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John K Lawlor

Personal injury Attorney at Fort Lauderdale, FL

5.0   5 reviews
  • Licensed for 28 years
    State FL
    Acquired 1995
    Member in Good Standing No misconduct found

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About John

Learn John’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Personal injury
    Mr. Lawlor has a wide and varied legal background, including business litigation, criminal defense trial work and matrimonial law. His specialty areas are complex litigation as well as trial work in personal injury, medical malpractice and wrongful death. Mr. Lawlor brings his sharp edge and focus to bringing trials quickly to court.

    29 years, 2,000 cases

  2. Car accident

  3. Medical malpractice

    29 years, 200 cases

  4. Wrongful death

Originally from Boston, Mr. Lawlor received his B.A. from Barry University in Miami and his law degree from Nova Southeastern University in 1994. After trying cases at a local litigation firm in South Florida, Mr. Lawlor opened his own practice in 1996, and, in 1998, began what is now the Law Firm of Lawlor, White & Murphey.

Mr. Lawlor’s areas of focus include complex personal injury, medical malpractice, and wrongful death cases. John spearheads the Firm’s litigation and trial practice division. He is admitted to practice before all Florida courts and the United States 11th Circuit Court of Appeals.

Mr. Lawlor has been protecting the rights of injured clients in South Florida for nearly 25 years and is dedicated to the community in which he lives and works. His personal injury practice is about much more than simply earning a living—it is about keeping the community safe for all residents and visitors. When negligent people and organizations know that there will be financial consequences to their actions, they may actually be motivated to behave more carefully in the future.

In addition to his successful legal practice, Mr. Lawlor is an Eagle member of the Florida Justice Association, the Broward County Justice Association and the American Association for Justice. Reinforcing his passion to give back to the community, he routinely accepts pro bono cases through Broward Lawyers Care to do his part in ensuring that the rights of all South Florida residents are protected, regardless of ability to pay.

Accident victims should not have to suffer financially because of the careless acts of other people and organizations. Mr. Lawlor chose to focus his practice on personal injury law, medical malpractice, and wrongful death cases in order to support the rights of these injured clients. In his experience, most clients are at their most vulnerable after suffering a personal injury, and, as a result, may be inclined to accept settlement awards that fail to fairly approximate the actual costs of a client’s injury.

Mr. Lawlor believes in holding negligent parties financially responsible for the consequences of their actions. He also understands that the legal process for recovering that compensation is unfortunately complex and that profit-motivated insurance companies are unlikely to voluntarily provide full compensation in complex personal injury cases. Because of this, he has dedicated his practice to fighting for accident victims and working to make sure insurance companies hold up their end of the bargain in providing fair compensation.

At its core, the legal system should be about fairness and getting justice for those who have been victimized—whether by a negligent party causing an accident, through a doctor’s negligent care or otherwise. Mr. Lawlor feels fortunate to be able to help his injured clients get back on their feet financially after the setbacks created by an accident.

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Posted by Lisa | August 16, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Trusted attorney who settled my case beyond my expectations!
I can’t thank John Lawlor enough for representing me and settling my case beyond my expectations! John proved himself to be an attorney I could completely trust. His knowledge, experience and professionalism, mixed with his kindness and genuine concern for me and my family, were greatly appreciated. Thanks to his expert critical thinking skills, it seemed we were always giant steps ahead of the defendants’ attempts to twist and turn my case in an adverse direction. Mr. Lawlor made sure I felt comfortable throughout the process. My questions and concerns were always addressed quickly. Thank you, John, for going above and beyond the call of duty and working so diligently on my behalf. I highly recommend John Lawlor at Lawlor White and Murphey!
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Posted by anonymous | December 13, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
A Great Legal Find!!
As far as attorney's go John Lawlor is an knowledgeable;e, professional and respectful as they get. Always patient and thoughtful, he makes me feel I like was the firm's top priority with %100 percent attention and focus. As someone who is fairly unfamiliar with the legal priority, I know the intimidation one fells when representation is required. In 2009 an accident injury scared the heck out of me. Mr. Lawlor made the entire process easy as far as making sure I had great medical attention needed at that time (AND in my future)as well as a GREAT SETTLEMENT! He was willing to answer any questions I had, and he ensured that I was aware of all the options i had in regards to the pros and cons of each decision. Since then he and his office still provide me ease of mind for other legal issues, keep in touch monthly via their monthly newsletter, and always invite me to their sponsored charity events. I truly feel like they are my family. This gentleman is top-notch and makes the whole process virtually painless and stress free. I don't hesitate when I ask his office a question some would consider too embarrassing to inquire a professional.
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Posted by Brian | April 15, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great job on the rear end
Me and my friend got rear ended at a stop light,I suffered a neck injury John was very understanding and did a great job on my case BL
Posted by Sean F | April 7, 2014
Aggressive Attorney
Mr. Lawlor and his law firm will fight for you. These are the guys you want in your corner. Very knowledgeable law firm. Mr. Lawlor and his law firm care about their clients and treat them with respect. I wish I found them sooner. Thank You!
Posted by anonymous | November 25, 2009
Great representation by John K. Lawlor
Mr. Lawlor handled a family matter for me. He always promptly returned my calls and kept informed on the progress of the matter he was handling for me. He showed up early for court and got me the relief I had requested. I highly recommend him.


  • Contingency 33%-40%


AVVO RATING 9.4 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Senior Partner
  • Lawlor, White & Murpehy
  • 2009 - Present
  • Senior Shareholder
  • Lawlor, Winston & Justice, P.A.
  • 1998 - 2009
  • President/CEO
  • John Kennedy Lawlor, P.A.
  • 1995 - 1998


  • Nova Southeastern University - Shepard Broad Law Center
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1994

Legal Cases

  • Hunt v. Bernice Volz
  • $8.5 Million Judgment
  • Sly v. Finish Line Gas, Inc. et. al.
  • $1,025,000 Pre-trial Settlement
  • Herrerria v. Plantation General Hospital
  • Confidential Pre-trial Settlement


  • American Association for Justice
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • Broward Lawyers Care
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • Florida Justice Association Broward Vanguard Committee
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • Florida Justice Association
  • Eagle
  • 2000 - Present
  • Broward County Justice Association
  • Member
  • 1997 - Present
  • Broward County Justice Association/Broward County Trial Lawyers Association Political Action Committee (PAC)
  • Treasurer
  • N/A
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2015
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2014
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2013
  • Top 1% Car Accident Lawyer
  • Car Accident Lawyer
  • 2012
  • Life Member
  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • N/A
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Speaking Engagements

  • Trial Masters
  • Rules in Opening Statements
  • 2015

Attorney endorsements

Received (9)
Given (5)
Endorse John
Personal injury Attorney | Jun 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"John is a real trial attorney who does not fear the courtroom. Any client who has John as their attorney should feel comfortable knowing that he will make sure justice is achieved."
Litigation Attorney | Jun 08
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Not only is John an intelligent and articulate courtroom advocate for his client, unlike many others in our profession, he is willing to go out on a limb and be a leader, not a follower. I highly endorse this lawyer."
Personal injury Attorney | Jun 08
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. John is a great attorney who goes above and beyond to help his clients. He is an asset to this profession."
Defective and dangerous products Attorney | Jun 05
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. He is of the highest moral and ethical character. He takes care of his clients and they trust him. Insurance companies fear him. Judges trust him."
Personal injury Attorney | May 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"John is a well respected attorney with the knowledge and skills to fiercely represent his clients"
Litigation Attorney | Sep 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"John is a passionate and skilled litigator. The best endorsement I can give is that I regularly refer my own clients to his firm for litigation."
Personal injury Attorney | Jul 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. He is diligent, trustworthy and practices at an extremely high level. His clients will receive excellent service."
Personal injury Attorney | Nov 25
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I have known John Lawlor for over 13 years. He is an honest and skilled attorney."
Personal injury Attorney | Nov 23
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer's work."
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Fort Lauderdale Personal injury Lawyer John K Lawlor
John K Lawlor
Personal injury Attorney
Fort Lauderdale, FL
Licensed for 28 years