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John A. Yanchunis

Tampa, florida

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Biography Overview

John Yanchunis was born in Ohio and was raised on military bases around the world by parents who had both served in the military. Upon graduation from law school, John served as a law clerk for the Honorable Carl O. Bue, Jr., a United States District Judge in Houston, Texas. Upon the completion of a two year clerkship, Mr. Yanchunis began his career as a trial lawyer. John has handled a diverse size of complex consumer and commercial disputes, and for the last 13 years he had focused his practice on consumer class action litigation and false claims. He has served as co-lead counsel in the successful prosecution of the two largest class action cases in the United States, Fresco vs. Automotive Directions, Inc., Case No. 03-61063-JEM et al; and Fresco vs. R.L. Polk Case 0:07-cv-60695-JEM (Southern District of Florida), and served as lead, co-lead or class counsel in numerous other consumer class actions.

Practice Areas

  • Class Action
  • False Claims Act
  • Whistleblower Claims

In The Media

Professional Activities

  • The Florida Board of Bar Examiners, Member, 1997 to 2002 - Presently an Emeritus Member
  • The Florida Bar Foundation, Board of Directors, 2003 to 2006 - Fellow
  • Standing Committee on the Unlicensed Practice of Law, Chairperson, 1995 to 1997, Vice Chairperson, 1994 to 1995, Member, 1990 to 1994
  • Standing Committee on Professionalism, Member, 1991 to 1993
  • Supreme Court’s Judicial Management Council, Member, 2008 to Present
  • Consumer Protection Law Committee, Member, 2009 to Present
  • Continuing Legal Education Committee, Member, 1991 to 1992
  • Public Relations Committee, Member, 1989 to 1990
  • Board of Governors of Young Lawyers, Division of the Florida Bar, Sixth Circuit Representative, Member, 1988 to 1992
  • Unlicensed Practice of Law Committees:
    • 6A Circuit Committee
    • 6B Circuit Committee, Chairperson, 1986 to 1995
    • Member, 1985
    • Chairperson, 1995

Community Activities

  • Elder Law Advisory Board, College of Law and The Center for Excellence in Elder Law – Stetson University College of Law, Member, 2003 to 2008
  • Community Law Program, Member
  • St. Vincent de Paul Society, St. Petersburg Downtown Conference, Vice President, 2001
  • Boy Scouts of America, National Council Member, Council Representative, 2005 to 2007
  • West Central Family Council of The Boy Scouts of America, Council President, 2005 to 2007, Member of Executive Committee, 2003 to Present
  • Skyway District Chairman 2003 to 2004

Court Admissions

  • The Florida Bar – 1981
  • The State Bar of Texas – 1980
  • United States Supreme Court
  • United States Court of Appeals: Fifth, Sixth, Seventh, Ninth and Eleventh Circuit
  • United States District Court, Southern, Northern and Western District of Texas
  • United States District Court, Eastern and Western District of Wisconsin
  • United States District Court, Middle and District of Florida
  • United States District Court, Eastern District of Michigan
  • United States District Court, Western District of Kentucky
  • United States District Court, Northern District of Illinois
  • United States District Court of Connecticut
  • United States District Court of Colorado


  • University of Florida, B.A. 1976
    • Florida Blue Key, Omicron Delta Kappa
  • South Texas College of Law, J.D.
    • Magna cum laude, 1980; Order of the Lytae and Associate
    • Editor-in-Chief of the South Texas Law Journal