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John Gillespie

Criminal defense Attorney at Melbourne, FL

4.5   19 reviews
  • State Years
    Florida - FL 25 years
    Ohio - OH 39 years
  • Licensed for 25 years
    State FL
    Acquired 1998
    Status
    Incapacitated Lawyer disciplined by state licensing authority in 2022
  • Licensed for 39 years
    State OH
    Acquired 1985
    Status
    Inactive

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority in 2022. See details

About John

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Location

Brevard Criminal Attorneys
115 Hickory St
206
Melbourne, FL, 32904

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Reviews

4.5 / 5.0
  19 customer reviews
Posted by Chelsie | December 2, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Proffessional, caring and realistic lawyer
Ive had John represent me on a few misdemeanor and traffic cases a few years ago. I wasn't able to afford much but he took my cases anyways and worked out a payment plan with me as well. I have a degree in criminal justice and also shared my interest in working and adding to my resume as well. He allowed me to work for his office for a year answering phones, drafting documents, cleaning, getting his office organized. And I learned so much from him. Trying to jugle attorney life, visiting his grandkids, and helping people time and time again. He was blunt and sarcastic at times but he was also realistic and logical. He never over promised. He was proffessional and a caring person who would reach out to help people in need whenever possible. Great attorney!
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Posted by anonymous | February 17, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Kept me out of Prison
I was facing a second degree felony and i wasn't happy with my appointed layer, but ery private lawyer i talked to was out of my price range. Mr Gillespie was expensive, but he worked out a payment plan that I was able to live with. Thank god he did, because i am now a freeman thanks to his amazing work. I never plan to get in trouble again but I would highly recommend him to anyone who does.
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Posted by Jason | February 15, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Best lawyer EVER
I had a very serious juvenile case, so my parents hired John Gillespie. At first, I thought he was way too old! But I eventually learned that he was extremely efficient in his knowledge of the law and of technology. I HIGHLY recommend John Gillespie!
Posted by Brennan | May 13, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Love him!
John is awesome! A friend refered me to him. He was great! My case was complicated, but not for John. I had no bond on a misdemeanor because I had fta. It was my first (and only) charge ever, I allegedly had a weed pipe, got a citation and missed court. I had to wait 42 days to see the judge. On the day I had court and was supposed to get time served, my judge was sick. They took me to the court house and sent me back to jail. John wasn't having this. He got me a substitute judge and got me out. He actually sent his partner, Tracey. She's a tiger. My judge was sick for two weeks. John, you rock. You would answer if I called on Sunday night. Great lawyer, even better person. I'll never call anyone else!
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Posted by Jessica | January 27, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best Criminal defense in Central Florida. Period.
Mr. Gillespie was recommended to me by a friend who had used his representation in the past. My first interaction with him was when I called collect from jail and he answered, not knowing any other information other than my location and my name. He never promised me anything, other than to fight like hell, and obviously that’s what he did. My offer was 24 months prison being as though I had shown that I couldn’t handle being in the real world with four violations of probation. Mr. Gillespie not only did a remarkable job of getting me out of jail, he did it with a 4 month jail offer that I had already served, and he did it over Christmas. while waiting for the Public Defender’s office to even to come talk about the facts of my case, I sat 2 months not knowing a thing. Within 3 days of hiring him, he was at the jail face to face talking to me, reassuring me that I was not going to prison, even though I was told that if I were to see that same judge, that I would be up the road before I could blink. I would NEVER use the services of another lawyer. John won’t promise you anything, but let his track record speak for itself. He’s a selfless individual who cares about every person he encounters.
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Posted by Eric | July 22, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Look No Further for a Criminal Defense Attorney
I hired John to represent me for my DUI case that I had in Kissimmee. Knowing that I had a number of positive attributes to my case, I knew I stood a chance at beating this DUI in court. Before I hired John, I had consulted with several other attorneys who simply wanted a plea arrangement with the state, rather than reviewing the facts entirely and fighting for their client. This wasn't the only factor, all of the other attorney's wanted a lot of money to take my case. John worked out a payment arrangement with me that I could afford! John and I decided to take my case to trial, knowing that a jury needed to hear my case and decide on their own as to what decision to make. When trial day came, John and I were ready to make our case. Before the trial began, John went up and discussed this case with the judge and explained our side of the case. After their discussion, John came to me in the court room and said, "I need to speak to you outside." We walked out in the hallway, and John told me that the Judge agreed that the state didn't have the evidence for a conviction and dismissed the case. How freaking cool is that? If you need a criminal defense attorney, look no further. John is by far one of the best attorney's out there! He will fight for you, he knows the system very well, and he knows his defense! I would hire John again in an instant if I ever need to again. Don't hesitate. Pick up the phone and call him. He'll listen to your story and give you an honest recommendation!
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Posted by Crissy | March 9, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best lawyer i could ask for
AVVO.com Review your lawyer: John Gillespie Daytona Beach: DAYTONA'S BEST I hired Mr.Gillespie because my friend was so happy with how he handled her case. Hewas always available by phone, even after hours and on weekends. He is so patient and never talked down to me. And I never had to even go to court. Very happy.
Posted by anonymous | February 16, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Probation violation
Mr. Gillespie went above and beyond what he should have had to do. My son lives in Missouri so he had to take a bus home. Mr. Gillespie helped me buy him a bus ticket and drove him to Orlando to catch the bus. He worked a miracle to get my son sent home. He is a great lawyer.
Posted by Phoebe | February 10, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
John you are a lawyer with high standards and integrity, thank you.
I called Mr. Gillespie to get some legal advice, because like most people when it come to the courts you need help with all the red tape, etc. Mr. Gillespie walked me through all of the ugly stuff and made sure I understood all aspects of the case. It was like dealing with a family friend. What a blessing it was dealing with someone with high standards and integrity during a difficult time.
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Posted by Kaylee | November 30, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
**Awesome kind helpful convenient**
Mr. Gillespie was absolutely amazing! He came to the jail and visited with me atleast once a week, he was very honest & caring! He made sure i felt at ease with our decisions & was very confident! Mr. Gillespie will always be my number one choice if i ever may need him again, & is always my number 1 recommendation.
Posted by anonymous | October 20, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Protector from the Wolves.....
I am posting this in order to thank John for all of his help. I was facing felony charges due to political decisions of the powers that be to file. John was there through it all. His strategy is incredible it was like he was playing chess while the other guys played checkers. He never wavered in what he said would happen and it did happen. John was able to get all charges dropped. It is not just his skill that makes him good, it is his caring spirit. He gets a fire lit under him when he feels like the state is being unjust or if he feels like you are being taken advantage of like in my case. John was there for me and my family, he was there to comfort us, he was there to protect us, he was there to defend us from the wolves who were coming for us. Sometimes you are only an accident away from disaster. John is a sheepdog, while he is there the wolves can only circle the wagon. I now consider John a friend.
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Posted by David Reza | September 10, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Has saved my life again, and again, and again
John has saved me when i was 15 by getting a misdeminor dropped for fileing a false police report. Then again at 16 for reckless driving, they held it off my reccord, and i only had to pay 260 to the court then again when i was 19, i was arrested for 2 counts of burglary, 1 grand theft, and 2 felony crim mischief. total i was looking at 42 years. when it was all over every felony was dropped, i got a petty theft and a misdeminor mischif, BOTH WERE HELD OFF MY RECCORD TOO. and 9 months regular probation. I'd be in prison if it wasnt for this man
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Posted by Lindsay | September 5, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best of the Best
Mr. Gillespie helped me through the hardest period of my life. It's not just that he won my case when 2 other lawyers told me I had no chance, he was personally available any time I needed him and he talked me through some times of real despair. He listens and doesn't judge and he is so upbeat and funny all the time that it is hard to be down when he is talking to you. I hope I never need a lawyer again but if I do he is the only one I would ever call.
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Posted by Chrissy | March 28, 2015
Not like any other lawyer
I was sitting outside my courtroom in Kissimmee crying because the deputies would not let me stay inside with my baby. Mr. Gillespie came up to me and asked if I was OK. I told him I was going to jail because I had nobody to watch my baby and I had to plea to my charges, He asked me to give him my paperwork and driver's license and told me to wait while he went inside. He came out in 5 minutes and told me to go home because the state attorney had agreed to drop my charges. He gave me his card and told me to call him if they gave me any trouble. He never asked me for money or even my phone number. He is the most caring and compassionate person I have ever met. It is hard to believe he is a lawyer. And he must be pretty good if he got my case dropped in 5 minutes.
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Posted by jose | December 4, 2014
John gillespie
John represented me in a domestic (stalking), after representing me and presenting evidence all charges were dropped, thanks to his diligence it was proven that I was completely innocent.
Posted by Phil | November 20, 2014
Saved my life.
I did a stupid favor for a so-called friend and I found myself in serious trouble with the local court system. John got me a second chance. I was looking at 20 years in prison, but he was able to make the court see the truth, and saved my life.
Posted by Yaeger | July 31, 2015
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Just Questions Over The Phone.
I spoke with Mr. Gillespie over the phone concerning my car being repossessed. There was something about his tone over the phone. Made you feel as if you mattered, and your situation was important enough to listen, and that was what he did and then some. I would love to have him represent me, unfortunately for me, I'm in Ft. Lauderdale, and he is in Kissimmee, Fl. He appears to be the real deal, and there are not that many left like him. I hope for him that all the goodness he has put out for others, comes back to him and his family many times the fold.
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Posted by anonymous | August 9, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Attorney not recommended.
My experience with attorney Gillespie was that he was unavailable when need to be did not return phone calls in a timely manner was unfamiliar with my case. This is after I had hired him and help him consulted with any about my face. I feel that's what you glass to be was unprofessional when it came to the specific details of my case.
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Response from John Gillespie September 14, 2018
This person was never my client. One of his employees committed a new crime while out on bond and he demanded that I get him released the day of first appearance, which I told him would be impossible. Another lawyer told this person that he would get him out immediately, which he did not. I talked to this non-client four to five times a day over a period of a week. I was never rude to him but I did object to his rudeness and impossible demands.
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Posted by Ted | May 23, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Buyer beware
We Hired John to get a employee out of Jail on May 9th. requested a $1000 retainer in-which we happy to pay with all these great reviews. He has not even talked to our employee, or filed any motions to help him. failed to show up for his Arraignment on May 23rd. He will charge you to text him and that's all he will do for you. I tried calling & texting him and I'm being ignored. The only thing he did that we know of was to file a notice of appearance. but the court file shows Public Defender. we have been trying to get ahold of him for over a week, left messages, texts NO ANSWER. even called his office to be told they don't know where he is.
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Response from John Gillespie September 25, 2019
This is the same non-client who posted an anonymous review about the same employee in August. I did not represent this person because he lied to me then expected me to perform a miracle for an employee who was guilty and had admitted it. He did not hire me and this post is totally false.
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Professional misconduct

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority in 2022.

Suspension with Conditions issued in FL, 2022
updated on 10/26/2022

This means an attorney lost his or her license to practice law for a period of time. The attorney typically returns to practicing law when the suspension expires.

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Gillespie Law & Mediation, P.A.
  • 2014 - Present
  • Assistant Attorney
  • Ninth Circuit Defenders Office
  • 2014 - 2014
  • Attorney
  • Mullins & Gillespie, P.A.
  • 2010 - 2014

Education

  • Ohio State University
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1984
  • Wright State University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1975

Associations

  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Central Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Hispanic Bar Association of Central Florida
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Orange County Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Orange County Teen Court
  • Board of Advisors
  • N/A
  • Osceola County Bar Association
  • Past President
  • 2009 - 2010
  • Osceola County Bar Association
  • Past President
  • 2003 - 2004
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish
  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2016

Attorney endorsements

Received (29)
Given (4)
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Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Dec 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Gillespie is a very knowledgeable and effective advocate for his clients."
Unknown Attorney | Jul 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse attorney Gillespie. Top notch in the legal profession. I would highly recommend his services."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I had the pleasure of working and against Mr. Gillespie on criminal matters. I have always found him to be diligent, intelligent and honest with his clients. I highly recommend him."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Gillespie takes the time to give thoughtful and accurate answer to questions."
Unknown Attorney | Jun 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"30 years of practicing law and a past president of the bar association is what we refer to as experienced. He has a huge advantage over many defense attorneys having been a Public Defender. "The prosecutors know that he knows what they know". Knowledge of both criminal law and procedure is excellent and evident in his pro bono contributions here. John is a giver and money is clearly not his God as is evident in his stellar client reviews. READ THEM! Endorsements from his peer attorneys are also numerous and outstanding. Do yourself a favor and schedule a consultation ASAP if you or a loved one has a criminal charge. If you are lucky he might just agree to represent you."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have been privileged to have observed Mr. Gillespie and observe the quality of his work, client approval ratings, and contributions to those of us who have a passion for criminal defense. He has a strong work ethic and puts the client's needs above anything else. A great attorney all around who has secured great results for his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Gillespie consistently provides cogent responses to questions posed on Avvo. He is thoughtful to point out any areas where the question cannot be completely answered because of missing pertinent facts. In addition, his answers are both thoughtful and practical. I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"John is a highly reputable lawyer and give solid advice to his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Feb 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. He provides well reasoned and skilled responses on Avvo."
Unknown Attorney | Feb 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Mr. Gillespie. You can tell from his thorough responses to questions on Avvo and sage wisdom that he has the passion and compassion necessary to be a fine advocate. He spends his own time giving advice to the Avvo community and that is something worth noting."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have found Mr. Gillespie to have an extensive amount of experience and knowledge in many areas of law. I would recommend this lawyer."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Jan 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Gillespie demonstrates an excellent knowledge of the law and compassion to help people in need. He has earned respect from his colleagues in the legal industry. I fully endorse him."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 20
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Jan 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Gillespie always provides accurate, sound advice in his responses to consumers who need help."
Family Attorney | Jan 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. John Gillespie is intelligent, knowledgable and considers the full scope of a problem."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse attorney Gillespie. He's a fine lawyer and a reputable man."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Jan 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Gillespie takes time to deliver thoughtful, helpful answers to those seeking answers to legal questions. Knowledge and compassion are only a couple of the qualities that make him an amazing legal counselor. I endorse this attorney."
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