John Michael Phillips: Lawyer with The Law Office of John M. Phillips

John Michael Phillips

John Phillips is licensed in Florida, Georgia & Alabama and brings BIG credentials and PERSONAL service to your case.
Managing Partner
Jacksonville,  FL  U.S.A.

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AV® Preeminent

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Practice Areas
  • ......................... 75%
    Personal Injury
  • ......................... 25%
    Wrongful Death
Other Areas of Law

General Practice,Trial Practice,Litigation,Automobile Accidents and Injuries,Brain Injury,Spinal Injury,Products Liability,Slip and Fall,Medical Malpractice,Premises Liability,Criminal Law,Business Law,Civil Practice,Animal Law,Construction Law,Contracts,Insurance,Military Law,Inadequate Security,Negligent Security,Animal Attacks,Boating Accidents,Bodily Injury,Catastrophic Injury,Motorcycle Accidents,Pedestrian Injuries,Rental Vehicle Litigation,Severe Burns,Federal Civil Litigation,Insurance Bad Faith,Insurance Litigation,Hit and Run,Malicious Prosecution,Traffic Violations,Vehicular Homicide,Victims Rights,Federal Practice,Government,False Claims Act,Federal Government Law,Federal Tort Claims,Government Affairs,County Government Law,County Liability,Government Ethics,Government Risk Management,Government Tort Liability,Governmental Liability,Local Government Law,Local Government Civil Rights,Local Government Liability,Public Officials Liability,Political Subdivision Liability,State Government Law,Civil Litigation,Complex Litigation,E-Discovery,Federal Litigation,International Litigation,Newspaper Law,Sports Injury,Torts,Civil Liability,Intentional Torts,Mass Torts,Tort Defense,Tort Liability,Whiplash,Cruise Ship Injuries,Defective Hip Implants,Defective Knee Replacements,Birth Trauma,Chiropractors Malpractice,Cosmetic Surgery Malpractice,Failure to Diagnose,Gynecology Malpractice,Medical Liability,Medical Negligence,Medical-Legal Law,Medication Errors,Nursing Liability,Nursing Malpractice,Nursing Negligence,Obstetric Malpractice,Oncology Law,Optometric Malpractice,Orthopedic Malpractice,Pediatric Malpractice,Pharmacists Liability,Physicians Professional Liability,Physicians Rights,Surgeons Liability,Wrong Site Surgery,Negligence,Accidents,AIDS Litigation,Aquatic Injuries,Automobile Negligence,Bicycle Accidents,Bus Accidents,Carpal Tunnel Syndrome,Commercial Vehicle Liability,Cumulative Trauma,Dog Bites,Electrical Injury,Electromagnetic Field Litigation,Head Injury,Motor Vehicle Accidents and Injuries,Neurolaw,Personal Injury Appeals,Personal Injury Arbitration,Personal Injury Mediation,Plaintiffs Personal Injury,Power Line Contact Injury,Psychological Injury,Repetitive Stress Injury,School Bus Accidents,Sexual Abuse,Subway Accidents,Third Party Wrongful Death,TMJ Dysfunction,Tourist Injuries,Transfusion Associated AIDS,Traumatic Brain Injury,Unintended Acceleration,Premises Security,Private Security Litigation,Airbag Injury,All Terrain Vehicle Products Liability,Automotive Crashworthiness,Automotive Design Liability,Automotive Products Liability,Automotive Restraints,Automotive Warranty Law,Bicycle Products Liability,Biomedical Products Liability,Blood Bank Liability,Breast Implant Litigation,Chemical Explosions,Dalkon Shield Litigation,Diet Drug Litigation,Drug and Medical Device Litigation,Chemical Products Liability,Drug Contamination,Elevator Liability,Engineering Products Liability,Escalator Liability,Explosions,Firearms Litigation,Flammable Fabrics,Food Borne Disease,Food Products Liability,Gas Explosions,Heavy Equipment Products Liability,Industrial Products Liability,Manufacturers Liability,Motorcycle Products Liability,Office Equipment Products Liability,Products Liability Insurance Coverage,Products Liability Arbitration,Product Warning Labels,Product Safety,Product Recall,Product Failure,Product Defects,Products Liability Mediation,Tire/Rim Mismatch,Seat Belt Injury,Recreational Vehicle Products Liability,Recreational Products Liability,Propane Products Liability,Products Liability Subrogation,Tire Defect Litigation,Vaccine Injury,Vehicle Rollovers,Welding Products Liability,Seatbelt Injury
Contact InfoTelephone: 904-517-8903
Fax: (904) 508-0683
Mailing Address4230 Ortega Boulevard, Jacksonville, Florida, 32210
University University of Alabama, B.A., Political Science/Criminal Justice, 1997
Law SchoolUniversity of Alabama School of Law, J.D., 2000
Admitted2000, Alabama; 2001, Florida; 2002, Georgia; U.S. District Court, Middle District of Alabama; U.S. District Court, Northern District of Florida; U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida
Memberships The Florida Bar; Alabama State Bar; State Bar of Georgia; American Bar Association (Member, Advisory Committee, 2008-2011); American Inns of Court; Florida Justice Association (Eagle Member).

John has many million dollar verdicts and settlements to his credit in cases ranging from soft tissue injuries to brain damage cases, as well as many defense verdicts from his years as a defense attorney representing companies like State Farm, Coca-Cola, JM Family & Hertz. He achieved what was called a "landmark victory" in a school bulling case, getting a bully banned from the county school system, which ultimately led to an appellate court re-defining confusing law. He has spoken over 200 times to national and international audiences on the topics of personal injury, violent crime and criminal law. He has written law reviews, contributed to news pieces, commented for many media outlets and has advised governments about legal and policy. Most notably, John is proud to provide personal, passionate attention to both personal injury and wrongful death cases, as well as criminal defense cases.


Just in 2013-2014, John and his office have been selected as:

- "Best Lawyer," by readers of the Folio Weekly,
- "Righteous Crusader," by readers of the Folio Weekly,
- "#1 Lawyer," by readers of Void Magazine,
- "Top Lawyer," by 904 Magazine,
- "Company with Heart," by 904 Magazine,
- "Best Lawyer," by Jacksonville Magazine,
- "Who's Who in Law," by Ponte Vedra Recorder,

- and others;

as well as rated:

- AV-Preminent (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.


John Phillips was born and in Alabama and raised all along the Gulf Coast. His Grandfather and Great Grandfather practiced law in Mississippi, where his great grandfather was also a Judge. John attended the University of Alabama on a full academic scholarship and graduated with a Bachelors degree in Political Science and Criminal Justice. He also earned his law degree from the University of Alabama.

After graduation, he clerked for a Judge in Mobile, Alabama, before moving to Jacksonville, Florida where he has made his home since 2001. He has been involved in numerous "high-profile" matters throughout his career.


Mr. Phillips has tried numerous jury trials and bench trials, has successfully argued before multiple appellate courts and is licensed to practice in Florida, Georgia and Alabama. He does all in his power to obtain the best possible outcome under oftentimes challenging circumstances. Ultimately, John considers himself the ultimate storyteller, entrusted to tell the stories of the people he represents.


John is a member of many professional and community service organizations including:

- Florida Justice Association, Eagle Member (2010 – present);
- Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, Member (2012 – present);
- Alabama Association for Justice, Member (2012 – present);
- American Bar Association, Member (2012 – present);
- Shannon Miller Foundation, Board Member (2012 to present);
- Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce (2012 to present);
- National High School Basketball Association, Advisor Board Member (2011 to present);
- Spina Bifida Association of Jacksonville, Vice Chairman (2006 -2011);
- Jacksonville Quarterback Club, Board of Directors (2002-2011);
- ABA Advisory Panel, Member (2008-2011);
- Lawline, Faculty Professor, (2011-2012);
- Chester Bedell American Inn of Court, Alumni;
- Paul Brock American Inn of Court, Alumni;
- Jacksonville Bar Association, Judicial Relations Committee (2007-2009);
- Jacksonville Bar Association, Special Needs of Children and Families (2006-2009);
- Jacksonville Bar Association, Professionalism Committee (2006-2008);
- Florida Insurance Fraud Education Committee, Member (2005-2010);
- Jacksonville Defense Lawyers Association, Member (2002-2010);

- And more.


Mr. Phillips is a sought after lecturer and speaker. He frequently speaks on Stand Your Ground, about representing victims of violence, on topics from his former radio show, ‘Courts & Sports,’ and on what we all can learn from Atticus Finch.


Mr. Phillips is often published in numerous publications including the Florida Times Union, the Folio Weekly, the Orlando Sentinel, the Tampa Tribune, the Mobile Press Register and many others.


John is frequently asked to provide the media with legal commentary and he and his cases have appeared on the following networks and shows:

- HLN (Headline News) - Dr. Drew On Call, Nancy Grace, Jane Velez-Mitchell, Raising America, HLN After Dark, Evening Express, Morning Express, Now in America, News Now, On the Case and more.

- CNN - Anderson Cooper 360, Starting Point, New Day, Out Front and more

- CBS - Appeared on both national news and with affiliates, Inside Edition, Katie Couric and more.

- ABC - Appeared on both national news and with affiliates, Good Morning America, Nightline and more.

- NBC - Appeared on both national news and with affiliates, The Today Show and more.

- FOX - Appeared on both national news and with affiliates and more.

- MSNBC - Last Word, Melissa Harris-Perry, Politics Nation (Al Sharpton), NewsNation, All In and more.

- RTV (Russia Today);

- Al Jazeera;


- BBC;

- and more.

Reported CasesParis Cannon v. Melisia Thomas (Aria Jewett), decision pending (Dist. Ct. App. 1st Dist. 2014); (Boatright v. Smith, 905 So. 2d 127 (Fla. Dist. Ct. App. 1st Dist. 2005); All Fla. Pipe & Supply, Inc. v. Green, 977 So. 2d 580 (Fla. Dist. Ct. App. 1st Dist. 2008); Nall v. Burrows Interiors, Inc., 840 So. 2d 228 (Fla. Dist. Ct. App. 1st Dist. 2003); Essex Ins. Co. v. Underwood, 2012 Fla. App. LEXIS 4674 (Fla. Dist. Ct. App. 5th Dist. Feb. 27, 2012)(, and PENDING ruling by the 1st DCA- Paris Destinee Cannon vs. Melissa Thomas, On Behalf Of Aria Jewett (Lower Tribunal Case(s): 16-2013-DR-000781-DV).
Transactions For Lawyer for Jordan Davis' Family, the Case Has Been a Lesson on Race (; Argument and Death Threat Preceded Store Clerk's Murder By a Week, Lawsuit Alleges (; A Most American Way to Die (; Attorney for Jordan Davis' family says it's about hate, not race (; Gainesville, Florida Jury Awards Wreck Victim Over $1.1 Million Gross Verdict (,_Florida_Jury_Awards_Wreck_Victim_Over_$1.1_Million_Gross_Verdict.html); Attorney John M. Phillips Recovers $939,276.78 Verdict for Woman Injured in Car Accident (; Attorney John Phillips Settles Cases for Clients Who Were Victims of DUI Wreck for $1 Million (; John Phillips' Sports and Courts Radio Show (

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John Michael Phillips

4230 Ortega Boulevard
JacksonvilleFL 32210


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