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John Schifino

John A. Schifino

Partner - Tampa, Florida
PH: (813) 367-5739
Fax: (813) 357-3524
Email: John
PH: (813) 367-5764
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John Schifino is a trial and appellate lawyer experienced in handling diverse cases in the areas of business litigation and environmental law.  He has served as lead counsel in numerous jury and bench trials, and has represented municipalities, manufacturers and recyclers, large restaurant franchisees, physician practice groups, large private prison service providers, large food and beverage distributors, private securities firms, real estate developers and other businesses in Florida’s state and federal courts.

John is a member of the firm’s General Commercial Litigation group and represents public and private companies, and their officers and directors, in a variety of business related and environmental matters.  John’s business litigation and appellate practice involves complex contract disputes, business torts, shareholder disputes, real estate disputes, professional malpractice claims, employer/employee disputes (including claims arising out of the FLSA, ADA, FMLA, ADEA, and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act), trademark and copyright infringement litigation, and First Amendment matters.  

Regarding environmental matters, John represents clients and their principals in U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) enforcement and Superfund actions, Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) enforcement actions, and Hillsborough County Environmental Protection Agency (EPC) enforcement actions.  John also assists clients in their compliance with a...

  • Successfully defended a large municipality in environmental litigation arising out of contamination emanating from a city landfill. Nominal settlement in 2012 shortly before trial, with each party bearing its own costs and attorneys’ fees.
  • Successfully prosecuted a shareholder dispute on behalf of minority shareholders arising out of corporation’s alleged misappropriation of corporate opportunities and corporate waste. Settlement in the amount of $1.75 million.
  • Successfully defended medical malpractice claim arising out of alleged undiagnosed compartment syndrome. Jury verdict in August of 2014 in favor of defendant.
  • Successfully defended private jail operator in defense of claims raised by magazine publisher arising out of alleged First Amendment violations and unconstitutional censorship claims. Nominal settlement in 2013 after filing of dispositive motions, with each party bearing its own costs and attorneys’ fees.
  • Successfully enforced non-competition agreement on behalf of physician group. After multiple days of injunction hearings, defendant stipulated to entry of injunction enforcing the noncompetition agreement.
  • Successfully enforced multiple trademarks in 2014 on behalf of skin care and tanning products manufacturer in multiple Lanham Act proceedings.
  • Successfully prosecuted breach of contract action against Hernando County on behalf of private jail operator. Settlement in 2012 in the amount of $1.721 million.


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