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John Vincent Tucker

also known as John V. Tucker, John Tucker

About me

John V. Tucker is the Managing Shareholder of Tucker & Ludin, P.A., based in

St. Petersburg, Florida. For over 24 years, Mr. Tucker has represented clients in Florida and throughout the United States in all types of disability benefit claims. In fact, he is one of only a few attorneys in the United States who handles Disability Insurance, ERISA Disability, Social Security Disability, and Veterans Administration (VA) disability claims and litigation. He understands the unique challenges individuals face when dealing with insurance companies and governmental agencies. While Mr. Tucker’s clients come from a variety of chosen careers, he is nationally recognized for his experience in helping CEOs, corporate executives, professionals, and athletes in reversing denials of their disability claims.


His nationwide practice includes claim handling, litigation, and appeals related to:


▪   Long Term Disability Insurance

▪   Social Security Disability benefits

▪   Veterans' Disability benefits

▪   ERISA Disability benefits

▪   Individual and Group Life Insurance Claims

▪   Accidental Death & Dismemberment Claims

▪   401k and Pension Plan Benefit Disputes

▪   Subrogation and Reimbursement Liens reductions and litigation





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Practice areas


  1. Insurance: 50%
    24 years, 2.5 thousand cases
  2. Employee Benefits: 20%
    24 years, 2.7 thousand cases
  3. Military Law: 20%
    10 years, 500 cases
  4. Social Security: 10%
    24 years, 2.8 thousand cases



Contingent (25-40%), Free consultation (30 minutes), Pro bono (3%)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Joseph Michael Smith Caballe

    I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Tucker certainly knows what he is doing.


    Joseph Caballe Workers compensation Attorney
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  • Lawrence Joseph Disparti

    I highly recommend Mr. Tucker. I have known John for many years and have worked together on cases. He is extremely intelligent and works tirelessly for his clients. He is well respected in the legal community and gets results.


    Lawrence Disparti Social security Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

Tucker & Ludin, P.A. - Headquarters

5235 16th Street North
Saint Petersburg, FL, 33703-2611

Tucker & Ludin, P.A. -- By Appointment Only

2202 N. West Shore Blvd.
Suite 200
Tampa, FL, 33607

Nationwide and, FL

Tucker & Ludin, PA - By Appointment Only

110 E. Broward Blvd.
Suite 1700
Ft. Lauderdale, FL, 33301



FLMember in Good Standing199106/21/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Super LawyerSuperLawyers.com2016
AV Preeminent RatedMartindale-Hubbell2016
Client Distinction / Martindale.com2016
Bar Register of Preeminent LawyersMartindale Hubbell2016
Top Rated Lawyers - South Florida's Legal LeadersMiami Herald2016
Super LawyerSuperLawyers.com2015
Nation's Top One PercentNational Association of Distinguished Counsel2015
Top 100 LawyersThe National Advocates2015
South Florida Top Lawyers 2015Daily Business Review2015
AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2015
America's Most Honored ProfessionalsAmerican Registry2015
Super LawyerSuperlawyers.com2014
AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2014
AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2013
AV RatingMartindale-Hubbell2012
AV RatingMartindale-Hubbell2011
AV RatingMartindale-Hubbell2010
AV RatingMartindale-Hubbell2009
AV RatingMartindale-Hubbell2008
Certificate of Appreciation for Pro Bono ServiceCommunity Law Program, St. Petersburg, FL2008
5 Year Board Service AwardPinellas Opportunity Council2005
"Boss of the Year"St. Petersburg Association of Legal Support Specialists2003
"40 under 40"Tampa Bay Review2002
"Optimist of the Year"High Noon Optimist Club1997
"Respect for Law" AwardNortheast Optimist Club1997
Who's Who in American LawWho's Who Legal1997
Who's Who in American LawWho's Who1996
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Managing ShareholderTucker & Ludin, P.A.2006 - Present
Adjunct Professor of LawStetson University College of Law2011 - 2012
Adjunct Professor of LawStetson University College of Law2002 - 2004
PartnerAnderson & Tucker1999 - 2005
AssociateLaw Office of Donald C. Anderson1992 - 1999
AssociateElias & Davis, P.A.1991 - 1992
Association namePosition nameDuration
Broward County Bar AssociationMember2015 - Present
St. Petersburg Free ClinicBoard of Directors2015 - Present
Southern Trial Lawyers AssociationMember2014 - Present
American Association for Justice, Social Security Disability Law SectionSection Chair2012 - Present
NOVA - National Organization of Veterans AdvocatesMember2008 - Present
Mid-Florida Chapter of the Multiple Sclerosis SocietyBoard Member2007 - Present
Honorable Order of Kentucky ColonelsColonel2002 - Present
Clearwater Bar AssociationMember2002 - Present
Florida Justice AssociationMember1995 - Present
American Association for Justice (formerly Association of Trial Lawyers of America)Member1994 - Present
St. Petersburg Bar AssociationPast President1992 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember1991 - Present
Florida BarMember1991 - Present
ERISA, Disability, Health and Life Insurance Litigation Group - American Assc. for JusticeTreasurer2011 - 2012
Social Security Section - American Association for JusticeSecretary2011 - 2012
Pinellas Opportunity CouncilBoard Member2001 - 2005
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Epolito v. Prudential Insurance Company of America, 523 F.Supp.2d 1329 (M.D. Fla. 2007)Plaintiff won. Prudential Insurance Company's denial was reversed, and benefits were ordered to be paid.
Wilson v. Walgreen Income Protection Plan , 942 F.Supp.2d 1213 (M.D. Fla. 2013)Plaintiff won. Termination of Long Term Disability benefits by Sedgwick and Walgreens was reversed by the court.
Thomas v. Hartford, 2009 WL 3200954 (M.D. Fla. 2009)The termination of Plaintiff's LTD benefits must be reversed. The court ordered benefits to be paid.
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Publication nameTitleDate
Broward County Bar Assc. BarristerAvoiding Malpractice Issues Unique to Employment Cases2016
Paraclete, the Magazine of The St. Petersburg Bar AssociationSocial Security Disability: How to Prove a Fibromyalgia Disability Claim2013
St. Petersburg TimesGovernment Tells Amputee to Get a Job, As Benefits Will Stop2009
Paraclete, the magazine of the St. Petersburg Bar Association"Veterans Disability Benefits: Some Basics"2008
ERISA LITIGATIONStandard of Review2007
Paraclete, the magazine of the St. Petersburg Bar Association"Buying Disability Insurance - 10 Tips From a Litigator"2006
Paraclete magazine"Social Security Benefits: An Introduction to Disability Benefits"2006
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Florida, Fredric G. Levin College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1991
University of FloridaN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1988
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Update on Representing VeteransVA Service Connected Compensation - An Update on the Law2012
American Justice Association Annual ConventionSocial Security Disability Benefits and Long Term Disability Benefits2010
AAJ - ERISA & Medicare Claims, San Francisco, CAERISA Reimbursement Claims2010
2010 Collateral Sources SeminarERISA Liens2010
2010 - 10th Annual National Disability Law ConferenceFeatured Panelist - Mock Hearing Demonstration2010
Social Security Success"Ethics Hour: What Do I Have to Submit?"2008
NADR National Conference 2008"Cross-Examining Medical Experts"2008
MS Society Financial Planning & Disability BenefitsDisability Benefits - Planning for Disability With MS2008
Florida Bar Fundamentals of Elder Law II"SSI and Veterans Benefits"2008
FJA Collateral Sources Seminar"ERISA Liens - Identifying Pitfalls and Recognizing Opportunities"2008
2008 Florida Bar Labor and Employment Law Certification Review"ERISA & COBRA"2008
11th Nat'l Advanced Forum on Litigating Disability Insurance Claims"Techniques for Using Medical and Vocational Experts to Prove or Refute the Claimed Disability"2008
FJA Bad Faith Seminar"ERISA Long Term Disability and Life Insurance Issues"2007
Collateral Sources Seminar"ERISA Liens: How to Avoid the Thorns and Pick the Roses"2007
Collateral Source Seminar"ERISA Liens: The Ever Changing Law and How to Deal With Them"2006
ABA Annual Convention, Tort & Insurance Practice Section Meeting"ERISA Update"2006