Legal Assistant: Sally Ballenger,


Duke University School of Law
University of Notre Dame



John F. Flanigan

Few attorneys in Florida have had as long and distinguished career as John Flanigan. It was no surprise that John was one of the attorneys assisting in the acquisition of Martin Health System by Cleveland Clinic.

John brings his experience to clients who need assistance in the areas of banking and finance (including public finance) and commercial real estate law. He represents national, state and community financial institutions, developers, purchasers and individuals on the local and national level, often negotiating complex financing for a variety of commercial endeavors.

After these many decades, John still has the same enthusiasm for the law he practices and says that “every deal is interesting and there’s a million moving parts.”

Along with his passion for the law, John’s name is synonymous with community service in Palm Beach County. He has served on the board or as chairman for many of the county’s most recognizable governmental, Bar, charitable and civic organizations. Just take a look at John’s extensive list under Affiliations & Honors.

And John knows how to dig. When not practicing law or helping the community, John is an avocational archaeologist and has surveyed numerous anasazi sites. He is particularly interested in the Southwestern United States and spent portions of six summers in Chaco Canyon, New Mexico and in the Sedona, Arizona area.

  • AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell (highest rating)
  • Member, National Association of Bond Lawyers
  • Board Member, Audubon Florida, 2003-present; Chairman, 2004-2008
  • Board Member, Economic Council of Palm Beach County, 1993-present; Chairman, 2009
  • Board Member, United Way of Palm Beach County, 1973-present; Board Chairman, 1996-1998, 1979-1980; President, 1978-1979
  • Board Member, Business Development Board of Palm Beach County, 2010-2017
  • Board Member, Allegany Franciscan Ministries, 2004-2015; Chairman, 2011-2012
  • Member, Palm Beach County Water Resources Advisory Board, 2009-present
  • Member, Palm Beach County Groundwater and Natural Resources Protection Board, 1990-2009; Chairman, 1990-1998
  • Board Member, Junior Achievement of the Palm Beaches, 1983-2003; President, 1983-1985; Chairman, 2000-2001
  • Gubernatorial Appointment, Treasure Coast Regional Planning Council, 1987 and 1990-2000; Chairman, 1999; Vice Chairman, 1998; Secretary, 1997
  • Member, Governor’s Commission for a Sustainable South Florida (gubernatorial appointment), 1995-1999; Buffers and Boundaries Committee Chairman, 1997-1999
  • Executive Committee and Board Member, Chamber of Commerce of the Palm Beaches, 1985-1993; President, 1992
  • Governing Board Member (gubernatorial appointment), South Florida Water Management District, 1983-1987; Vice Chairman, 1986-1987; Finance Committee
    Chairman, 1985-1987; Executive Director Search Committee Chairman, 1984
  • Member, Palm Beach County Water Resources Management Advisory Board, 1985-1987; Wellfield Protection Ordinance Subcommittee Vice Chairman, 1985-1987
  • Governing Board Member (gubernatorial appointment), Florida Keys Aqueduct Authority, 1983-1986
  • Member, Statewide Health Coordinating Council (gubernatorial appointment), 1977-1981; Secretary, 1980-1981; Cost Containment and Legislative Committee Chairperson, 1979-1981
  • Member, The Florida Bar Fifteenth Judicial Circuit Grievance Committee “B”, 1978-1981; Chairman, 1980-1981
  • President, Palm Beach County Chapter of the American Heart Association, 1980
  • Member (gubernatorial appointment), State Hospital Advisory Council, Citizen Advisory Board to the Division of Community Medical Facilities, State of Florida, Department of Health and Rehabilitation Services, 1975-1977
  • President, Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County, 1975-1977
  • President, Gulfstream Goodwill Industries, Inc., 1975-1977
  • President, Community Services Council, Inc., 1973
  • Executive Committee, Palm Beach County Bar Association, 1971-1979; President, 1978; Young Lawyers Section President, 1971
  • Editorial Board Member, Duke Law Journal