Being the son of parents that survived “The Great Depression” John was taught at an early age the value of family and hard work. His first job was at the age of 12 delivering the evening newspaper and he has been working ever since. At age 15 he started a janitorial business cleaning offices on Saturday and Sunday. Since it was difficult to transport janitorial supplies on his bike this business floundered until when, at the age of 16, John acquired what can best be described as his first in a long series of clunker cars.
In 1965 John started his college education at the University of Florida. His original goal of a degree in psychiatry soon gave way to his DNA and he graduated with a degree in Business Administration. In 1969 Florida State University College of Law accepted John as an in-coming freshman. John worked his way through law school working primarily as a research assistant for the Attorney General. Unfortunately, the hours were 9 p.m. to 8 a.m. Fortunately, if there were no research projects John could sleep on the library tables located in the dank basement of the Capitol. Although sleep deprived, John managed to graduate with honors and without any student loans.
In 1972 John started as an associate with the Yado, Keel law firm in Tampa, Florida. It was a small 5 lawyer firm handling everything from criminal to corporate law. Notwithstanding that he once accepted stuffed green peppers as a fee, John soon became managing partner and oversaw the firm’s growth from 5 to 16 lawyers.
In 1992 his good friends, Chris and Judy Hoyer and Bill James lost the Hillsborough County State Attorney re-election race. While reflecting on the defeat and life in general with Chris and Judy in mountains of North Carolina, the idea of his present firm took hold. So in 1993 John teamed with Bill, Chris and Judy to start fighting fraud. Again, John assumed the role of managing partner.
John is an avid golfer, struggling author, and is still passionate about helping the afflicted and righting wrongs.