John J. Uustal

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney in Fort Lauderdale, FL

Kelley | Uustal
 | 500 N Federal Highway, Suite 200
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
Phone: 954-546-7363
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2010 - 2020
Selected To Rising Stars: 2009
Licensed Since: 1996
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (40%),
  • Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff (40%),
  • Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff (20%)
Attorney Profile


“I represent some really special people who are unfortunately in desperate situations. It’s something that I think about pretty much every waking moment. They need me to do an amazing job for them.”


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John Uustal is a founding partner of Kelley | Uustal law firm in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Nationally recognized as one of the top trial attorneys in the country, Mr. Uustal has more than 24 years of legal experience, and he provides unmatched advocacy and support to clients throughout Broward County and the surrounding areas of South Florida who have suffered injuries or lost loved ones as a result of someone else's negligent, careless or unlawful actions.

Over the course of his legal career handling all types of personal injury and wrongful death claims, Mr. Uustal has achieved unprecedented success fighting for the rights and entitlements of innocent accident victims and their families. Early in his career, he obtained a verdict of more than $51 million for a car crash victim, which stands as one of the largest verdicts ever awarded in the state. He has also secured record-setting verdicts and settlements in cases involving products liability, defective automobiles and tobacco litigation.

From his efforts, Mr. Uustal has received national attention from a variety of television and print news outlets, including the New York Times, and he has helped spur positive changes in the automotive industry, making seat belts, fuel tanks and other equipment safer for consumers.

Honored for his outstanding professionalism and service, Mr. Uustal has earned consistent recognition from The Best Lawyers in America© the Lawyer of the Year Award from America's Best Lawyers. In addition, the Daily Business Review named him the Most Effective Lawyer for Product Liability, and the Wall Street Journal voted him one of the Top Attorneys in Florida in 2011. He also holds an AV-Preeminent peer review rating* from Martindale-Hubbell, and he has received Superb client ratings on Avvo.

A graduate of Georgetown University, Mr. Uustal obtained his Juris Doctor, summa cum laude from the University of Miami School of Law in 1995, where he received the Book Award as having the highest grade in his class for each of his years in law school. He also holds his certification as a civil trial specialist from The Florida Bar's Board of Legal Specialization & Education.

A leader in his legal community, Mr. Uustal is a board member of the Florida Justice Association, and he serves as appellate section chair for the Broward County Bar Association. He is also a member of the Broward County Trial Lawyers Association and the American Association for Justice, and he has served on the board of directors for the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers.

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Practice Areas
  • 40%Personal Injury - General
  • 40%Personal Injury - Products
  • 20%Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice
Focus Areas

Animal Bites, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Slip and Fall, Wrongful Death, Construction Accident, Brain Injury, Toxic Mold, Trucking Accidents, Premises Liability - Plaintiff, Motor Vehicle Defects, Medical Devices, Pharmaceutical, Products Liability, Dental Malpractice, Medical Malpractice, Birth Injury, Delayed or Incorrect Diagnosis, Informed Consent


Selected to Super Lawyers for 11 yearsmiddle-imageSelected to Rising Stars for 1 years

Super Lawyers: 2010 - 2020 Rising Stars: 2009

Certificates and Credentials

Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization

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About John Uustal

Admitted: 1996, Florida

Professional Webpage:


  • Best Lawyer, Commercial Litigation & Personal Injury, Best Lawyers in America, 2010
  • AV® Rated by Martindale-Hubbell® (highest rank awarded)
  • AVVO Rated Lawyer- Superb (perfect rating)
  • Florida Risings Stars (2009)
  • Florida Super Lawyers® (2009- 2015)
  • Best Lawyer, Best Lawyers in America, 2009
  • Top Attorneys in Florida, Wall Street Journal, 2011
  • Best Lawyer, Commercial Litigation & Personal Injury, Best Lawyers in America, 2008

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Board Certified Civil Trial Specialist

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Trial Section Chair- Broward County Bar Association
  • Martindale-Hubbell®’ s Register of Preeminent Lawyers
  • Appellate Section Chair- Broward County Bar Association
  • The Florida Bar, Member, 2008
  • Board of Directors- Florida Justices Association
  • Broward County Justice Association, Member
  • Friends of Jack & Jill, Board Member and Volunteer
  • Florida Justice Association, Member
  • Broward County Women Lawyers' Association, Member
  • Dive Bar, Member
  • American Association for Justice, Member
  • Florida Association for Women Lawyers, Member
  • American Inns of Court, Stephen R. Booher Chapter, Member

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Rules Now Require Written Trust Account Plans, Florida Bar News
  • Rivers' Death: A Cautionary Tale About Outpatient Clinics, Daily Business Review


  • Construction Company Responsible for Over 100 Crashes, February 5, 1997
  • Record-Setting Verdict in Tractor-Trailer Crash, September 21, 1990
  • Favorable Verdict for Victim of Police Violence, May 16, 1992
  • Longest Trial in General Motors History, June 27, 1992
  • 1.7 Million Dollar Auto Crash Verdict, March 27, 1998
  • Jury Verdict: Auto Manufacturer Ignores Measures to Prevent Rollovers, March 27, 1998
  • Allstate Bets Against Kelley/Uustal, March 27, 1998
  • Careless Driver Kills Pedestrian, March 27, 1999
  • General Motors Found Responsible for Deadly Fire Defect, May 19, 1998
  • Local Fireman Wins Recall on Defective Gear, February 27, 1999
  • Attorney John Uustal Wins One of the Largest Verdicts in the US, March 27, 2000
  • Landmark Settlement for Contaminated Medicine, September 27, 2000
  • Phillip Morris Pounded with $300,000,000 Verdict, October 23, 2014
  • Service Company Fails to Repair Forklift Brakes, March 27, 2003
  • Justice for Wrongful Death of South Florida Preacher, October 19, 2013
  • HMO’s Fatal Mistake, February 28, 2007
  • Heroic Truck Driver Wins Multi-Million Dollar Case, July 27, 2007
  • Kelley | Uustal Attorneys Secure $38.5 Million for Client in Medical Negligence Case, May 21, 2013
  • R.J. Reynolds Found Guilty of Conspiracy, April 23, 2016
  • Creative Lawyering Produces Massive Settlement, March 5, 2015
  • Kelley | Uustal Obtains $4.3M Award in Med-Mal Case, August 4, 2016
  • Phillip Morris Misleads Customers, March 5, 2015
  • Kelley | Uustal Attorneys Win $28.795M Verdict in Big Tobacco Case, October 25, 2016
  • Philip Morris & R.J. Reynolds Hit with $6M Judgment in Lung Cancer Death Case, November 21, 2016
  • Medical Malpractice Leads To Preventable Death, January 23, 2017
  • Negligent Employer to Pay for Brain Injury, February 15, 2017
  • Unlikely Win in Rare Florida Tobacco Case, October 10, 2017
  • Unprecedented Settlement for Defective Seatbelt, December 11, 2018
  • Kelley | Uustal Lawyers Negotiate $27M for Toddler Burned in Pressure Cooker Explosion, August 13, 2019  

Educational Background:

  • B.S., Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service
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Office Location for John J. Uustal

500 N Federal Highway
Suite 200
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301

Phone: 954-546-7363

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Last Updated: 3/13/2020

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