John Sharpless received a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) from Lehigh University in 1990 and a Juris Doctor (J.D.) from the University of New Hampshire School of Law (formerly Franklin Pierce Law Center) in 1996.
John was admitted to the Florida Bar in October of 1996, and is licensed to practice before all Florida state courts as well as the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida and the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.
John began his legal career representing Social Security claimants in 1996 and soon thereafter joined an insurance defense firm defending workers’ compensation claims and claims under the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act. Since September of 1999, John has only represented the injured and not insurance companies. From April of 2002 through April of 2013, John was a partner in the firm of Osborne & Sharpless in Tampa representing exclusively the injured in workers’ compensation, Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation and Social Security disability cases.
In 2002, John Sharpless became Board Certified by the Florida Bar Division of legal specialization in the area of workers’ compensation law and has been recertified three times through July of 2022. In 2007, John was selected as a “Superlawyer” in the field of workers’ compensation law.
John Sharpless became certified as a Circuit civil mediator in 2017 and privately mediates workers’ compensation and Longshore/Defense Base Act cases.
John has been a partner at the Winer Law Group since 2013 practicing in the areas of workers’ compensation and Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation/Defense Base Act and Social Security Disability law. He also handles appeals to the First District Court of Appeals, Social Security Administration Appeals Council, U.S. Department of Labor Office of Administrative Law Judges, Benefits Review Board and U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.
John Sharpless has lectured on workers’ compensation and Social Security disability topics including:
Sickle Cell Disease Association of Florida 37th Annual Membership Convention – Social Security Disability Law
Florida Workers’ Advocates Annual Educational Conference 2016 – Understanding Miles and Other Practical Tips
Florida Workers’ Advocates Annual Educational Conference 2017 – Anatomy of a Workers’ Compensation Case
Florida Workers’ Advocates Annual Educational Conference 2019 – Social Security and Other Offsets
John is a member of the Hillsborough County Bar Association; the Florida Bar Workers’ Compensation Section; sits on the Board of Directors of Florida Workers’ Advocates (FWA), is a member of the Florida Justice Association, Work Injury Law and Advocacy Group (WILG) and is a sustaining member of the National Organization of Social Security Claimants’ Representatives (NOSSCR).
John has been married to his wife Jennifer for over 24 years and has three children Caroline, Jackson and Lauren. He enjoys playing the guitar and harmonica and backpacking when he is not practicing law.
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