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About me

  • Raised in Ruskin, Florida

  • Son of retired Air Force Major General and Former Hillsborough County Commissioner John R. Paulk

  • Graduated from Stetson University 1995

  • Graduated with Juris Doctorate degree from Stetson College of Law, with honors 1998

  • Certified legal intern with the Hillsborough County State Attorney's Office

  • Admitted to the Florida Bar 1998

  • Supervising attorney handling DUI, traffic and misdemeanor cases

  • Graduated from Florida Prosecuting Attorney's DUI school & Advanced DUI School

  • Felony Prosecutor 13th Judicial Circuit in Hillsborough County

  • Served as State Attorney's Office liaison to Law Enforcement

  • Admitted to the Federal Bar 2001

  • Founding Partner of Thomas & Paulk, P.A. 2001-present

  • Handled in excess of 4,500 criminal cases, 150 non-jury trials and over 35 jury trials.
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    Practice areas


    1. DUI & DWI: 50%
    2. Criminal Defense: 50%
      18 years, 4.5 thousand cases



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    Contact info

    Thomas & Paulk, P.A.

    217 N. Howard Ave
    Suite 100
    Tampa, FL, 33606-1519


    FLMember in Good Standing199806/20/2016
    We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
    Avvo contributions
    Legal answers
    Award nameGrantorDate granted
    GraduateFlorida Prosecuting Attorney's DUI schoolN/A
    GraduateFlorida Advanced Prosecuting Attorney's DUI SchoolN/A
    Work experience
    TitleCompany nameDuration
    PartnerThomas & Paulk, P.A.2001 - Present
    Assistant State AttorneyHillsborough County State Attorney's Office1998 - 2001
    Association namePosition nameDuration
    Florida BarN/A1998 - Present
    Legal cases
    Case nameOutcome
    Battery Domestic ViolenceCase not filed by State Attorney
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    Publication nameTitleDate
    Thomas & PaulkTampa Criminal Defense BlogN/A
    School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
    Stetson University College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1998
    Stetson UniversityHistoryBA - Bachelor of Arts1995
    Speaking engagements
    Conference nameTitleDate
    Georgia Aviation Hall of FameHistory and Career of Maj. Gen. John R. Paulk, U.S.A.F.2010