John R. Hargrove

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 DNA evidence.

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) 522-6601.

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