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...Learn More
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...Learn More
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...Learn More
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...Learn More
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...Learn More
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...Learn More
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...Learn More
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...Learn More
Since our early days, we have supported Blessings in a Backpack. This video features news coverage of our very first “like drive.”...Learn More
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 ...Learn More
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...Learn More
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...Learn More
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...Learn More
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...Learn More
We are ONE community and ONE Jacksonville. We make sure to support our law enforcement, as well as hold them accountable when necessary....Learn More
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...Learn More
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...Learn More
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...Learn More
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...Learn More
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...Learn More
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 ...Learn More
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....Learn More
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 ...Learn More
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...Learn More
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...Learn More
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...Learn More
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 ...Learn More
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...Learn More
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, ...Learn More
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...Learn More
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...Learn More
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...Learn More
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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“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/
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).
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.
John Phillips speaks at LGBT Community Awards, Jacksonville, Florida.
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.
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.
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.
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.
John has spoken many times on many topics, including sports law, ethics for lawyers, the implications of a DUI, stand your ground and more.
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.
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.