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John S. Derr

John S. Derr is co-managing partner of the Tallahassee office at Quintairos, Prieto, Wood & Boyer, P.A. For over 25 years, Mr. Derr’s practice has been devoted to the areas of medical malpractice, legal professional liability, private and public sector labor and employment law and insurance coverage and bad faith litigation. He has substantial experience in advocating for clients and regularly works with governmental agencies to resolve problems related to professional licensure issues. Mr. Derr appears in proceedings before the Department of Administrative Hearings and The Florida Bar. He represents clients at trial and on appeal in state and federal courts, as well as before professional licensing boards.
Over the years, Mr. Derr has tried to jury verdict cases in such diverse fields as medical malpractice, legal malpractice, product liability, commercial litigation, personal injury, insurance coverage, employment law, civil rights, workers’ compensation and negligence. 

He holds the highest rating of “AV” from the Martindale Hubbell Law Directory. 

Mr. Derr is licensed to practice law in Florida. He is admitted in the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, the United States District Courts for the Northern, Middle and Southern Districts of Florida. He is a member of The Florida Bar Trial Lawyers Section and Labor and Employment Law Section.

Mr. Derr earned his J.D. in 1981 from The Florida State University College of Law and in 1976 received a B.A. from the University of Central Florida. Following graduation from law school, he served as a law clerk for the Honorable Larry Smith of the Florida First District Court of Appeal. 

In his community, Mr. Derr is a participant and volunteer, and serves as the Prison Project Coordinator of the Bonsai Societies of Florida (BSF) Inc., a program which brings together bonsai enthusiasts and prison inmates to study the art of bonsai at the New River Correctional Institution, in Starke, Florida. 

Mr. Derr is former president of the Tallahassee Bonsai Society, and the recipient of the 2008 District Trustee Award. He is the state record holder of the Florida Archery Association, FITA Senior Barebow and National Field Archery Association’s 2008 State Sectional Champion. Additionally, Mr. Derr is former president of the Tallahassee Tennis Association.

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Contact: Tallahassee Office
227 North Bronough Street, Suite 7400
Tallahassee, Florida 32301
Telephone: (850) 412-1042
Facsimile: (850) 412-1043
E-mail: jderr@qpwblaw.com

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Areas of Practice:

  • Insurance and Insurers
  • Labor and Employment Law
  • Medical Malpractice Defense
  • Professional Malpractice Defense

  • Florida State University College of Law, J.D. (1981) 
  • University of Central Florida, B.A. (1976) 
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