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John W. Wallace

Senior Attorney | Jacksonville

John Wallace represents public and private clients in the areas of environmental, land use, real property and governmental law, with an emphasis on litigation.  Prior to joining the Firm, Mr. Wallace represented a major U.S. tobacco company in Engle progeny litigation throughout Florida. Mr. Wallace also served as an Assistant State Attorney in the Fourth Judicial Circuit, where he tried numerous jury trials and bench trials.

Areas of Practice

  • Represents land owners in litigation involving riparian rights, sovereignty submerged land issues and boundary disputes.

  • Defends clients accused of violating state and federal environmental statutes and regulations.

  • Counsels clients on compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act, the Clean Water Act, and the Endangered Species Act.

  • Represents land owners whose property is subject to condemnation due to petroleum/natural gas pipeline projects.

  • Provides general and special counsel representation to counties, municipalities and special districts.

Publications and Presentations

  • Recent Developments in Riparian Rights, June 2019

  • Brownfields Redevelopment Act, Leadership Jacksonville, April 2019

  • Beach Renourishment and Nearshore Hardbottom, Florida Chamber Environmental Permitting Summer School, July 14, 2018

  • How To Be An Effective Expert Witness, LLW Lunch & Learn, May 16, 2018

  • Coastal Armoring Permitting Post-Hurricane Irma, Jacksonville Bar Association Environmental and Real Property Law Committee Meeting, January 2, 2018

  • Riparian Rights and Sovereignty Submerged Lands Issues in Real Estate Transactions, co-presented with Wayne Flowers, Jacksonville Bar Association Environmental and Real Property Law Committee Meeting, May 1, 2017

Professional, Civic and Community Involvement

  • Member, Alabama, Florida and Georgia Bars

  • Admitted to the District Courts for the Middle District of Florida and the Northern and Southern Districts of Georgia

  • The Florida Bar Fourth Circuit Grievance Committee "C", Member, 2019-2023

  • Leadership Jacksonville, Class of 2018

  • Jacksonville Bar Association Young Lawyers Section, Board of Governors, 2015-2018

  • St. Augustine American Inn of Court, Barrister, 2018-2021

  • The Chester Bedell American Inn of Court, Barrister, 2014-2017

  • Law Week Committee, Jacksonville Bar Association, 2012-2017; Chair, 2017; Vice Chair, 2016

  • WateReuse, an internationally-recognized organization on alternative water supply development, 2017-present

  • Northeast Florida Builders Association, 2016-present

  • American Water Resources Association, 2016-present

  • The Horizon Board of Dreams Come True, Board Member, 2013-2015, Treasurer, 2014-2015

  • The Alumni Board of the Episcopal School of Jacksonville, 2009-2015

Awards and Recognitions

  • Super Lawyers Rising Star, Land Use and Zoning, 2019

  • Florida Trend Legal Elite Up and Comer, Environmental and Land Use Law, 2017, 2018, and 2019



  • J.D., University of Georgia School of Law, 2008

  • B.A., Auburn University, 2004