After release from active military duty in March, 1963, Judge John G. Fletcher, who had been admitted to the Florida Bar in 1962, joined the Pinellas County Attorney's office where he practiced as an assistant county attorney (and chief assistant) until August, 1967. While in the Pinellas County Attorney's office, he was admitted to the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida and the Florida Public Service Commission. In August, 1967, he joined the Dade County Attorney's office as an assistant county attorney (later a first assistant), practicing there until August, 1973. While there, he was admitted to the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida, the United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court.
Judge Fletcher began his own private practice in 1973, remaining a sole practitioner until Governor Lawton Chiles appointed him to the Third District Court of Appeal in 1996. During his private practice, he was the City Attorney for the City of Naples and the City of Sweetwater and represented various governmental agencies as special counsel, including the municipalities of North Miami, Miami Beach, Hialeah, Hialeah Gardens, Miami Springs, and North Bay Village. He was also special counsel to the Dade County School Board and to the Broward County Expressway Authority.
Judge Fletcher practiced throughout the state representing private clients in matters related to governmental law, including eminent domain, land use, election, and property tax matters. He was general counsel to the Sanibel-Captiva Island Water Association from 1978-85.
Judge Fletcher taught state and local taxation as an assistant adjunct professor at the University of Miami (1971-73). He also lectured at various continuing legal education seminars on local government, environmental law, land use law and professional ethics.
Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1937, Judge Fletcher moved with his parents to Dunedin, Florida in 1952. He graduated from Clearwater High School in 1955, received his B.A. from the University of Miami in 1959, and his law degree from the University of Florida in 1962. He married Donna Gould Fletcher in 1965 and they had two children, John G. Fletcher, III and Rebecca L. Fletcher. Judge Fletcher died on February 22, 2010.
Resolution in Memory of the Honorable John G. Fletcher