Caring and conscientious lawyer with 27 years of experience in state and federal trial and appellate courts.
Board certified—only about seven percent of Florida lawyers achieve board certification.
Friendly, candid, nonjudgmental representation.
Works cooperatively with co-counsel and referring lawyers.
Highly rated by peers and past recipient of SuperLawyer and Top Lawyer designations.
Affordable rates and flexible terms.
Tom graduated Order of the Coif from the Texas Tech University School of Law in 1990 and began his legal career with a prominent Kansas law firm. There, he earned partnership, practiced for more than twelve years, and gained jury trial experience in the areas of contracts, products liability, medical malpractice, personal injury, and consumer protection. In 2002 Tom was presented the opportunity to teach law and work on a grant project funded by the Florida Bar Foundation. That experience, in turn, led to his selection as the first appellate counsel for the Florida Statewide Guardian ad Litem Office. Tom returned to private practice in 2008 after earning the distinction of being one of fewer than 200 board certified appellate specialists in Florida. Representative cases include:
Reynolds v. S&D Foods, Inc., 822 F. Supp. 705 (D. Kan. 1993)
Reynolds v. S&D Foods, Inc., 162 F.R.D. 661 (D. Kan. 1995)
Yestko v. Panure, 272 Kan. 741, 35 P. 3d 904 (2001)
C.M. v. Dep’t of Children & Fams., 953 So. 2d 547 (Fla. 1st DCA 2007)
Ault v. Walt Disney World Co., 405 Fed. Appx. 401 (11th Cir. 2010)
Lindon v. Dalton Hotel Corp., 49 So. 3d 299 (Fla. 5th DCA 2010)
Glen Garron, LLC v. Buchwald, 210 So. 3d 229 (Fla. 5th DCA 2017)
Tom is admitted to the bars of Florida, Kansas, and New Mexico (inactive), the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida, the U.S. Courts of Appeal for the Tenth and Eleventh Circuits, and the United States Supreme Court. Over the years Tom has served local, state, and national bar associations in different capacities. He currently serves on the Florida Bar’s standing committee on Professional Ethics and previously served two terms on the Appellate Court Rules Committee and on the Board of Editors. Tom is also an active member of the Orange County Bar Association and chaired that group’s Appellate Practice Committee in 2012-13.
Tom has written on several law-related issues and authored the March 2012 cover article for the Florida Bar Journal: Ruminations on the Relationship Between the Economic Loss Rule and Claims for Breach of Fiduciary Duty, The Florida Bar Journal 9 (March 2012). He has also presented legal topics of interest to various affinity groups and has presented continuing legal education programs in the areas of appellate practice, technology use in the legal profession, and ethics and professionalism.
In short, Tom is about as well-rounded as a lawyer can be. If you want to know more, please ask.