John Hornbeck was born and raised in St. Petersburg, Florida. He went to high school, college, and law school in St. Pete. John graduated from Keswick Christian High School, University of South Florida, and Stetson University College of Law. While at USF on a full scholarship, John was able to graduate with a Bachelor’s degree in only three years, while also working in the academic advising office.
John graduated from Stetson Law School early as well, taking only two and a half years to receive his Juris Doctorate. While at Stetson, John was co-chair of the Alumni Relations Committee, Christian Legal Society, and the Go Green Committee. John was also the captain for softball, soccer, and kickball. John received a Certificate for Excellence in Leadership from Stetson.
John received his love from law from his father who is an attorney (Harvard ‘75, Stetson ‘79). John’s brother Jay is also an attorney (USF ‘07, Stetson ’11). John enjoys fighting for professionals to obtain and keep their licenses. John’s grandfather William Hornbeck (Harvard ‘45, Harvard Medical ’47) was a doctor. John's wife Dr. Beth Hornbeck (Vanderbilt '08, FSU Medical '16) is a medical doctor. John treats all his clients licenses as if it is her he is protecting.
John has experience in traffic court case, DUI and other misdemeanors, as well as felony experience. John began his criminal defense career in 2010 as a law clerk for a Board Certified Criminal Defense attorney. He has experience on the other side of the aisle, as he was an intern at The Office of the State Attorney for six months. John's first experience with personal injury came in 2012 when he worked for a law firm that specialized in Breast Implant Malfunction Settlements. John has experience suing big companies such as Publix, and is not afraid to take on the "Goliath".
John’s commitment to helping people doesn’t stop at his profession. His community service includes City Of St. Petersburg Volunteer of the Year award for his work with the youth in the community. He was also the Youth Coordinator at his church for over two years, mentoring and teaching kids the Bible. In addition, he volunteered at a public school teaching Civics and Constitutional Law to 7th graders. He also volunteered his time teaching senior citizens history.