Joel Cantor has practiced law in the State of Florida for over 30 years. Prior to his retirement, Mr. Cantor served as the Director of Professional Standards for the Broward County, Florida Sheriff’s Office where he managed the disciplinary process and Internal Affairs Investigations. He provided consultation and review of Arbitration Matters and Grievance Procedures. He also presided over grievance hearings and the Professional Standards Committee.
Prior to his service with the Broward County Sheriff’s Office, Mr. Cantor was the in-house General Counsel for the City of Hollywood, Florida Police Department. He primarily specialized in Public Sector Discipline and Labor Arbitration, Forfeiture Litigation, defense of U.S. Code Section 1983 and Civil Rights actions, and provided law enforcement instruction. During his 28 years of service to the City of Hollywood Police Department, Mr. Cantor also served as Counsel for the South Broward Drug Enforcement Unit, South Florida Money Laundering Task Force, South Florida Background Investigator’s Association and the Broward County Police Chief’s Association.
Mr. Cantor began his career as a Prosecutor in the Broward County State Attorney’s Office, 17th Judicial Circuit. He served as a Felony Trial Prosecutor, DUI Recidivist Prosecutor and Criminal Case Evaluation and Case Filer. Mr. Cantor has had the honor to address legal matters before the Florida Supreme Court, the 4th District Court of Appeals and in the Federal Courts, Southern District of Florida. Mr. Cantor has provided specialized training for many South Florida Police Agencies and has also provided course instruction in topics including Line Supervision, Ethics and Professional Integrity and Avoiding Liability and Claims of Discrimination.
Mr. Cantor has a Bachelor of Arts with a major in English and minor in Economics from Florida State University. He holds a Juris Doctor Degree in Law from the Nova Law Center in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.