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John W. Little, III

John W. Little, III
Primary Office
777 South Flagler Drive
Suite 500 East
West Palm Beach, Florida
33401-6194
P: (561) 650-0701
F: (561) 671-2491
jlittle@gunster.com
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For almost 30 years, John Little has litigated cases in state and federal courts throughout Florida, at both the trial and appellate levels. Prior to joining the Firm in 2011 as a shareholder, John’s practice focused on the representation of owners and businesses in defense of their private property rights in eminent domain and inverse condemnation actions, regulatory takings, constitutional and Bert J. Harris claims, and related land use and zoning matters. John also has over twenty years of experience handling a wide variety of other trial and appellate matters, including complex commercial and business litigation, class actions, insurance, health care and fraud litigation, real property, ad valorem tax and elections litigation, and product liability defense.

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Practice Areas[ - ]
  • Eminent Domain
  • Property Rights Litigation
  • Business and Complex Commercial Litigation
  • Appellate Practice
Education[ - ]
  • Florida State University College of Law, J.D., with High Honors, 1982
  • Wake Forest University, B.A., 1979
Honors[ - ]
  • The Best Lawyers in America, 2003-present
  • Florida Trend, Legal Elite 2004-14; Hall of Fame since 2009
  • South Florida Legal Guide, Top Lawyer, 2005-present
  • Florida Super Lawyers, 2007-14
  • AV Rated as independently determined by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Florida Bar, Real Property Probate and Trust Law Section, Annual Service Award, 2008
  • American Cancer Society, Palm Beach County Volunteer of the Year, 1996
Seminars & Presentations[ - ]
  • “The Beginning of a Beautiful Relationship? Clients and Conflict of Interest,” Florida Bar Master Seminar on Ethics, Panelist, 2011
  • “Conflicts of Interest,” Palm Beach County Bar Association Bench/Bar Conference, Panelist, 2011
  • “Making It or Breaking It, Mediation in Eminent Domain,” ABA-ALI Seminar: Making the Complex Simple in Eminent Domain, Speaker, 2011
  • “The Effects of Right-of-Way Reservations, Zoned Rights-of-Ways and Future Dedication Requirements on Just Compensation,” ABA-ALI Seminar: Eminent Domain and Land Valuation Litigation, Speaker, 2011
  • “Selecting Eminent Domain Experts, ” ABA-ALI Condemnation 101 Seminar, Speaker, 2010
  • “Setting the Tone: Initial Steps in Eminent Domain Representation,” ABA-ALI Seminar: How to Prepare and Present an Eminent Domain Case, Speaker, 2009
  • “Legal Prerequisites to Condemn and Defenses of an Owner,” ABA-ALI Condemnation 101 Seminar, Speaker, 2008
  • “Privilege vs. Production – An Overview of Discovery Issues Confronting the Eminent Domain Lawyer in the Electronic Era,” ABA-ALI Eminent Domain and Land Valuation Litigation Seminar, Speaker, 2008
  • “The Changing Face of Eminent Domain in Florida,” Florida Bar, Florida Real Estate Law Seminar, Speaker, 2007
  • “Demonstrative Evidence: Exhibits that Work in Valuation Trial,” ABA-ALI, Fundamentals of Condemnation Law and Land Valuation Seminar, Speaker, 2007
  • “Ethical Considerations in Eminent Domain Practice,” ABA-ALI, Fundamentals of Condemnation Law and Land Valuation Seminar, Panelist, 2007
  • “Winning Goals and Techniques for the Cross-Examination of Experts,” ABA Section of Litigation, Panel Moderator, 2003
  • “Presenting the Evidence at Trial,” Florida Bar Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section, Speaker, 2002
  • “Parent Tract Issues,” CLE International Eminent Domain Seminar, Speaker, 2001
  • “Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Expert Witnesses But Were Afraid to Ask,” ABA Section of Litigation, Panelist, 1999
  • “Expert Witnesses: Selecting, Retaining, Deposing and Examining Them,” ABA Section of Litigation; ABA Video Series, Panelist, 1999
  • “School Concurrency” – The Broward Experience 21st Annual Local Government Law in Florida Seminar, Panelist, 1998
Publications[ - ]
  • “Post-Trial Procedure,” Chapter 12, Florida Bar Florida Eminent Domain Practice and Procedure, 7th edition, Co-author
  • “Selecting Eminent Domain Experts,” The Practical Litigator, Co-author, September, 2010
  • “Florida Eminent Domain: Knowing and Protecting Your Property Rights,” South Florida Legal Guide, Co-author, 2008
  • “How Owners Can Protect Themselves After Kelo,” South Florida Legal Guide, Co-author, 2006
  • “Fending off the HCFA,” Best Review, Co-author, December 1993
Professional Associations & Memberships[ - ]
  • Florida Bar Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section, Executive Council, 1997-present
  • Florida Bar Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section, Co-Chair of Amicus Committee, 1998-present
  • Florida Bar Appellate Court Rules Committee, member, 2011-present
  • Florida Bar Eminent Domain Committee, member, 1988-89, 2001-02, 2005-present
  • Owners Counsel of America, Florida Representative, 2005-11
  • American Bar Association, member, 1984-present
    Condemnation, Zoning and Land Use Litigation Committee, Co-Chair, 2002-05
    Editor of Lis Pendens, Newsletter of the Condemnation, Zoning and Land Use Litigation Committee, 2000-02, 2005-08
    Commercial and Business Litigation Committee
  • Palm Beach County Bar Association, member
    Environmental, Land Use and Eminent Domain CLE Committee, Chair 2004-05
Bar Admissions[ - ]
  • The Florida Bar, 1984
  • The Georgia Bar, 1982
Court Admissions[ - ]
  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • United States Court of Federal Claims
  • United States Court of Appeals
    Eleventh Circuit
    Third Circuit
    Sixth Circuit
  • United States District Court
    Southern District of Florida
    Middle District of Florida
    Northern District of Georgia
Civic & Community Service[ - ]
  • Palm Beach Atlantic University,
    Board Secretary, 2013
    Board of Trustees, 2004-present
  • American Cancer Society, Palm Beach County
    President, 1999-02
    Board of Directors, 1990-09
  • Economic Council of Palm Beach County, 1997-07
  • Florida Chamber of Commerce, Board of Governors, 2001-04
  • Leadership Florida
    Graduate, 1996
    Board of Regents, 1998-99
  • FSU College of Law Alumni Association, Board of Directors, 1986-96
  • Memorial Presbyterian Church, Elder, 1996-02, 2003-09, 2010-present
Prior Professional Experience[ - ]
  • Brigham Moore, LLP, Partner, 2004-11
  • Steel, Hector & Davis, LLP, Associate and Partner, 1983-2004