Protecting Your Rights | Personal Injury

Our Firm

Protecting Your Rights. Dedicated to Your Success.

Sutton Law Group is a full-service, multidisciplinary law office serving clients in and around Miami, Florida. Established in 1985, we are trusted legal advisors and advocates in complex and even life-changing legal actions.

People who have been injured or lost loved ones in personal injury situations turn to us for justice and closure. Emerging and established businesses trust us to guide them through their development and implement effective litigation strategies when disputes arise. We also provide you with sound advice during major life milestones such as buying a house and putting together an estate plan.

When you work with the attorneys at Sutton Law Group, you can count on straightforward legal advice and a relentless yet creative commitment to achieving your objectives. This dedication to client service defines our culture and drives our success. 

Sutton Law Group is a small firm selective in accepting cases. Those looking for representation are cautioned that the selection of counsel is an important decision and should be exercised with caution.

John R. Sutton, Lead and Founding Attorney

John R. Sutton, our lead attorney and founder, started our firm with a single-minded mission: Fight for our clients, make sure their rights are protected, and that they receive the justice they deserve.

Since our inception, our firm has done just that. John R. Sutton is a Board-Certified Civil Trial Lawyer in the State of Florida, has been licensed to practice law in the state since 1972, and has been a board-certified civil trial lawyer continuously since 1985. There are 100,000 lawyers in Florida and less than one percent are board-certified in any one of many areas. Mr. Sutton has been board-certified and recertified six times.

He has been a Board-Certified Trial lawyer for 35 years. Board certification recognizes attorneys’ special knowledge, skills, and proficiency in various areas of law and professionalism and ethics in practice. Established in 1982 by the Florida Supreme Court, board certification helps consumers identify specialists in various areas of law. He is also the recipient of the Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Peer Rating, the highest peer rating standard given to attorneys. This is given to attorneys who are ranked at the highest level of professional excellence for their legal expertise, communication skills, and ethical standards by their peers.

He is also licensed in the Federal Southern District of Florida, Federal Middle District of Florida, US District Court of Louisiana, Fifth, Ninth, and Eleventh Federal Circuit Court of Appeals, The United States Supreme Court, and the United States Court of Claims. He has also appeared Pro Hac Vice in Georgia, Alabama, California, Central Dist., New York Southern Dist., Arkansas, and Iowa.

A University of Miami Law School Juris Doctor Graduate, Mr. Sutton’s Litigation Experience is in a wide variety of areas: Civil, Criminal, Commercial, Personal Injury, Family, and Multi-State Litigation. He has been continuously recognized as a valuable member of the Miami-Dade Community as the recipient of several awards and reorganizations including but not limited to the Attorney General’s “Courage Award” and the Miami Dade County Bar Association: Pro Bono Award. He has also served as a Board Member of the Schepens Eye Research Institute, is a Designated Master Mentor by the Florida Bar Association, and was an 8-year member of Continuing Legal Education Committee.

When he is not practicing law, Mr. Sutton enjoys PADI Advanced Open Water Diving and Skiing.

Melissa K. Pomares, Associate Attorney

Melissa K. Pomares, Esq. currently serves as a devoted associate with Sutton Law Group, P.A. where she primarily focuses her work in civil litigation, commercial litigation, and handling personal injury cases. She earned her Juris Doctor in 2018 from Florida International University College of Law. While in law school, Ms. Pomares excelled as a member of the Negotiations and Mediation Team by training and competing nationally in complex contract negotiations. She also earned the “Excellence in Civic Engagement Award” due to her devotion to pro bono work. Her internship experiences included working in criminal defense, labor and employment defense for the City of Miami, and in protecting intellectual property for one high-profile company.

Prior to her legal career, Ms. Pomares earned a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Miami, where she studied Political Science and Economics. She also worked for the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office in assisting with felony prosecutions and child support enforcement.

As a member in good standing of the Florida Bar, Ms. Pomares is fully licensed to practice law in the State of Florida. She is a fluent Spanish speaker and a lifelong resident of Miami, Florida. When she is not practicing law, Ms. Pomares enjoys international travel.