John Staunton, Esq.
John Staunton is an attorney based in Clearwater, Florida, and he is a graduate of Stetson University College of Law in St. Petersburg, Florida. Mr. Staunton’s practice areas include Special Needs Trusts, Special Needs Trust Administration, 468B Qualified Settlement Funds, Structured Settlement Planning, and planning for Medicaid and other Government Benefits. He also provides Litigation Support relative to settling government liens and preserving government assistance eligibility, both in Florida and other States. Mr. Staunton’s memberships include the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, the National College of Probate Judges, the Florida Justice Association, the Elder Law Section of the Florida Bar, and the American Bar Association. He is past President of the Academy of Florida Elder Law Attorneys, Past Chair of the Florida Bar’s Elder Law Section, and a past President for the Tampa Bay Trial Lawyers Association. He is also incoming President of the Thomas E. Penick, Jr. Elder Law Inn of Court, which is the country’s first Elder Law specialty Inn of Court.
Mr. Staunton chaired the Elder Law Section’s Special Needs Trusts Committee for several years until assuming other committee work. He was selected outstanding state chapter member for the year 2000 by the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys and was awarded the Paul M. May Meritorious Award by the Stetson Lawyers Association in 2005. Mr. Staunton has contributed to professional publications, has been published nationally, lectured around the state, and presented on Elder Law issues at the International Bar Association’s annual conference in Aukland, New Zealand in 2004. He was instrumental in creating and establishing the first self-sustaining pooled special needs trust in Florida, and the Florida Pooled Trust has grown to be one of the largest pooled trusts in the country with trust beneficiaries residing in nearly every State. The non-profit corporation that Mr. Staunton helped create, and with which he remains active, has become the largest pooled trust provider in the country. The Center for Special Needs Trust Administration, Inc., administers a National Pooled Trust, seventeen individual state Pooled Trusts, and a number of other specialized Pooled Trusts that are designed to meet the specific needs of other non-profits who serve people with disabilities.