January 2022

Contact: Eric W. Boyer, Esq.
Managing Partner
305.670.1101 Ext. 1023


John S. Derr

John S. Derr of the Tallahassee office recently won summary judgment in an employment law case alleging discrimination on the basis of disability, and workers’ compensation retaliation. Plaintiff sustained a heart attack at work which was deemed compensable because of his law enforcement position. Plaintiff returned to work, but was frequently absent to be tested for treatment. Over the next couple years, several incidents occurred at work which, while they did not affect the terms and conditions of his employment, Plaintiff contended were evidence of discriminatory or retaliatory animus. Ultimately Plaintiff brought to work a note from his workers’ compensation cardiologist saying that his condition was such he could not return to work at all. Plaintiff was terminated. Plaintiff testified on deposition that at the time he received the note from his doctor, he was unable to work. Plaintiff’s counsel filed thousands of documents in opposition to the motion for summary judgment, to no avail. The judgment has been appealed.

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John S. Derr is co-managing partner of QPWB’s Tallahassee office. Mr. Derr has devoted his practice of over 40 years to the areas of medical malpractice, private and public sector labor and employment law and insurance coverage and bad faith litigation. He has extensive experience advocating for clients and working with governmental agencies to resolve problems related to professional licensure issues. Over the years, he has tried cases to verdict in the fields of medical malpractice, legal malpractice, product liability, commercial litigation, personal injury, insurance coverage, employment law, civil rights, workers’ compensation, and negligence. He has attained the highest rating for ethics and legal ability, AV® Preeminent™, from Martindale Hubbell Law Directory. He received his law degree from Florida State University College of Law in 1981.

About QPWB

Quintairos, Prieto, Wood & Boyer, P.A. is the largest minority and women owned law firm in the nation with approximately 400 lawyers serving clients from 29 offices in the U.S. and abroad. Our lawyers provide representation in litigation, business, real estate and governmental law.

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