Florida Office 241 Atlantic Boulevard, Suite 203,
Neptune Beach, Florida 32266

Georgia Office 777 Gloucester Street, Suite 411
Brunswick, Georgia 31520


J. Rice Ferrelle, Jr. is an AV Preeminent rated trial, appellate and arbitration attorney who has experience handling a wide variety of business, securities and transportation litigation matters, product liability, admiralty/maritime and personal injury litigation, and complex disputes involving commercial torts, antitrust, trade regulation and the infringement of protected intellectual property interests. He is admitted to The Florida Bar and the State Bar of Georgia and is licensed to practice in state and federal courts throughout Florida and Georgia, including the United States District Court for the Northern, Southern, and Middle Districts of Florida, as well as the Northern, Middle and Southern Districts of Georgia. He has also been admitted Pro Hac as counsel in numerous jurisdictions throughout the country, including the States of Wisconsin, Minnesota, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina and Alabama.

Prior to forming Ferrelle Burns, Mr. Ferrelle had the opportunity to practice in several prestigious law firms throughout Florida and Georgia, including most recently as a Partner with the Jacksonville firm of Murphy & Anderson, P.A. In addition to receiving Martindale-Hubbell's highest AV peer recognition, Mr. Ferrelle has been recognized as a Jacksonville 904 Top Lawyer and Florida Rising Star and has been featured in Super Lawyers on multiple occasions (2011-2015). In 2015, Mr. Ferrelle was also named to the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum, a national trial lawyers organization which recognizes excellence in advocacy.

Mr. Ferrelle is a graduate of the University of Georgia School of Law, where he served for two years on the Editorial Board of the Georgia Journal of Intellectual Property Law. In 2003, Mr. Ferrelle's strong research and writing skills earned him the honor of publishing nationally a student commentary on the application of trade secret law in professional sports industries.

Mr. Ferrelle was born and raised in Saint Simons Island, Georgia and attended the University of Virginia for undergraduate studies. At the University of Virginia, Mr. Ferrelle was a member of numerous student organizations, including the Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society, National Society of Collegiate Scholars, and Phi Kappa Psi fraternity, and was selected onto the UVA Men's Club Soccer team (1998-2000). Mr. Ferrelle earned his Bachelor's degree in Economics with Honors of Distinction, together with a minor concentration in Government & Foreign Affairs.

Mr. Ferrelle is a member of the Florida, Georgia, Jacksonville, and Glynn County Bar Associations, the Federal Bar Association, Georgia Trial Lawyers Association (GTLA), the Trial Lawyers Section of The Florida Bar, Jacksonville Justice Association (JJA), the Chester Bedell Inn of Court, Southeastern Admiralty Law Institute, Maritime Law Association, Florida Bar Admiralty Law Committee, the Jacksonville Propeller Club, the Public Investors Arbitration Bar Association (PIABA), and the Intellectual Property and Commercial Litigation Sections of the Jacksonville Bar Association. He is actively involved in several committees of the national Maritime Law Association, having received high recognition in 2012 as a Proctor in Admiralty. He also serves as the Founding Chair of the Jacksonville Bar Association's Admiralty and Maritime Law Section.

While not practicing law, Mr. Ferrelle enjoys playing golf and tennis, fishing, spear-fishing, watching sports, and spending time with his wife, Amanda, and two children, Connor and Kennedy. He also volunteers his time at local and national non-profit organizations, including serving as a board member for the Dreams Come True of North Florida Horizon Board.


Florida Bar Association, Member
Trial Lawyers Section
Admiralty Law Committee (2010-present)
Glynn County Bar Association, Member
State Bar of Georgia, Member
Jacksonville Bar Association, Member
Intellectual Property Law Section
Commercial Litigation Section
Admiralty and Maritime Law Section, Founding Chair (2008-2013)
Chester Bedell Inn of Court (Associate member, 2008-09; Barrister, 2014-17)
Maritime Law Association, Proctor in Admiralty
Recreational Boating Committee, Voting Member (2008-present)
Maritime Torts and Casualties Committee, Voting Member (2008-present)
Southeastern Admiralty Law Institute, Member (2007-present)
Federal Bar Association
Georgia Trial Lawyers Association (GTLA)
Jacksonville Justice Association (JJA)
Public Investors Arbitration Bar Association (PIABA)
Jacksonville Propeller Club


Murphy & Anderson, P.A. - Partner – Jacksonville, Florida
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Coker, Myers, Schickel, Sorenson & Green, P.A. – Jacksonville, Florida
Hunter Maclean, Exley & Dunn, P.C. – Savannah, Georgia


"Combating the Lure of Impropriety in Professional Sports Industries: The Desirability of Treating a Play Book as a Legally Enforceable Trade Secret"
11 J. Intell. Prop. L. 149, Georgia Journal of Intellectual Property Law (2003)

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Areas of Practice

  • Product Liability
  • Personal Injury and Wrongful Death
  • Securities Arbitration
  • Admiralty/Maritime
  • Transportation and Logistics
  • Business Litigation
  • Contracts/Commercial Law
  • Employment Litigation
  • Business Torts
  • Antitrust/Restraint of Trade
  • Trade Regulation
  • Intellectual Property
  • Trademark Litigation
  • Copyright Litigation
  • Trade Secret & Competition
  • Fiduciary &Trust


  • University of Georgia School of Law, J.D.
    • Editorial Board, Georgia Journal of Intellectual Property Law
  • University of Virginia, B.A. Economics (With Honors of Distinction)
    • Dean's List Eight Consecutive Semesters; Phi Eta Sigma; National Society of Collegiate Scholars


  • The Florida Bar
  • State Bar of Georgia
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Georgia
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Georgia
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Georgia