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John L. Holcomb - Shareholder

John L. Holcomb

Education

Florida State University, B.S., 1977, cum laude
University of Florida College of Law, J.D., 1979

Bar Memberships

  • American Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association
  • The Florida Bar
  • Hillsborough County Bar Association

Board Certified by The Florida Bar

  • Board Certification Badge
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John L. Holcomb - Shareholder

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John is a Shareholder in the firm’s Litigation Group. He is an active trial lawyer who has tried more than 100 jury trials in both state and federal court throughout Florida. His cases have included personal injury, products liability, medical malpractice, premises liability, long-term healthcare, and pharmaceutical litigation.

John has represented several major national corporations in defense of personal injury litigation. In addition, he has served as counsel for pharmaceutical corporations in cases throughout our state. During his career he has represented long-term healthcare providers, hospitals and physicians.

For the first several years of John’s career, he represented individuals and corporations as counsel selected by some of the largest insurance carriers in America. He has tried numerous cases involving automobile litigation, products liability, medical malpractice, premises liability and construction litigation.

John is active in both professional and Bar-related activities. He is past National President of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), in which capacity he led over 6,000 seasoned trial lawyers nationwide. John has previously served as the National Secretary for ABOTA and National Vice President. He was President of the Florida Chapters American Board of Trial Advocates (FLABOTA) in 1998 and President of the Tampa Bay Chapter in 1995. John is a Master in the J. Clifford Cheatwood Inn of Court and served as President in 2014. He has served as a faculty member of the ABOTA Trial College at Princeton University and Harvard University. He is a member of the Litigation Counsel of America and International Association of Defense Counsel, and is also a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation and the American College of Trial Lawyers. John is also listed in America's Top 100 Attorneys for North Florida.

John has also given back to the community. He served on the Executive Board of Seminole Boosters, Inc. following an earlier career as a scholarship football player for Florida State University. In addition, he was a charter member of the University Center Club in Tallahassee where he served on the Board of Directors.

John was the inaugural recipient of the Tampa Bay Seminole Club's Distinguished Alumni Award. He has also been awarded the Distinguished Alumni Award for the Florida State University School of Social Sciences. John has served as the President of HARC and the President of its Foundation. John is a proud trustee of The Kaul Foundation where he has helped to direct donations to many local, state and national charitable organizations and institutions of higher learning.

Honors & Recognitions

  • AVPreeminent-Logo
  • America's Top 100 Attorney's
  • American College of Trial Lawyers
  • 93699 - Hill Ward Henderson
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Court Admissions

  • All Florida State Courts
  • All Florida Federal Courts
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit

Professional Recognition

  • AV Preeminent Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Best Lawyers in America (2007-2019)
  • Florida Chapters of the American Board of Trial Advocates
    • Florida Trial Lawyer of the Year (2006)
  • American Board of Trial Advocates
    • Masters in Trial Award (1996) 
  • Hillsborough County Bar Association
    • Michael A. Fogarty "In-The-Trenches" Award (2012)
  • Florida Trend  Legal Elite (2009, 2011-2012)
  • Florida Super Lawyers (2006-2018)
  • Super Lawyers Business Edition (2008-present)
  • Florida's Top Lawyers
    • Florida Monthly Magazine

Published Decisions
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  • Metcalf v. Beverly Health and Rehabilitation Services, Inc.,
    WL 14252 4:98CV278-RH  United States District Court, N.D. Florida, Tallahassee Division, January 8, 1999
  • Extendicare, Inc. v. Johnson,
    WL 31487255 2D01-4949  District Court of Appeal of Florida, Second District, November 8, 2002
  • Leonard v. Target,
    WL 4613093 8:07-CV-946-T-24TBM  United States District Court, M.D. Florida, Tampa Division, October 16, 2008
  • Zwyers v. Target Corp.,
    WL 5127975 809-CV-868-T-33TBM  United States District Court, M.D. Florida, Tampa Division, December 18, 2009
  • Nelson v. Target Corp.,
    WL 971414 8:07-CV-1990-T-17EAJ  United States District Court, M.D. Florida, Tampa Division, April 8, 2009
  • Nelson v. Target Corp.,
    WL 2150893 8:07-CV-1990-T-17  United States District Court, M.D. Florida, Tampa Division, July 13, 2009
  • Cox v. Target Corp.,
    WL 3497730 09-12375  United States Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit, October 30, 2009
  • Gritt v. Target Corp.,
    WL 1777744 807CV181T27EAJ  United States District Court, M.D. Florida, Tampa Division, April 18, 2008
  • Sammon v. Target Corp.,
    WL 3984728 8:11-CV-1258-T-30EAJ  United States District Court, M.D. Florida, September 11, 2012
  • Zwyers v. Target Corp.,
    WL 1526907 8:09-CV-868-T-33TBM  United States District Court, M.D. Florida, Tampa Division, April 21, 2011
  • Gritt v. Target Corp.,
    WL 3011095 8:07-CV-181-T-27EAJ  United States District Court, M.D. Florida, Tampa Division, October 12, 2007
  • Jackson v. Georgopolous,
    WL 116618 88-03093  District Court of Appeal of Florida, Second District, October 4, 1989

Professional Associations

  • Defense Research Institute
  • Florida Defense Lawyers Association
  • International Association of Defense Counsel
  • American College of Trial Lawyers
    • Fellow
  • American Bar Foundation
    • Fellow
  • Litigation Council of America
    • Fellow
  • American Board of Trial Advocates
    • National President (2009)
    • Diplomate
  • Florida Chapters of the American Board of Trial Advocates
    • Past President