Richard John Westberry
R. John Westberry (retired)
Mr. Westberry retired from the active practice of law in early 2020. He remains affiliated with The Law Offices of Clayton M. Connors, P.L.L.C. in an “of counsel” capacity.
Mr. Westberry served in the U.S. Marines and the Marine Reserves for 26 years. He was admitted to the Alabama Bar in 1974 and to the Florida Bar in 1977. Mr. Westberry has been in the private practice of law for over 38 years and has handled a variety of cases. Since 2002, Mr. Westberry’s practice has been focused on matters involving Labor and Employment, Worker’s Compensations, Family Law and Civil Mediations.
Mr. Westberry became Board Certified in Labor and Employment Law with the Florida Bar in 2005, and was recertified in 2010. Mr. Westberry is also a Florida Board Certified Civil Mediator. He was certified in 2010, and is currently expanding this area of his practice.
In 2011, Mr. Westberry welcomed his daughter and son-in-law, Mr. Clayton Connors, back to Florida after having resided in Louisiana since 1995. In 2012, Mr. Westberry and Mr. Connors formed the law firm of Westberry & Connors, LLC.
- Florida, 1977
- Alabama, 1974
- U.S. District Court, Northern District of Alabama, 1974
- U.S. District Court, Northern District of Florida, 1978
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, 1975
- U.S. Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit, 1982
- U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit, 1983
- U.S. Court of Federal Claims, 2006
- U.S. Supreme Court, 1983
Certifications and designations
- Board Certified in Labor and Employment Law, Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization and Education
- Rated BV® Distinguished™ by Martindale-Hubbell®
- University of West Florida, M.P.A., 1996
- Cumberland School of Law, Samford University, Birmingham, Alabama, J.D., 1974
- Troy University, Troy, Alabama, B.S. in Business Administration, 1971
- Phi Sigma Alpha
- Phi Alpha Alpha
Professional associations and memberships
- Florida Bar, Employment and Family Law Sections
- Alabama State Bar
- National Employment Lawyers Association
- American Inns of Court, Pensacola Chapter
- U.S. Marine Corps Reserves, Lt. Col. (retired)
- “Handling Retaliatory Discharge Cases Under the Workers Compensation Act,” co-author with Copper A., The Florida Bar Journal, LVII, No. 4, April 1984.
- Rosenheim, Germany