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.