John is board-certified in appellate practice by The Florida Bar, is a member of the American Law Institute, and has argued before all of Florida’s state and federal appellate courts—including the Supreme Court of the United States. In addition to representing parties, he has represented various amici curiae (friends of the court), and wrote an amicus brief in the landmark age discrimination case Smith v. City of Jackson, presenting a novel textual argument that the Supreme Court later used in its decision. His cases have been featured in the national media, including The Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, the Chicago Tribune and The National Law Journal. He has represented plaintiffs and defendants in dozens of class actions over the past 25 years.
John is a former chair of The Florida Bar’s Appellate Certification Committee, which evaluates, tests, and determines those lawyers who will be board-certified as appellate specialists in Florida. By election, he chaired the Bar’s 1400-member Appellate Practice Section, and by appointment of successive presidents of The Florida Bar, he served two terms as chair of Florida’s Appellate Court Rules Committee—the committee that drafts the rules governing Florida’s appellate courts. He is the continuing author of “The Record on Appeal – Civil Appeals,” a regularly-updated chapter in the Florida Appellate Practice treatise published by The Florida Bar. He has lectured and written on a range of appellate and class action topics, and he has served as a consultant and as an expert witness in the area of appellate practice. He has received Martindale-Hubbell’s highest rating, and is named in the current editions of Best Lawyers in America, Florida Super Lawyers, and South Florida Legal Guide’s Top Lawyers.
Crabtree & Auslander is a Miami-based firm dedicated principally to representing businesses and individuals in state and federal appellate courts. The four members–John Crabtree, Charles Auslander, Brian Tackenberg, and former Third District Court of Appeal Chief Judge Linda Ann Wells—are all Florida Bar board-certified appellate practice specialists. Collectively, they handle civil appeals in a wide range of legal areas, including:
Commercial Litigation Appeals
Employment Law Appeals
Class Action Appeals
Probate and Trust Appeals
Complex Family Law Appeals
Recognized for their skills in legal research and the preparation of written and oral arguments, the firm’s attorneys are effective appellate advocates. Together, they have decades of experience in handling appeals in state and federal courts, with hundreds of decisions to their credit.