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JOHN PASSIDOMO has practiced law in Collier County since 1979. From 1985 through 1993, he was partner in charge of Florida real estate matters for Frost & Jacobs.

He has been board certified as a specialist in real estate law by The Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization and Education since 1988 and is a former President of the Collier County Bar Association and a former Chairman of its Real Estate Attorneys’ Section.  The cases he handles include real estate development and transactions; and zoning and land use matters which require experience, tenacity and political sensitivity.

In 2019, he received the Donald E. Van Koughnet “Lion of the Law” Award for Professionalism from the Collier County Judiciary.  The award annually recognizes a Collier County lawyer whose “career is marked by a reputation for professionalism and character, and possessed of great legal skill in advocacy.”

He was named Best Lawyers’ 2014 Lawyer of the Year and Best Lawyers’ 2012 Real Estate Law Lawyer of the Year for the Naples/Ft. Myers Metropolitan Area based on peer review. He has been listed in Florida Super Lawyers, The Wall Street Journal’s Top Attorneys in Florida, The Best Lawyers in America, and The American Lawyer/National Law Journal’s Top Lawyers.

He was recognized as the 1985 and 1991 recipient of The Florida Bar President’s Pro Bono Service Award for leadership in providing pro bono legal services to the poor. In 2000, he was named the Outstanding Collier County Citizen by the Naples Daily News. In 2003, he and Ed Cheffy were selected as Laureates in the Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida Business Leadership Hall of Fame.

He served as Vice Mayor of the City of Naples and as a member of the Naples City Council from 1990 to 1992, as a member of the Metropolitan Planning Organization (Collier County) from 1990 to 1992, and as Chairman and as a member of the Naples Planning Advisory Board from 1986 to 1990.

He was Chairman of the Community Foundation of Collier County from 1998 to 2001 and Chairman of the Economic Development Council of Collier County from 1995 to 1997. He is a graduate of Leadership Collier, Leadership Southwest Florida, and Leadership Florida.

Mr. Passidomo received his B.A. in Philosophy with honors from Boston College and his law degree from Stetson University College of Law.  He and his wife Kathleen have three daughters, Catarina, Francesca and Gabriella, and two grandsons, William and Emilio.

Bar Admissions

  • The Florida Bar, 1978


  • Stetson University College of Law, J.D., 1978
  • Boston College, B.A., cum laude, 1974

Board Certifications

  • Board Certified Real Estate Lawyer

Awards & Recognition

  • Florida Super Lawyers, Super Lawyers, 2007, 2009 – 2013
  • Real Estate Law Lawyer of the Year for the Naples/Ft. Myers Metropolitan Area, Best Lawyers, 2012
  • AV Preeminent Rating 5 out of 5, Martindale-Hubbell
  • Florida Bar President’s Pro Bono Service Award, 1985 & 1991

Memberships & Service to the Legal Profession

  • Florida Bar, Environmental and Land Use Law Section, Member
  • Florida Bar, Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section, Member
  • Collier County Bar Association (CCBA), Member
  • The Florida Bar, Member, 1978 – Present