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Thomas Andrew Player

Thomas Andrew Player

Practice areas:

Litigation, Business, Entertainment, Personal Injury, Appeals

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About Me

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).

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1998

  1. Litigation: 60%
    17 years, 3 thousand cases
  2. Appeals: 10%
    17 years, 100 cases
  3. Personal Injury: 10%
    17 years, 1 thousand cases
  4. Entertainment: 10%
    17 years, 500 cases
  5. Business: 10%
    17 years, 200 cases

Attorney Endorsements

2 total

  • Roy Jacob Smith IV

    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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  • Sarah R Goldman

    Tom Player is a knowledgeable, diligent and ethical attorney. He is an advocate for his clients and always fights to obtain the best results. I endorse this lawyer and have recommended him to family and friends.

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Contact Info

The Nation Law Firm

570 Crown Oak Centre Drive
Longwood, FL, 32750

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License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
FLMember in Good Standing199805/07/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Awards
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Legal EliteFlorida Trend Magazine2014
Florida Legal EliteFlorida Trend Magazine2013
Florida Legal EliteFlorida Trend Magazine2012
Florida Legal EliteFlorida Trend Magazine2011
Florida Legal EliteFlorida Trend Magazine2009
Best of the BarOrlando Business Journal2007
Best of the BarOrlando Business Journal2006

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
AttorneyThe Nation Law Firm2013 - Present
AttorneyWeiss Legal Group, PA2002 - 2013
PartnerMcKeever, Albert & Barth, PA1999 - 2002
AttorneyBest & Anderson , PA1998 - 1999

Associations
Association NamePosition NameDuration
Florida Bar, Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law SectionExecutive Council2012 - Present
Florida Bar, Appellate Practice SectionMember2006 - Present
Florida BarMember1998 - Present
Florida Bar, Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law SectionMember1998 - Present

Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
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.

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Education
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of FloridaFinanceMBA1997
University of Florida, Fredric G. Levin College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1997
University of South FloridaFinanceBS - Bachelor of Science1993

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Practice Tips and Legal Updates in Entertainment LawViacom v. YouTube's impact on the Digital Millennium Copyright Act2012
Third Annual Sports and Entertainment Law SymposiumMediation in the Entertainment and Sports Industries2010