About John

John Uustal is one of America’s premier trial lawyers and co-founder of Kelley-Uustal, one of the nation’s leading catastrophic injury and wrongful death law firms. Uustal leads a team of 24 elite trial lawyers, plus paralegals, investigators and staff.

He takes on some of the most complex and difficult legal cases of our time. He will only accept a small handful of cases so that he can give each one the attention it deserves.

John is well-known for standing up to powerful corporations. He has been threatened both physically and financially while fighting to expose misconduct at the highest levels, misconduct that resulted in catastrophic injury to his clients.

John’s work on behalf of families facing unnecessary injury and death has resulted in safer vehicles, safer products and ultimately safer consumers.

John Uustal thrives on the challenge of taking cases that other lawyers consider too risky or too complex. His greatest victories have been in cases that were turned down by other law firms; even in cases where the perpetrator seems obvious, he has found hidden culprits who were also responsible.

Powerful companies often excel at hiding their tracks so that even experienced lawyers miss the claim, leaving victims without recourse.

Certifications and Honors

Among John Uustal’s many professional certifications and honors are:

  • Product Liability Lawyer of the Year in America’s Best Lawyers
  • Best Lawyers in America (2008 – 2018)
  • Florida Super Lawyers (2009 – 2018)
  • AV Rated by Martindale Hubbell (highest level)
  • Board Certified Civil Trial Specialist
  • AVVO  “Superb” Rating


John Uustal is a highly rated speaker (see 2017 Mensa Keynote), his high profile cases are frequently In the News and he provides expert legal commentary for national media outlets from CNN to Tech Times and Inside Edition. His new book Corporate Serial Killers –Boosting Profits with the New License to Kill, is set for early 2019 release (Sutton Hart Press).


  • Georgetown University School of Foreign Service
  • University of Miami School of Law