John J. Schickel

Top rated Personal Injury attorney in Jacksonville, Florida

Coker Law
John J. Schickel
Coker Law

Practice Areas: Personal Injury, Medical Malpractice; view more

Licensed in Florida since: 1973

Education: University of Florida Levin College of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2023

Coker Law

136 East Bay Street
Jacksonville, FL 32202 Visit website


Attorney John J. Schickel is a partner with Coker Law in Jacksonville, Florida. A top-rated, award-winning attorney who has received national recognition as one of the leading trial advocates in the country, Mr. Schickel devotes his practice exclusively to plaintiff personal injury and medical malpractice claims, and he serves the rights and entitlements of victims and their families throughout the greater Jacksonville metro region and surrounding areas.

Mr. Schickel holds several certifications in his legal areas. The Florida Bar certified him in both civil trial and workers' compensation, and the National Board of Trial Advocacy certified him as a civil trial attorney. In addition, he also holds certification as a circuit court mediator from the Florida Supreme Court as well as federal court mediator for the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida. He is also admitted to practice before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit and the U.S. Supreme Court.

A 1970 graduate of the University of Florida, Mr. Schickel returned to his alma mater and obtained his Juris Doctor from the University of Florida Levin College of Law in 1972. Since entering private practice, Mr. Schickel has enjoyed a highly distinguished, decorated career, including receiving the Justice Harry Lee Anstead Board-Certified Lawyer of the Year award from The Florida Bar in 2006. In addition, the E. Robert Williams American Inn of Court honored Mr. Schickel by naming its Florida chapter's professionalism award after him.

Among his numerous other accolades and honors, Mr. Schickel holds an AV Preeminent peer review rating* from Martindale-Hubbell, and the Jacksonville Financial Times and Daily Record voted him "Lawyer of the Year" in 2002. He has also received recognition as being among Florida's Legal Elite as well as The Florida Bar's Frierson-Colling Professionalism Award for workers' compensation and the President's Award of Merit.

Throughout his career, Mr. Schickel has held a number of leadership roles with The Florida Bar, the American Board of Trial Advocacy and the Jacksonville Defense Lawyers Association. He is also a member of the American Bar Association and the Jacksonville Bar Association as well as fellow of the American Bar Foundation. He also supports his local community through his involvement with various civic and charitable organizations, including serving as president of the Jacksonville Legal Aid Society and on the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce Board of Governors.

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice areas

Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff, Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff

Focus areas

Medical Malpractice, Personal Injury - Plaintiff

  • 50% Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
  • 50% Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff

First Admitted: 1973, Florida

Professional Webpage:

  • Raymond Ehrlich Trial Advocacy Award by Jacksonville Bar Association (2015)
  • Fellow, International Society of Barristers
  • Lawyer of the Year, ABOTA Jacksonville chapter (2014)
  • 2010 Jacksonville Bar Association “Professionalism Award”
  • Fellow, American College of Workers Compensation Attorneys
  • Florida Bar President's Aware of Merit (2011)
  • Florida Bar worker's compensation section, Frierson/Colling Professionalism Award
  • Florida Trend's Legal Elite
  • 2010 “Fran Coker Community Service Award” from FLABOTA
  • Jacksonville Area Legal Aid – “2009 President’s Award”
  • The Florida Bar 2006 Justice Harry Lee Anstead Award: “Board Certified Lawyer Of The Year”
  • Listed in “Leading American Lawyers in Florida”
  • Florida Super Lawyer–consistently selected since 2006 program inception
  • 2002 Jacksonville Financial Times and Daily Record “Lawyer of The Year”
  • Who’s Who: American Universities and Colleges
  • E. Robert Williams Inn of Court, "Professionalism Award" named in his honor
  • AV-Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Fellow of the American Bar Foundation
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Florida Children First, Board of Directors
  • Florida Coastal School of Law Foundation, Board of Directors, Chairman (2015)
  • Florida Supreme Court Historical Society, Board of Directors
  • North Florida Council of Boy Scouts of America, Board of Directors (1996-1998)
  • Edward Waters College, Trustee (2006-2009)
  • WorkSource, Past Chairman (2004-2006); Vice Chairman (2002-2003); Board of Directors (2000 to present); Center for WorkForce Leadership, Chairman
  • Search Committee for Superintendent, Duval County Schools
  • University of Florida Law School Trustee (1998-2004)
  • Florida Ducks Unlimited, Beaches Chapter Area Chairman (1986-1987)
  • Oversight Committee – Real Sense Prosperity Campaign
  • Sigma Alpha Epsilon, President, Alumni Commission (1995-1998); Merit Key Society; Brother of the Year (1998)
  • The Community Foundation-Education Forum: “Quality Education for All” (2006-2007)
  • Jacksonville Sertoma Club President (1982)
  • Jacksonville Electric Authority, Board of Directors (1994-1998); Chairman (1995-1996); (1996-1997)
  • Jacksonville Area Legal Aid Foundation, Board of Directors
  • Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce, Board of Governors (1997-2004); Executive Committee (1997; 2000-2002); Chairman, Business Recruitment (1997); Chairman, Education & Work Force Development (2000-2001); Strategic Planning Task Force (1999); Champion, World Class Education; President, Jacksonville Chamber Foundation, Inc.
  • Alliance for World Class Education, Vice President (2000-2001)
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • E. Robert Williams Inn of Court, Master of the Bench; Founding President (2007-2009)
  • American Board of Trial Advocacy (ABOTA), Past President, Jacksonville Chapter; FLABOTA Board of Directors
  • American Bar Association
  • Jacksonville Bar Association
  • National Board of Trial Advocacy, Civil Trial Specialist
  • Jacksonville Defense Lawyers Association, President (1984)
  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • The Florida Bar, Board of Governors (2005-2011); Executive Committee (2008-2011); Budget Chair (2009-2010); Strategic Planning Committee (2008-2010); Board of Legal Specialization and Education (1990-2002); Chairman (1995-1997); Vice Chairman (1993-1994); Civil Trial Area Certificate Committee; Workers’ Compensation Area Certification Committee; Executive Council of Trial Lawyers Section (1994-2000); The Florida Bar Foundation Board of Directors (2000-2005)
  • United States Court of Appeal, 11th Circuit
  • United States District Court, Middle District of Florida
  • All Courts of the State of Florida
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Adjunct Professor, Florida Coastal School of Law
Special Licenses/Certifications:
  • National Board of Trial Advocacy, Certified Civil Trial Attorney
  • Federal Court Mediator, Middle District of Florida
  • Florida Supreme Court, Certified Circuit Court Mediator
  • Board Certified in Civil Trial, The Florida Bar
  • Board Certified in Workers’ Compensation, The Florida Bar
Educational Background:
  • University of Florida, Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, 1970

Office location for John J. Schickel

136 East Bay Street
Jacksonville, FL 32202

Phone: 904-575-3837


18 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2023

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