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Thomas W. Cope

About Me

Tom began his career as a lawyer fighting for victims as a prosecutor with the State Attorney’s Office.  There he was quickly promoted to a lead trial attorney and recognized by R.I.D.D. and M.A.D.D. for his trial victories against drunk drivers.  As a felony prosecutor, Tom was part of the DUI manslaughter response team and received specialized training in serious and fatal DUI accident investigation, which he now puts to use in pursuing punitive damages in civil cases.

Tom worked 5 years for a large central Florida “insurance defense” law firm after leaving the State Attorney’s Office.  For those years he focused his career on trial litigation in car accidents, motorcycle accidents, boating accidents, trucking accidents, and wrongful deaths.  Mr. Cope took many of these serious injury cases to trial against the best plaintiff’s lawyers in the State.  As a defense lawyer, Tom simply never lost.


Tom has brought his formidable trial and litigation skills to work for the injured and their families.   He frequently uses the skills and inside knowledge he learned as a trucking and insurance company lawyer for the benefit of his clients.  



Languages Spoken: Spanish, English

Practice Areas


  1. Personal Injury: 50%
    0 years, 500 cases
  2. Criminal Defense: 25%
    0 years, 1 thousand cases
  3. Wrongful Death: 25%
    0 years, 50 cases



Contingent (33-40%), Free Consultation (30 minutes)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

6 total 

  • Donald James Kilfin

    I have known Tom Cope for over ten years. While working at the Pinellas County state attorney's office, we tried several serious felony cases, including aggravated battery and trafficking in kilo quantities of cocaine. Tom Cope is an exceptionally skilled trial attorney and one that I always sought to have beside me. He is capable, knowledgeable, and one of the most genuine people in the business, I highly endorse Tom. He is an excellent lawyer.


    Donald Kilfin Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Jonathan Michael Palma

    I highly endorse Tom. He is one of the most knowledgeable attorneys I know and he brings a vast amount of experience to the table in the areas of personal injury and criminal defense. Tom is both well known and well respected among his peers.


    Jonathan Palma Car Accidents Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

Cope, Zebro & Crawford

14020 Roosevelt Blvd.
Suite 802
Clearwater, FL, 33762


FLMember in Good Standing200409/08/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Rising StarSuper Lawyers2010
Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
AttorneyCope, Zebro & Crawford, P.L.2011 - Present
AttorneyAbbey, Adams, Byelick, Kiernan, Et Al2007 - 2011
Prosecuting AttorneyOffice Of The State Attorney 6th. Circuit2004 - 2007
Association NamePosition NameDuration
Florida Justice AssociationMember2013 - Present
Clearwater Bar AssociationMember2008 - Present
Florida Bar AssociationMember2004 - Present
St. Petersburg Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
Jane Doe v. GEICO & ProgressiveFull Insurance limits paid
John Doe v. Allstate & State FarmFull Insurance limits paid
Doe v. Progressive InsuranceInsurance limits recovered
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Publication NameTitleDate BlogMaking Clearwater Safer for Cyclists2013
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Florida, Fredric G. Levin College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2003
Florida State UniversityPhilosophyBA - Bachelor of Arts2000
Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
USAA Continuing legal education courseDefense tactics for Insurance Adjusters2012