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John Scarola

John Scarola

Personal Injury and Business Lawyer
Searcy Denney Scarola Barnhart & Shipley, P.A.
West Palm Beach, FL
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About John Scarola

Attorney Biography

JOHN (JACK) SCAROLA graduated with honors from Georgetown University in 1969 and from Georgetown Law Center in 1973. Before joining the firm in 1978, he was Chief Felony Prosecutor in the Palm Beach County State Attorney’s Office, where he was lead counsel in the trials of more than 50 major criminal cases, including the nation’s first gavel-to-gavel televised murder trial.

Mr. Scarola is Board Certified in both Civil Trial Practice and in Commercial & Business Litigation. While he devotes a portion of his practice to personal injury, wrongful death, and medical negligence cases, he has developed a special interest in representing individuals and small businesses damaged by abuses of corporate power. In addition, Mr. Scarola has had extensive involvement in the successful prosecution of many multi-plaintiff, mass tort and class action lawsuits.

Mr. Scarola is the former President of the Palm Beach County Justice Association and has played an active leadership role in both county and statewide professional associations. He is a recipient of the Florida Bar President’s Pro Bono Service Award and the Legal Aid Society’s Community Service Award honoring his involvement in giving free legal help to individuals and community groups. By appointment of the Florida Bar Board of Governors, Mr. Scarola served on the Board of Directors of Florida Rural Legal Services, Inc. Mr. Scarola was a founding member and Chairman of the Board of Directors of The Lord’s Place, and has served on the Board continuously for more than 30 years. The Best Lawyers in America lists Mr. Scarola in the specialities of Commercial Litigation, Mass Tort Litigation, Medical Malpractice Law and Personal Injury Litigation. He has been recognized as one of The Top 500 Lawyers in the United States and The Top 100 Lawyers in Florida.

Mr. Scarola has been responsible for over 40 verdicts and settlements in excess of one million dollars.

Practice Areas

Personal Injury (34%)
Business Law (33%)
Civil Trial Law (33%)

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Résumé - John Scarola

Bar Licenses

Florida State Bar
Member in Good Standing


Georgetown University Law Center
Georgetown University Law Center
Juris Doctor

Specialty Certifications

The Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization and Education
Board Certified Specialist
Business Litigation
The Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization and Education

The Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization and Education
Board Certified Specialist
Civil Trial Law
The Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization and Education


The National Trial Lawyers

Leaders Forum Patron
American Association for Justice

The Injury Board

Past President (1988)
Palm Beach County Justice Association

EAGLE Patron
Florida Justice Association

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Recognized for Community Leadership
Lawyer Legion

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Recognized for Professional Involvement
Lawyer Legion

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John Scarola
Searcy Denney Scarola Barnhart & Shipley, P.A.
2139 Palm Beach Lakes Blvd.
West Palm Beach, FL 33409
Office: 561-686-6300
Fax: 561-684-5816
Fax: 561-383-9451

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Bar License Information

Membership with The Florida Bar -

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Specialty Certification Information

Specialist in Civil Trial Law -

Florida Bar Board Certification in Civil Trial Law - For purposes of specialty certification, the Florida Bar defines the term "civil trial law" as the "practice of law dealing with litigation of civil controversies in all areas of law before state courts, federal courts, administrative agencies and arbitrators."

Attorneys certified in civil trial law in have met the minimum standards for civil trial law certification, provided in Rule 6-4.3, include the practice of law for at least 5 years, substantial involvement in the specialty of civil trial law (50% or more), handling of at least 15 contested civil cases, including cases before juries as lead counsel, and 50 hours of approved civil trial law certification continuing legal education. Attorneys certified in civil trial law must also submit to peer review and pass a written examination.

Certified in Business Litigation -

Florida Bar Board Certification in Business Litigation - Lawyers certified in Business Litigation by the Florida Board of Legal Specialization have demonstrated substantial involvement in this area of the law.

Under Rule 6-16.2, the term "business litigation" is defined as the practice of law dealing with "the legal problems arising from commercial and business relationships including litigation of controversies arising from those relationships."

Business litigation law includes "evaluating, handling and resolving such controversies before state courts, federal courts, administrative agencies, mediators, and arbitrators."

The term business litigation does not usually include marital and family law, routine collection matters, personal injury or workers' compensation.

Nonprofit Organizations

American Association for Justice -

The AAJ is committed to promoting a fair and effective civil justice system while supporting the work of attorneys representing plaintiffs.

Florida Justice Association -

The FJA is a professional association that advocates for fair access to Florida's civil court system and works support and educate attorneys who protect the rights of plaintiffs seeking justice. Many of the top personal injury and civil trial lawyers in , belong to this respected non-profit organization.

Palm Beach County Justice Association -

PBCJA supports and educates trial attorneys representing plaintiffs in civil cases while advocating for fair access to Florida's civil court system. Many of the top personal injury attorneys in West Palm Beach and throughout Palm Beach County belong to the PBCJA and take on leadership positions in this organization.