John R. Sutton

John R. Sutton

Managing Partner
South Miami, Florida
800-576-1891 (Toll Free)

John R. Sutton, a Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer, has practiced law in the Miami area since 1972. Mr. Sutton is among the few of Florida attorneys who are Board Certified. This means Mr. Sutton has taken and passed additional exams, submitted his cases for review, and received positive references from both judges and other attorneys. Mr. Sutton has been Board Certified since 1985. As of June 2015, Mr. Sutton has been a 35-year Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer with re-certification by the Board of Legal Specialization and Education of the Florida Bar, being re-certified for each 5-year period subsequent to June of 1985.

In various cases, Mr. Sutton has been admitted to practice Pro Hac Vice in United States District Court throughout the United States. He has represented clients, argued dispositive motions, and/or has tried jury trials in Alabama, Georgia, California, New York, Iowa, Maryland, and Puerto Rico. Although a Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer, in select cases, Mr. Sutton has represented clients in criminal matters in New York, California, Maryland, and Florida. Mr. Sutton handles a diversity of legal matters, including complex accident claims, complicated construction injuries, medical malpractice issues, tort and product liability, residential and commercial breach of contract issues and general commercial disputes. Mr. Sutton has a focus of special attention upon traumatic blindness, brain, spinal cord, amputation, and knee reconstruction cases. He has represented numerous clients suffering from quadriplegia, paraplegia, and amputation. Associate attorney Michelle M. Urbistondo, Esq. works with Mr. Sutton to protect those who are injured and damaged by careless and negligent acts and to defend those wrongly accused of the same.

In 2011, The Dade-County Bar Association awarded Mr. Sutton the "Put Something Back Pro Bono Award" for services to the community. Similarly, in 2011, the Attorney General for the State of Florida awarded Mr. Sutton the "Justice for All: Courage Award" for motivation over past years. Mr. Sutton has also served on the Board of Schepens Eye Research Institute and Mass Eye & Ear Infirmary. Mr. Sutton has been certified by PADI as an advanced open water scuba diver for more than 25 years. Mr. Sutton is also an avid skier, skiing yearly with the assistance of a guide for the vision impaired.

Areas of Practice

  • Personal Injury
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Products Liability
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Criminal Law

Litigation Percentage

  • 100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer, Florida Bar, 1985

Bar Admissions

  • Florida, 1972
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Florida, 1973
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit, 1985
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Florida, 1982
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Alabama, 1987
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 1992
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1981


  • University of Miami School Law, Miami, Florida
    • J.D. - 1972
  • Gettysburg College, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
    • B.A. - 1969
    • Major: Political Science

Honors and Awards

  • "Put Something Back Pro Bono Award", 2011
  • "Justice for All: Courage Award", 2011

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Schepens Eye Research Institute, Board of Directors, 2012 - Present


  • English
  • Spanish