John V. Tucker

John V. Tucker

Managing Partner

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For over 24 years, John V. Tucker has helped people get disability benefits, life insurance benefits, ERISA benefits, Social Security Disability and SSI, Veterans' disability compensation benefits, and personal injury and wrongful death recoveries in the Tampa Bay area. Mr. Tucker has achieved AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review RatingSM—the highest available—through Martindale-Hubbell's® attorney peer review ratings for his ethical standards and legal ability. He is also rated 10/10 (Superb) by, an online lawyer rating and selection guide. In 2015, he was named one of Tampa Bay Magazine's Top Attorneys in Tampa Bay, and has consistently been selected as a SuperLawyer in the area of employee benefits.

Mr. Tucker practices throughout the United States, handling claims, litigation, and appeals related to:

  • Long-term disability insurance
  • ERISA disability benefits
  • Social Security Disability benefits
  • Veterans service-connected disability compensation
  • Life insurance and ERISA life benefits.
  • Accidental Death & Dismemberment and ERISA AD&D insurance benefits.
  • ERISA subrogation and reimbursement lien reductions and litigation.
  • 401(k) and pension plan benefit disputes

As a disability benefits and life insurance attorney, John Tucker has represented thousands of people throughout Florida and the United States, particularly in ERISA and disability insurance cases. While many of his clients are from Florida, he has clients and former clients all across the United States of America.


Originally from Louisville, Kentucky, Mr. Tucker studied at Bellarmine University and the University of Louisville before he moved to Florida where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Florida in 1988. He went on to receive his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Florida College of Law in 1991. While at UF's College of Law, John wrote on the Journal of Law and Public Policy.


Mr. Tucker is admitted to practice before all state courts of Florida, as well as the Middle, Northern, and Southern U.S. District Courts of Florida. He is also admitted to practice before the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims in Washington, D.C.

Mr. Tucker has focused his efforts on the representation of individuals in different types of insurance and employee benefit claims. He is one of a handful of lawyers in Florida who represent private citizens in all types of disability benefit claims. Further, he is one of only a few ERISA lawyers in the United States who handle Social Security Disability and Veterans Administration (VA) disability claims and appeals.

He has handled hundreds of administrative hearings before the Office of Hearings and Appeals of the Social Security Administration. John Tucker is also accredited to practice as an attorney before the United States Department of Veterans Affairs, where he represents disabled veterans seeking service-connected disability compensation benefits and disability pension benefits.

Community activities

John Tucker currently serves on the Board of Directors for the St. Petersburg Free Clinic. In the past, he has served multiple years on the Boards for the Mid-Florida Chapter of the Multiple Sclerosis Society, the Pinellas Opportunity Council (the organization responsible for supervising Head Start and other local programs), Girls, Inc. (formerly called Girls Clubs). In 1996–1997, he was president of the High Noon Optimist Club of St. Petersburg and served as Lt. Governor of the Optimist International, North Florida Region the following year. He was also appointed by the President of the Florida Bar to serve on the Florida Bar Grievance Committee "D" hearing ethics complaints filed against lawyers.

Contact us

If you are concerned about your disability claim, John V. Tucker and his team can help. We deliver excellent client service, and there are no upfront legal fees. To schedule a free consultation with an experienced disability attorney, call us at 888-975-1596 or contact our office online.