Tom Thompson grew up in Tampa. Aftergraduating with honors with a bachelor of arts degree from theUniversity of South Florida, Tom was hired as a legal assistant withthe Tampa law firm of Haas, Boehm, Brown, Ridgon, Seacrest, and Fisher.While employed by the firm, Mr. Thompson worked in the field ofinsurance defense with emphasis in property and commercial liabilityclaims. Mr. Thompson later joined the construction litigationdepartment of Johnson, Blakley and Pope in Clearwater prior to hisentry in law school. Mr. Thompson attended the Florida StateUniversity College of Law where he was an active member of the LawReview, a published author and member of the law Review’s editorialboard. Tom was elected Executive Editor in his third year and directeda special volume devoted to issues then pending before the FloridaLegislature.
Upon graduating with honors, Mr. Thompson accepted anattorney associate position with the Tallahassee firm of Callahan andDobbins. While there, his practice consisted primarily of insurancedefense. He also represented self insured clients including Royal CrownCola 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 manylocal clients, he has served as counsel for the State of Florida, OmniInsurance Company, Arbella Mutual Insurance Company, Superior InsuranceCompany, Philadelphia Insurance Company, 21st Century Insurance andNova Casualty and self insured companies including Budget Rent-A-CarSystems, Inc., Prestige Home Centers, Inc., and Westinghouse ElectricCompany. In addition to defending tort, contract and insurance coverageclaims, Tom has experience litigating racial and sexual discriminationand RICO actions on behalf of these and many other national, statewideand local clients.
Mr. Thompson is a member of both the Florida and GeorgiaBars and is admitted to the Federal Bars for the Northern and MiddleDistricts of Florida, and the Middle District of Georgia, along withthe Eleventh Circuit. He is a member of the Tallahassee BarAssociation, the Defense Research Institute the Florida Defense LawyersAssociation and in 2001 was appointed by the Florida Attorney General,Bob Butterworth, as a Chairman for the Florida New Motor VehicleArbitration Board, commonly known as the “lemon law board.”
Tom has received recognition from theFlorida Bar for his expertise in the field of civil trial law and hasbeen "Board Certified" in that field by the Bar as a result of his 17years of trial experience combined with dozens of trials and superiorethical reputation throughout the legal community.
Tom is the director of his localneighborhood association and lives in Tallahassee with his wife, Coni,and their three children.
|FL||Member in Good Standing||1991||10/11/2021|
|GA||Active Member in Good Standing||1991||11/20/2021|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|AV Peer Review Rating||Martindale-Hubbell||2013|
|Board Certified - Civil Trial||Florida Bar||2013|
|Outstanding Chairman - Small Claims Rules||Florida Bar||2013|
|AV Peer Review Rating||Martindale-Hubbell||2012|
|AV Peer Review Rating||Martindale-Hubbell||2011|
|AV Peer Review Rating||Martindale-Hubbell||2010|
|Board Certified - Civil Trial||Florida Bar||2008|
|Book Award - Property Law||Florida State University School of Law||1989|
|Partner||Thompson, Crawford & Smiley, P.A.||1993 - Present|
|Chair, Lemon Law Arbitration Program||Office Of The Attorney General Of Florida||2000 - 2013|
|Associate Attorney||Callahan, Dobibns & Derr||1991 - 1993|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Tallahassee Bar Association||member||1991 - Present|
|Florida State University Law Review||Definitional Aspects of Assault Weapon Legislation||1991|
|Florida State University College of Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1991|
|University of South Florida||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1985|
|Leads Group||Employment Discrimination||2013|
|Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce||Employment Law||2010|
|Chamber Leads Group||Health Care Reform||2010|
|Tallahassee Leads Group||What to ask for in a lawyer||2009|
|Florida Bar CLE||Discovery||2006|
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