John C. Lukacs Sr. has more than 25 years experience handling complex civil litigation matters at the trial and appellate levels. He vigorously represents his clients in federal and state courts in Florida and various other venues.

Mr. Lukacs is considered by many to be a lawyer's lawyer. His clients routinely engage him to represent them in their most important litigation and commercial matters. These clients include high-profile professional athletes who appreciate his forceful advocacy and his discretion in representing their many interests.

Mr. Lukacs also has decades of experience representing individuals and businesses in real estate and property rights matters. He is especially skilled in the areas of eminent domain, inverse condemnation and related land use and zoning matters. In terms of dispute resolution, Mr. Lukacs is highly regarded given his experience as a Florida Supreme Court-Certified Civil Circuit and Appellate Mediator.

Professional Background

Mr. Lukacs joined Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP in August 2013. Previously, he owned his own firm based in Coral Gables.

Professional Affiliations

  • The Florida Bar, Member
    • Trial Lawyers Section
    • Business Law Section
    • Appellate Practice and Advocacy Section
    • Administrative Law Section
    • Eminent Domain Committee
    • Environmental and Land Use Law Section
    • Government Lawyer Section
    • City, County and Local Government Law Section
    • Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section
    • Alternative Dispute Resolution Section
  • American Bar Association, Member
  • Dade County Bar Association, Member
  • Coral Gables Bar Association, Board of Directors
  • The Florida Bar, Eleventh Judicial Circuit "D" Grievance Committee, Past Chair

Honors & Awards

  • AV® Peer Review Rating from Martindale-Hubbell, its highest rating for ethics and legal ability
  • Dade County Bar Association Volunteer Lawyers' Pro Bono Award
  • Recipient, multiple Pro Bono Service Awards, Put Something Back, Joint Pro Bono Project of Eleventh Judicial Circuit and Dade County Bar Association
  • Nominee, Tobias Simon Pro Bono Award


  • "Eminent Domain and Valuation Issues," Florida Conference Circuit Court Judges
  • "Eminent Domain and Valuation Issues," Florida Bar Eminent Domain Committee
  • "Eminent Domain and Valuation Issues," ABA American Legal Institute
  • "Eminent Domain and Land Valuation Litigation," Association of Eminent Domain Professionals
  • "Eminent Domain and Land Valuation Litigation," The Appraisal Institute
  • "Eminent Domain and Land Valuation Litigation," CLE International


  • Chapter 9 "Compensation," Co-author, Florida Eminent Domain Practice and Procedure, Eighth Edition, The Florida Bar.

Community/Civic Activities

  • Legal Services of Greater Miami, Inc.
    • Board of Directors, Past President
    • Board of Directors, Past Member
    • Membership Committee, Past Chair
  • Children's Home Society of Florida, Southeastern Division,
    • Board of Directors, Past Chair 
    • Board of Directors, Past Member
    • Former Division Counsel and Secretary
  • Children's Home Society Foundation, Board of Directors, Past Member
  • City of Coral Gables, War Memorial Youth Center, Board of Directors, Past Member
  • Riviera Country Club (Coral Gables, Florida)
    • Parlimentarian, Chairman House Committee and Chairman Bylaws - Legal Committee
    • Board of Governors, Past President
  • City of Coral Gables Board of Adjustment, Past Chair

J.D., Nova Southeastern University, Shepard Broad Law Center

B.A., University of Florida