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John McLaughlin - Tampa, FL

601 Bayshore Blvd.Suite 910 Tampa, FL 33606

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Updated: 07/20/2015

Tampa Admiralty Law Lawyer


John McLaughlin became a partner with the firm in 1976. He provides a unique perspective and passion in admiralty law, thanks to both his education and experience. Prior to passing the Bar, John earned a degree in marine engineering at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy and worked as an engineer for several years before returning to his Washington, D.C. birthplace and joining the U.S. Department of Commerce as a Patent Examiner...

About John McLaughlin

Practice Areas

  • Admiralty Law

Current Employment Position(s)

  • Partner, since 1976

Year Joined Firm

  • 1976


Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia, 1971
  • Florida, 1975
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1975
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 10th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit, 1981
  • U.S. Court of Appeals District of Columbia Circuit

Specialties and Certifications

  • Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer, The Florida Bar
  • Certified Civil Trial Advocate, National Board of Trial Advocacy

Other Affiliations

  • American Association for Justice (Sustaining Member)
  • Florida Justice Association (Sustaining Member)
  • American Board of Trial Advocacy (Advocate)
  • American Bar Association, Admiralty and Maritime Law Committee
  • The Florida Bar, Admiralty and Maritime Law Committee
  • Maritime Law Association of the United States (Member)
  • Southeastern Admiralty Law Institute (Diplomat)
  • American College of Trial Lawyers (Member)
  • American Board of Trial Advocates (Past President of its Tampa Bay Chapter)
  • 13th Judicial Circuit’s Judicial Nominating Committee
  • 13th Judicial Circuit’s Grievance Committee


  • George Washington University National Law Center, Washington, District of Columbia, 1971
    J.D., Doctor of Jurisprudence
    Honors: cum laude
    Honors: With Honors
  • U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, 1964
    Major: Marine Engineering

Past Positions

  • U.S. Department of Commerce, Patent Examiner
  • U.S. Department of Justice, Admiralty and Shipping Section, Attorney
  • U.S. Coast Guard — ‘Steam or Diesel, Any Tonnage’, Engineering Officer, 1960

Pro Bono Activities

  • Former Member of the Board of Directors of the S.S. American Victory
  • Founder, Trial Lawyers for Public Justice

Classes and Seminars

  • Lecturer, Maritime Law, Automobile Liability and Insurance Law


Other Sources of Feedback About John McLaughlin

Included on the 2023 Florida list

Past Lists

  • 2022 Florida Super Lawyers list
  • 2021 Florida Super Lawyers list
  • 2020 Florida Super Lawyers list
  • 2019 Florida Super Lawyers list
  • 2018 Florida Super Lawyers list
  • 2017 Florida Super Lawyers list
  • 2016 Florida Super Lawyers list
  • 2015 Florida Super Lawyers list
  • 2014 Florida Super Lawyers list
  • 2013 Florida Super Lawyers list
  • 2012 Florida Super Lawyers list
  • 2011 Florida Super Lawyers list
  • 2010 Florida Super Lawyers list
  • 2009 Florida Super Lawyers list
  • 2008 Florida Super Lawyers list
  • 2007 Florida Super Lawyers list
  • 2006 Florida Super Lawyers list

View the profile for John McLaughlin on Super Lawyers


  • ‘AV’ Rating by Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory
  • Listed in Best Lawyers in America
  • Listed in Florida Legal Elite
  • Listed in Florida Super Lawyer

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Office Information


601 Bayshore Blvd.Suite 910 Tampa, FL 33606


  • 813-225-4010



  • Admiralty and Maritime Law, Hillsborough County Bar Association Desk Book, 1983
  • Ethical Considerations, Florida Auto Insurance Law Manual

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