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John Eddie Jarvis III

About me

John E. Jarvis, III is a lifelong Santa Rosa County resident and a product of its school system, having attended and graduated from Gulf Breeze Elementary, Middle and High Schools. In 1980 John graduated from Florida State University with as BS degree in Risk Management/Insurance. After three years of employment as a Commercial Property Underwriter for a large insurance company, Aetna Life and Casualty, the decision was made to go to law school. John then went on to obtain his Juris Doctorate at Cumberland School of Law in Birmingham, Alabama.

Mr. Jarvis has practiced law in the First Judicial Circuit since 1989, and was employed with the Public Defender’s office for over 15 years. He has personally litigated thousands of cases in both county and circuit court. As a criminal defense attorney, Mr. Jarvis has been the sole counsel on more than 75 jury trials to verdict. John has represented clients charged with crimes ranging from homicide to domestic violence and trials with complex litigation involving forensic evidence and DNA.

From 2003 – 2005, John was the sole defense counsel team member for the Escambia County Drug Court program, which has been a “model” for other programs nationwide. John is a member of the Florida Association of Drug Court Professionals, Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and President-Elect of The Northwest Chapter of Criminal Defense Lawyers.

Since joining the firm of Gibson & Jarvis, P.A. as partner in March of 2005, John has handled cases involving Personal injury, Car accidents, Criminal Defense matters and family law. John has represented clients in over 85 criminal trials. John is a Past President of the Northwest Florida Criminal Defense lawyers and a current member of the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (FACDL).


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Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 60%
  2. Personal Injury: 20%
  3. DUI & DWI: 20%



Retainer (sometimes), Free consultation (30 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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  • Thomas Andrew Marks

    I have practiced law with John for over 20 years. He is a very knowledgable and compassionate advocate for his clients. Excellent attorney. I endorse this lawyer.


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Contact info

5412 Highway 90
Pace, FL, 325711542


FLMember in Good Standing198906/19/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2016
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
ShareholderGibson & Jarvis2005 - Present
AttorneyFlorida Public Defenders Office1989 - 2005
Association namePosition nameDuration
Santa Rosa County Chamber of CommerceMember2012 - Present
Florida Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember2005 - Present
Society of Criminal Defense Bar, Escambia CountyMember and Past President2003 - Present
Florida BarMember1989 - Present
Escambia/Santa Rosa Bar AssociationMember1989 - Present
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Samford University, Cumberland School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1988
Florida State UniversityRisk ManagementBS - Bachelor of Science1980
Gulf Breeze High SchoolN/AN/A1975
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
1st Circuit Public Defenders Training Session 2009Jury Selection2009