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Joshua C. Canton

Managing Partner

Joshua is the managing partner of the firm’s Thomasville, Georgia office, from which he manages the firm’s practice throughout the State of Georgia.  Joshua also practices in the firm’s Tallahassee, Florida office, where he handles matters throughout North Florida and the panhandle.  Joshua has been a trial lawyer since 2002 and began practicing with the firm in 2006.  

Joshua practices in the area of general civil litigation and his trial practice has been devoted to wrongful death, products liability, negligent security, construction defect, premises liability, professional malpractice and trucking/automobile liability.  He also represents insurance companies in first party litigation and coverage disputes in casualty, environmental and professional liability claims.  He practices in both State and Federal Court throughout the States of Florida and Georgia.

Practice Areas:

Admitted to Practice:

  • Florida Bar 
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida
  • Georgia Bar
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Georgia
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Georgia
  • Georgia Court of Appeal
  • Georgia Supreme Court
  • District of Columbia Bar
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit

Education:

  • University of Miami, Juris Doctorate
  • Rollins College, Master of Business Administration
  • University of Central Florida, Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology

Honors & Awards 

  • Joshua is rated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell. AV Preeminent is a significant rating accomplishment - a testament to the fact that a lawyer's peers rank him or her at the highest level of professional excellence.

Professional Affiliations:

  • Defense Research Institute
  • Georgia Defense Lawyers Association 

Representative Experience:

  • 2017 – Atlanta, GA – Court of Appeals - Joshua recently obtained a reversal of the denial of a motion for summary judgment based upon the Fireman’s Rule.  In this case, Joshua represented a property owner who was sued in negligence, and for punitive damages, for leaving grass trimmings on a public roadway after mowing his lawn. The plaintiff, a deputy sheriff, claimed that he was responding to a crash caused by the grass trimmings when he himself lost control of his vehicle and crashed after driving over the same grass trimmings. At the conclusion of discovery, Joshua filed a motion for summary judgment based upon the Fireman’s Rule, which states that if a negligently created risk resulting in injury to an officer was the very reason for the officer’s presence in his professional capacity, then recovery is barred. The trial court denied the motion for summary judgment.  Joshua then filed an interlocutory appeal.  The Court of Appeals reversed the judgment of the trial court, finding that the trial court erred in refusing to apply the Fireman’s Rule to Plaintiff’s claims. 

  • 2017 – Valdosta, GA – Joshua recently obtained summary judgment on behalf of an uninsured motorist carrier based upon Plaintiff’s violation of policy conditions.

  • 2017 – Tallahassee, FL – Joshua recently obtained a defense verdict in an admitted liability case tried in Tallahassee, Florida.  Joshua represented the driver of a vehicle who had rear-ended the Plaintiff’s vehicle.  The Plaintiff claimed that she had traumatically induced carpal tunnel syndrome and cubital tunnel syndrome caused by the rear-end collision.  During closing arguments, Plaintiff requested that the jury award $225,000.  The jury returned a defense verdict in less than 2 hours. 

  • 2015 - Valdosta, GA - Joshua received a defense verdict in a construction defect case tried in Valdosta, Georgia.  Plaintiffs in the case were homeowners, who hired Defendant, a custom home builder, to build a $2.275 million addition to their home, including an exercise wing, guest wing, and extensive pool area.  When the project was mere weeks from completion, Plaintiffs terminated Defendant from the job and sued Defendant, claiming that its work was defective.  Defendant contended that its work met the contract specifications and was also incomplete.  Plaintiffs asked for $1 million at trial.  The trial resulted in a defense verdict.

  • 2014 - Savannah, GA - Joshua obtained a defense verdict in a lawsuit where he represented an underinsured motorist carrier and the driver of a motor vehicle who was involved in a motor vehicle accident with two pedestrians.  The jury took less than two hours of deliberation to return a verdict of no liability.

  • 2014 - Joshua obtained summary judgment on behalf of an employer, based upon the immunity provisions of the worker's compensation statute, in a lawsuit where the plaintiff/employee was killed in a mine collapse.

  • 2013 - Joshua obtained a defense verdict in a lawsuit where he represented the driver of a motor vehicle who was involved in an accident with the driver of another motor vehicle.  The jury took less than an hour of deliberation to return a verdict of no liability.  The verdict was affirmed upon appeal. 

  • 2012 - Joshua obtained summary judgment on behalf of an insurance company in a first party property lawsuit, where the Court ruled that the plaintiff/policyholder made a material misrepresentation of fact on an application for insurance and, therefore, the insurance policy was void ab initio.  

  • 2012 - Joshua obtained summary judgment on behalf of a bank in a premises liability case where the Court ruled that the set of stairs upon which the Plaintiff fell was an open and obvious condition.  The ruling was affirmed on appeal.  

  • 2012 - Joshua obtained summary judgment on behalf of an insurance company in a coverage action where the Court ruled that the "professional services" exclusion applied to exclude coverage for a medical malpractice action against a physician who also sold health supplements as a part of his practice. The ruling was affirmed by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. 

  • 2011 - Joshua obtained a defense verdict on behalf of an insurance company in a first party property lawsuit where the jury found that the Plaintiff/policyholder made a material misrepresentation of fact on the application for insurance.  The ruling was affirmed upon appeal. 

  • 2009 - Joshua obtained a defense verdict on behalf of an insurance company in a lawsuit for uninsured motorist coverage.  The jury found that the Plaintiff/policyholder was not entitled to any benefits due to his extensive past medical history.  

  • 2008 - Joshua obtained judgment in favor of an insurance company in a suit for insurance coverage where the Court ruled, after a bench trial, that the "professional services" exclusion applied to exclude coverage for the ordinary negligence of an employee of the physician who was alleged to have committed medical malpractice. 

Speaking Engagements

  • Joshua has given numerous educational seminars to clients and professional groups as part of his legal practice.

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