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John L. Wharton


Mr. Wharton represents both public and private clients in cases from application creation to administrative litigation before state and federal agencies. He also practices general litigation in state and federal courts.

Mr. Wharton has over 30 years of experience in Tallahassee practicing before and often litigating against numerous state agencies in the areas of water resource planning; permitting and regulation; mitigation banking; bid protests and bid disputes; health care; utility law and utility regulation; professional regulation and environmental law. Mr. Wharton has represented clients before the Florida Public Service Commission, the Division of Administrative Hearings, the Department of Environmental Protection, the St. John’s River Water Management District, the Southwest Florida Water Management District, the South Florida Water Management District, the Agency for Health Care Administration, the Department of Financial Services, various boards within the Department of Professional Regulation, the Department of Health, the Florida Department of Lottery, and the Governor and Cabinet sitting as the Board of Trustees of the Internal Improvement Trust Fund, among others.

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  • J.D.: Gonzaga University, Spokane, Washington, 1984
  • Undergraduate Degree: B.A., Economics, Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida, 1981

Bar Admissions

  • The Florida Bar
  • The U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida
  • The U.S. District Court, Northern District of Florida
  • The U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida
  • The State Bar of Georgia
  • The U.S. District Court, Middle District of Georgia
  • The Washington State Bar Association
  • The U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Washington

Recognition & Awards

  • Named an Outstanding Environmental & Land Use Attorney in Florida Trend Magazine’s Legal Elite, 2016 and 2018
  • Martindale Hubbell: AV® Rating