John's Bio

I am currently retired from the practice of law and unavailable for legal services during my recovery from a recent extended illness. For legal matters, please call my wife and former partner Laura Ripoll Dennison at 754-224-9259.

Meet John DennisonJohn Dennison has practiced law for over 25 years. John studied at the University of Salzburg in Salzburg, Austria, graduated cum laude in 1974 from Bowling Green State University in Ohio, and graduated from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law in Cleveland, Ohio in 1977.

He was licensed to practice law in both Florida and Ohio, as well as in the U.S. Federal Courts for the Southern District of Florida and the Northern District of Ohio. He is a member of the Florida Bar Association, and has been a member of various legal groups including the American Bar Association and the Association of Trial Lawyers of America.

John began his legal career in Ohio as a trial lawyer handling various types of criminal and civil litigation. In addition, his family's business brought him into extensive work in residential and commercial real estate, which in turn led him into more complex development, financing, and leasing transactions.

Over the years his practice grew to include business law with a concentration in handling the personal and business affairs of entrepreneurs, professionals, and small business owners.

That expanded into an active technology practice as he took on various software and hardware vendors, an expertise recognized when he was appointed to the Florida Bar Association's standing commmittee on Computer Law.

Moreover, to insure his clients were covered throughout all phases of their affairs, he developed an extensive trust and estate planning practice to insure continuity of business operations, provide for the needs of family, simplify post-mortem affairs, and reduce the impact of the infirmities of age. He developed such an expertise that he was asked to write the chapter on "Living Trusts and Pourover Wills" for The Florida Estate Planning Guide, a treatise for lawyers published by Mathew-Bender, a division of Lexis-Nexis.

John continues to practice in South Florida, focusing on social entrepreneurs and other businesses trying to make a difference in the world. The remainder of his time is devoted to writing and charitable endeavors.

John civic work has included:

  • Past president and director of the Miami Lakes Business Association (now Miami Lakes Chamber of Commerce);
  • Board of Supervisors for the Florida FAA Federal Credit Union;
  • Director of the Deaf Services Bureau;
  • Community Advisory Committee of the Miami Lakes Technical Education Center;
  • Associate Director and Legal Advisor to the South Florida Council of the National Association of Investors Corporation;
  • Legal correspondent for Into Tomorrow, a national network radio show focusing on high tech products and issues; and
  • Appointed to the Florida Bar Association's standing commttee on Computer Law, now merged into its Business Law Section.

In addition, John has been an active fund-raiser for many charitable organizations, including local chapters of the Leukemia Foundation and American Cancer Society, and organized the local chapter of the American Heart Association, and sat on the supervisory board (and later served as chairman of the board of directors) of the Chinese Medicine Institute.

He also regularly attends conferences and seminars around the country to maintain his skills and ability to serve his clients.

Last but certainly not least, John is a published poet and author, professional speaker, devoted father and husband, trustee, spiritual teacher and martial artist, and actively promotes the restoration of civility and inner values in society.

Earlier activities, like being a concert clarinetist, member of the Junior Davis Cup Team (tennis), Little League baseball coach, and participation in Boy Scouts, were reluctantly set aside due to time constraints imposed by his many other commitments.

In addition to his legal and business practice, John shares a vision of how mankind can build a better tomorrow by drawing upon the inner voice that connects each of us to our source of life, continuing a cause for better human relations he started at age 15 when gave the Easter service to his Methodist Church. Now he shows people how to use it to know themselves, where they are going, and address the obstacles that get in their way.