John C. Hanson is an experienced attorney, focusing on trial level and appellate litigation in state and federal courts. He has handled commercial litigation matters ranging from contract actions and business disputes to construction and real estate related law suits, including eminent domain, commercial leasing controversies, land use and development issues. Whether tending to his garden or to matters in litigation, John knows that careful preparation is required for the best results.

Representative Experience

Commercial Disputes – Initiated a breach of contract action against municipality regarding management of city owned country club property; represented a real estate development company in challenge to a public-private redevelopment project for construction of commercial property and parking garage; defended a software development firm in false claim/qui tam action dealing with a multi-million dollar penalty and possible debarment from future government contracts; brought action against disloyal former employees for enforcement of non-compete agreements and for damages; represented a government contractor in suit against state agency and former employee for theft of trade secrets and breach of contract; assisted a national real estate development company in eminent domain and breach of contract proceeding against utility regarding operation of golf course.

Construction – Defended a general contractor in multi-district federal class action litigation involving property damage and personal injury claims related to installation of Chinese drywall in high-rise condominium project; represented a subcontractor in product and construction defect action involving multi-million dollar oceanfront property.

Publications, Presentations and Professional Activities

  • How To Contest a Construction Defect Claim, Construction Business Owner (July 2011)
  • From Judgment to Lien, Florida Homebuilder Magazine (Jan-Feb 2009)
  • Instructor of General Psychology, Experimental Psychology, Learning and Memory, Physiological Psychology at College of William & Mary (Williamsburg, VA); Washington University in St. Louis; Jefferson College (Hillsboro, MO); and Duke University (Durham, NC)

Recognition and Awards

  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Duke University Medical Center (Durham, NC)
  • AV Preeminent rated by Martindale-Hubbell


  • B.S., 1978, Florida State University
  • M.A., 1983, Washington University
    in St. Louis
  • Ph.D., 1985, Washington University
    in St. Louis
  • J.D., 1991, University of Miami,
    cum laude


  • Florida’s state courts
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern
    District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle
    District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern
    District of Florida
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern
    District of Florida
  • U.S. Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals