Milam Howard Nicandri Dees & Gillam P.A.

John C. W. Cherneski Principal

John C. W. Cherneski concentrates his practice on business litigation, probate and trust litigation, and Landlord/ Tenant disputes.
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Direct Line (904) 421-5880

Legal Assistant Stephanie Phipps
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Phone 904-357-3660
Fax 904-357-3662


  • Undergraduate Liberty University, B.A.
  • Law Florida Coastal School of Law

Bar Admissions

  • All State Courts in Florida
  • All State and Superior Courts of Georgia
  • The Georgia Supreme Court
  • Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida


John C. W. Cherneski was raised in Maryland and graduated from Liberty University, in Lynchburg Virginia with a degree in English. After graduating from college, John moved to Jacksonville where he worked as a public-school teacher and in the financial services industry before returning to school to study law, something he has wanted to do since high school.  Before joining Milam Howard, John worked in a civil litigation law firm with offices in Florida and Georgia.

John is active in the state and local legal community. In 2019, he traveled to Oxford, England to attend the Advanced International Trial Advocacy Program as a recipient of the Bennett Scholarship awarded by the Trial Lawyers Section of the Florida Bar. The course is organized by the South Eastern Circuit Bar Mess Foundation and recognized as one of the best and most intensive advocacy courses in the world. There, he had the opportunity to represent the Trial Lawyers Section and learn from King’s Counsel, Judges, and exceptional barristers from around the world.

In 2023, John was selected as a fellow for The Real Property Probate and Trust Law Section (RPPTL) of The Florida Bar. John will serve as a fellow for two years.

John also serves as the Chair of the Florida Bar’s Unlicensed Practice of Law Committee for the 4th Judicial Circuit and member of the Grievance Committee for the Fourth Judicial Circuit. In addition, John was a Barrister member of the Executive Committee for the Chester Bedell American Inn of Court in Jacksonville for two years. He is also active in Jacksonville’s non-legal community and previously served on the board of directors for his church, Aspire Church San Marco, and is presently on the board of directors for The Preschool in San Marco.

In his free time, you can find John helping his wife, the owner of a wedding and event planning business, spending time with family, and enjoying the north Florida outdoors.

Practice Areas

  • Business Litigation
  • Probate and Trust Litigation
  • Landlord/ Tenant Disputes


  • Member, Liberty University Honors Program
  • Staff Editor, Florida Coastal Law Review
  • Book Awards for highest grades in Lawyering Process I & II, Transactional Drafting, Maritime Law, and Florida Practice and Procedure

Community Involvement

  • Fellow, The Real Property, Probate & Trust Section of The Florida Bar (2023-2025)
  • Chair, Florida Bar Unlicensed Practice of Law Committee for the Fourth Judicial Circuit (2023)
  • Member, Florida Bar Unlicensed Practice of Law Committee for the Fourth Judicial Circuit (2021-2022)
  • Member, Florida Bar Grievance Committee for the Fourth Judicial Circuit (2022-2023)
  • Barrister Member, Chester Bedell Inn of Court (2019-2023)
  • Member, Executive Committee of the Chester Bedell American Inn of Court (2021-2023)
  • Member, Representative Council, State Bar of Georgia, Young Lawyers Division (2018/2019)
  • Member, Jacksonville Bar Association
  • Chair, Jacksonville Bar Association Holiday Project (2016/2017)
  • Member, Board of Directors, Aspire Church San Marco (2019-2021)
  • Member, Board of Directors, The Preschool in San Marco (2019-2023)
  • President, Downtown Rotaract Jax (2014/2015)
  • Leadership Board, Downtown Rotaract Jax (2013/2014)