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We Sponsor Curling National Championships and Curl Ourselves (2016)

The Law Offices of John M. Phillips teamed up with the USA’s Curling National Tournament and JaxSports to sponsor one of the best winter Olympic sports- curling. We also...

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Dreams Come True: Our Office Provides the “12 iPads of Christmas” (2015)

The Law Offices of John M. Phillips have teamed up with The Big Ape Morning Mess and Kaye’s Kids for the “The 12 iPads of Christmas.” Radio hosts, Mark Kaye and Meg...

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Law Offices of John Phillips Sponsors Charity Golf Tournament

Blessings in a Backpack: Charity Golf Tournament Sponsor (2015)

Our office was a sponsor of and played in the inaugural Blessings in a Backpack Charity Golf Tournament.  ...

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Law Office of John Phillips at Veterans Day Parade

Veterans Day Parade (2015)

We joined the City of Jacksonville and honored true American heroes – our veterans and active-duty military. We handed out 2500 koozies, about 2oo flag pins and hundred...

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Excellerate Benefit for JAX PAL with Sheriff

Jacksonville Police Athletic League: Excellerate (2015)

EXCELLERATE was a one-of-a-kind police escorted ride where the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office shut down portions of I-295 for high-end cars to take a lap around the beltway i...

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Combat2College Charity Golf

Combat 2 College: Golf Tournament Sponsors and Winners (2015)

Combat2College provides academic and social opportunities, as well as support services for veterans, and active/reserve service members. Learn more about it here. Not only did...

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Action Sports DREAM 18

Boys and Girls Club of Northeast Florida: Dream 18 (2015)

The Action Sports Jax Dream 18 golf tournament helped raise more than $18,000 this year at Sawgrass Country Club. Our firm was a hole sponsor. The money benefited North Florid...

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Jacksonville Pride Parade Boombox

River City Pride Parade (2015)

The Lesbian & Gay Community Center of Jacksonville (LGCAJ) received its 501(c)(3) status in November of 1989. It is proud to be the largest and longest running pride event...

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Go Skate Day Heming Park

Go Skate Day at Hemming Park: Sponsor (2015)

Martin Ramos of KONA is a good friend and client.  When he asked if we’d help sponsor skating at Hemming. Go Skate Day Hemming [SK8]Park 2015 featured a full weekend of...

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MADDADS Justice Ride

MAD DADS – Motorcycle Ride For Life (2014, 2015)

Jacksonville’s M.A.D. D.A.D.S (Men Against Destruction Defending Against Drugs and Social Disorder) held its annual Motorcycle Ride For Life September 19, 2015, traveling to...

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Lawyer John Phillips on Local Haunts

Ghost Busting a Historic Court House?: Why Not! (2014)

After donating to their favorite charity and getting to know Steve from Local Haunts, John was invited to investigate an allegedly haunted local courthouse.  What did he find...

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Blessings in a Backpack - Feeding the Future Logo

Blessings in a Backback: One of Our Favorites (2011-2015)

Since our early days, we have supported Blessings in a Backpack.  This video features news coverage of our very first “like drive.”...

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Tiphne Hollis

Marching for Tiphne Hollis (2013)

John Phillips is the family lawyer for the family of Tiphne Hollis. Her killer is still at large. Her family still prays for justice. If anyone knows anything, please contact ...

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Davis Family Attorney John Phillips at Jordan Davis Day 2015

Jordan Davis Day (2013 – 2015)

Jordan Davis was shot and killed by Michael Dunn. We still celebrate his birthday and remember his love and honor his memory....

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Ron Davis with Attorney John Phillips

Marching in the MLK Parade in Jacksonville (2015)

Our office is involved with the MLK celebrations every year, including being in the parade this year....

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Jacksonville Lawyer John Phillips with a soccer header

Jacksonville Armada Soccer Team Sponsors (2015)

We were proud sponsors of the Jacksonville Armada’s premier season....

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Armor of Light the Movie Cast and Crew at Tribeca

Tribeca: The Armor of Light Movie Premier (2015)

Documentary producer Abigail Disney’s directorial debut follows the journey of Reverend Rob Schenck, an evangelical minister, Lucy McBath, the mother of Jordan Davis, an...

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Jacksonville Pecha Kucha Social Media Masters

Pecha Kucha: Social Media Masters Speech (2015)

A Pecha Kucha is a speech which consists of 20 seconds each of 20 slides.  It is a quick paced speech unlike any PowerPoint you will ever see.  john presented on the Good, t...

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St. Johns River Ruckus Jacksonville Celebrity Dive

St. John’s Riverkeeper / River Ruckus: St. John’s River Celebrity Swim (2015)

St. Johns Riverkeeper and the Riverside Arts Market partner to host “River Ruckus”, to raise a ruckus for the river. River Ruckus is a family festival that shows Jacksonvi...

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Wrongful Death Lawyer John Phillips with Lucy McBath and Ron Davis at Sundance

Sundance: 3 1/2 Minutes, 10 Bullets Movie Premier (2015)

John has the honor of representing the family of Jordan Davis, who was shot and killed in 2012. As a family lawyer, hr helped with coordination on the documentary 3 and 1/3 mi...

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Lawyer John Phillips Walking the Streets with Sheriff Mike Williams

Walking the Neighborhoods with the Sheriff and Community Leaders (2015)

We are ONE community and ONE Jacksonville.  We make sure to support our law enforcement, as well as hold them accountable when necessary....

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Jesse Wilson, Lawyer John Phillips and Kerry Spectman at 2015 Mayoral Debate

Jacksonville Elections: Out in The Community (2015)

Voting Matters. No matter who you support, make sure you get involved in the process.  John attended the debates and even had a little fun after the debate getting involved i...

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Attorney John Phillips in EA Sports Madden

Operation Smile DC: EA Sports Experience (2015)

John donated to Operation Smile DC and, as a thank you, got to tour and “be in the game” at Electronic Arts’ World Wide Studio facilities and to see how Madden N...

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Law Offices of John M. Phillips Sponsoring the SUMO Challenge

Jacksonville Suns: Sponsors (2015)

We proudly sponsored the Jacksonville Suns in 2015....

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Jacksonville Lawyer John M. Phillips donates to Duval County Public Schools

John Helped Jackson High School Teacher “Flip Our Class” (2013)

Jackson High School Teacher Dewitt Robinson shot free throws for 10 hours, raising money for his class. We were proud financial sponsors and John Phillips volunteered to be ba...

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Jacksonville Lawyer John M. Phillips donates turkeys to Clara White Mission

Clara White Mission: Feeding the Hungry (2011-2014)

The Clara White Mission was founded by a former slave whose compassion for humanity moved her to action. The Mission has existed for more than 100 years, dedicated to serving...

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Autism: Phillips Helps Autistic Child Replace his Favorite Ball (2014)

Big Cat Country, Attorney John Phillips and Jaguar Carson Tinker Team up to Make Logan a Happy Kid Again. (2014)...

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Fellowship of Christian Athletes (2012)

John and other members of his firm played sports growing up.  John is also a Christian, first, and a lawyer, second.  He donates to the local Fellowship of Christian Athlete...

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Lawyer John Phillips Helps Beaches Emergency Assistance Ministry

BEAM: Beaches Emergency Assistance Ministry (2013, 2014)

BEAM, or Beaches Emergency Assistance Ministry was founded in 1985 by The Beaches Ministerial Association with help of a generous donation from Henry Blackstock to help folks ...

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ALS: Ice Bucket Challenge (2014)

John Phillips and his firm accepted the Ice Bucket Challenge, donates to ALS and challenged others.  Watch the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dwUvsKQkk8E....

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Jacksonville Humane Society: Help Bo (2012)

Most members of our firm have pets. John has a golden retriever and a chocolate lab. They are family. As such, we could not resist the opportunity to help this sweet, full of ...

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Jacksonville’s Police Athletic League: Newsroom Streetfight Dodgeball Tournament (2013)

Jacksonville’s Police Athletic League is is a non-profit 501(c) (3) youth-serving organization with the cooperative effort of the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office.a non-profi...

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We Helped Fix the Boston Bomber’s Hiding Place, Damaged by Gunfire & Blood (2013)

Feeling bad for the innocent boat-owning victim of the bombings in Boston, John offered to donate $1,000 to the owner of the boat that was shot up during the apprehending of t...

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Duval County Public Schools Furniture Donation (2013)

Our Law Offices donated one and a half truck fulls of furniture to Teacher Supply Depot, which will save the Duval County Public School “several thousand dollars, that can n...

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Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (2011-2014)

Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is a nonprofit donor-supported organization dedicated to attacking cystic fibrosis from every angle. Our focus is to support the development of new ...

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Blessings in a Backpack (2011-2015)

Blessings in a Backpack provides elementary school children who are on the federal Free and Reduced Price Meal Program with a backpack of food to take home for 38 weekends dur...

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Caddyshack Charity Golf Tournament

Caddyshack Charity Golf (2012-2015)

Each year, the Murray Brothers, who own CaddyShack restaurant in World Golf Village hold a charity golf tournament, which has benefited the School for the Deaf and Blind and, ...

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Toys for Tots: Toy Collecting (2011-2015)

Each holiday season, the firm is an official toy drop-off for Toys for Tots. Our employees can’t help but add their own donations as well, with hopes of making local childre...

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K9s for Warriors (2011-2015)

One of our favorite causes is K9’s for Warriors, a charity designed to pair PTSD inflicted veterans with service animals with a twitter charity campaign, spreading word abou...

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Ronald McDonald House (2012-2013)

When the Ronald McDonald House posted they needed more supplies, John and TC delivered, literally. John and his firm have provided monetary, can tabs and item donations to Ron...

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Spina Bifida Association: John Phillips Organizes Benefit (2007)

Cheerleaders, School Mascots and Former Players are coming out to the Pep Rally / Fund Raiser at the Florida Theater. It was organized by John Phillips a local Jacksonville attorney. This charity event will raise money for Spina Bifida, the #1 birth defect.

Supporting Client Speaking Before U.S. Senate

Lucia McBath Discusses Stand Your Ground Hearing and Jordan Davis on Al Jazeera

Children’s Rights

Speaking Out Against Bullying Before Appellate Court

Invited to Present to Florida Legislature On Gun Laws

Attorneys March With Mad Dads & Clients

Mad Dads at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade in Jacksonville, Florida

Interview About Reasonable Gun Violence Regulation

Attorney John Phillips comments on the national gun control debate and its relevance with the Jordan Davis murder. Weapons instructor Tom Verri also gives his opinion. This newscast also features a statement by former U.S. Representative and gun violence victim Gabby Giffords.

Working For Victims of Violent Crimes

Dr. Martin Luther King’s Niece is a part of the panel that discusses everyone’s reaction to the Zimmerman verdict. The panel discusses the statistics of Stand Your Ground and race. The Law Office of John M. Phillips is an award winning personal injury and wrongful death law firm. Our lawyers personally meet with and walk through the claims and trial process with clients.

John Phillips Interviewed About Being Bullied

In an interview with John M. Phillips, regarding the Aria Jewett bullying case, he describes how bullying affected him when he was younger and how the internet has changed the power of bullying to be more severe for its victims.


America’s Greatest Enemy: The Unevolving Virus of Prejudice | John Phillips | TEDxJacksonville


John speaks at TEDx Jacksonville but his transition as a civil rights lawyer.

Town Hall on Stopping Dental Abuse (2015)

Town Hall Jacksonville Lawyer John Phillips

John Phillips teamed up with Jim Moriarty and Debbie Hagan to host a town hall about Medicaid fraud, pediatric dental abuse and a host of other related issues. Victims, parents, dentists and lawyers and the entire community was invited.  Our featured guest was Debbie Hagan.  Debbie started the blog DentisttheMenace.com after her own grandchild was a victim of dental abuse.  She is now a watchdog and advocate for the cause and has been for about 10 years.

It was covered by local media. Watch highlights here:

First Coast News:


On Action News:

On WJXT (part 2):

University of North Florida’s Taylor Leadership Institute Keynote (2015)

Jacksonville Attorney John Phillips Speaks UNF

The University of North Florida’s Taylor Leadership Institute launched its 2015 Leadership Speakers Bureau series, “Leadership Presence: It’s Not What You Think It Is…and YET – You Know It When You See It,” on Oct. 8 in the Student Union, Building 58W, Auditorium, Room 2704, featuring attorney John Phillips.

Video coming soon.

John Stage UNF1 John UNF Stage Crowd POV

TEDx Jacksonville (2015)

Kneel John Phillips TEDxJax

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal . . ..” But do we really believe that? Phillips submits that the hypocrisy uttered in this line has not changed much since 1776. Not when slavery was abolished in 1865. Not when women were allowed to vote in 1920. Not when the black vote became protected in 1965. Still not when some 30 states passed laws giving their citizens the inalienable right to kill based on subjective fear, a law known as Stand Your Ground. The scales of justice remain unbalanced because government cannot legislate a path to something that must come from the heart. Equality can’t be reprogrammed. It can’t be rebooted. It must be nurtured. It must be fostered. More: http://tedxjacksonville.com/dvteam/john-phillips/

TEDxJax 2015 Speakers

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Tribeca Armor of Light Panel at Apple About Movie & Gun Violence (2015)

John Phillips, his client Lucia McBath and Reverend Schenck participated in a panel after a screening at the Tribeca Film Festival of the Armor of Light at Apple about the movie and gun violence (2015).

Pecha Kucha: Social Media Masters (2015)

Jacksonville Pecha Kucha Social Media Masters

PB&J Jacksonville presented another stellar lineup of speakers for Pecha Kucha: Social Media Masters, including lawyer John Phillips. Although many struggle to pronounce the name, this exciting event features fast-paced presentations of 20 slides at 20 seconds each and John spoke on Social Media and the Law.

Jacksonville Pecha Kucha Social Media Masters

LGBT Community Awards (2015)

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John Phillips speaks at LGBT Community Awards, Jacksonville, Florida.

Howard University


John spoke at Howard University, a historically black college and location of much of the movement towards civil rights for all Americans. In 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson delivered a speech to the graduating class at Howard, where he outlined his plans for civil rights legislation and endorsed aggressive affirmative action to reverse segregation of African Americans from the nation’s economic opportunities.

Speaking to Legislators from US Senate and US House of Representatives


John has had an ambition since very young to not only serve clients, individually, but to make a difference on a larger scale. Whether advocating for bullied children and for laws to protect kids, advocating for reasonable regulations governing the proliferation of (illegal and irresponsibly used legal) firearms and the recent expansion of gun laws in America, advocating for safer laws related to reckless driving, drunk driving and texting and driving, or fighting unfair sovereign immunity laws and other issues, John has taken the time to speak to and get to know local and federal politicians and speak candidly on behalf of his clients and the American public.

U.S. Senate Testimony (2013)


The words of a client are often far more important than the words of the lawyer or spokesman. John had the honor of attending a speech given by client Lucia McBath before the US Senate. The topic was Stand Your Ground and the loss of her son, Jordan Davis.

“I face the very real possibility that my son’s killer will walk free because of this law, hiding behind a statute that lets people claim a threat when there was none,” McBath said, fighting back tears. Lucy’s entire speech is available here.

John also was invited to and presented written testimony to Congress. You can download and read what he presented here- Jordan Davis family lawyer Congressional Testimony.

Florida Legislature (2013)


John was invited to present a speech on Stand Your Ground. The controversial law was enacted to revoke the reasonable duty to retreat in all circumstances. John’s speech basically focused on how this encourages violence over reasonableness and promotes people to use prejudice and unreasonable thoughts and ideals to defend themselves- sometimes where deadly force isn’t remotely warranted.

One problem, Phillips presented, was the relative subjective interpretation allowed with the law and how it hinders fairness from prosecution to jury instruction. The backbone of this country is the Constitution and the Bill of Rights and the 6th Amendment guarantees victims that a jury of peers will determine the rights and responsibilities of someone who commits violence. This law does away with that.

Florida Coastal School of Law


John has spoken many times on many topics, including sports law, ethics for lawyers, the implications of a DUI, stand your ground and more.

Jackson High School


John spoke at Jackson High School about the value of education in becoming a leader at home and in business. He assisted Dewitt Robinson, an Andrew Jackson High School teacher, who held a basketball shoot-a-thon to raise money to buy computers for his students, many of whom don’t have those resources at home. John not only donated, but rebounded basketballs and spoke to the class after the event.

NAACP Annual Meeting

Jacksonville Attorney John Phillips Speaks at NAACP National Convention

In conjunction with the National Bar Association, the NAACP sponsored a two-day Seminar at its annual meeting. John was selected as one of its keynote speakers, along with Attorney Ben Crump and Attorney Natalie Jackson, two of the lawyers who represented Trayvon Martin.

It was the 105th NAACP Annual Convention and held in Las Vegas, Nevada. The theme of this year’s convention is, “All In for Justice,” with a focus on voting rights. Phillips spoke on civil rights issues, Stand Your Ground laws, the importance of voting and attending jury duty, and otherwise being a leader at home and in your community.