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johnp@bapfirm.com

John concentrates his practice in employment law and business litigation. He has been Board Certified in Labor and Employment Law by The Florida Bar since 2001, and was among the first attorneys to achieve that certification in Florida. He defends employers in discrimination, retaliation, whistleblower and harassment lawsuits, including cases brought under Title VII, the ADA, and civil rights statutes, handling such matters through the administrative process, litigation, trial. He also handles general business matters including negotiation and drafting employment agreements, enforcement of non-compete and non-solicitation agreements, and contract disputes.

John also handles wage and hour matters under the Fair Labor Standards Act, EEOC investigations, and all aspects of employment counseling, including the review and drafting of employment policy handbooks. He represents government agencies in an array of employment law and other compliance matters, including public records issues and employee grievances, and has handled many through arbitration. He is admitted to practice in all Florida state courts, as well as the United States District Court for the Middle and Northern Districts of Florida.

John has been recognized by Florida Super Lawyers® magazine for his work in employment law every year since 2009. He also holds the highest rating by Martindale Hubbell, AV Preeminent.

John is a member of the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM). He is a member of the Rotary Club Fort Myers South, and is active as a Connection Group leader at his church.

John is a past member of the board of directors of the Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce, past president of the University of Florida Alumni Association (Southwest Florida Chapter), past legislative director of SHRM SWFL, and was a barrister in the Calusa Chapter of the American Inn of Courts. He also served as a member of the 2015 American Heart Association’s Heart Ball Executive Leadership Team.

He has two married daughters, Brittany and Jessica, who have careers in accounting and real estate. John is an avid fitness enthusiast, and is a leader and/or member of three weekly outdoor 5:00 a.m. boot camp programs.