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John A. Schifino

John A. Schifino
  • J.D., Lewis & Clark Law School, Portland, Oregon (1994)
  • B.A., St. Lawrence University, Canton, New York (1989)
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Court – Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court – Northern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court – Southern District of Florida

  • Hillsborough County Bar Association, Board of Directors (2011 to present)
  • Hillsborough County Bar Association, Trial and Litigation Section, Board of Directors, (2011-present)
  • Hillsborough County Bar Association, Judicial Liaison Committee, Co-Chair, (2003-2010)
  • Florida Bar Grievance Committee 13E (member, 2009-2012; chair, 2010-2012)
  • American Inns of Court, Wm. Reece Smith, Jr., Litigation Inn of Court, Member, (2014-present)
  • Thirteenth Judicial Circuit Local Professionalism Panel, Member, (2014-present)
  • Martindale-Hubbell™ AV Preeminent Rated Lawyer
  • Florida Trend's "Legal Elite," Commercial Litigation (2008, 2015)
  • Florida Super Lawyers, Business Litigation (2010-2016)
  • Hillsborough County Bar Association James M. “Red” McEwen Memorial Award, 2016
  • Hillsborough High School Lacrosse Association, Board of Directors (2014-present)
  • Wilson Middle School Foundation, Board of Directors, (2013-present)
  • YMCA, volunteer
  • PACE Center for Girls for Hillsborough County: Member, Board of Directors - 2001-2009; Board President, 2004-2008
  • PACE Center for Girls, Inc.: Member, State Board of Trustees, 2004-2009
  • 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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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 applicable environmental laws, and represents clients in private environmental disputes and in defending toxic tort litigation.

In addition to his trial practice in Florida’s state and federal courts, John has represented numerous clients in appeals before Florida’s District Courts of Appeal and before the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. John is also a contributing author to the firm’s Environmental Law Matters Blog.