John R. Hargrove

Location:  Boca Raton, Florida

Tel:  (561) 962-4191

Email:  Email Me

John Hargrove represents both individual and corporate clients in complex disputes both as individuals and as class actions. He devotes a substantial amount of his practice to probate litigation, fiduciary and commercial litigation, class actions, appeals, as well as both first amendment and media law. He appears routinely as an advocate in state and federal courts throughout Florida, and is well known for his ability to represent clients at all levels of appeals.

Best Lawyers in America recognizes John Hargrove in four categories – Appellate Law, Commercial Litigation, First Amendment Law, and Trusts and Estates. For the 2015 edition of Best Lawyers, he was named “First Amendment Lawyer of the Year” in south Florida.  He is board certified in appellate law by the Florida Bar and represents both individual and corporate clients in complex disputes. Mr. Hargrove routinely appears as counsel of record in state and federal trial and appellate courts, including Florida’s five intermediary appellate courts, the Florida Supreme Court, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court. He has achieved national prominence as a First Amendment lawyer. John Hargrove is widely known as an advocate for the elderly regarding the sale of unsuitable annuities to seniors. He also represented the Estate of Doctor Sam Sheppard — which inspired “The Fugitive” — regarding cutting-edge DNA litigation. Florida Super Lawyers has listed Mr. Hargrove among Florida’s best every year since that publication’s inception. He is a Fellow in the Florida Academy of Trust and Probate Litigation, and carries a Martindale-Hubbell professional rating of “AV”.

Mr. Hargrove is actively involved in charitable endeavors. He served three terms as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Butler University in Indianapolis, Indiana. In 2014, he was named Chairman Emeritus of Butler’s Board of Trustees – the first time in the history of the University that the designation had been given. In 2016, Mr. Hargrove was selected as the recipient of The Butler Medal, the highest honor conferred by the University’s Alumni Association.  The award recognizes individuals for a life of distinguished service to Butler and their local community, while at the same time achieving a distinguished career in one’s chosen profession and attaining a regional or national reputation.  Mr. Hargrove is past Board Chair of the United Way of Broward County, where he served as general counsel and is currently director emeritus. The Urban League of Fort Lauderdale has also recognized Mr. Hargrove for his philanthropy.

Born in Chicago, Illinois, John Hargrove attended Culver Military Academy, where he was a member of the famed Black Horse Troop. He received his undergraduate degree from Butler University and his law degree from the Indiana University School of Law, where he graduated magna cum laude.  He was voted by the faculty as the most outstanding member of the graduating class of 1972. While in law school he was an editor of the Indiana Law Review. After graduation from law school, Mr. Hargrove spent two years as law clerk to the Honorable Roy L. Stephenson, Circuit Judge, United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit.

Mr. Hargrove holds a master’s degree in public administration from Harvard University, where he trained in leadership, negotiation, mediation and persuasion skills under several of the world’s most highly regarded professors in those fields. He regularly lectures at Harvard’s Kennedy School on negotiations and at George Washington University’s Graduate School of Professional Studies on law office management.  Mr. Hargrove has also lectured on leadership at The United States Military Academy located at West Point, New York.