Tom has been inducted into the "Million Dollar Advocates Forum", a National organization which recognizes Trial Lawyers who have received jury awards in excess of a million dollars. He has also been named to the "Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum" for numerous jury verdicts of multiple millions. He is Board Certified in Civil Trial Law by both The Florida Bar and The National Board of Trial Advocacy. Florida Trend™ Magazine has selected Tom as one of Florida's "Elite Lawyers" and he has been voted by his peers to be named in "Best Lawyers in America". He has been repeatedly named 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011 as one of Florida's "Super Lawyers" in a state wide poll conducted of practicing attorneys by the publication Law & Politics. Additionally, he was named in 2007 as one of "America's Leading Plaintiff's Lawyers" by the national legal organization, Lawdragon. In 2009 and 2010, Tom was selected by the National Trial Lawyers Association as one of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers in the state of Florida each of the past four years.
Tom is a frequently requested lecturer at Stetson University College of Law instructing on the law of negligence and wrongful death damages. He has often been a requested speaker on trial tactics to numerous legal associations and trial lawyer seminars including the Florida Justice Association and has served as an adjunct professor at St. Petersburg College teaching civil law courses.
Tom has obtained million dollar plus jury awards in both federal and state court trials as well as million dollar recoveries for his clients in the areas of medical malpractice, discrimination & civil rights, liquor liability, product liability, class action and motor-vehicle negligence. In 2005, his 15 million dollar jury verdict in a trucking negligence trial was the 4th largest verdict reported in the state. Tom is married and has two children.