Johnny ElHachem

Johnny ElHachem

Mr. ElHachem’s practice area will include complex business litigation, and receivership. Mr. ElHachem is licensed in Florida and the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida. Prior to joining Damian & Valori, LLP, Mr. ElHachem worked at the Department of Business and Professional Regulation where was the lead litigation attorney for the Division  of Pari Mutuel Wagering. He has extensive experience litigating cases in front of the Division  of Administrative Hearings, prosecuting individuals and casinos, and defending against rule challenges.  Mr. ElHachem frequently represented and assisted local small businesses in civil and county courts in landlord/tenant disputes, contractual disputes, and in other matters.

Prior to moving to the United States, Mr. ElHachem lived and worked in Lebanon, France, and Saudi Arabia. He worked in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia with an international logistics company where he drafted the company’s employment agreements in Arabic and English and ensured compliance with local and international regulations. He also worked at a law firm in Beirut, Lebanon, where he gained both transactional and litigation experience.  He attended law school in Lebanon where he obtained his law degree in Lebanese and General Law from the Univesité Saint Esprit de Kaslik, Lebanon, and spent his last year in France at the Université de Poitiers, France, where he focused his studies on French and European Law.

In 2015, he moved to Tallahassee and attended FSU Law where he earned an LL.M. in American Law for Foreign Lawyers with emphasis in business and international law, graduating magna cum laude.  In 2018, he received his J.D. graduating cum laude. Mr. ElHachem is a member of the Administrative Law, Business Law, International Law, and Young Lawyers sections of the Florida Bar. He currently serves as the Treasurer of the Florida Government Bar Association and is a Director of the Tallahassee Barristers Association. In 2019, he won the Best Cross Examination Award during a one-week mock trial at the Florida Division of Administrative Hearings.


Profile at a Glance

  • Business Litigation
  • Corporate Litigation
  • The Florida Bar
  • The Florida Bar 
  • Daily Business Review Most Effective Lawyers, 2020
  • AV Preeminent® Rating from Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™
  • Top Attorneys in Florida – Wall Street Journal & Miami Magazine (2012)
  • Florida Trend’s Legal Elite (2006-2011, 2017)
  • Florida Super Lawyer (Business Litigation) (Since 2006)