John Wendel is a graduate of Stetson University College of Law and the University of Florida. He practices in the areas of commercial litigation, non-profit organizations, administrative and governmental law, and sports law.
In commercial litigation, Mr. Wendel represents clients in commercial lawsuits, including disputes involving business relationships, governmental contracts, commercial litigation, business torts, and litigation under the Uniform Commercial Code.
In his non-profit practice, Mr. Wendel has served as counsel to various non-profit entities and trade associations, such as the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues, Inc. and related professional baseball leagues and teams. He is general counsel to Sun ‘n Fun Fly In, Inc., and related entities, and general counsel to The Antique Motorcycle Club of America, Inc.
Mr. Wendel’s governmental experience includes serving as the county attorney for Citrus County, Florida, general counsel to Citrus County Development Authority, general counsel to Citrus County Health Facilities Authority, town attorney for St. Leo, Florida, representation of a county tax assessor, a county sheriff, and a school board. He has also represented a rural electric cooperative. Mr. Wendel acted as special counsel for school boards in ethics and disciplinary matters and for the Florida Commissioner of Education.
Mr. Wendel was both a town judge and a city judge. Mr. Wendel is rated “AV” by Martindale-Hubbell. He served in the United States Marine Corps as a commissioned officer.
He is a member of the Florida Bar, where he has served on the executive counsel for the Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law sections. He is a member of the Lawyer-Pilot Bar Association, the NTSB Bar Association, the Lakeland Bar Association, and the Sports Lawyers Association of which his is one of the co-founders, a past president, and a member emeritus of the board of directors.
Mr. Wendel is admitted to the bars of the Supreme Court of the United States, the United States Courts of Appeal for the Fifth, Ninth, and Eleventh Circuits, and the United States District Courts for the Middle and Southern Districts of Florida. He is also admitted to practice before the United States Tax Court, the Internal Revenue Service, and the Florida Public Service Commission.
Mr. Wendel is a longtime Lakeland South Rotary member and has an extensive record of civic and charitable involvement the Central Florida area.