John J. Lazzara
Judge of Compensation Claims
Judge John J. Lazzara has been Judge of Compensation Claims (JCC) since 1990. Judge Lazzara served as President, Florida Conference of JCCs (1997-99); Chair, Florida Bar Workers’ Compensation Rules Committee (1994-95); Member, Florida Bar Appellate Court Rules Committee (2001-07), twice chairing its Workers’ Compensation Law Subcommittee; Chair, Fla. Division of Admin. Hearings/OJCC Workers’ Compensation Rules Revision Committee (2005-06); and is currently a member of the Florida Bar Standing Committee on Professionalism. In 1998 and 2002, he was nominated for appointment to the First District Court of Appeal. In 2005, Governor Jeb Bush appointed him Interim Deputy Chief Judge, a position he held until May, 2006. In 2009, Judge Lazzara was inducted as a Fellow of the College of Workers’ Compensation Lawyers, and was elected the Inaugural President of the National Association of Workers’ Compensation Judiciary. He frequently lectures on workers’ compensation topics, and sits on the Board of Directors of Literacy Volunteers of Leon County and the Epilepsy Association of the Big Bend. He is a Florida Supreme Court Certified Civil Mediator. Judge Lazzara received his B.A. and J.D. degrees from the University of Florida.