Raine Johns, Esq.
Raine Johns was born and raised in the Tampa Bay Area, her family has been in Florida for over 5 generations. Ms. Johns earned her B.S. in Biology from Georgia Southern University and her J.D. from Loyola University School of Law, New Orleans, LA where she also earned a certificate in civil law. During law school she was the CEO of a clothing company, and upon graduation, and the birth of her first, child moved to Mexico. While in Mexico for a few years she opened an ice cream shop and assisted with adoptions.
After moving back to Florida in 2002, she joined the Public Defender’s Office, 6th circuit where she advocated strongly as a criminal defense attorney. Ms. Johns was moved to mental health because of her experience working with brain injury patients before law school and in this role represented clients at over 3,500 mental health trials, for involuntary civil mental health proceedings, under the Baker Act.
While at the Public Defender’s office as a Senior Assistant, she was the Director of Baker Acts and Homeless Outreach for the 6th Circuit, and also the Director of the Pasco PD Mobile Medical Unit. She supervised Baker Acts in the entire circuit and personally represented the most complex cases, trained all new lawyers in the identification of mental illnesses, the basics of civil trials and the protection of client’s civil rights.
Ms. Johns helped coordinate the first two Veteran Stand Downs at Bay Pines, and the legal services for veterans, and helped to coordinate the first Veteran Stand Down in Pasco County. She has coordinated over twenty community events for veterans, homeless families and children, to include social service agencies, legal representation, medical care, animal care and food for hungry families. She is listed in acknowledgements by Southern Legal Counsel in their guide to representing homeless persons, for her work in assisting them in representing homeless clients. She is a past chair of the Public Interest Law Section of the Florida Bar.
Before going into private practice she was the CEO of the Pasco Coalition for the Homeless for two years. She has received NAMI’s Iris Award for “tireless work with the mentally ill,” an award from the Florida Department of Education for work with homeless youth, and the Dalmatian Award from the Pasco Hernando Veterinary Medical Association for partnering with the Department of Health medical corps and veterinarians to provide veterinary services to over 200 pets of homeless persons.
Ms. Johns is a Veterans Attorney Advocate, a member of the Elder Law Section of the Florida Bar, and a member of the Real Property Trust and Estate Law section of the Florida Bar. She currently attends Stetson Law School and her LL.M., the Master of Laws, a rigorous post-graduate law degree, is pending.
Cooking for friends and family, gardening, running, and anything around the water are some of the ways Ms. Johns likes to spend her free time. She has three independent and creative kids which she took on long RV trips several times a year until they moved on to their own adventures in life.
Ms. Johns practice area is focused on Estate Planning to include Wills, Trusts, Probate, Guardianships, Supplemental Needs Trusts, Asset Protection Planning, and Veteran Benefits. She is also available as a consultant for Baker Act cases and facilities.