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I was the class valedictorian of the class graduating May, 1980 from Stetson University College of Law.  I graduated magna cum laude.  I was also the Editor-in-chief of the Stetson Law Review.  I was included in "Who's Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities."  I received the International Academy of Trial Lawyers Award for Excellence in Trial Advocacy.

I graduated from the University of South Florida in 1977 with a B.A. in Political Science.  I was a member of Phi Kappa Phi and Pi Sigma Alpha Honor Societies.

I am a member of the Florida Bar and the American Bar Association.  I have served on the Florida Bar's Admiralty Law Committee, Continuing Legal Education Committee, and Civil Trial Certification Committee.  I have also served on the Florida Supreme Court Committee on Standard Jury Instructions in Civil Cases. 

I am a board-certified civil trial attorney by the Florida Bar.  I have taught as an adjunct professor at Stetson University College of Law.

Before attending law school, I served in the United States Army, reaching the rank of Captain.  I served a tour in the Republic of Vietnam as an officer in the Fifth Special Forces Group (Airborne).

I am married with four grown children.  I enjoy fishing, hunting, and other outdoor activities.  I am a member of the National Rifle Association and the Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy (Lawyers Division).

I have been active with the Boy Scouts of America, serving as a scoutmaster for three years.  I currently serve as the District Chair for the Tocobaga District of the Gulf Ridge Council. 




Practice areas


  1. Insurance: 50%
    36 years, 1 thousand cases
  2. Litigation: 40%
    36 years, 1 thousand cases
  3. Appeals: 10%
    36 years, 500 cases



Hourly ($175-300/hour)

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Contact info

Barr, Murman & Tonelli, P.A.
201 E Kennedy Blvd Ste 1700
Tampa, Florida, 336025865


FLMember in Good Standing198006/20/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Best Lawyers in AmericaBest Lawyers in America2010
Best Lawyers 2009Corporate Counsel Magazine2009
Florida's Top LawyersFlorida Monthly2009
Tampa Bay's Top LawyersTampa Bay Magazine2008
Florida's Top LawyersFlorida Monthly2008
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2008
Florida Legal EliteFlorida Trend Magazine2007
Best Lawyers In AmericaBest Lawyers in America2007
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2007
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2006
CLE AwardFlorida Defense Lawyers Association2005
President's AwardFlorida Defense Lawyers Association2004
Who's Who In Business In Tampa BayTampa Bay Business Journal2004
"AV" RatingMartindale-Hubbell1985
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerBarr, Murman & Tonelli2007 - Present
ShareholderGray, Robinson2000 - 2007
ShareholderShackleford, Farrior, Stallings & Evans1997 - 2000
President and ShareholderMitchell & Carter1989 - 1997
President and ShareholderMitchell, Alley & Rywant1985 - 1989
AssociateShackleford, Farrior, Stallings & Evans1980 - 1985
Association namePosition nameDuration
International Association of Defense Counselmember2005 - Present
Federation of Defense and Corporate Counselmember2005 - Present
American Board of Trial Advocatesadvocate member1995 - Present
Florida Defense Lawyers Associationboard of directors1980 - Present
Maritime Law Association of the United Statesproctor rank1980 - Present
Defense Research Institutemember1980 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Goble v. Frohman, 901 So. 2d 830 (Fla. 2005)Affirmed For Appellee/Defendant
Fitzgibbon v. GEICO, 583 So. 2d 1020 (Fla. 1991)Affirmed for Defendant/Appellant
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Publication nameTitleDate
The Defense Speaks - A Defense ManualChapter -- Cross-examination of the Plaintiff's Damages Expert2006
Trial Advocate QuarterlyThe Current Status of Coblentz Agreements2006
Stetson Law ReviewChanges in Florida's UCC Article Nine: A Student Symposium - Miscellaneous Revisions1980
Stetson Law ReviewConstitutional Law : No State Action In Self-Help Creditors' Remedies1979
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Stetson University College of LawLawJuris Doctor (magna cum laude)1980
University of South FloridaPolitical ScienceOther - Bachelors1977
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Defend UM/UIM Cases and WinUninsured Motorist Insurance2008
Auto Insurance Law SeminarCasualty Insurance/Insurer Bad Faith2007
Trial Skills Excellence In Advocacy WorkshopJury Selection Workshop2006
Florida Liability Claims ConferenceLow Impact Auto Accidents2005
Florida Bar Advanced Trial Advocacy SeminarTrial Skills2005
Young Lawyers Trial SeminarTrial Skills2004
Florida Bar Advanced Trial Advocacy SeminarTrial Skills2004
Annual Claims Management ConferenceTen Pitfalls of Insurer Bad Faith2004
Revisions To UCC Article 92001 Revisions to Uniform Commercial Code Article 92003
Purchasing Law In FloridaArticle 2 of the Uniform Commercial Code2003
Progressive Insurance Companies Specialty Claims ConferenceDefending Causation Cases With Orthopedic Damages2003
Florida Liability Clkaims ConferenceWhat's New In Insurer Bad Faith2003
FDLA Annual Winter MeetingEvaluating and Defending Mild Traumatic Brain Injury Claims2003
Bad Faith LitigationInsurer Bad Faith and Extracontractual Damages2003
Successful Trial Strategies in Commercial Litigation CasesTrial Skills2002
Revisions To UCC Article 92001 Revisions to Article 9 of the Uniform Commercial Code2002
Florida Liability Claims ConferenceProduct Liability Sections of the 1999 Tort Reform Act2002
Florida Bar Advanced Trial Advocacy SeminarTrial Skills2002
Closed Head InjuriesMedical-Legal Issues2002
Challenges In Florida Insurance Coverage LitigationCasualty Insurance Coverage2002
Litigating The Questionable Disc CaseAnalyzing and Defending Cases Involving Claims Of Intervertebral Disc Injuries2001
Florida Liability Claims Conference1999 Tort Reform Act2001
Defending Knee Injury CasesMedical-Legal Issues2001
Bad Faith LitigationInsurer Bad Faith and Extracontractual Damages2001
Proof of Damages In Catastrophic Injury CasesDefending Bodily Injury Claims Involving Serious Injury2000
Florida Insurance LawInterpretation of Casulaty Insurance Policies2000
Bad Faith LitigationInsurer Bad Faith and Extracontractual Damages2000
Florida Insurance LawInterpretation of Casualty Insurance Policies1999
Bad Faith LitigationInsurer Bad Faith and Extracontractual Damages1995