John Spivey


John Spivey is a Partner with the Washo & Spivey Law Firm. He is a Board Certified Criminal Trial Attorney. He graduated from Florida State University with an Associate’s Degree, the University of Central Florida with both a Bachelor’s Degree and a Master’s Degree, and the University of Arkansas (Little Rock) where he earned his Juris Doctorate. He was born and raised in Jacksonville, Florida and took up residence in Lake County upon his graduation from law school. He has tried to jury verdict over 200 cases ranging from misdemeanors to first degree murders where the death penalty was sought. He has conducted jury trials in Marion, Lake, Sumter, Citrus, Hernando, Orange, Volusia and Seminole counties. He previously served as a Partner in the criminal defense firm of Graves & Spivey, Chief Assistant Public Defender of the 5th Judicial Circuit overseeing the day-to-day operation of the five county law office and overseeing the capital division, as Assistant Regional and Conflict Counsel, and Senior Attorney for the Commissioner of Agriculture (Florida Cabinet).

  • Florida State University Associate of Arts
  • University of Central Florida Bachelor of Arts in Public Administration
  • University of Central Florida Master’s Degree in Public Administration
  • University of Arkansas at Little Rock Juris Doctorate
  • Graduate, National Criminal Defense College, Mercer University
  • Graduate, National Forensic College, Cardozo School of Law

  • Florida Bar Board Certified Criminal Trial Attorney
  • First Chair Capital Qualified Death Penalty Attorney

  • Member, Florida Bar
  • Practice Qualified, Supreme Court of the United States of America
  • Member, Lake County Bar Association
  • Member, Florida Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys
  • Member, National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys
  • Appointed by Chief Judge, 5th Circuit Local Professionalism Panel
  • Member, UCF Dean’s Committee for the College of Community, Innovation and Education
  • Judge, South Atlantic Regional Moot Court Tournament
  • Sumter County Bar Association

  • Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO)-Pattern Element Does Not Require Multiple Schemes, 12 U. Ark. Little Rock, L.J. 557
  • Survey, Constitutional Law, 13 U. Ark. Little Rock, L.J. 331

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