The newest member of our hometown team, John D. McBride, represents those who have suffered injuries in car accidents. John is a Board-Certified Civil Trial Attorney in Florida and is an AV Preeminent rated attorney – a peer award for the highest level of professional excellence – and is admitted to practice in all state courts throughout Florida as well as federal court for the Middle District of Florida.
John was born and raised in Orange County, New York. He attended both Manhattan College and the University of New Haven for his undergraduate degree and obtained a Bachelor of Science in Fire Protection Engineering from the University of New Haven. Upon his graduation, John joined a fire protection engineering firm in New York where he was responsible for managing and overseeing part of the redevelopment and redesign of the World Trade Center after the 9/11 attacks.
Realizing he had a passion for the law, John moved to Florida and attended Stetson University College of Law where he earned his J.D. degree. He began his legal career representing injured plaintiffs as well as doing some insurance subrogation work. Later, John began working for the Pinellas County State Attorney's Office where he learned and honed his courtroom and trial skills, trying more than 40 cases to verdict – ranging from local ordinance violations to first degree and capital felonies. While there, John was selected to be the office’s sole arson prosecutor, a member of the office's elite Vehicular Homicide / DUI Manslaughter Squad, and also received special recognition for his successful prosecution of impaired drivers.
Eventually, John left the State Attorney’s Office to work as in-house staff counsel for one of the largest auto insurance companies in the U.S. While there, he defended complex and high-exposure auto negligence cases with great success in the courtroom. His skills earned him a leadership role in the company where he managed and trained attorneys and staff throughout Florida.
John has always had a passion for helping others. He was a firefighter in Orange County, New York, for nearly 15 years and also worked as an Advanced Emergency Medical Technician for nearly a decade, during which time he was selected to be part of the disaster relief team evacuating and serving the city of New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. He also belonged to several volunteer ambulance organizations as well as the county's Hazardous Materials Response Team.
When not practicing law, John enjoys teaching and currently teaches Emergency Medical Technician students in order for them to become certified to work in the field of EMS. He is also an Eagle Scout with the Boy Scouts of America.
John and his wife have known each other for nearly 20 years and met while working together for an ambulance service in New York. In their spare time, they enjoy relaxing at the beach, watching movies, traveling, and spending time with their 3-year-old son and three dogs.