John Shahady


John Shahady practices in the area of commercial litigation, focusing on business litigation and appellate practice. He has handled numerous jury and non-jury trials and appeals in State and Federal Courts. He was formerly a magistrate judge for Broward County, presiding over non-criminal traffic matters. He received his undergraduate degree from Guilford College, where he participated in intercollegiate football, and received his J.D. and M.B.A. from the University of Akron.

Mr. Shahady has an AV® Preeminent™ rating by the Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review ratings. The AV® rating is the highest possible rating given. He is currently board certified by The Florida Bar in appellate practice. Board certification is the highest level of evaluation by The Florida Bar of the competency and experience of attorneys in the areas of law approved for certification by the Supreme Court of Florida. Mr. Shahady has also been named in the 2019 edition of South Florida’s Top-Rated Lawyers in Appellate Law.

Mr. Shahady has represented clients in appeals in the Florida District Courts of Appeal, 11th Circuit Court of Appeals and Supreme Court of Florida.

His significant published opinions are as follows:

  • Advanced Mobilehome Systems v. Alumax, 666 So. 2d 166 (Fla. 2d DCA 1995) (Reversed final judgment with instructions to enter a judgment in the client’s favor);
  • Temple Emanu-el v. Tremarco Industries, 705 So. 2d 983 (Fla. 4th DCA 1998) (Reversed order compelling arbitration);
  • Matluck v. Matluck, 825 So.2d 1071 (Fla. 4th DCA 2002) (Reversed order requiring mediator to be disqualified);
  • D&M Jupiter Inc. v. Friedopfer, 853 So. 2d 485 (Fla. 4th DCA 2003) (Reversed judgment against the client);
  • American Learning Systems v. Bennett, 857 So. 2d 986 (Fla. 4th DCA 2003) (Reversed order denying attorney’s fees);
  • Kind v. Gittman, 889 So. 2d 87 (Fla. 4th DCA 2004) (Reversed judgment against the client with instructions to enter judgment in client’s favor);
  • Madsen, Sapp v. Palm Beach Polo, 899 So. 2d 435 (Fla. 4th DCA 2005) (Reversed judgment against client with instructions to enter judgment in client’s favor);
  • Chambliss v. Benedikter, 941 So. 2d 589 (Fla. 4th DCA 2006) (Reversed judgment with directions to enter amended judgment in client’s favor);
  • First Sealord Surety v. Suffolk Construction, 995 So. 2d 609 (FIa.3rd DCA 2008) (Reversed judgment with instructions to enter judgment in client’s favor);
  • Beta Drywall v. Mintz & Fraude, P.C., 9 So.3d 651(Fla. 4th DCA 2009) (Reversed order granting motion to dismiss based on personal jurisdiction);
  • Mutchnik Inc. v. Dimmerman, 23 So.3d 809 (Fla. 3rd DCA 2009) (Reversed judgment and granted a new trial in the client’s favor);
  • Trikon Sunrise Associates v. Brice Building Co., 41 So. 3d 315 (Fla. 4th DCA 2010) (Reversed judgment against client);
  • Shulgasser-Parker v. Kennedy Trinley & Santino, P.L., 71 So.3d 152 (4th DCA 2011) (Reversed judgment against client);
  • Earth Trades, Inc. v. T & G Corp., 108 So.3d 580 (Fla.2013);
  • Vaelizadeh v. Hossaini, 174 So.3d 579 (Fla. 4th DCA 2015) (Reversed judgment against client);
  • Lambert Bros., Inc. v. Mid-Park, Inc., 185 So. 3d 1266, 1269 (Fla. 4th DCA 2016) (Reversed judgment against client);
  • O’Donnell v. United States, 736 Fed. Appx. 828 (11th Cir. 2018) (Reversed judgment against client);
  • Postma v. Baker, 2019 WL 3436906 (Fla. 4th DCA 2019) (Reversed order enforcing settlement)


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