The Law Office of John M. Phillips
Personal Injury & Wrongful Death Law Firm
The Law Office of John M. Phillips is a Personal Injury & Wrongful Death Law Firm that prides itself on the personal attention it give each client. When you become a client, you get to "know the lawyer" and your lawyer and case managers want to know you. John's motto is to bring "passion and compassion" to each case. At this law firm, you are not a number, like at those other law firms. You are a person, with a story and John wants to make sure your story is told, to make sure you get the legal help you need.
- Office Hours
9am to 5pm
- Office Manager
- Emergency After Hours
- Languages Spoken
- Auto Accident
Personal Injury law firm that helps the injured in all forms of crashes and accidents. Car, truck, motorcycle, bike, pedestrian, atv, boat, airplane...if you've been hurt, we can help.We don't call them accidents. The truth is, if everyone on the road followed the safety protocol many of the car crashes could be avoided. Far to often people are injured in these incidents on the road left with medical bills, car damage and the hassle of taking care of the consequences of someone else actions. We help our clients navigate the complicated aftermath of these crashes, set them on a path of recovery and strive to get them the compensation they deserve.
- Trucking Accident
Not only auto accidents, we can handle the cases involving semi trucks as well.John once took truck driving classes to better understand the rules of the road for semi truck drivers, and his clients. He brings that knowledge to you.
How did your firm decide on the primary area of practice(s)?
John M. Phillips spent 8 years as a trial lawyer for businesses such as State Farm, Coca-Cola, Hertz, JM Family / Southeast Toyota, USF&G, Anderson Columbia, GEICO, Cambridge and a host of other large companies before moving on to represent individuals, working at one of the largest personal injury firms in the world. Feeling unfulfilled, he founded his own Florida trial law office and wants to be YOUR lawyer.
What experience or education distinguishes your lawyers from others
John was named a Bedsole Scholar, attending the University of Alabama on full scholarship. There, he received a Bachelors Degree and a Juris Doctorate (Law Degree), was named Senior Editor of the Law & Psychology Law Review, involved with the Student Government Association and undertook many other activities. He volunteered at an alternative school, working with kids who were born to dire circumstances. After graduation from law school, John accepted a judicial clerkship in Mobile before moving to Jacksonville, Florida.
What distinguishes your law firm from others?
John has received some of the top ratings his profession offers:
Rated AV-Preeminent, the highest available, by Martindale-Hubbell, a company that has been rating attorneys since 1868, based on lawyer peer reviews and judge ratings of attorneys. It's the gold standard and only approximately 10% are AV-rated (2010-present).
Selected in the Top 100 Trial Lawyers by the National Trial Lawyers Association (2012, 2013).
Voted Best Lawyer in Jacksonville by readers of the Folio Weekly, northeast Florida's largest weekly magazine / newspaper (2011, 2012 & 2013).
Selected as a "Top Lawyer" by 904 / Jacksonville Magazine (2012 &2013).
Selected as "Who's Who in Law" by the Ponte Vedra Record (2012 & 2013).
Rated 10 out of 10, by Avvo, which uses experience, industry recognition and ethics.
904_Mag_Top_LawyersPresented an award by Mayor Alvin Brown as Jacksonville's Boldest Business (2012).
Selected as a Super Lawyer (2009, 2010, 2013).
Invited to join the Million Dollar Verdict Club.
Seen on CNN, MSNBC, CBS, ABC, NBC, TV ONE, HLN, C-SPAN, FOX, The Today Show and heard on Mancow, Lex & Terry and many more, as he speaks nationally and internationally on legal topics.
Alumnus of two Inns of Court, an invitation only legal group.
Hosts a weekly radio show called Courts & Sports with NFL Running back Rashad Jennings and other sports and community leaders.
Best Lawyer in JacksonvilleAdvised the State of Mississippi on changes in law and policy.
Serves on and Co-Director and/or General Counsel of several non-profit organizations.
Received multiple million dollar and excess verdicts, including a $1.1 Million verdict against Coca-Cola in 2012.
Above John's desk is a framed newspaper, "The Wayne County News," dated August 30, 1934. In it, John's great grandfather was announced as the "first Wayne County man ever to serve as a Circuit Judge." He carried every county in the District. He died on the Bench serving the people of Mississippi.
There is also a "License to Practice Law," from the State of Mississippi, dated May 30, 1938. It belonged to John's grandfather, Arthur George Busby. With it, is a letter from John's grandfather to his grandmother from 1936. In it, John's grandfather tells John's grandmother asking her to attend his graduation because, "I will always feel that you should be with me when I receive any sort of honor."
They were honorable men. John's mother was a school teacher in an era where women did not follow in their father's footsteps, although she carried the very same compassion and passion, integrity and fair mindedness as the best of lawyers. It was with great honor John attended law school and has practiced law and is why -THEY- are apart of the history of this firm.
When his great grandfather, Arthur G. Busby, founded his law practice, and ultimately became Judge, things were different. Personal relationships mattered. Compassion mattered. He passed away behind the very bench from which he served the people of Mississippi. When his grandfather, Arthur George Busby, Jr., stepped into his shoes, he served clients one-on-one. He didn't even have a secretary just an office, a typewriter, some law books and an insatiable desire to serve the public. Both were very good attorneys and served businesses and people without reservation of who they were as long as they could help. First and foremost, it was about advocacy for those that needed the help.
John modeled his practice after them. You can read about past successes, awards and recognitions on other pages of this site. But the reason John is a lawyer comes down to history- he was raised that lawyers were kind and honorable men.
- Bar Number: 0477575
Florida , 2001
- Bar Number: 576347
Georgia , 2002
- Bar Number: 2981H59P
Alabama , 2000
- Bar Number: 0477575
- University of Alabama
B.A. , 1997
Political Science & Criminal Justice
- University of Alabama
J. D. , 2000
- University of Alabama
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