About John

John Phillips is the founding partner of a multi-state trial law firm, formed in 2011. Recognized by peers as a prominent Florida, Georgia and Alabama trial lawyer, he is a passionate and compassionate crusader for justice.

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In addition to other types of law (family law, criminal defense and commercial litigation), Mr. Phillips’s office handles personal injury, civil rights and wrongful death cases. His office solely represents plaintiffs who have been injured by automobile wrecks, product defects, because of premises liability and other forms of wrongful conduct or negligence / accidents.

John has many million dollar verdicts and settlements in cases ranging from soft tissue injuries to brain damage cases. He represented the family of Jordan Davis during their trials and tribulations after the 17 year-old was shot and killed by Michael Dunn, represented over 100 child victims of pediatric dental abuse at the hands of Howard S. Schneider, DDS, and achieved what was called a “landmark victory” in a school bulling case which initially caused a bully to be banned from the school system. He also tried an injury case, resulting in a $2.6 million verdict, while Good Morning America’s cameras rolled.

Mr. Phillips is AV-rated by Martindale-Hubbell, is board certified by The Florida Bar in Civil Trial Law and has a host of awards and accolades in the practice of law. He has frequently been featured or on the cover of various trade magazines and spoken at seminars, teaching other lawyers about his expertise. Mr. Phillips has been consistently chosen by peers as a Florida Super Lawyer and repeatedly selected by a survey of his peers to Florida Trend Magazine’s “Legal Elite,” a designation limited to the top 1% of attorneys in the state. He has been featured in Attorney at Law magazine not only in Florida, but in Georgia. Just during the last few years, Mr. Phillips and his office have been named as:

  • “Best Lawyer,” by readers of the Folio Weekly
  • “Righteous Crusader,” by readers of the Folio Weekly
  • “One of 29 Most Influential People in Jacksonville,” by Folio Weekly
  • “Attorney of the Month (with Photo on the Cover),” by Attorney at Law Magazine in Florida
  • “Attorney of the Month (with Photo on the Cover),” by Attorney at Law Magazine in Georgia
  • #1 Lawyer,” by readers of Void Magazine
  • “Face of Justice in the 904,” by 904 Magazine
  • “Top Lawyer,” by 904 Magazine
  • “Company with Heart,” by 904 Magazine
  • “Best Lawyer,” by Jacksonville Magazine
  • Legal Elite, Florida Trend Magazine
  • “Who’s Who in Law,” by Ponte Vedra Recorder
  • AV – Preeminent (the highest rating obtainable), by peers according to Martindale- Hubbell
  • 10 / 10, by Avvo
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyer, by the National Trial Lawyers Association
  • Top 40 Under 40, by the American Society of Legal Advocates
  • SuperLawyer, by Florida Super Lawyers
  • Litigator Award, Trial Lawyers Board of Regents

Whether commenting on his own high profile cases or cases he is not involved with, Mr. Phillips has spoken nationally on nearly every national media channel and some international channels, including BBC. This includes regular appearances on CNN, HLN, MSNBC, ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox, Fox News and more. He is also a regular contributor to print media, as well. He’s been pictured in Rolling Stone Magazine and his cases have been featured in Jet, Time, People and many other periodicals. This story by Joy Ann Reid tells a detailed version of his walk with Jordan Davis’s parents.

Phillips’s experiences led to a TEDx speech, which has amassed over 300,000 views. Additionally, he received a feature by BET online, spotlighting Phillips as a civil rights advocate.

In addition to these and many other distinguished accomplishments in the fields of law and justice, Mr. Phillips’s resume includes a long list of civic contributions and leadership positions. Mr. Phillips spends a significant amount of time serving his community. To that end, he has been named one of the 29 most influential people in Jacksonville. Week in and week out, he can be seen volunteering, coaching children, speaking or working with city and state leaders to improve the quality of life for all.

Family is most important. Mr. Phillips spends most of his time being called “daddy” to his boys, Bennett (age 5), Weston (age 2) and has one on the way. His wife, Angela Phillips, has cooked for clients and been very involved with the firm over the years, including as a rock on days where John’s heart is heavy. The Phillips family can be seen in the documentary film, The Armor of Light, which was produced and directed by Abigail Disney of the famed Disney family. It was shortlisted for the Academy Award consideration in 2016.

John can be reached at his email address- jmp@floridajustice.com.

Additional Biography

  • Personal
    • Born: February 4, 1975, in Mobile, Alabama
  • Education
    • University of Alabama:
      • Bachelor of Arts (Political Science and Criminal Justice) (1997)
      • Juris Doctor (2000)
  • University Honors And Activities
    • Bedsole Scholar (full academic and leadership scholarship for undergrad)
    • Phi Delta Phi
    • Student Senator, Student Government Association
    • Senior Editor, Law & Psychology Law Review
    • Taught a Criminal Justice 101 class at age 22 at the University of Alabama
    • Mentored at at-risk school
  • Bar Admissions (State Courts)
    • Florida
    • Georgia
    • Alabama
  • Bar Admissions (Federal Courts)
    • U.S. District Court – Northern District of Florida (2009)
    • U.S. District Court – Middle District of Florida (2001)
    • 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)
    • U.S. Court of Appeals – 11th Circuit
    • Supreme Court of the United States
  • Specialty Certifications
    • Board Certified in Civil Trial Practice, The Florida Bar (2014 to present)
  • Civic Activities (Present and Past)
    • Jacksonville Human Rights Commission (Commissioner)
    • Spina Bifida Association of Jacksonville Board of Directors (former vice chairman)
    • Shannon Miller Foundation (Advisory Board)
    • National High School Basketball Association (Advisory Board)
    • Jacksonville Quarterback Club (Board Member)
  • Employment History
    • Law Clerk to the Honorable James C. Wood, Mobile, Alabama (2000-2001)
    • Attorney at Cole, Stone, Stoudemire, Morgan & Dore (2001-2002)
    • Attorney at Dore, Lanier & Noey (2002-2007)
    • Named Partner Attorney at Dore, Lanier & Phillips (2007-2010)
    • Attorney at Morgan & Morgan (2010-2012)
    • Athlete Agent / Attorney at Breakthrough Sports Agency (BTSA) (2009-2013)
      • Licensed NFL Agent by the NFLPA
      • Licensed CFL Agent by the CFLPA
    • Radio Show Host, Courts & Sports (2011-2013)