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John Lawrence McWilliams, III

John Lawrence McWilliams, III, American lawyer. Bar: New Jersey 1969, New York 1975, United States Supreme Court 1975, Florida 1977.


  • III, John Lawrence McWilliams, was born on December 21, 1943 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States. Son of John Lawrence Junior and Elizabeth Dolores (Chevalier) McW.

  • Education

    • Bachelor of Science, St. Joseph's University, 1965. Juris Doctor, Seton Hall University, 1969.


    • Trial attorney, regional office Securities and Exchange Commission, New York City, 1969-1972. Associate Mudge Rose Guthrie & Alexander, 1972-1977. Member Freeman, Richardson, Watson & Kelly, P.A., Jacksonville, Florida, 1977-1989, chairman, president, 1984-1989.

      Partner Squire, Sanders & Dempsey, 1989-1998, Livermore, Freeman & McWilliams, P.A., Jacksonville, since 1998.

    Major achievements

    • Bar: New Jersey 1969, New York 1975, United States Supreme Court 1975, Florida 1977.


    Party affiliation: Republican


    Denomination: Roman Catholic


    Trustee Municipal Service District Ponte Vedra Beach, 1981-1985, chairman board trustees, 1984-1985. Treasurer Ponte Vedra Community Association, 1980-1982. Member Leadership Jacksonville, 1981, steering committee, 1982.

    Director Jacksonville Country Day School, 1985-1987. President Jacksonville Beaches Ponte Vedra Unit American Cancer Society, 1988-1990. Board directors Sawgrass Property Owners Association, Inc., 2000-2002.

    Fellow American College Bond Counsel (board director since 2007). Member National Association Bond Lawyers, The Florida Bar, Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce, Jacksonville Community Council Inc., University Club, Ponte Vedra Club, Sawgrass Club, River Club.


    • Married Paula Ann Root, July 19, 1969 (deceased). Children: John Lawrence, IV, Robert Root, Anne Elizabeth, David Stanford, Peter Farrell. Married Kathleen Nolan Pradella, April 3, 1993.
    • father: John Lawrence McW. Junior
    • mother: Elizabeth Dolores (Chevalier) McW.
    • spouses: Paula Ann Root
    • Kathleen Nolan Pradella
    • children: John Lawrence III
    • IV III
    • Robert Root III
    • Anne Elizabeth III
    • David Stanford III
    • Peter Farrell III
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    Born December 21, 1943
    (age 73)