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.