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Jacksonville Injury Lawyers

SELECTED 2013-2018

John Phillips, B.C.S.

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About John: Famed lawyer Robert Shapiro once called John, “the best lawyer in America.” He may not be there yet, but he works to be the best for his clients daily. John is originally from Mobile, Alabama, but made Jacksonville, Florida his home in 2001. He graduated from the University of Alabama, which is the highest ranked public law school in the southeast and was ranked 25th in the nation in a recent U.S. News Survey. He has obtained many million-dollar and multi-million-dollar verdicts and settlements on behalf of his clients, including one 2019 jury verdict over $495 Million dollars, as well as changed the way that companies and governments operate. Although he has represented celebrities and athletes, John's time is mostly quietly spent helping anyone get justice. Even 18 years into the practice of law, John is still one of the youngest Board Certified Civil Trial lawyers in the State of Florida. This allows him to be called an expert in civil trial law (personal injury, car accidents, civil rights). Board Certification requires years of advocacy at the highest level, additional peer review, substantial trial experience, hours of advanced seminars and a difficult full day exam. John will tell you, "Nothing worthwhile comes easy." John can be seen in the Emmy award winning documentary, Armor of Light. He had a role in the film as the storyteller and lawyer for the family of Jordan Davis and was thanked from the stage by the film's director Abigail Disney. He regularly seeks out opportunities to learn how to be a better lawyer, leader and father. More about John's awards are listed below but he is one of the most acclaimed in America. He is AV-Preeminent rated and has won many awards for both his actions in the courtroom and in the community, including being named one of the 29 most influential people in northeast Florida and the Face of Justice on the First Coast. He is licensed to practice law in Florida, Georgia and Alabama, as well as in Washington DC, and before the United States Supreme Court. He does so with passion and compassion. In 2015, John was selected to give a TEDx talk on race and equality. It was one of the first speeches that TEDx broadcast live on its YouTube channel and it stands as one of the most watched talks in the State of Florida. He has also spoken at Howard University, at the NAACP Annual Meeting, at PeaceJam in Ghana, at many high schools and colleges and regularly gives seminars to other lawyers. John was nominated by Jacksonville's Mayor and confirmed by the City Council to Jacksonville's Human Rights Commission. In addition to having an audience with multiple Nobel Peace Prize Laureates, John has been recently invited to attend the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland in 2018. The vast majority of John's time is spent in his offices, working up cases for his clients and telling stories of people who have been injured or lost loved ones. Trial work is his passion. Good Morning America even filmed and broadcast portions of one of his trials in 2014. However, much of the work he does is unseen by cameras and done with a wonderful hand-picked staff. John is married to his best friend, Angela, and is the father of three boys, Bennett, Weston and Johnathan. He has dived the great barrier reef, run with the bulls and loves to travel. However, he is happiest with his children in tow, attending Jacksonville Jaguar games and spending time with family and friends.

Verdicts & Settlements

  • • In 2016, we resolved a case for over $1 Million Dollars in just 51 days. A 2-year-old was run over and killed by someone pulling out of the family's driveway. He kept on going, either not realizing it or trying to evade the situation. We assisted putting the evidence together and achieved prompt justice for this grieving family.
  • • In 2015-2016, we achieved a $1 Million Dollar settlement against a strip club where our client Brandon Green was shot and killed by a fellow customer. We also sat by the family of the victim at the criminal trial and assisted the State by giving them the location of crucial evidence such that the killer was convicted.
  • • In 2015, John was contacted by a few mothers of children who had been mistreated by their pediatric dentist. Working with these parents, the dentists office was shot down, his licenses to practice were revoked, he faces criminal charges and John reached an unprecedented settlement of 104 dental malpractice cases at once, which is confidential. He still represents 27 additional children. There is more about this case here.
  • • In 2014, John received a verdict in the amount of $2.6 Million dollars against Volusia County, one of the largest personal injury verdicts ever handed down against Volusia County and one of the largest in the state that year. It was featured on Good Morning America and reported on daily. Volusia County appealed $600k of the verdict and John has filed a declaratory judgment action against the County’s insurance carrier.
  • • In 2014, John confidentially resolved a medical malpractice case in which he represented a brain injured boxer who contended that she was injured as a result of her training staff and medical team failing to diagnose, treat and prevent her from fighting due to a head injury.
  • • In 2013, John filed an action and vigorously defended a declaratory judgment action against Progressive Insurance and its insured Michael Dunn over the shooting death of Jordan Davis. John received a policy limits settlement on a large automobile policy as a result of favorable rulings and advocacy.
  • • In 2012, John received a verdict in the gross amount of $1.1 Million dollars against Coca-Cola in Alachua County, one of the 50 largest verdicts in the State that year and one of the largest ever soft tissue verdicts in Alachua County.
  • • In 2012, John tried another case in Gainesville and ultimately recovered about triple what State Farm’s last offer was. It’s about keeping the carriers honest. We don’t just try the big cases.
  • • In 2011, John tried a case against Baptist Hospital in Jacksonville. The case ultimately mistried in jury selection, after several jurors revealed that they could not be fair in a slip and fall case. It was John’s efforts in jury selection that lead to the jurors being struck one-by-one and the case ultimately living to be settled later on despite a panel of poisoned jurors.
  • • In 2011, John tried a declaratory judgment action against Essex Insurance, who challenged coverage in the incident. John not only won at the trial level, but successfully argued the appeal which he won.
  • • In 2010, John tried a case in which State Farm conducted extreme discovery against a client’s physicians. The case resulted in a verdict almost at $1 Million dollars and a judgment over $1 Million dollars.
  • • Read about MORE HERE.

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