An Unyielding Commitment to Excellence
John R. Hargrove is a skilled civil litigator at Kelley/Uustal. He has
been involved in several noteworthy cases throughout the country during
the course of his career, involving corporate derivative suits, antitrust
matters, probate and trust litigation, nationwide class actions, First
Amendment disputes, and related appeals. He was also one of the attorneys
who represented the estate of Doctor Sam Sheppard in the late 1990s in
the courts of Ohio in an effort to clear his name though the use of cutting-edge
Combining his legal background with a dedication to the rights of the underprivileged,
John’s most gratifying professional efforts have been representing
seniors who have suffered financial exploitation. His leadership in this
field, which has involved nationwide class action lawsuits, has served
to vindicate the financial rights of tens of thousands of senior citizens.
John earned his Juris Doctorate from the Indiana University School of Law,
where he graduated
magna cum laude. He was named by the law school faculty as the most outstanding student
in his graduating class. While in school, he served as a member of the
law school’s Board of Visitors. After graduation, he served a two-year
judicial clerkship in a U.S. Court of Appeals.
John also holds a master’s degree in public administration from Harvard
University, where he now gives lectures on negotiations. He is also a
lecturer at The George Washington University on law office management.
Additionally, he has been a guest speaker on leadership at The United
States Military Academy at West Point, New York.
Community & Philanthropic Involvement
Committed to helping others, John has long been involved in the not-for-profit
sector. He has been honored by S.O.S. Children’s Village International
for his dedication to philanthropy. He is also a director of Hospice of
Broward County and a past trustee of the Fort Lauderdale Museum of Discovery
and Science. Additionally, John has served as board chair and Director
Emeritus of the United Way of Broward County and as president of the Fort
Lauderdale chapter of the Federal Bar Association.
As a graduate of Butler University, he served as a member of the board
of trustees for several years and was board chair between 2008 and 2011.
He was later named Butler’s first Board of Trustees Chair Emeritus in 2014.
John has been listed in the Florida
Super Lawyers® list every year since the inception of that publication. In addition, he
has for many years been listed in
The Best Lawyers in America© in the categories of commercial litigation, appeals, trust and estate litigation,
and First Amendment law. He was named Florida’s “First Amendment
Lawyer of the Year” in the 2015 edition.
Reflecting their dedication to providing educational opportunities to the
underprivileged, John and his wife, Mary Cheryl, support two family scholarships
– one at George Washington University and one at Butler University.
To get in touch with John. R. Hargrove or another attorney at Kelley/Uustal,
please call us at (954) 715-4511.