Jay Henderlite, Partner

Jay Henderlite

Jay HenderliteJohn M. “Jay” Henderlite, III is a Jacksonville transplant who moved here in 2010 following his graduation from Wake Forest School of Law.  He began his legal career as an Assistant Public Defender in St. Augustine, where he regularly tried criminal cases, gaining valuable experience.

After four years with the Public Defender’s Office, Jay joined Denise as an associate, before joining her as a partner.  Jay became interested in family law after taking the family law course during his second year of law school and interning with a family law firm in Winston-Salem, N.C.   As a member of the Wake Forest Law Review, he studied family law extensively and submitted several papers on the subject.  Upon his graduation, he was received the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers Award for Outstanding Family Law Student.

Avvo Clients ChoiceJay is a member of the Florida Bar, the Jacksonville Bar Association, an Executive Committee member of the Florida Family Law Inn of Court, an active member of St. Johns Cathedral Episcopal Church and a board member of the Cathedral School in downtown Jacksonville.

In his free time, Jay enjoys spending time with his family, taking urban hikes through Jacksonville’s beautiful historic neighborhoods and trying, but failing, to train his spoiled rotten Boston Terrier, Violet.


Client Reviews

Child Custody/Probate/Guardianship
Posted by LaSonja
February 26, 2017

Jay (John Henderlite III) is wonderfully compassionate, kind and goes the extra mile. My friend passed away, and didn’t have any life insurance, and had very little to handle the affairs of her estate. She also had a 14 year old son who she had not made any legal arrangements for him. Her only wish was that he not be with his dad. She, the dad and her son did not have a great relationship, so it was a very touchy subject. Her ultimate wish was for her son to live with me when she died and that I could handle the affairs of her estate. Jay and his firm were told about the case and agreed to take it pro bono, knowing that my friend had nothing. He felt compassion for my friend and her son. She wasn’t able to travel in the last days of her life, and Jay was able to prepare the paperwork and go to her house so that she could sign. My friend died several hours after signing the papers. I think that she felt comfortable that Jay’s help would insure that her wishes were honored, and she felt that she did not have to hang on any longer. I don’t know what we would have done without the help of Jay and his wonderful firm. He is knowledgeable and WILL get the job done!


I can’t thank him enough!
Posted by Joe
February 24, 2017

I’m very happy I chose John Henderlite to represent my family and I. From start to finish, he showed limitless patience and compassion for my situation. Being a father, I was worried I would be at a disadvantage regarding timesharing, but John kept me focused and fought for us. My family and I are more than thrilled with the outcome and can’t thank him enough!


Highly knowledgeable
Posted by anonymous
February 24, 2017

Jay was not only responsive to all my issues and questions but highly knowledgeable about the entire process which gave me a very comfortable feeling in an attorney. I’d recommend him to anyone that is in need of family law services.


Great Experience, Highly Recommended!
Posted by Michael
January 31, 2017

From the start, Mr. Henderlite was attentive, thorough, and in constant contact. It was very easy to communicate with him as needed; anytime I called or emailed him, he would contact me the same day. I never got the feeling that I was being rushed off of the phone, as he always took the time to make sure I clearly understood each step of the process, answering any and all of my questions and his professional guidance was much appreciated. I would highly recommend Mr. Henderlite’s professional services to anyone that needs consultation or representation in the areas of his expertise. Give him a call or email and see for yourself! Very grateful that I chose John M Henderlite!


Comfort to know you are in good hands!
Posted by anonymous
January 30, 2017

Jay was so amazing to work with thru the most difficult time in my life. He really listened to my concerns and advised me perfectly thru the process. I am thankful that he was my attorney and would recommend him over and over again.

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