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Jim practices in the areas of Business Law, Estate Planning and Real Estate.  He also serves as corporate counsel to several small businesses and family owned companies.


He has served as a Visiting Assistant Professor and the Associate Director of Graduate Business Programs at the Stetson University School of Business Administration, overseeing the J.D./M.B.A. Program on Stetson's College of Law campus.  He taught graduate courses on Strategic Management, Organizational Theory and Behavior, Business Law and Marketing.


Jim lectures locally and nationally to lawyers, accountants and other professionals on Practice Management, Marketing, Professionalism, Diversity, Estate Planning and Elder Law issues and has written numerous law practice related articles.  


He is admitted to The Florida Bar, the US Supreme Court, the US Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit, the US Tax Court and the US Court of International Trade.


Over the past 25 years, he has owned and operated several businesses as a manufacturer's representative, restaurateur and commercial real estate developer, and is the principal broker for Real Estate firms in Florida and Kentucky.



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Practice areas


  1. Business: 45%
    15 years
  2. Estate Planning: 35%
    15 years
  3. Real Estate: 20%
    15 years



Contingent (33-45%), Fixed (sometimes), Free consultation (30 minutes), Pro bono (10%)

Payment types:

Cash, Check

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Contact info

1520 Hull St S
Saint Petersburg, FL, 337073228


FLMember in Good Standing200106/21/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Golden Apple Award for TeachingStetson University School of Business Administration2006
Golden Apple Award for TeachingStetson University School of Business Administration2003
Outstanding Alumni RepresentativeStetson University College of Law2002
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Special MagistrateCity of Gulfport2012 - Present
Hearing OfficerPinellas County Housing Authority2010 - Present
ArbitratorBetter Business Bureau2006 - Present
PresidentThaler Law Firm, P.A.2001 - Present
Associate Director/Visiting Prof., Graduate Business ProgramsStetson University School of Business Administration2000 - 2010
Consultant/PrincipalThaler Engineering Company/TEC Products & Sales1983 - 1998
Association namePosition nameDuration
St. John Vianney School Advisory CouncilCouncil Member2010 - 2012
St. Petersburg Bar FoundationBoard Member2010 - 2011
St. Petersburg Bar AssociationPresident2009 - 2010
Gulfport Arts CenterFounding Board Member2009 - 2010
St. Petersburg Bar AssociationPresident-Elect2008 - 2009
St. Petersburg Bar AssociationSecretary2007 - 2008
St. John Vianney Catholic Church, Finance CouncilMember2006 - 2012
St. Petersburg Bar FoundationPresident2006 - 2008
Federal Bar Association (Tampa Bay chapter)Communications Chair2006 - 2007
St. Petersburg Bar AssociationExecutive Committee2005 - 2007
St. Petersburg Bar FoundationTrustee2004 - 2008
St. Petersburg Bar Association, Solo, Small Firm & Practice Management SectionChair2003 - 2005
The Florida Bar, Professionalism CommitteeMember2003 - 2007
Gulfport Police Pension BoardMember/Chair2003 - 2012
Federal Bar Association (Tampa Bay chapter)Executive Committee2001 - 2008
Publication nameTitleDate
Paraclete magazineImplementing an Effective Marketing Strategy2010
Paraclete MagazineAttorney Trust AccountsN/A
The CLE Journal, ALI-ABARespect and CivilityN/A
Paraclete MagazineThe Valuation, Buying and Selling of a Law PracticeN/A
The Stetson Law ReviewThe Law School DilemmaN/A
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Stetson University College of LawN/AJD - Juris Doctor2000
Stetson University School of Business AdministrationN/AM.B.A.2000
Centre CollegeN/AB.S.1983
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
48th Mid-Year Meeting of ACLEAMBA Principals for the Professional Development Office2012
Annual Convention, Florida Association of Legal Support SpecialistsEthics, Professionalism and Diversity in the Legal Profession2010
2010 Mid-Year Meeting of ACLEACreating Effective Business and Marketing Plans2010
2010 Mid-Year Meeting of ACLEAMultidisciplinary Continuing Education Programs2010
Stetson Leadership Development ProgramLeadership and Management2009
Professionalism and Diversity Training for JudgesProfessionalism and Diversity2009
Estate Planning SeminarWills, Trusts and Advance Directives2008
Communications for Every LawyerProfessionalism in Courtroom Communication2008
ACLEA Mid-Year ConferenceLaw Practice Management2008
Master's Seminar on ProfessionalismPrinciples of Professionalism2006
Bench and Bar ConferenceLegal Ethics Overview2005
How to Build an Eldercare PracticeInverviewing Clients2002