John F. Potanovic
Stockholder - Fort Myers Office

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Direct Dial: 239.344.1240
Direct Fax: 239.344.1590

John F. Potanovic concentrates his practice in Employment Law and was among the first attorneys to achieve Board Certification in Labor and Employment Law in the State of Florida. He defends employers in discrimination and harassment lawsuits, including cases brought under Title VII, the ADA, the FLSA, and civil rights statutes, handling such matters through both jury and non-jury trials. John also handles wage and hour matters under the Fair Labor Standards Act, EEOC investigations and all aspects of employment counseling, including the review and drafting of employment policy handbooks. He is admitted to practice in all Florida state courts, as well as the United States District Court for the Middle and Northern Districts of Florida.

John is chair of the firm’s Employment Law practice group. He writes articles and lectures to many business and professional groups with regard to employment matters, and takes the lead in organizing Henderson Franklin’s annual HR Law & Solutions educational seminar for human resource professionals.

For six consecutive years (2009–2014), John was named to Florida Super Lawyers® magazine, which recognizes the state’s top five percent of attorneys who are selected through an extensive peer review, statewide survey and independent evaluation. John is also AV-rated by Martindale Hubbell.

John joined Henderson Franklin in 1988. He has two daughters, Brittany and Jessica.

Professional and Civic Affiliations

John is a member of the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) and Association of Workplace Investigators (AWI). He currently serves on the City of Palms Basketball Classic, Inc. Board of Directors, Fort Myers YMCA Advisory Board of Directors, and is a member of the 2015 Heart Ball Executive Leadership Team.

John is a past member of the board of directors of the Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce, past president of the University of Florida Alumni Association (Southwest Florida Chapter), former legislative committee chairman of the Human Resource Management Association of Southwest Florida and was a barrister in the Calusa Chapter of the American Inn of Courts.

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  • Undergraduate Degree: University of South Florida, 1982 
  • Law Degree: University of Florida, J.D., with honors, 1988 
  • Admitted to The Florida Bar 1988







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