Partner – FitzGerald Yap Kreditor LLP
John Clough practices business and commercial litigation and has extensive experience in the management and trial of litigation matters as 1st chair in jury and non-jury trials in state and federal courts, administrative proceedings, as well as in arbitration, mediation, and other alternative dispute resolution proceedings.
John litigates complex, multi-party matters in diverse areas of substantive law, including corporate governance disputes, construction defects, lender liability, fiduciary litigation, business and lending fraud, officer and director liability, intellectual property and trade secret/trade dress, and as well as cases involving unfair competition, restrictive covenants, usurpation of corporate opportunities, theft of trade secrets, and deceptive trade practices.
John successfully meshes his litigation practice with a robust transactional practice and has worked with start-up businesses, business restructuring (to attract investors and passive capital), and other corporate clients in the preparation of employment handbooks/agreements, separation agreements, operating agreements, shareholder agreements, distributor agreements, franchisor and franchisee agreements, mergers, acquisitions and sales of businesses and corporations, information technology policies, and advertising and marketing policies and procedures.
He also serves as general counsel for all types of companies on a continuing basis, participating in defining, developing, and drafting corporate policies for employees and the employer, procedures and programs, contracts (for both the employees as well as for transactions such as complex corporate landlord-tenant leases and others), and providing guidance on all corporate legal matters.
Florida Board Certified Specialist in Business Litigation
United States Supreme Court
United States Court of Appeal for the Eleventh Circuit
United States District Court for the Northern District of Florida
United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida
United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida
United States Bankruptcy Court for the Middle District of Florida
United States District Court for the Central District of Florida
United States District Court for the Central District of California
United States Tax Court
United States Court of Federal Claims
University of Miami School of Law, 1999, J.D.
Professional Honors and Memberships
AV® Preeminent Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
25th Edition of The Best Lawyers in America© Recognized for Commercial Litigation
Best Lawyers® in America (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019)
Gulfshore Life, Best Lawyers In Florida (2018)
Florida SuperLawyer “Rising Star” (2009-2011)
The Florida Bar Standing Committee on Professionalism (2011-2013)
Florida GulfShore Business 40 Under 40 (2010)
University of Miami Citizens Board
University of Miami Miller School of Medicine Bascom Palmer Eye Institute Advisory Board
University of Miami Planned Giving Advisory Board
North Naples Church/Village School of Naples Celebration Center Building Committee Chair
NCH Healthcare Foundation, Chair for Corporate Gifts
Greater Naples YMCA, Board Member