John Phillips


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John is one of the youngest Board Certified Civil Trial lawyers in the State of Florida. This allows him to be called an expert in these cases. He is also AV-Preeminent rated and has won many awards for his role in the courtroom and in the community. He is licensed to practice law in Florida, Georgia and Alabama with passion and compassion.

John is originally from Mobile, Alabama. Florida has been his home for over a decade, but he frequently works and travels to Georgia and Alabama. He is licensed to practice law in all three states and has been hired by major companies and individuals, alike, to represent them in all three. He has obtained many million-dollar and multi-million-dollar verdicts and settlements on behalf of his clients.

John is the married father of two boys, Bennett and Weston. He used to be seen traveling the world, as he has run with the bulls, dived the great barrier reef, caught a marlin in international waters and loved to travel. Now, he is happiest with his children in tow, attending Jacksonville Jaguar games and spending time with family and friends.


  • Attended University of Alabamba
  • Clerked for Congressman Sonny Callahan
  • Obtained a Juris Doctorate (Law Degree)
  • Worked with major companies like Coca-Cola
  • Opened his own Law office in Jacksonville, Florida
  • Interviewed on major television networks
  • Office selected as a Company with Heart
  • Received the highest rating of AV-Preeminent
  • U.S. Supreme Court Bar Admission


John’s grandfather and great grandfather were lawyers and John always wanted to be an advocate of the people and for the people after hearing stories about them from his mother. After high school, John was named a Bedsole Scholar, attending the University of Alabama on full scholarship, where he studied political science. John clerked for Congressman Sonny Callahan during a summer in college, trying to learn as much as he could about government and law. He was on pace to graduate in three and a half years at Alabama, but he could not start law school until the fall. So, John stayed and added a second major- criminal justice. He volunteered at an alternative school, working with kids who were born to dire circumstances and also taught a criminal justice class to undergraduates.

John then obtained a Juris Doctorate (Law Degree), was named Senior Editor of the Law & Psychology Law Review, involved with the Student Government Association and undertook many other activities. Again, John was on pace to finish in less than the three years usually reserved for law school. However, finishing early would not properly prepare John for the Bar exam.

After School

After graduation from law school, John accepted a judicial clerkship in Mobile before moving to Jacksonville, Florida. He watched trials and hearings every week and coordinate the efforts of the Honorable James C. Wood (now retired).

John M. Phillips spent 8 years as a trial lawyer for businesses such as State Farm, Coca-Cola, Hertz, JM Family / Southeast Toyota, USF&G, Anderson Columbia, GEICO, Cambridge and a host of other large companies. He became a named member of the firm of Dore, Lanier & Phillips at age 32 and left Dore & Phillips at age 35, moving on to represent individuals, working at one of the largest personal injury firms in the world. Feeling unfulfilled, he founded his own Florida trial law office in 2011.


• The Daily Record: A Life-Changing Year of Loss & Love for John
• Jacksonville Business Journal: The Rainmaker
• For Lawyer for Jordan Davis’ Family, the Case Has Been a Lesson on
• Folio Weekly: The Phillips Effect
• Void Magazine: John Phillips-Trial Law Tech
• The Daily Record: Lawyer Snapshot- John Phillips

Bar Admissions

• Alabama Bar, 2000
• Florida Bar, 2001
• Georgia Bar 2001
• U.S. District Court Middle District of Florida, 2001
• U.S. District Court Northern District of Florida, 2009
• U.S. District Court Southern District of Florida, 2014
• U.S. District Court Middle District of Alabama, 2009
• U.S. District Court Northern District of Georgia, 2014
• United States Supreme Court, 2014

Awards & Recognitions


  • • 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. This case is under appeal 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 judgement 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 2013, John handled and injunction for a bullied and beaten student, successfully getting the bully banned from the entire school system. The ruling was overturned by the appellate court. John handed the oral argument and the opinion reveals John’s points raised were well received by the Court. Verdicts
  • • 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 case. John not only won at the trial level, but successfully argued the appeal which can be seen here.
  • • In 2010, John tried a case in which State Farm conducted extreme discovery against a client’s physicians, even getting sanctioned along the way. The case resulted in a verdict almost at $1 Million dollars and a judgment over $1 Million dollars

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