John H. Adams

John is a Board-Certified Civil Trial Lawyer who has broad experience litigating numerous types of disputes. John has tried a number of jury and non-jury trials in both state and Federal Court. John regularly litigates disputes in the areas of real estate, business, creditor’s rights, bankruptcy, tax, contracts, business, probate, trust and guardianship. John is also a CPA (inactive) and holds an LLM in Taxation for New York University making John specially suited to litigate and resolve matters involving both income and estate tax issues.

John has been recognized as Super Lawyer in the area of Litigation by Florida Super Lawyers magazine for eight years. The University of West Florida Alumni Association recognized John as an outstanding young alumnus. John also serves as legal counsel for several non-profit organizations in Northwest Florida.

  • New York University School of Law, New York, NY
    LL.M., Taxation. January 2021.
  • University of Florida Levin College of Law, Gainesville, FL
    J.D., magna cum laude, May 2005
    Order of the Coif
    University of Florida Journal of Law and Public Policy – Member
    Book Awards – Income Taxation of Estates & Trusts, Commercial Paper
    Phi Delta Phi International Honor Society
    Florida Supreme Court – Externship
  • University of West Florida, Pensacola, FL
    B.S.B.A. in Accounting, August 2002
Bar Membership
  • Board Certification, Civil Trial
  • The Florida Bar, September 2005
  • The Alabama Bar, November 2006
  • All Florida State Courts. U.S. District Court; Northern and Middle Districts of Florida
  • All Alabama State and Federal Courts
  • U.S. Tax Court
  • Certified Public Accountant, Florida, December 2004
Representative Cases
  • Emerald Grande West Condominium Association, Inc. v. Emerald Grande, LLC, et. al., 290 So. 3d 1057 (Fla. 1st DCA 2020).
  • Breland v. Commissioner of Internal Revenue, 152 T.C. No. 9 (2019).
  • Bookman v. Davidson, 136 So. 3d. 1276 (Fla. 1st DCA 2014)
  • Baggett Brothers Farm, Inc. v. Altha Farmers Cooperative, Inc., 149 So. 3d 717 (Fla 1st DCA 2014)
  • Engineered Cooling Services, Inc. v. Star Services, Inc., 108 So.3d 1022 (Ala. Civ. App. 2012)
Honors and Awards
  • Florida Super Lawyers – General Litigation – 2016-2024*
  • Florida Super Lawyers Rising Star – General Litigation – 2012-2015
  • University of West Florida Alumni Association Outstanding Young Alumnus – 2013
Community/Civic Involvement
  • Santa Rosa County Leadership – Graduate of Class 28 (2014)
  • Gulf Coast Kids House – Board Member and Legal Counsel
  • Keep Santa Rosa Beautiful, Inc. – Legal Counsel
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