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John F. Romano


  • B.A., Florida State University (Sigma Alpha Epsilon), 1970
  • J.D., South Texas College of Law (Phi Alpha Delta), 1973
  • U.S. Naval Justice School, 1975


  • Florida Bar, 1974
  • Supreme Court of Florida, 1974
  • U.S. District Court for Southern District of Florida, 1974
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1977
  • U.S. Court of Military Appeals, 1975
  • U.S. District Court for Middle District of Florida, 1978
  • U.S. District Court for Northern District of Florida, 1979
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for Fifth Circuit, 1979
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for Eleventh Circuit, 1981
  • U.S. Court of Claims, Washington, D.C.
  • Specially admitted in several states (“Pro Hac Vice”) on specific cases (i.e., Alabama, Colorado, Georgia, Illinois, Kansas, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Texas and West Virginia)
  • Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer, Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization and Education
  • Board Certified Trial Advocate, National Board of Trial Advocacy
  • Board Certified American Board of Professional Liability Attorneys


  • 2012 SuperLawyer
  • Martindale Hubbell - AV Rating
  • Catholic Lawyer of the Year, Catholic Lawyers Guild for Diocese of Palm Beach
  • Al J. Cone Lifetime Achievement Award (2005), Florida Justice Association
  • Perry Nichols Award for Lifetime of Achievement and Service (1997), Florida Justice Association
  • Florida Super Lawyers – Top 5% of Attorneys in Florida
  • Florida Trends’ Legal Elite
  • International Academy of Trial Lawyers – Fellow (1997)
  • President’s Award for “Lawyer in Preceding Year Who Contributed Most to the System of Justice in Florida”
  • War Horse Award, Southern Trial Lawyers Association
  • Barney Masterson Professionalism Award – Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers


  • American Association for Justice
    Founder and Chairman of the Military Law Section, 1978-1979; Board of Governors, 1984-1997; member of a multitude of committees and task forces, 1974-2012
  • American Board of Trial Advocates
    Former president of Southeast Florida Chapter
  • Civil Justice Foundation
    Former president
  • Federal Bar Association
    Former president of Gold Coast Chapter; President-Elect, 1980-1981, Secretary, 1978-1979, Treasurer, 1978, of the Palm Beach County Chapter
  • Florida Justice Association
    Board of Directors, 1980-1987, President, 1989-1990, President-Elect, 1988-1989, Treasurer, 1987-1988, Secretary, 1986-1987
  • The Guild of Catholic Lawyers
  • International Academy of Trial Lawyers
  • Marine Corps Trial Lawyers Association
    Founder and First President of Camp LeJeune, Cherry Point, North Carolina, 1976-1977
  • Melvin M. Belli Society
    President, 2000
  • National College of Advocacy
    Faculty Member, 1978-2002
  • National Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • Palm Beach County Bar Association
  • Palm Beach County Justice Association
  • Southern Trial Lawyers Association
    President, 1990-1991
  • The National District Attorneys’ Association
    Former member
  • United States Marine Corps
    Captain, J.A.G.C., 1974-1977


  • “Opening Statements: Winning the Jury”
    Published by Professional Education Systems, Inc., 2004
  • “The Deposition Field Manual”
    Co-author, published by Professional Education Systems, Inc., 2002
  • “Trial Toolbox”
    Legal outline series Co-authored with Eric Romano and Todd Romano; published by Trial Toolbox Publishing Co.
  • “Florida Voir Dire – The Law” (2002)
  • “Opening Statements” (2002)
  • “Voir Dire – Sample Questions in a Product Liability Case” (2002)
  • “Strategic Use of Circumstantial Evidence”
    Author, Kluwer Law Book Publishers, Inc., 1986
  • “Depositions”
    Textbook/guidebook Co-author, Knowles Law Book Publishing Company, 1984
  • Trial Lawyer Magazine
    Editor, 1992-2002