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John D. Jopling

John D. Jopling
Senior Managing Partner
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John was born and raised in Lake City, Florida, and has practiced in North Central Florida his entire career. After graduating from the University of Florida College of Law in 1982, he served a year as a research aide to Justice Parker Lee McDonald of the Florida Supreme Court.

John joined Dell Graham as an associate in 1983. He has concentrated his practice in the areas of medical malpractice defense and governmental tort liability. His clients include hospitals, physicians, nurses and other health care providers. He also represents school boards, community colleges and police departments, as well as individuals and businesses.

John and his wife, Yolanda, live in Gainesville. They have three children.

  • United States Supreme Court, 2003
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit, 1994
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Florida, 1985
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Florida, 1984
  • Florida, 1982
  • University of Florida College of Law, Gainesville, Florida, 1982, J.D., With Honors
  • Furman University, Greenville, South Carolina, 1979, Bachelor of Arts
    Major: Political Science
    Honors: Magna Cum Laude; Phi Beta Kappa
Professional Associations and Memberships
  • The Florida Bar
    • Committee on Professional Responsibility, 1991-1994
    • Committee on Judicial Evaluation, 1994-1997
    • Grievance Committee, 1997-2001
  • Eighth Judicial Circuit Bar Association
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Federal Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Florida Defense Lawyers Association
  • International Association of Defense Counsel
  • American Board of Trial Advocates
  • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers, inducted 2002
Awards & Honors
  • James C. Adkins American Inns of Court, Master


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Attorneys Susan Seigle and Lisa Debroux defeated Plaintiffs’ claim for attorney’s fees, costs, and pre-judgment interest after an appraisal award was issued for a homeowner’s property insurance claim. In July, 2012, an insurer issued payment for fire damage totaling approximately $15,000.00. In January, 2013, Plaintiffs’ counsel sent a demand package for additional monies. Two weeks […]

Four Dell Graham Partners Selected as Super Lawyers

Dell Graham attorneys have once again been recognized for excellence in the practice of law. John Jopling, Carl Schwait, Ellen Gershow, and David Delaney were all selected by the Super Lawyers rating service for 2014. Only 5% of the total lawyers in each state are selected for inclusion on the Super Lawyers list. “We are pleased […]

John Jopling Testifies at Administrative Law Hearing

In a change of roles from attorney to litigant/witness, firm president John Jopling testified at an administrative law hearing in Tallahassee, Florida recently on behalf of the Ichetucknee Alliance, a not-for-profit advocacy group Jopling leads. Jopling’s testimony on behalf of the Ichetucknee Alliance was in support of a challenge brought by the Alliance to the […]