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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, retaliation, whistleblowing 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 Employment Law practice group. He shares his expertise writing and speaking to many business and professional groups with regard to employment matters, and takes the lead in organizing the firm’s annual HR Law & Solutions educational seminar for human resource professionals.

John has been recognized by Florida Super Lawyers® magazine for his work in employment law every year since 2009. He also holds the highest AV-rating by Martindale Hubbell.

John joined Henderson Franklin in 1988 and has served several terms on the firm's Executive Committee. 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. He serves on the Fort Myers YMCA Advisory Board of Directors and is a member of the Rotary Club Fort Myers South.

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. He also served as a member of the 2015 Heart Ball Executive Leadership Team.


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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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