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I have practiced law for nearly 30 years in Tampa. I have tried numerous cases in many jurisdictions including Circuit Courts, Federal Courts, Appellate courts and the Florida Supreme Court. I love trial work and quickly learned that to maximize our client's recovery, you have to be willing to go to trial.  Early in my career I had several clients hire me after their second accident. I asked them why they didn't go back to the previous attorney and they told me that the attorney and the doctors took all the settlement money. I vowed right there that no client of mine would ever be able to say that. It became a procedure at my firm that when a case is being settled and after all the medical bills and other costs are deducted, if the client is receiving less money than my attorney's fee, I reduce my fee so the client receives more. I promise you that I will do that for you. If you become my client and I make a recovery for you I pledge that my staff and I will work tirelessly to keep you informed and to maximize your recovery.  My main source of new business is referrals from former clients and that can't happen unless my clients are happy when they leave. If you or a loved one has been injured, call me. It may be the most important phone call you ever make.


Practice areas


  1. Personal Injury: 34%
  2. Car Accident: 33%
  3. Wrongful Death: 33%



Contingent (25-40%)

Payment types:

Cash, Check

Attorney endorsements

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  • Michael S. Waddington

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


    Michael Waddington Military law Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

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    I have known Tom for a number of years now and have been lucky enough to have access to the nearly 30 years of invaluable legal experience he has accrued in addressing complex issues arising in difficult claims. Tom has the ability to drill down to the pertinent issues of which claims often turn on and cite not only relevant law on the issues but craft creative arguments to benefit the client's interests.


    Christopher Miles Car accident Attorney
    Relationship: Worked for lawyer

Contact info

Gibbs & Parnell, P.A.

722 E Fletcher Ave
Tampa, FL, 33612-2614


FLMember in Good Standing198406/20/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
AV Preeminent RatedMartindale-Hubbell2016
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2014
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2013
Tampa Bay's Top LawyersTampa Bay Magazine2013
Lead Counsel RatingThe Lead Coundel Review Board2013
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2012
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2011
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2010
Tampa Bay's Top LawyersTampa Bay Magazine2010
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2009
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PresidentGibbs and Parnell, P.A.1984 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
Florida Joustice AssociationMember2006 - Present
Tampa Bay Trial Lawyers AssociationMember2004 - Present
Hillsborough County Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Florida BarMemberN/A
Publication nameTitleDate
Elite Tampa BayTexting and Driving2014
EliteMotorcycles: Fun or Fatal?2014
Elite Tampa BaySlip and Falls: Do I have a Case?2014
Elite Tampa BayPersonal Injury Attorneys2013
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Florida State University College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1984
Florida State UniversityCriminologyBS - Bachelor of Science1980