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For over 25 years, John V. Tucker has helped people get disability benefits, life insurance benefits, ERISA benefits, Long Term Disability, Social Security Disability and SSI, Veteran’s disability|VA Service Connected Compensation benefits. 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 2016, he was once again named one of Tampa Bay Magazine’s Top Attorneys in Tampa Bay, selected by the South Florida Daily Business Review  as a Top Attorney, and received another annual selection as one of the only claimant-side SuperLawyer in the area of employee benefits in Florida.

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

As a disability benefits and life insurance attorney, John Tucker has represented thousands of people throughout Florida and the United States, particularly in ERISA, disability and life insurance, and VA disability 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, Mr. Tucker 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.  When handling a case in another area of the country, he will obtain gain admission to the local court pro hac vice for purpose of handling a specific case.

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 Social Security’s hearing office, the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review.  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 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), and Girls, Inc. (formerly called Girls Clubs). His community leadership also includes serving as President of the St. Petersburg Bar Association, the Treasurer of the St. Petersburg Bar Foundation, President of the High Noon Optimist Club of St. Petersburg, and Lt. Governor of the North Florida Region of Optimist International. 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.

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If you are concerned about your disability claim or if you have had a life insurance claim denied, John V. Tucker and his team can help. We deliver excellent client service, and there are no up front legal fees. To schedule a free consultation with an experienced attorney to discuss your disability, ERISA, or life insurance claim call us toll free at (866) 233-5044 or contact our office online.