Biographical Information

John V. Tucker is the Managing Shareholder of Tucker & Ludin, P.A., based in St. Petersburg, Florida. For over two decades, Mr. Tucker has represented clients in Florida and throughout the United States in all types of disability benefit claims. In fact, he is one of only a few attorneys in the United States who handles Disability Insurance, ERISA Disability, Social Security Disability, and Veterans Administration (VA) disability claims and litigation. He understands the unique challenges individuals face when dealing with insurance companies and governmental agencies. While Mr. Tucker’s clients come from a variety of chosen careers, he is nationally recognized for his experience in helping CEOs, corporate executives, professionals, and athletes in reversing denials of their disability claims.

His nationwide practice includes claim handling, litigation, and appeals related to:

  • Long Term Disability Insurance
  • ERISA Disability Claims
  • Social Security Disability Benefits
  • Veteran’s Disability Benefits
  • Individual and Group Life Insurance Claims
  • Accidental Death & Dismemberment Claims


Admission Dates & Jurisdictions

Mr. Tucker is admitted to practice before all state courts of Florida, as well as the Middle, Northern, and Southern U.S. District Courts of Florida.

He is also admitted to practice before the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims in Washington, D.C.


University of Florida, Fredric G. Levin College of Law Law JD – Juris Doctor 1991
University of Florida N/A BA – Bachelor of Arts 1988

Professional Experience

Chair, American Association for Justice Social Security Disability Law Section, 2012
President, St. Petersburg Bar Association, 2002
Former Editor and Member, Editorial Board – Paraclete, the magazine of the St. Petersburg Bar Association

Honors & Awards

2015 – Top Rated Lawyers – South Florida’s Legal Leaders

2015 –  National Association of Distinguished Counsel – Nation’s Top One Percent

2015 – The National Advocates: Top 100 Lawyers

2014 – 2016 – Super Lawyer

2008 – 2014 – AV Peer Review Rating Martindale-Hubbell

2008 – Certificate of Appreciation for Pro Bono Service Community Law Program, St. Petersburg, FL

2005 – 5 Year Board Service Award Pinellas Opportunity Council

2003 – “Boss of the Year” St. Petersburg Association of Legal Support Specialists

2002 – “40 under 40” Tampa Bay Review

1997 – Who’s Who in American Law Who’s Who Legal

1997 – “Optimist of the Year” High Noon Optimist Club

1997 – “Respect for Law” Award Northeast Optimist Club

1996 – Who’s Who in American Law Who’s Who