Thomas R. Thompson, Esq.
Tom Thompson grew up in Tampa. After graduating with honors with a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of South Florida, Tom was hired as a legal assistant with the Tampa law firm of Haas, Boehm, Brown, Rigdon, Seacrest, and Fisher. While employed by the firm, Mr. Thompson worked in the field of insurance defense with an emphasis on property and commercial liability claims. Mr. Thompson later joined the construction litigation department of Johnson, Blakley, and Pope in Clearwater before he entered law school. Mr. Thompson attended the Florida State University College of Law, where he was an active member of the Law Review, a published author, and a member of the Law Review’s editorial board. In his third year, Tom was elected Executive Editor and directed a special volume devoted to issues then pending before the Florida Legislature.
Upon graduating with honors, Mr. Thompson accepted an attorney associate position with the Tallahassee firm of Callahan and Dobbins. While there, his practice consisted primarily of insurance defense.
Since the establishment of Thompson, Crawford, Brown, and Smiley, Mr. Thompson’s primary practice had remained in the litigation field, both as plaintiff and defense counsel. In addition to serving many local clients, he has served as counsel for various agencies in the state of Florida, Superior Insurance Company, Philadelphia Insurance Company, 21st Century Insurance and Nova Casualty and self-insured companies including Budget Rent-A-Car Systems, Inc., Prestige Home Centers, Inc., and Westinghouse Electric Company. In addition to defending tort, contract, and insurance coverage claims, Tom has extensive experience litigating employment discrimination, whistleblower, and retaliation actions on behalf of the employer.
Mr. Thompson is Board Certified in Civil Trial and is a member of both the Florida and Georgia Bars and is admitted to the Federal Bars for the Northern and Middle Districts of Florida, the Middle District of Georgia, and the Eleventh Circuit. He is a member of the Tallahassee Bar Association, the Defense Research Institute, the Florida Defense Lawyers Association, and was a Chair for the Florida New Motor Vehicle Arbitration Board, commonly known as the “lemon law board.”
Tom has received recognition from the Florida Bar for his expertise in civil trial law and has been “Board Certified” in that field for 15 years as a result of his decades of trial experience combined with dozens of trials and superior ethical reputation throughout the legal community.
Contact Tom now at (850) 386-5777 or through the contact form HERE.