After serving as a trial attorney in two prominent litigation firms, I established Player Entertainment Law in 2000, for the express purpose of providing legal representation, business consultation, and career guidance to musicians, producers, actors, writers, models, and other “players” in the entertainment industry in all aspects of their professional careers.
In 2002, concurrent with my activities in Player Entertainment Law, I joined the Weiss Legal Group, where my practice includes Appeals in all Florida State Courts, Personal Injury, First-Party Insurance Litigation, Business, Entertainment, and Intellectual Property Law.
I am active in the Entertainment, Arts, & Sports Law Section of the Florida Bar, and I am a member of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (the Grammy Awards), The Florida Bar, and the Florida Justice Association.
I have lectured at continuing legal education seminars for the Florida Justice Association, The Florida Bar Entertainment, Arts & Sports Law Section, and have been a panelist sponsor and Host for the Florida Music Festival’s forum on legal issues in the music business. I also regularly guest-lecture at Barry Law School, University of Central Florida, and Full Sail University’s Master of Entertainment Business class “Advanced Entertainment Negotiations”, and have served as a panelist/ judge for the Full Sail University Bachelor of Entertainment Business degree candidates final “capstone” presentations.
I have had the honor of being chosen by my peers as one of Florida Trend magazine's Florida Legal Elite for 2009, 2011 - 2013. I am also honored to have been recognized by my peers as the number one entertainment attorney in Central Florida for the Orlando Business Journal's Annual "Best of the Bar" in 2006 & 2007 (the last two years the award was given).
Licensed since 1998
I have known Thomas Player for over 12 years. He is a brilliant appellate attorney because he is a brilliant litigation attorney. When we worked together we would refer to him as the "Encyclopedia" for legal theory and the "Bible" when it came to ethical issues. A client in the hands of Tom Player is in capable hands indeed.
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|FL||Member in Good Standing||1998||05/07/2015|
|Award Name||Grantor||Date Granted|
|Legal Elite||Florida Trend Magazine||2014|
|Florida Legal Elite||Florida Trend Magazine||2013|
|Florida Legal Elite||Florida Trend Magazine||2012|
|Florida Legal Elite||Florida Trend Magazine||2011|
|Florida Legal Elite||Florida Trend Magazine||2009|
|Best of the Bar||Orlando Business Journal||2007|
|Best of the Bar||Orlando Business Journal||2006|
|Attorney||The Nation Law Firm||2013 - Present|
|Attorney||Weiss Legal Group, PA||2002 - 2013|
|Partner||McKeever, Albert & Barth, PA||1999 - 2002|
|Attorney||Best & Anderson , PA||1998 - 1999|
|Association Name||Position Name||Duration|
|Florida Bar, Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law Section||Executive Council||2012 - Present|
|Florida Bar, Appellate Practice Section||Member||2006 - Present|
|Florida Bar||Member||1998 - Present|
|Florida Bar, Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law Section||Member||1998 - Present|
|Geico Indem. Co. v. Physicians Group, LLC, 47 So. 3d 354 (Fla. 2d DCA 2010)||The judgment of the trial court was affirmed.|
|Mercury Ins. Group of Fla. v. AFO Imaging, Inc., 108 So. 3d 1094 (Fla. 2d DCA 2012)||Mercury Insurance Gourp's Petition for Writ of Certiorari was denied.|
|Vonder Haar v. Hennessy, 1 So. 3d 190 (Fla. 5th DCA 2009)||The Fifth DCA affirmed the trial court.|
|University of Florida||Finance||MBA||1997|
|University of Florida, Fredric G. Levin College of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1997|
|University of South Florida||Finance||BS - Bachelor of Science||1993|
|Practice Tips and Legal Updates in Entertainment Law||Viacom v. YouTube's impact on the Digital Millennium Copyright Act||2012|
|Third Annual Sports and Entertainment Law Symposium||Mediation in the Entertainment and Sports Industries||2010|