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John Audley Grant Jr.

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John Grant, Jr. has been practicing law in the Tampa Bay area since 1968. His practice has focused on business law, real property and estate planning and administration. In addition to being in private practice, he was formerly an assistant professor of business law at the University of South Florida College of Business and has also served on the faculty of the University of Tampa and Hillsborough Community College, and served as an instructor for the United States Peace Corps.

He graduated from USF with a BA degree in political science, where he was an honor student and subsequently named as a distinguished alumnus. He received an MS degree in government from FSU and graduated with a juris doctor degree from Stetson College of Law, where he was a Dana Scholar and placed number one in appellate court competition. He also has been awarded two honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degrees.

As an assistant state attorney, he prosecuted capital cases and headed the Consumer Fraud division. He served as general counsel for the Tampa Housing Authority. He is admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of the United States.

In his public service, he was appointed to the Graduate Fellow Board in the United States Department of Education by President Ronald Reagan. He has been twice appointed to the Florida Commission on Ethics, where he served as Vice Chairman. He was elected to the Florida House of Representatives, where he served for seven years before his election to the Florida Senate, where he served for fourteen years and chaired the Senate Committees on Banking and Insurance and the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Governor Jeb Bush appointed him to serve as Executive Director of the Office of Statewide Public Guardianship, where he oversaw the statewide program for providing guardianship services for Florida’s indigent citizens. For his work on behalf of the elderly and disabled, he was named to the National Senior Citizen Hall of Fame and has been recognized as one of the top Legislators in America for mental health issues. He was named to Who’s Who in America.

Since leaving public office, he has represented clients as an advocate to the United States Congress and the Florida Legislature. Most recently, Florida Governor Charlie Crist appointed him to serve as a member of the Governor’s Faith Based and Community Advisory Council.

Long active in his church, he has been listed in Who’s Who in American Religion. In his local church, Idlewild Baptist, he is an ordained deacon and Bible fellowship teacher. He serves on the board of The American Bible Society and is chairman of the America’s Board of the United Bible Societies and frequently speaks and teaches in countries throughout Central and South America.

In his spare time he enjoys motorcycle riding, hunting white tail deer in South Carolina, traveling and most of all spending time with his wife, Beverley and his three children and seven grandchildren.



Practice areas


  1. Estate Planning: 40%
    47 years, 500 cases
  2. Trusts: 25%
    47 years, 200 cases
  3. Probate: 25%
    47 years, 200 cases
  4. Mediation: 10%
    8 years, 100 cases



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Attorney endorsements

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  • S. Cary Gaylord

    I endorse this lawyer. I have known John for more than 20 years. He wrote my family's first will and I have been his client. I worked with him on legislative issues when he was a state representative and later a state senator. I have co-counseled with him on large cases representing major clients. I have worked with him on a wide range of legal problems over a long period of time. I know him to be a top notch ehtical lawyer who can be trusted to put his client's interests first. He has very high moral standards and I trust his counsel on sensitive matters. I would highly recommend him to any one with an estate planning problem or someone seeking counsel about issues of government. You can find no better legal counsel in these areas.


    S. Gaylord Real Estate Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Karen I. Chang

    John provides thoughtful and sound advice, and carefully tailors it to meet the specific circumstances at issue. He always operates with the highest sense of ethics and integrity. I would highly recommend him to anyone.


    Karen Chang Business Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

Tampa Estate Planners

16614 North Dale Mabry Highway
Tampa, FL, 33618


FLMember in Good Standing196801/11/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Legislative Merit AwardFlorida Bar1999
Legislative AwardFlorida Sheriff's Association1998
FDLE Crime Fighters AwardFlorida Department of Law Enforcement1989
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Senior PartnerTampa Estate Planners2013 - Present
Executive Vice President - General CounselLiquidmetal Technologies2002 - 2008
Executive DirectorFlorida Office of Public Guardian2000 - 2002
SenatorFlorida Senate1986 - 2000
State RepresentativeFlorida House of Representatives1986 - 2000
General CounselTampa Houseing Authority1969 - 1972
Assistant ProfessorUniversity of South Florida1969 - 1974
Association namePosition nameDuration
Hillsborough County Hospital BoardBoard of Directors2011 - Present
Lifework LeadershipDirector2008 - Present
Moffitt Cancer CenterBoard of Directors1991 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Listed by Avvo as One of Three Top Lawyers in TampaN/A
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Publication nameTitleDate
Florida Bar JournalJohn A. Grant, Jr. & Thomas T. Steele, Restrictive Covenants:  Florida Returns to the Original “Unfair Competition” Approach for the 21st Century,1996
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Denver Sturm College of LawBusiness ManagementSchool of Advanced Management1977
Stetson University College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1968
Florida State UniversityGovernment and International AffairsMS - Master of Science1965
University of South FloridaPolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts1964
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
National ConventionMedicaid Litigation2011
Numerous throughout Central and South AmericaCorporate Governance and Board Management2008