For more than two decades, John has been providing legal counsel to individuals and companies throughout Florida. John handles a wide variety of matters, ranging from defending construction accident and defect cases on behalf of contractors and sub-contractors, and premises liability cases for two nationally known property owners and managers. He is experienced in litigating D&O matters for both for profit and non-profit clients and has also helped clients in forming both for profit and not for profit corporations. John has also litigated cases involving rental car companies and the application of the Graves Amendment and has also handled product liability and negligent security claims and issues.
In the course of his 25 plus years of practice, John has and continues to handle catastrophic cases involving trucking and truck driver related issues along with roadway construction matters. These cases take up a significant portion of his practice. Throughout his career, he has also had extensive experience handling employment, discrimination, American's with Disability Act and professional liability cases.
Before coming to Marshall Dennehey, John was the managing attorney for the Jacksonville office of the defense firm Conroy, Simberg, Ganon, Krevans & Abel, P.A., where he oversaw that office's liability division and defended all types of personal injury and construction claims.
Significant Representative Matters
•Defense verdict where plaintiff was ejected from a scissor lift on a construction sight due to the alleged gross negligence of our client. The plaintiff made a demand of $2 million. The plaintiff was challenging Florida's recently enacted Horizontal Immunity law, which provides for immunity to a sub-contractor for claims made by an employee of another subcontractor on a construction site. This was reportedly the first case in Florida tried to verdict under this new law.
•Dismissal of claims brought by a defendant/third party plaintiff for subrogation, common law indemnification, and contractual indemnification against the plaintiff's employer for alleged negligent hiring, training, and supervision of the plaintiff and another employee when they were hooking a tractor to a trailer. As the truck was backing up, the truck engine surged backward, pinning the plaintiff's leg and causing him to lose most of his leg.
•Dismissal with prejudice of an automobile negligence injury claim brought by a husband and wife against a nationally recognized rental car company where the renter of the car caused the accident which injured the plaintiff. The court dismissed the vicarious liability portion of the case against the rental car company based upon the Graves Amendment, which limits the amount of certain claims and precludes others from being brought against rental car companies.
•Obtained a ruling limiting the plaintiff's damages in a catastrophic injury case where the plaintiff was a passenger in a single vehicle accident. The driver was a non-authorized driver of the rental vehicle. The case and damages against a nationally recognized rental car company were limited to the $10,000 provided for under the Graves Amendment.
•The Rise of Legal Malpractice Lawsuits, Defense Digest, Vol. 20, No. 1, March 2014
•Understanding Punitive Damages in Florida, Defense Digest, Vol. 19, No. 3, September 2013
•Cell Phone Use and Employer Liability, Defense Digest, Vol. 19, No. 1, March 2013
•Know Your Licenses, Construction Today, December 2011
•As a General Contractor, What Licenses Do You Really Need?, Defense Digest, Vol. 17, No. 1, March 2011
•Is the Greathouse Case Really Great?, Defense Digest, June 2008
•Florida's Immunity Defenses for Worksite Accidents, Florida Professional Liability and Ethics Law Letter, April 2008
•Conducted various seminars to clients on the following topics: construction-related issues involving applicable immunities, common law and contractual indemnification, automobile and premises liability claims, punitive damages, and bad faith, 2004 - present
•Speaker, Legal Writing Seminar, Florida Legal Assistants and Paralegals, 2008
Year Joined Organization: 2007
•Phi Alpha Delta