Executive Assitant Public Defender

John Spivey

John N. Spivey, Executive Assistant Public Defender, was born on October 13th in Jacksonville, Florida. He attended Wolfson Senior High School in Jacksonville, Florida. He then attended the University of Central Florida to get a Bachelor of Arts and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration. He continued on to get his Juris Doctorate from the University of Arkansas. He started his career in law as soon as he graduated from law school at the Fifth Judicial Circuit Public Defender’s Office. He dealt with case types ranging from misdemeanor and criminal traffic to murder in the first degree where the death penalty was sought. After working for five years for the Public Defender’s Office, he moved onto working for the State of Florida as the attorney advisor for the Agriculture Commissioner for a year. During this time period he became a Board Certified Criminal Trial Attorney, a title less than 4.6% of all Florida lawyers hold. He then returned to the Public Defender’s Office for less than a year when Mr. Graves approached him with the idea of starting a private law firm together and so the great team of Graves and Spivey was born in 1998. During his time with Graves and Spivey, P.A. he represented hundreds of defendants and approximately 75 of his cases were tried to a jury verdict. Although most of Mr. Spivey’s life is dedicated to his career, when he is not working he spends his time with his daughter and following college sports.