John J. Quick


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John is a Partner with the Firm and a member of both our Local Government Division and Litigation Division. His local government practice includes representing our municipal clients in all aspects of their work as a sitting city attorney.  This experience includes land use and zoning matters, statutory and code interpretation, ethics issues, taxation and budget matters, special assessments, police and fire issues, ADA accommodations, as well as public development and preservation.

John’s trial practice focuses on complex business, commercial, municipal/governmental, transportation, construction, aviation, and real estate law before Federal and State courts, as well as mediation and arbitration.  John’s appellate practice includes cases before the Florida Supreme Court, all of the Florida District Courts of Appeal, as well as many of the United States Circuit Courts of Appeals.  John is also experienced in handling international litigation, dealing with the laws of Germany, Switzerland, Costa Rica, Mexico, Cyprus, Italy and Norway, among others. 

John also serves as the Independent Counsel to the City of Miami Civilian Investigative Panel, which oversees civilian complaints against police officers.  John is one of the few attorneys in Florida to serve as a civilian oversight practitioner.  For his work, John received the prestigious recognition from the National Association for Civilian Oversight of Law Enforcement as a Certified Practitioner of Oversight.

John’s practice includes contract litigation, business torts, real estate litigation, bankruptcy and other creditor’s rights issues, maritime litigation, aviation litigation, banking and secured transactions, and employment-related litigation, to name a few. He has:

  • Successfully defended multiple Bert J. Harris Act claims on behalf of various municipalities.
  • Successfully defended a Miami-Dade municipality in an alleged First Amendment violation;
  • Successfully defended the development of a large mixed use project in South Miami-Dade anchored by one of the largest retailers in the State;
  • Successfully enforced the ownership rights of a large, multi-building condominium association;
  • Successfully defended multi-national corporate manufacturer of breath-alcohol testing instruments used by law enforcement throughout the State of Florida against declaratory judgment action challenging corporation’s ownership of intellectual property associated with the instruments;
  • Successfully represented a large bank in a series of multimillion dollar commercial foreclosures of hotel properties throughout the United States;
  • Successfully represented a large international shipping company in a $5 million arbitration claim against a former shipping agent;
  • Successfully defended dozens of municipalities throughout Florida against a challenge to the home venue privilege;
  • Successfully prosecuted pension forfeiture matters against police and firefighters engaged in felonious behavior;
  • Successfully enforced contractual mining rights against both corporate defendant and environmental regulators;
  • Successfully asserted a constitutional challenge to a municipal ordinance precluding private country club from fencing its property;
  • Successfully opposed a competitive bid challenge concerning a municipality’s stormwater system;
  • Successfully defended a constitutional challenge to a municipal charter provision allowing for appointment of official to fill vacancy on elected body; and
  • Successfully serves as an integral part of the Firm’s team focusing on complex and high-profile issues of constitutional law who have, inter alia, successfully removed an unconstitutional question from the state-wide ballot, stricken an unconstitutional statute from the Florida records, and upheld the constitutional powers granted to various government officials.

John also provides a unique experience, having worked as in-house corporate counsel for Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.  This representation included defending Royal’s subsidiary brands, Celebrity Cruises, Azamara Club Cruises, TUI Cruises GmbH, Pullmantur Cruises, and Croisières de France.  His experience at RCCL encompassed significant representations in fields as diverse as bankruptcy and creditor’s rights, shipboard and land-based employment and labor defense, premises liability defense, privacy law, intellectual property, and international law.  Additionally, John worked in close partnership with RCCL’s revenue and accounting departments in implementing strategies and programs to capture and manage potential lost revenue.

John is also a frequent speaker throughout the country and has been quoted in publications such as the Huffington Post, Associated Press, Miami Herald, and Sun Sentinel.  John has appeared on NPR, Bloomberg Radio, The Maggie Linton Show on Sirius XM, Issues with Helen Ferre, WLRN, and The Danny Parra Experience.

John is active in local professional organizations and civic affairs.  He currently serves as the Chair of the Miami-Dade County Community Relations Board (having been appointed to the board at large by Miami-Dade County Commissioner Daniella Levine Cava).  John also currently serves as the President of the Parks Foundation of Miami-Dade.  He was also asked to serve on the Miami-Dade County Commission’s current 2020 Census Task Force.

John is also a Past President of the Friends of the Miami-Dade Public Library and in 2014 he brought together community leaders to form the Coalition to Save Our Libraries.  His efforts and those of the Coalition ultimately resulted in an increase of the initial proposed annual library budget from $30 million to $54.4 million.  The budget increase put an end to four years of consecutive and crippling budget reductions and marked a turnaround for the library system.  Through John’s continued efforts, as well as those of the Coalition, the library’s FY15-16 budget expanded by a further $10 million.  Under John’s leadership the Coalition was able to successfully increase the library’s budget each year for a total increase of almost $35 million.  This increase has served to expand the offerings of the library to include tech based education, makerspaces and other creative environments.  The funds have also helped to expand the existing early childhood and adult reading and education programs, as well as other literary, cultural and educational programs.  The stabilized budget also prevented further layoffs and provides for a solid foundation upon which the community can build.

John also serves as a Past Chair of the Eleventh Judicial Circuit Historical Society.  In addition, he served for seven years on the Board of Trustees for HistoryMiami, including on the Board’s Executive Committee.  John was also previously appointed by the Miami-Dade County Board of County Commissioners to serve on its Parks & Recreations Citizens' Advisory Committee.  He was similarly appointed by the Village of Palmetto Bay to serve on its Charter Revision Committee. John was also instrumental in the incorporation efforts for the Town of Cutler Bay.

John has also undertaken pro bono representation of individuals in criminal, probate and family law matters.

Prior to joining the Firm, John served as a clerk to the Honorable Stephen P. Nugent of the State of Rhode Island Superior Court. 


Awards and Recognitions

  • South Florida Legal Guide, Top Up and Comer (2015-Present)
  • Florida Super Lawyers, Rising Star (2009 – 2011, 2014 – 2017)
  • South Florida Business & Wealth, Up and Comer Finalist (2016 & 2017)
  • Rising Star, Super Lawyers (2017)
  • South Florida Legal Guide Top Lawyers (2016)
  • Sun Sentinel Top Workplace Professionals (2016)
  • South Florida Business Journal, 40 Under 40 (2015)
  • Miami-Dade County League of Cities, President's Community Service Award (2014)
  • Daily Business Review, Rising Stars 40 Under 40 (2014)
  • Florida Library Association, Friends, Foundations & Boards Outstanding Member Award (2014)
  • Florida Trend’s Legal Elite, Up and Comer (2007 – 2010)


Published Works

  • Controlling Pandora’s Box: The Need for Patent Protection in Transgenic Research, 15 U. Miami Bus. L. Rev. 303, 2007
  • Genetic Discrimination and the Need for Federal Legislation, 8 J. BioLaw & Bus. 22, 2005
  • Intellectual Property: Plants Patentable Under the Utility Patent Statute, PVA, and PVPA, 30 J.L. Med. & Ethics 317, 2002


Professional Associations

  • Miami-Dade County 2020 Census Task Force (2019)
  • The Parks Foundation of Miami-Dade, President (2018 - present), Board of Trustees (2017-Present)
  • Miami-Dade County Community Relations Board, Chair (2018-Present), First Vice Chair (2017-2018), Board Member (2016-Present)
  • Miami-Dade County Parks & Recreations Citizens' Advisory Committee - Member (2015-2017)
  • Friends of the Miami-Dade Public Library – President (2012-2014), Vice President (2011-2012), Board of Trustees (2009 – 2018)
  • Eleventh Judicial Circuit Historical Society – Chair (2015-2016), Vice-Chair (2014 - 2015), Secretary (2014), Board of Trustees (2011 – 2019)
  • Village of Palmetto Bay Charter Review Committee - Member (2015-2016)
  • Miami-Dade County Mayor's Blue Ribbon Task Force for the Miami-Dade Public Library System - Member (2013- 2014)
  • HistoryMiami – Secretary (2011-2014, 2015-2016), Treasurer (2014-2015),  Board of Trustees (2009-2016), Education Chair (2010-2014), Audit Chair (2014-2016)
  • Flagler Street Society – Chair (2007 – 2009), Member (2005 –2009)

Reported Cases

  • Homestead-Miami Speedway, LLC v. City of Homestead, 241 So. 3d 280 (Fla. 1st DCA 2018)
  • Mullen v. Bal Harbour Village, 241 So. 3d 949 (Fla. 3d DCA 2018).
  • D’Agastino v. City of Miami, 220 So. 3d 410 (Fla. 2017).
  • Brock v. Ochs, 2016 WL 661203 (Fla. 20th Cir. Ct. Feb. 18, 2016).
  • Preserve Grove Isle, LLC v. Grove Isle Yacht & Tennis Club, LLC, 2015 WL 5769084 (Fla. 11th Cir. Ct. Aug. 13, 2015).
  • Key Biscayne Gateway Partners, LTD. v. Village of Key Biscayne, 172 So. 3d 499 (Fla. 3d DCA 2015).
  • E.H. ex rel. Moore v. City of Miramar, 111 F. Supp. 3d 1307 (S.D. Fla. 2015)
  • Cutino v. Untch, 2015 WL 1855788 (S.D. Fla. April 22, 2015).
  • Cutino v. Untch, 79 F. Supp. 3d 1305 (S.D. Fla. 2015).
  • Cutino v. Untch, 303 F.R.D. 413 (S.D. Fla. 2014).
  • Fernandez v. Bal Harbour Village, 49 F. Supp. 3d 1144, (S.D. Fla. 2014).
  • Ulloa v. CMI, Inc., 133 So. 3d 914 (Fla. 2013).
  • O'Boyle v. Bradshaw, 952 F. Supp. 2d 1310 (S.D. Fla. 2013).
  • Apothecary Development Corp. v. City of Marco Island, Fla., 517 Fed. Appx. 890 (11th Cir. 2013).
  • Lobegeiger v. Celebrity Cruises Inc., 869 F. Supp. 2d 1356 (S.D. Fla. 2012).
  • Lobegeiger v. Celebrity Cruises Inc., 869 F. Supp. 2d 1350 (S.D. Fla. 2012).
  • Lasky v. Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd., 850 F. Supp. 2d 1309 (S.D. Fla. 2012).
  • CMI, Inc. v. Ulloa, 73 So. 3d 787 (Fla. 5th DCA 2011).
  • Lobegeiger v. Celebrity Cruises, Inc., 2011 WL 3703329 (S.D. Fla. Aug. 23, 2011).
  • Atwater v. City of Weston, 64 So. 3d 701 (Fla. 1st DCA 2011).
  • Apothecary Dev. Corp. v. City of Marco Island, Fla., 2011 WL 1071448 (M.D. Fla. March 18, 2011).
  • Addison v. City of Tampa, 33 So. 3d 742 (Fla. 2d DCA 2010).
  • City of Weston v. Crist, 2010 WL 4956375 (Fla. 2d Cir. Ct. Aug. 26, 2010).
  • Flagler Retail Assoc., Ltd. v. Dep’t of Cmty. Affairs, 2010 WL 2948165 (Fla. Div. Admin Hrgs. July 23, 2010).
  • Bloch-Mullen v. Bal Harbour Village, 23 So. 3d 725 (Fla. 3d DCA 2009).
  • Companion v. City of Hollywood Police Officers’ Ret. Sys., 1 So. 3d 1283 (Fla. 4th DCA 2009).
  • Simcox v. City of Hollywood Police Officers’ Ret. Sys., 988 So. 2d 731 (Fla. 4th DCA 2008).
  • Hames v. City of Miami, 281 Fed. Appx. 853 (11th Cir. 2008).
  • Hames v. City of Miami Firefighters’ & Police Officers’ Trust, 980 So. 2d 1112 (Fla. 3d DCA 2008).
  • Swerdlow v. Dep’t of Cmty. Affairs, 2007 WL 2253612 (Fla. Div. Admin. Hrgs. August 6, 2007).
  • Hames v. City of Miami, 479 F. Supp.2d 1279 (S.D. Fla. 2007).
  • Mancini Enterprises, Inc. v. American Express Co.,236 F.R.D. 695 (S.D. Fla. 2006).
  • United States v. Norwegian Cruise Line, Ltd., 2004 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 22585 (S.D. Fla. May 25, 2004).

Press Mentions


  • 25th annual NACAOLE conference, Detroit, Michigan, September 2019 – “The Role of Independent Counsel for Civilian Oversight”
  • In the Company of Women awards gala, March 2019
  • Miami-Dade County Parks Department 90th anniversary presentation, January 2019
  • ParkLife: Celebrating 90 years of Miami-Dade Parks, November 2018
  • 24th annual NACOLE conference, St. Petersburg, Florida, October 2018 – “Civilian Oversight in Florida”
  • Legal Services of Greater Miami, October 2015 – “50 Years, 50 Voices”
  • Miami Moments, February 2014
  • Miami Moments, March 2013