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John Joseph Kelly

Criminal defense Attorney at Gainesville, FL

5.0   21 reviews

Licensed for 7 years

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About John

Learn John’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Car accident
    20%

  2. Criminal defense
    20%
    John has handled more than a thousand criminal cases in the Eighth Judicial Circuit (Alachua and surrounding counties).

  3. DUI and DWI
    20%
    Former DUI Prosecutor, as a Criminal Defense Attorney John specializes in the practice of DUI Defense

  4. Litigation
    20%

  5. Personal injury
    20%
    Representing victims who have been injured due to the careless actions of others, be it in the context of automobile, trucking, dog bite, slip & fall, medical malpractice, wrongful death, or premises liability.

FORMER PROSECUTOR DEDICATED TO FIGHTING FOR THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN INJURED OR ACCUSED OF CRIMES.

Experienced trial lawyer with primary practice areas in personal injury and criminal defense. John teaches at the law school and coaches the law school and undergraduate trial teams, which have won several State and National championships in the last few years. 

 

Awards

Client's Choice 2021
Client's Choice
2021
Top Contributor 2017
Top Contributor
2017

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Licensed for 7 years
State FL
Status Member in Good Standing
Acquired 2015
Updated 11/23/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Reviews

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Client's Choice 2021
Client's Choice
John received a significant number of 4+ stars in 2021
Posted by muhammad | September 22, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great Lawyer
I am fortunate to have John Kelly as my attorney in a legal case. John was referred to me by another attorney. John is ethical, knowledgeable and very passionate about his client’s legal case. He takes his time and clearly explain to me, many aspects of the legal case. His attitude and way of talking about the legal case made me easier to create a good client lawyer relationship. He goes above and beyond to help his client. One time, a very important issue came up close to midnight and I needed John’s help. I called John that time and he picked up the phone and helped me solved the issue. Another time, I called him when he was taking his dinner and I needed his legal advice at that moment. He immediately communicated with me and gave me much needed advice. If I or anybody that I know need legal help, I will definitely refer to John.
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Posted by Mark | April 18, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Truly considerate
My wife was involved in a hit-and-run. She was left injured and traumatized. Our car was totaled. Financial and emotional struggles do not matter to insurance companies and automobile dealers. Matters remained unfinished no matter how much we tried to deal with them. This all changed with help from John Kelly and the firm for which he works. In addition to things finally working out, I have to say it was thru talking to one of the most kind and caring professionals I have ever had the pleasure of meeting.
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Posted by Ronnie | May 25, 2022
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Fantastic, Knowledgeable!
John is incredibly knowledgeable and caring. If you are looking for an attorney who is willing to fight for you, John should be your first choice.
Posted by Teri | May 2, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellency!
John Kelly was a God send. My case was a scary time for me and my family. John's demeanor, confidence and knowledge of law removed the fear and doubt that consumed my life. Because of his expertise my case settled in record time withe the monetary outcome above and beyond what was hoped for or expected. Thankfully my health recovered with the help of his direction in care givers. He and his office did everything possible to make a bad situation endurdurable . I am forever thankful and glad I put my trust into his very capable, legal hands!
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Posted by Kayla | February 2, 2022
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| Consulted Attorney
Licensed Insurance Agent
John Kelly is an incredible attorney and human being! He has helped several members of my family and friends on different occasions and is always so quick to respond. Even if you just have a general question about the law or a certain situation, or need a reference for another attorney, he listens and responds with in-depth information every time! Highly recommended!
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Posted by Sande | August 6, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
BUI
My son was arrested for a BUI in Taylor county. John took his case and he did an excellent job! He gave my son a list of things that needed to be done before his court date and said he would get the charge reduced and he did! Every lawyer I have ever dealt with was always about the almighty dollar. John asked for the initial fee and that was it! If you or anyone you love ever get into any trouble, this is the lawyer to call! Thanks again John! You're the best!
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Posted by anonymous | May 14, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly Recommend Firm
Upon meeting Joh Kelly I immediately felt assured. Mr. Kelly displayed confidence and had the knowledge that put me at ease. He was brutally honest and frank while discussing my situation. He had a plan on how to proceed at the 1st appointment. Response time was quick, on any questions I sent by email, text or calls. My experience from beginning to end was precise, systematic and fair. I highly recommend Glassman & Zissimopulos as they are true to their promise: Put Clients First
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Posted by Michele | April 30, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Caring, knowledgable, responsive
I can’t say enough good things about Nick Zissimopulos and John Kelly, especially John. My husband had a unique and complicated case, in my opinion, and they handled it with great advice, expertise and compassion. John answered all our questions quickly and kept us informed every step of the way. In any legal situation, you as the client, don’t want to be blind sited by a lawyer giving you unrealistic expectations and a fairy tale ending and in reality, you end up with the complete opposite. John did not sugar coat things and informed us of all possible outcomes and gave us an idea of what he thought was going to happen and he was pretty much spot on each time. John cared about the case and the persons involved and that is almost impossible to find in people these days, especially lawyers. If you find yourself in a sticky situation with the law then I HIGHLY RECOMMEND John Kelly and the law firm of Glassman & Zissimopulos, they really care about their clients and will fight to the end.
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Posted by Alexis Davis | March 5, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
EXCELLENT, EFFIECIENT, & RESPONSIVE
John assisted me in a family law matter that was time-sensitive and needed immediate attention. From my initial consult, John was very transparent, listened to my concerns, answered all of my questions, all while explaining to me that the final decision could go for or against me. I really appreciated his honesty and candor! But more importantly: John knew the law, was always prepared, and after multiple hearings we received a favorable outcome! I would HIGHLY recommend him and I can't thank him enough for his services.
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Posted by Ron | January 24, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Absolutely the best!!
I cannot say enough kind words about John Kelly attorney at Glassman & Zissimopulos, LLC. He is attentive to every detail, yet fair with his fees. He explains the legal system in words I can understand and is extremely knowledgeable about the law. In other words, he’s more than good, he’s a masterful attorney. Enough said!!!
Posted by Brent | July 9, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
I Highly Recommend John Kelly
John Kelly is an amazing attorney who really knows the law! He has helped me on two separate(unrelated) occasions and I could not be happier with the results. He is upfront, honest and took extra time to help make sure my many questions were answered and I felt comfortable with the process going forward. I highly recommend this firm and specifically John Kelly!
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Posted by Florence | February 17, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The Best!!!!
When an awful life changing accident occurs, and panic sets in to all of those concerned, where does one turn for professional help? The answer is to the law firm of Glassman & Zissimopulos. I had the privilege of working with John Kelly, he was able to handle my difficult case in the most professional manner imaginable with outstanding results. John came to my home to gather all the facts. He accompanied to court to take care of the necessary paperwork. He attended three court appearances for me. His presentation was so compelling that the final disposition was as favorable for me as the law would allow. I highly recommend John and this firm for any of their specialties: Wrongful death, personal injury, auto crashes, and criminal defense. They truly mean it when they say that they put clients first.
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Posted by Maria | December 8, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Would hire again...very good lawyer
I was very pleased with the attorney services provided by Mr. John Kelly. He explained all steps of the process well, and was always available via phone or email whenever I had any concerns or questions. Due to his attention to details and care for the client, I felt prepared on the day of the court hearing, and had a very favorable outcome.
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Posted by Al | September 27, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent, efficient legal assistance
John helped me with a legal issue that I found baffling, inconvenient and disturbing. John worked efficiently to resolve my issue with little involvement by me. He explained every step of the process in English, not "legalese". Thank you, Al
Posted by Jeff and Donna | May 29, 2019
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Fantastic
We are owners of small retail store. When needing some detailed legal advice we were referred to John Kelly's law firm. We cannot express enough how grateful we are that John Kelly was able to take our call, and compassionately listen to fully understand our problem. John explained that his knowledge did not take him into enough depth of our issue, but he took the time to speak to the Lieutenant in regard to our issue and determine what our next step should be. John Kelly even went "the extra mile" to reach out to his legal colleagues to direct us in the best direction. As John's email states, put clients first, this he wholeheartedly does do! Had my issue been more in his field I definitely would have hired him instantly!
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Posted by Michael Lassen | February 1, 2019
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| Consulted Attorney
Looking for a lawyer?
I contacted this Law firm with a problem with my 13 yr old grandson who resides in the state of Florida. Once attorney John Kelly got on the phone with us he was nothing but professional. He treated us with respect and explained to us in a vary respected Manor I'm a 62 year old veteran that has used attorneys in the past but when attorney Kelly got involved he explained every part of it in depth and was vary passionate with our concerns this man shared with us about there law firm as well as the people who would be involved in the case.he spoke to us for a hour and we got disconnected and he called us back. I'm setting here and short for words because this man went over the top explaining to us the Florida laws and what could happen to my grandson as well as the severity of our conversation this man was very respectful I'm very concerned of the problem we had all I can say is that if you need a lawyer this Law firm is the one to get the only experience I've had is with Attorney John Kelly BET now I know why they classify this Law firm is super Lawyers. Before we hung up all of our questions were professionally answered in our nerves where much commer after speaking to attorney John Kelly so I not only would recommend this Law firm and this attorney for any lawyer needs and the professionalism in my opinion was beyond what was expected thank you again attorney John Kelly I appreciate people like you.
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Posted by Erica | July 30, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent attorney
Mr. Kelly was great to work with. He was knowledgeable about the legal requirements regarding my estate planning. He was able to answer all of my questions. He was professional and thorough. I would recommend him to anyone looking to do their estate planning.
Posted by Raksha | February 1, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Thoughtful and thorough
I hired John to help me set up estate planning documents. It was great to see that I had multiple options available, but it felt overwhelming reading through everything and not understanding the difference among wills, living wills, designations of health care surrogate, and powers of attorney. John was incredibly patient and thorough in both breaking down the differences and in asking me questions to make sure he understood what I was looking to accomplish and what considerations to keep in mind. I felt that he listened carefully to what I was saying, and I appreciated that he expressed concerns and alternative options when he thought there was a better or safer option available. It was obvious to me that John genuinely cared about me as a client and was committed to making sure my wishes and interests were protected to the greatest extent possible.
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Posted by anonymous | December 20, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Great Service
A friend of mine, who was a current client of the firm, referred me to John and his partners. John stepped up and helped me in my time of need. He was very clear at explaining my options and possible outcomes, he answered every little question I had, and assured he would do his very best. He was an overall blessing and I can't thank him enough.
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Posted by Christina | December 14, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Registering convicted felon
I am a convicted felon from years back ive been registered as a felon since the day i got out of jail and have been out of trouble since. I moved one town over and got stopped on my way to the store next thing I know im in jail on a failing to register as a convicted felon charge. I didnt even know you had to reregister unless you move out of state! I called at 9 oclock at night and John Kelly answered the phone and my prayers I couldnt believe how understanding he was and how quickly he was able to get everything resolved two days later the charges are dropped completely. As a single mother I cant be in jail! you could tell that actually meant something to him I wasnt just another case i was a human being in a crisis. I would highly recommend John Kelly to anyone that needs a great lawyer to actually be on your side!
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
  • Contingency 33%-40%
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Glassman & Zissimopulos, LLC.
  • 2017 - Present
  • Adjunct Professor
  • Levin College of Law
  • 2017 - Present
  • Assistant State Attorney
  • Office Of The State Attorney, 8th Judicial Circuit
  • 2015 - 2017
  • Mock Trial Coordinator, Head Coach of Trial Team
  • University of Florida Department of Political Science
  • 2015 - 2018
  • Certified Legal Intern
  • Office of the Public Defender, 8th Judicial Circuit
  • 2014 - 2014
  • Certified Legal Intern
  • Office Of The State Attorney, 20th Judicial Circuit Florida
  • 2014 - 2014
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Education

  • University of Florida, Fredric G. Levin College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2015
  • University of Florida
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 2012

Legal Cases

  • Failure to Register as Convicted Felon Charge
  • Dismissed
  • 2017 Domestic Battery Charge
  • Dismissed

Associations

  • Gerald T. Bennett Cooperative Learning American Inn of Court
  • Member
  • 2017 - Present
  • Florida Bar, Young Lawyers Division
  • Director of Communications
  • 2017 - Present
  • Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2017 - Present
  • Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (Alachua chapter)
  • Member
  • 2017 - Present
  • Eighth Judicial Circuit Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2017 - Present
  • Florida Bar
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Order of Barristers
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Florida Blue Key
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • American Mock Trial Association
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • Florida Moot Court
  • Treasurer
  • 2014 - 2015
  • American Bar Association
  • Treasurer
  • 2013 - 2014
  • American Bar Association
  • Section Representative
  • 2012 - 2013
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Outstanding Pro Bono Service Award
  • Eighth Judicial Circuit Bar Association
  • 2018
  • 1st Place, State Trial Team Competition Coach
  • Florida Bar
  • 2018
  • 1st Place - National Criminal Justice Trial Competition (Coach)
  • John Marshall School of Law
  • 2016
  • Book Award - Trial Team
  • Levin College of Law
  • 2015
  • Gerald T. Bennett Outstanding Service Award
  • Levin College of Law
  • 2015
  • Outstanding Graduate - UF Trial Team
  • Levin College of Law
  • 2015
  • Trial Team Final Four - Best Advocate
  • Levin College of Law
  • 2014
  • Trial Team Final Four - Best Team
  • Levin College of Law
  • 2014
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Publications

Speaking Engagements

  • Trial Practice
  • Expert Witness Direct & Cross Examination
  • 2018
  • Trial Team Workshop
  • Evidence
  • 2017
  • Trial Practice Course
  • Expert Witnesses, Direct and Cross Examination Guest Lecturer
  • 2017
  • Trial Team Evidence Workshop
  • Evidence
  • 2016
  • Trial Practice Course
  • Expert Witnesses, Direct and Cross Examination Guest Lecturer
  • 2016
  • Writing for Pre-Law Guest Lecturer
  • Oral Arguments - Public Speaking
  • 2014
  • Writing for Pre-Law Guest Lecturer
  • Oral Arguments - Public Speaking
  • 2013
  • Writing for Pre-Law Guest Lecturer
  • Oral Arguments - Public Speaking
  • 2012
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Attorney endorsements

Received (11)
Given (29)
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Criminal defense Attorney | May 14
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I went up against John Kelly numerous times when he was at the State Attorney's Office in Gainesville. He is an amazing advocate and a great trial lawyer. I would recommend him to anyone in need of a criminal defense attorney and someone to fight on their behalf."
Family Attorney | Feb 27
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"John is a brilliant lawyer. His skills are excellent in and out of the courtroom. I highly endorse him for both family and criminal matters."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Kelly is a fantastic lawyer. If you are ever in need of a criminal defense attorney Mr. Kelly is the guy to call."
Personal injury Attorney | Oct 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"John is a highly intelligent and compassionate attorney. He has a ton of courtroom experience, and he is not afraid to take a case to trial. I've referred clients to him in the past and will continue to do so in the future."
Unknown Attorney | Oct 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"John is an extremely hardworking, knowledgeable, and dedicated attorney. I worked with him when he was a prosecutor and when he became a criminal defense attorney. John’s ability to catch tiny issues with cases and use them to his advantage has made him a very effective negotiator and successful litigator. I highly recommend and endorse John."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 01
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I've known John since he worked at the State Attorney's Office. He is a true professional. John is very intellegent, always prepared and, more importantly, you can always count on him to do the right thing. I have a tremendous amount of respect for John, and highly endorse his skills as an attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 26
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Kelly is a talented and hardworking attorney. I highly recommend him."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"John is an excellent trial attorney who brings the highest level of knowledge and integrity to his work. John understands the system better than most as he has been on both sides as a former prosecutor. He has the skills and the relationships to get the best outcomes for his clients."
Unknown Attorney | Dec 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have known John for years. John is an excellent lawyer who will listen and always act in his client's best interest. He is one of the best advocates I know, and I would certainly recommend him to any client."
Personal injury Attorney | Dec 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I met Mr. Kelly through a local Inn of Court and was impressed by his knowledge of personal injury law and his strategies for meeting his clients' goals."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"John is an excellent trial attorney with a sterling reputation in the Gainesville and Florida community. He has the background and experience to defend clients in and outside of the courtroom."
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