Education & Early Career
John S. Hager, Esq. originally hails from Spring Valley, New York. He earned his undergraduate degree in 1994 from the University of Florida. He later received his law degree from Nova Southeastern University.
After graduating with his Juris Doctorate and passing the Florida Bar exam, John served as an Assistant State Attorney with the Broward County State Attorney’s Office, which allowed him to gain trial knowledge of the criminal justice system. During his time as a prosecutor, John has worked on thousands of criminal cases involving a variety of misdemeanor and felony crimes.
After leaving the State Attorney’s Office, John worked with a Florida insurance defense firm, where he litigated on behalf of some of the state's largest insurance companies. This set up his full transition into criminal defense.
Bar admissions mean for an attorney a high level of trust and establishment in the field of law. Bar associations work to regulate and preserve their respective areas. Membership within them indicates integrity and legal prowess.
John maintains active membership in:
- The American Bar Association (ABA)
- The Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (FACDL)
- The Association of Trial Lawyers of America (ATLA)
- The Broward County Bar Association
- The Broward County Criminal Defense Lawyer's Association
- National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
John has also served two terms as a committee member for Florida’s Traffic Rules Committee and is admitted to practice in all Florida State Courts as well as the United States Southern District Court.
Attorney John Hager has been appointed to serve a three-year term as a member of the Florida Bar grievance committee. Each judicial committee in Florida – 20 in total – has at least one grievance committee, which serve a purpose similar to that of a grand jury. When there is an official complaint filed against a lawyer for possible violations of the Supreme Court of Florida’s conduct rules, the responding grievance committee must decide if the complaint is actionable and should be pursued further based on the evidence provided by the complainant. With the assistance of non-lawyer specialists also on the grievance committee, Attorney Hager and other attorneys selected to the group will also decide what penalties could be used as discipline, if any at all.
Awards & Accolades
From 2009 to 2012, John has also been honored as one of the "Top Up & Comers", and more recently has been named a “Top Lawyer” by the South Florida Legal Guide. These honors are awarded to successful and promising young attorneys under the age of 40 and is decided by the current year's top attorneys.
Other accolades include:
- Superb rating by Avvo's legal rating system
- Recognition as one of South Florida's Top AV Rated Lawyers
- Inclusion in the 2014-2020 Florida Super Lawyers® list
His most recent achievement has been his appointment by the President of the Florida Bar to serve on the Florida Bar Criminal Rules of Procedure Committee for a three-year term, a role with drastic expectations and responsibilities.
To learn more about Attorney Hager and to put him on your side in your case,
you can reach Hager & Schwartz today by dialing (386) 693-1637 right now!