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Thomas Clifford Saunders

Family Attorney at Bartow, FL

5.0   5 reviews
  • Licensed for 40 years
    State FL
    Acquired 1984
    Member in Good Standing No misconduct found

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About Thomas

Learn Thomas’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Family
    Alll aspects of Family Law including divorce, spousal support and alimony claims, child support, modifications, visitation, custody, parenting plans, asset division

    32 years, 750 cases

  2. Litigation
    All aspects of civil litigation and business claims and disputes including partnership disputes and dissolutions, contract disputes, wage claims, employment claims and agreements. Board Certified by the Florida Bar in Civil Trial and Business Litigation.

    40 years, 1,000 cases

  3. Personal injury
    Wrongful Death claims, automobile accidents, motorcycle accidents, product liability claims, slip and falls, truck accidents. Board Certified by the Florida Bar in Civil Trial Law and Business Litigation

    40 years, 1,000 cases

  4. Medical malpractice
    Plaintiff oriented litigation of medical negligence claims involving serious bodily injury, brain damage, death, medical product liabiilty claims; Board Certified by the Florida Bar in Civil Trial Law and Business Litigation.

    37 years, 1,000 cases

  5. Divorce and separation

In matters of personal injury, wrongful death, medical malpractice, family law and business law, the attorneys at Saunders Law Group are known for achieving extraordinary results for clients throughout Central Florida. Drawing on more than 60 years of combined experience, we have the knowledge, skills and resources to handle whatever legal issue you may be facing.

We understand that this is likely one of the most difficult times in your life, and we want to help alleviate your burdens. Our skilled, dedicated lawyers have recovered tens of millions of dollars for people who were injured under a variety of circumstances, including car accidents and medical negligence. Businesses, families and individuals also turn to us for aggressive legal advocacy in business disputes, divorce and other aspects of family law. We want to help you, too.


Saunders Law Group
480 South Broadway Avenue
PO Box 1279
Bartow, FL, 338311279
Thomas Clifford Saunders
500 S Florida Ave Suite 800
Lakeland, FL, 33801
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Posted by anonymous | February 21, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Family law case
Tom and Mary Jo did a great job handling my divorce case...highly recommended.
Posted by anonymous | February 17, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
please help me
One of the best guys I have ever met he and is team are number one in my book. if I was to move out of state I would hire him to find me a lawyer for what ever state I was in. He and his team now have a customer for life for what ever I may need in the field of law
Posted by Kayly | August 31, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The best of the best.
I cannot express enough how grateful I am for Mr. Saunders and his team. I have consulted and hired them several times over the years regarding civil suits and occasionally when I simply needed advice. Although my issues have never been major, Mr. Saunders and his team treated them as if they were and made me feel as though I was their most important client every time. I am abundantly grateful for Mr. Saunders' thorough knowledge of the legal system, quick wit, and fast thinking. He has helped me navigate extremely stressful situations, and I leave each time feeling reassured that each situation is in his capable hands. I would recommend Saunders Law Group to anyone and can't imagine ever using another firm for my legal needs!
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Posted by EDWARD | August 29, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
None finer
As the owner of three businesses here in Central Florida, I have availed myself of Tom's services on many different occasions, often on complex matters ( all business related, no divorce work........yet! ). His reassuring, patient demeanor and exceptional legal expertise have served me well over the last 25+ years and I feel privileged indeed to call him "my lawyer".
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Posted by anonymous | August 23, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great divorce lawyer
Saunders Law Group and its staff were incredible to work with in a very difficult and emotionally draining process. It was not just the excellent legal work itself but also the attitude of the lawyers and staff that set Saunders Law Group apart; you never felt that you were merely a number or a “file”; instead, you were treated with respect and your questions were answered fully and in an understandable way. While I certainly hope never to need a great divorce lawyer again, should I need one… A.P.B. Former Wife
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  • Contingency 33%-40%
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 9.8 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • President
  • Saunders Law Group
  • 2002 - Present
  • Shareholder
  • Frost & Saunders, P.A.
  • 1991 - 2002
  • Associate Attorney
  • McClain & Associates, P.A.
  • 1987 - 1991
  • Litigation Attorney 3
  • City of Tampa
  • 1984 - 1987
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  • University of Florida, Fredric G. Levin College of Law
  • Juris Doctor
  • 1982
  • University of Notre Dame
  • Bachelors of Arts
  • 1980


  • Lakeland Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2000 - Present
  • Polk County Bench Bar Committee
  • Past Chairman
  • 2000 - Present
  • Willson American Inn of Court
  • Master
  • 1995 - Present
  • Florida Bar
  • Member
  • 1984 - Present
  • Polk County Trial Lawyers Association
  • Past President
  • 2001 - 2002
  • Tenth Judicial Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission
  • Past Chairman
  • 1998 - 1999
  • Florida Bar Civil Trial Certification Committee
  • Past Chairman
  • 1995 - 1998
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale Hubbell
  • 2017
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2017
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2015
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2009
  • Certified Family Law Mediator
  • Florida Supreme Court
  • 2008
  • Certified Circuit Court Mediator
  • Florida Supreme Court
  • 2006
  • Board Certified Business Litigation
  • Florida Bar Association
  • 1996
  • Board Certified Civil Trial Law
  • Florida Bar Association
  • 1991
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Attorney endorsements

Received (2)
Given (2)
Endorse Thomas
Litigation Attorney | Sep 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Tom Saunders is an outstanding lawyer who I recommend unequivocally. He is the lawyer that I think of when someone in my family asks for a recommendation. Top shelf lawyer and a top shelf man."
Litigation Attorney | Sep 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Tom for about 20 years having worked both as co-counsel with him as well as working as opposing counsel. Tom is Double Board Certified by the Florida Bar in both Civil Trial and Business Litigation and has an “AV” rating from Martindale Hubbell. He has served in many leadership positions in local and state bar associations and is well respected by his peers and the judiciary. Tom and his staff are dogged in their pursuit of their clients' interests. I have never seen Tom back away from a fight nor fight when it was unnecessary. I would have no hesitation in recommending Tom to represent anyone involved in a personal injury or medical malpractice case. Additionally, Tom’s business litigation certification and designation as a Super Lawyer in Family Law matters make Tom and his staff an easy choice when civil litigation matters or divorce matters are involved."

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Bartow Family Lawyer Thomas Clifford Saunders
Thomas Clifford Saunders
Family Attorney
Bartow, FL
Licensed for 40 years