Hello, I’m John J. Kelly



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Before joining Glassman & Zissimopulos, John J. Kelly was a prosecutor in the Alachua County Office. In prosecuting more than a thousand criminal cases, John has obtained extensive knowledge of the rules, policies, and procedures used by the State in Gainesville, Florida, and surrounding areas. Before graduating, John was the President of both the undergraduate and law school Mock Trial Teams at the University of Florida. He competed in and won state and national championships, which allowed him to start coaching the teams. John J. Kelly has already coached multiple championship teams. 


About John J. Kelly

John is an executive board member for the local Eighth Judicial Circuit Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division, as well as an active member of Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and Bennett Inn of Court. 

John J. Kelly works tirelessly fighting for his clients in the areas of criminal law, personal injury, and family law.  


  • Criminal Law
  • Personal Injury
  • Family Law 
  • DUI 
  • Sex Crimes 
  • Domestic Violence 
  • Drug Crimes 
  • Stalking 
  • Escape 
  • Reckless Driving 
  • Aggravated Battery/Assault 
  • Driving on a Suspended License 
  • Leaving the Scene of An Accident 
  • Car Crashes 
  • Victims of DUI Crashes 
  • Slip/Trip & Fall 
  • Wrongful Death 
  • Medical Malpractice 
  • Birth Injuries 
  • Burn & Fire 
  • Dog Bites 
  • Divorce 
  • Child Custody Disputes 
  • Equitable Distribution 
  • Alimony/Spousal Support 
  • Domestic Violence Injunctions 
  • Restraining Orders 
  • Expungements  


University of Florida College of Law, J.D., Doctor of Jurisprudence – 2015 

University of Florida, Bachelor of Science in Finance – 2012

Bar Admissions 

Florida Bar Association – 2015 

Memberships and Associations 

  • Bennett Inn of Courts 
  • Order of the Barristers 
  • Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers 
  • Florida Blue Key 
  • Eighth Judicial Circuit Bar Association 
  • 8JCBA – Young Lawyers Division 
  • Alachua County Emerging Leaders 
  • Gainesville Young Professionals 


  • Adjunct Professor, University of Florida College of Law 
  • Trial Team – 2016-present 
  • Guest Lecturer, University of Florida College of Law 
  • Trial Practice, 2016-Present 
  • Trial Advocacy, 2016-Present 
  • Guest Lecturer, University of Florida Department of Political Science 
  • Writing for Pre-Law, 2012-2014 


Over a dozen best advocate awards at trial team competitions across the nation as a competitor 

More than ten National and State Trial Team Championships as a coach, most recently 

University of Florida Specific Awards 

  • Florida Trial Team Closing Argument Competition (First Place, 2013)
  • Florida Trial Team Final Four Competition (Best Team, 2013, Best Advocate 2013)
  • Florida Trial Team Outstanding Graduate Award (Spring 2015)
  • Florida Trial Team Gerald T. Bennett Outstanding Service Award (Spring 2015)
  • Book Award: Trial Team (Spring 2015) 


John was born and raised in Long Island, NY, before moving to Port Charlotte, Florida, where he graduated high school. John decided to go to college the same day he decided he would become a trial lawyer: when he joined his high school mock trial team. John then came to Gainesville to attend University of Florida and never wanted to leave.

John enjoys spending time with his wife, Meredith, and their two dogs, Riley and Toffee. John & Meredith are big Tampa Bay Lightning Hockey fans and goes to as many games a year as they can. John loves playing board or party games and probably loves telling stories more than he should.

Most recently, John was tricked into joining several wine clubs on a trip to Napa. He’s still not sure if he likes the wine or just loves the excuse to eat cheese, but he fancies himself a sommelier nonetheless.

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