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Thomas W. Cope

Personal injury Attorney at Clearwater, FL

3.2   9 reviews
  • Licensed for 20 years
    State FL
    Acquired 2004
    Member in Good Standing No misconduct found

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About Thomas

Learn Thomas’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Personal injury

    9 years, 500 cases

  2. Criminal defense

    9 years, 1,000 cases

  3. Wrongful death

    9 years, 50 cases

Tom began his career as a lawyer fighting for victims as a prosecutor with the State Attorney’s Office.  There he was quickly promoted to a lead trial attorney and recognized by R.I.D.D. and M.A.D.D. for his trial victories against drunk drivers.  As a felony prosecutor, Tom was part of the DUI manslaughter response team and received specialized training in serious and fatal DUI accident investigation, which he now puts to use in pursuing punitive damages in civil cases.

Tom worked 5 years for a large central Florida “insurance defense” law firm after leaving the State Attorney’s Office.  For those years he focused his career on trial litigation in car accidents, motorcycle accidents, boating accidents, trucking accidents, and wrongful deaths.  Mr. Cope took many of these serious injury cases to trial against the best plaintiff’s lawyers in the State.  As a defense lawyer, Tom simply never lost.


Tom has brought his formidable trial and litigation skills to work for the injured and their families.   He frequently uses the skills and inside knowledge he learned as a trucking and insurance company lawyer for the benefit of his clients.  



Cope, Zebro & Crawford
14020 Roosevelt Blvd.
Suite 802
Clearwater, FL, 33762

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  9 customer reviews
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Posted by Carrol | May 15, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Car Accident
I would highly recommend Thomas Cope! He assisted me in an injury accident where I was unjustly ticketed. In my opinion he went to bat for me and my case. His outstanding skills at seeking the truth and not giving up, helped me recover and exceed my expectation in my case. He is an excellent attorney.
Posted by Lynzy | February 6, 2015
Thomas Cope is an outstanding lawyer!
Mr. Cope is an outstanding attorney. He has helped me tremendously throughout multiple cases. Mr. Cope will remain my attorney for life.
Posted by anonymous | February 3, 2015
Highly recommend
I couldn't recommend anybody better than Mr. Cope. He's professional and thorough. I've never dealt with an attorney as sufficient as Mr. Cope. He's very knowledgeable and keeps you informed through your entire case. Due to Mr. Cope and how he handled my case it ran extremely smooth. I will never deal with any other attorney.
Posted by Derek | January 28, 2015
Thomas Cope did an outstanding job on my case. He is a great attorney and I would recommend him to anyone who has legal troubles. I trusted him and he kept me informed and told me exactly what I needed to do. I would like to thank him and his firm for the awesome job he did for me.
Posted by Jeremy | January 23, 2015
Excellent results.
I used Thomas Cope for a bad accident that I was involved in. I never leave reviews, but with the amazing results that he got for me I couldn't help but to leave a good review. He did a great job keeping me informed throughout the case. He went above and beyond for me and I cannot express my appreciation enough. Great guy and firm to work with.
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Posted by Shelly | August 17, 2023
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Animal killing coward, why hasnt he lost his license yet??? Anyone who hires or pays this man supports his DISGUSTING actions~
Posted by David | July 19, 2022
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Threw a helpless Raccoon off of his boat
He found a Raccoon on his boat out on the open water- He filmed himself gleefully terrorizing the poor creature and forcing it off his boat to drown in the open sea.. You do not want someone like this representing you do you?
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Posted by anonymous | May 19, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
If you are looking for a spineless, real POS human to help you, you’ve found him. No compassion. Glad I didn’t hire him.
Posted by anonymous | January 24, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Chris Patterson
Garbage, complete dumpster fire of a human being. Zero morals, not to be trusted and just pure evil!
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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
  • Contingency 33%-40%
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 8.9 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Cope, Zebro & Crawford, P.L.
  • 2011 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Abbey, Adams, Byelick, Kiernan, Et Al
  • 2007 - 2011
  • Prosecuting Attorney
  • Office Of The State Attorney 6th. Circuit
  • 2004 - 2007


  • University of Florida, Fredric G. Levin College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2003
  • Florida State University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2000

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Doe v. Progressive Insurance
  • Insurance limits recovered
  • Jane Doe v. GEICO & Progressive
  • Full Insurance limits paid
  • John Doe v. Allstate & State Farm
  • Full Insurance limits paid


  • Florida Justice Association
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Clearwater Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • Florida Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2004 - Present
  • St. Petersburg Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish
  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2010


Speaking Engagements

  • USAA Continuing legal education course
  • Defense tactics for Insurance Adjusters
  • 2012

Attorney endorsements

Received (6)
Given (3)
Endorse Thomas
Personal injury Attorney | Jun 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Tom Cope for over ten years. While working at the Pinellas County state attorney's office, we tried several serious felony cases, including aggravated battery and trafficking in kilo quantities of cocaine. Tom Cope is an exceptionally skilled trial attorney and one that I always sought to have beside me. He is capable, knowledgeable, and one of the most genuine people in the business, I highly endorse Tom. He is an excellent lawyer."
Personal injury Attorney | Apr 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly endorse Tom. He is one of the most knowledgeable attorneys I know and he brings a vast amount of experience to the table in the areas of personal injury and criminal defense. Tom is both well known and well respected among his peers."
Personal injury Attorney | Mar 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Cope consistently obtains outstanding results for his clients. When I refer him a case, I know best case scenario is virtually assured."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Thomas. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 02
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer's work. I worked with Tom at the State Attorneys office and we worked closely on several large cases. I have also watched Tom as he has transitioned into injury cases. His skills in the courtroom are unmatched in either criminal or civil courtrooms."
Litigation Attorney | Jul 08
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer's work. I had the opportunity of working with Tom while we were both employed by the State Attorney's Office in Clearwater, Florida. You will find lawyers here and there with as much knowledge of the law as Tom has. You will be hard pressed, however, to find many with the nerves Tom has to use that knowledge. I am familiar with his skills in court, and I would rank him among the best I know there."
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Clearwater Personal injury Lawyer Thomas W. Cope
Thomas W. Cope
Personal injury Attorney
Clearwater, FL
Licensed for 20 years
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