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            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, Ridgon, Seacrest, and Fisher.
While employed by the firm, Mr. Thompson worked in the field of
insurance defense with emphasis in property and commercial liability
claims. Mr. Thompson later joined the construction litigation
department of Johnson, Blakley and Pope in Clearwater prior to his
entry in 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 member of the law Review’s editorial
board. Tom was elected Executive Editor in his third year and directed
a special volume devoted to issues then pending before the Florida

            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. He also represented self insured clients including Royal Crown
Cola Bottling, North American Van Lines and Sunshine Jr. Food Stores.

            Since the establishment of Thompson, Crawford 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 the State of Florida, Omni
Insurance Company, Arbella Mutual Insurance Company, 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 experience litigating racial and sexual discrimination
and RICO actions on behalf of these and many other national, statewide
and local clients.

            Mr. Thompson 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, and the Middle District of Georgia, along with
the Eleventh Circuit. He is a member of the Tallahassee Bar
Association, the Defense Research Institute the Florida Defense Lawyers
Association and in 2001 was appointed by the Florida Attorney General,
Bob Butterworth,  as a Chairman 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 the field of civil trial law and has
been "Board Certified" in that field by the Bar as a result of his 17
years of trial experience combined with dozens of trials  and superior
ethical reputation throughout the legal community.  


          Tom is the director of his local
neighborhood association and lives in Tallahassee with his wife, Coni,
and their three children.


Practice areas


  1. Business: 25%
    25 years, 230 cases
  2. Probate: 20%
    24 years, 300 cases
  3. Employment: 20%
    19 years, 125 cases
  4. Wrongful Death: 15%
    25 years, 122 cases
  5. Other: 20%
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  • James Patrick Garrity

    Tom Thompson is without question in the top tier of trial lawyers in the Southeast. You'll see that when you meet him, and when you see him in court. He is always extremely well-prepared, is a master of both the large important issues and of the technical details, and has the greatest respect from judges and juries. If you could create the ideal lawyer from scratch, it would be Tom Thompson. I am always amazed at his ability to present complicated issues in a way that anyone can understand. That is a powerful quality in a courtroom. Juries can become disinterested if they don't understand the details. Tom keeps their attention and has a phenomenal record of success in trials. That same polished approach also serves his clients well when he is arguing to a judge outside a jury's presence. Judges are time-pressed, and want lawyers who are extremely well-prepared, who zero in immediately on the important issues, and who practice with the highest ethical values. That is Tom Thompson.


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  • Michael S. Waddington

    I endorse Thomas. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community.


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Contact info

1330 Thomasville Rd
Tallahassee, FL, 323035608

P. O. Box 15158
Tallahassee, FL, 32317



FLMember in Good Standing199106/21/2016
GAActive Member in Good Standing 199107/15/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2013
Board Certified - Civil TrialFlorida Bar2013
Outstanding Chairman - Small Claims RulesFlorida Bar2013
AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2012
AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2011
AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2010
BV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2009
Board Certified - Civil TrialFlorida Bar2008
BV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2008
BV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2007
BV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2006
BV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2005
BV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2004
BV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2004
BV RatedMartindale-Hubbell1996
Book Award - Property LawFlorida State University School of Law1989
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerThompson, Crawford & Smiley, P.A.1993 - Present
Chair, Lemon Law Arbitration ProgramOffice Of The Attorney General Of Florida2000 - 2013
Associate AttorneyCallahan, Dobibns & Derr1991 - 1993
Association namePosition nameDuration
Tallahassee Bar Associationmember1991 - Present
Publication nameTitleDate
Florida State University Law ReviewDefinitional Aspects of Assault Weapon Legislation1991
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Florida State University College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1991
University of South FloridaPolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts1985
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Leads GroupEmployment Discrimination2013
Tallahassee Chamber of CommerceEmployment Law2010
Chamber Leads GroupHealth Care Reform2010
Tallahassee Leads GroupWhat to ask for in a lawyer2009
Florida Bar CLEDiscovery2006