John Yanchunis

Tampa, Florida

John Yanchunis was born in Ohio and was raised on bases around the world by parents who served in the military. Upon graduating magna cum laude from the South Texas College of Law in 1980, John served as a law clerk for the Honorable Carl O. Bue, Jr., a U.S. District Judge in Houston, Texas.

After completing a two-year clerkship, John began a sterling 35-year career as a trial lawyer. He has handled a diverse array of complex consumer and commercial disputes, and for the last 13 years he has focused his practice on consumer class action litigation. He was named a Florida “Super Lawyer” in 2009, 2010, and 2012-2016.

John Yanchunis 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). He has also served as lead, co-lead, or class counsel in numerous other consumer class actions.

Practice Areas

  • Class Action
  • False Claims Act
  • Complex Litigation

Memberships

  • Emeritus Member, The Florida Board of Bar Examiners
  • Former Board Member, The Florida Bar Foundation
  • Former Vice Chairperson, Standing Committee on the Unlicensed Practice of Law
  • Former Member, Standing Committee on Professionalism
  • Current Member, Supreme Court's Judicial Management Council
  • Current Member, Consumer Protection Law Committee
  • Former Member, Continuing Legal Education Committee
  • Former Member, Public Relations Committee
  • Former Member, 6A Circuit Committee
  • Former Chairperson, 6B Circuit Committee

Education

  • University of Florida (B.A., 1976)
  • South Texas College of Law (J.D., 1980)

Bar 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