magistrate, Ms. Ewertz heard petitions and provided recommendations for issues pertaining to homestead, determination of substantial completion, agricultural exemptions, continuing care facility exemptions, affordable housing exemptions and all types of classification disputes. She now provides counsel to large landowners in their disputes with the county property appraisers.
In addition, Ms. Ewertz was an adjunct professor at Valencia College, where she taught Real Property, Business Organizations and Business Law. She is also a Florida Supreme Court Certified Circuit Civil Mediator, where she has mediated hundreds of insurance and real estate disputes.
Joy Ewertz attended Florida International University, where she obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, Magna Cum Laude. She obtained her Juris Doctor from Florida State University where she graduated with honors. She also studied at the Charles University Law School in Prague, Czech Republic. In law school, Ms. Ewertz was the Executive Editor for the Journal of Transnational Law and Policy, a member of Phi Delta Phi, a Student Teaching Assistant for the Dean of the Law School, a Legal Writing Tutor and a Research Assistant. She was also a law clerk intern for Justice Major Harding at the Florida Supreme Court.
An active volunteer in the community, Ms. Ewertz served on the Board of Directors of the Mustard Seed of Central Florida and on the Event Committees for the Central Florida Red Cross, Valentines Rendezvous Gala, Return to Respect Gala, the College Park Jazz Fest, American Cancer Society Relay for Life, and the Christian Service Center’s Feed the Need Event. She is also a member of the Central Florida Association for Woman Lawyers, CREW Orlando and the Tiger Bay Club.
Prior to becoming an attorney, Ms. Ewertz spent many years as a consultant in the credit card industry where she assisted major financial institutions and private label companies in their system conversions. She also owned and operated a gourmet coffee shop.