Marks Gray Shareholder L. Johnson "Johnny" Sarber Receives A Winning Verdict

Marks Gray, P.A. is pleased to announce the firm obtained a complete defense verdict for its client, Dixie County, at the conclusion of a jury trial on August 20, 2014. Shareholder L. Johnson “Johnny” Sarber successfully defended his client at trial.

The plaintiff alleged that she injured her ankle and knee and aggravated her prior back condition when she fell at a garbage roll-off site while throwing trash into a dumpster, and that the county was negligent in its maintenance of the property. Plaintiff argued specifically that the county improperly left a gap between the raised roll-off ramp and the dumpster, that unmaintained weeds obscured the gap, and that her left leg became lodged in the gap causing her injuries. Marks Gray attorney Johnny Sarber defended the case on the grounds that the roll-off site and dumpster were in a reasonably safe condition and that the plaintiff’s fall and injury were not caused by any problem with the property. At the conclusion of a three day jury trial in Cross City, Florida, the jury returned a verdict determining that Dixie County was not negligent.

Johnny Sarber’s practice focuses on civil trial defense, primarily in the areas of transportation law (including aviation, automobile, truck, and common carrier accidents), premises liability, municipal liability, and products liability.

He attended Washington & Lee University where he graduated cum laude and with honors in 1989. He also received his J.D. from Washington & Lee University School of Law in 1993. While in law school, he was a Finalist and Best Brief nominee in the John Davis Moot Court Competition and a Finalist and American Jurisprudence Award winner for the National Mock Trial Competition, earning spots for regional competitions in both endeavors. In his final year, he was given the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association Student Advocacy Award.

Mr. Sarber is a member of the Jacksonville Bar Association, Defense Research Institute, past President of Florida Defense Lawyers Association, Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel (past-Chair, Transportation Section), Transportation Lawyers Association, and Trucking Industry Defense Association. Mr. Sarber is also a founding member of The Florida Law Alliance.