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Thomas M. Dryden

Litigation Attorney at Fort Myers, FL

4.6   10 reviews
  • State Years
    Florida - FL 40 years
    Georgia - GA 41 years
  • Licensed for 40 years
    State FL
    Acquired 1982
    Member in Good Standing No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 41 years
    State GA
    Acquired 1982
    Resigned Membership No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

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I have been practing law in the Fort Myers, Florida area for over 30 years.  My law practice specializes in the areas of real estate law, association law, business law,  probate and litigation. I hold both the Florida Bar Board Certification in Real Estate and the Florida Bar Board Certification in Business Litigation. In addition I recently received the AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating by Martidale Hubbell. This rating constitutes the highest rating an attorney can achieve from his peers in the areas of legal knowledge, analytical capability, judgement, communication ability and legal experience. 

My office staff consists of two full-time legal assistants each with a different area of office hours are from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm Monday through Friday. 

"It is important to my staff and I to stay accessible to our clients and provide the best legal representation possible to keep our clients happy, often under expedited and difficult circumstances".

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1705 Colonial Blvd B-3
Fort Myers, FL, 33907


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Posted by Scott | June 3, 2015
Highly recommend
Mr. Dryden help me through what I thought was an impossible challenge and the end result far surpassed my expectations. I am so glad that I went to Mr. Dryden. He was very responsive and offered suggestions to help me through my problem. I would highly recommend him and plan on utilizing his skills again in the future.
Posted by Marie | February 14, 2015
Don't Hesitate To Hire Attorney Dryden !
Attorney Dryden handled several very difficult and intricate personal real estate matters for me. Working with him for over a year, I don't have one negative comment to make. He is an expert in his field, extremely knowledgeable, handles pressure well, polite and courteous, returns phone calls and e-mails very promptly and it was a pleasure to deal with him under such difficult circumstances. This Attorney knows the laws and he knows them well. His commitment to my cases made me feel as if I was his only client. He went out of his way, maneuvered his busy schedule and showed that he really cared about me and my cases. His Office staff also needs to be commended. They were polite, courteous and kind as well.
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Posted by Helen | August 2, 2013
Mr. Dryden is wonderful
Mr. Dryden was recommended by a friend when we first moved to Florida .We have used him to set up LLC for us and oversaw our closings on a few properties . He was very knowledgable and helped us each step of the way. We will continually use him as needed without any hesitation.
Posted by Lisa | September 6, 2012
Very Satisfied Client ...
Mr. Dryden represented me recently in a credit card dispute trial. The trial was unusually lengthy and complicated and Mr. Dryden handled all matters with expansive knowledge and admirable professionalism. I'm certain we prevailed due to Mr. Dryden's expertise. I am very glad that I chose to use his services, and will do so again if the need arises in the future.
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Posted by Matt | May 24, 2012
Honest and Straightforward!
Mr Dryden assisted my elderly mother in defending her against a harassing type lawsuit and brought it to a favorable conclusion for her. He was prompt,honest and straightforward in his representation. I have referred numerous people to him in my line of work and I highly recommend him.
Posted by Tammy | May 18, 2012
Thomas Dryden worked a miracle for us.
Our house was foreclosed on and sold on the courthouse steps. My husband and I had hired another attorney to do a chapter 13 bankruptcy, which the other attorney had botched and lost our house in the process. We then hired Thomas Dryden. In our eyes he was a miracle worker! He got our house back. We were beside ourselves because we lost everything we had worked for our whole lives. I don't know where we would be today if it wasn't for Thomas Dryden. He was very knowledgeable and very professional. He worked so hard for us to right the wrongs that happened to us and I would highly recommend him to anybody.
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Posted by Paul Lawrence | May 8, 2012
Attorney Thomas Dryden
Tom's professionalism, experience and intellect is invaluable to anyone smart enough or in my case lucky enough to hire him. I would recommend him to anyone in need of your legal services.
Posted by Dave | July 1, 2008
Thomas Dryden does an exceptional job for our company. His firm is cooperative, courteous and responsive. I would not hesitate to recommend Mr. Dryden.
Posted by anonymous | June 30, 2008
Client Review
Mr. Dryden has handled primarily collection activities for our corporation, along with corporate and real estate issues. In every case, Mr. Dryden has offered excellent advice and understood our needs as a client. His staff is friendly, knowledgeable, and communicative. Mr. Dryden is currently our corporate counsel.
Posted by anonymous | April 27, 2012
Do Not Use This Attorney
Thomas owes us $1,650.00 for unperformed services. Thomas Dryden has acted in an unethical manner towards us. He made sure he received our retainer BEFORE he admitted to us during a phone conference that he was unfamiliar with parts of the Florida Landlord/Tenant Laws. Research your attorney's record before entering into a contract. Finally, he has threatened to use information - which was disclosed to him and is considered attorney/client privilege - and aligning himself with the party with whom we have a legal dispute.
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  • Hourly Rates $ 275-350 per hour
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check


AVVO RATING 8.6 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • President & Owner
  • Thomas M. Dryden, P.L.
  • 2004 - Present
  • Partner
  • DeBoest, Stockman, Decker & Dryden, P.A.
  • 1998 - 2004
  • Founding Partner
  • Thomas M. Dryden, P.A.
  • 1994 - 1997
  • Founding Partner
  • Corbin & Dryden, P.A.
  • 1988 - 1994
  • Founding Partner
  • Thomas M. Dryden, P.A.
  • 1985 - 1988
  • Associate Attorney
  • Humphrey, Jones & Myers, PA
  • 1984 - 1985
  • Second District Court of Appeal
  • 1982 - 1983
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  • Mercer University - Walter F. George School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1982
  • Clemson University
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1979


  • Forum Condominium Association
  • President
  • 2017 - Present
  • Fl.Bar Business Law Section
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Kiwanis Metro-McGregor Chapter Fort Myers
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • Real Property, Trust and Probate Section-Florida Bar
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • Attorneys Title Insurance Services,Inc (FUND)
  • Member
  • 1984 - Present
  • Middle District of Florida-U.S District Court
  • member
  • 1983 - Present
  • Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
  • Member
  • 2012 - 2014
  • Lee County Humane Society
  • Director
  • 1998 - 2005
  • Lee County Bar Assocation
  • Member
  • 1984 - 2008
  • Georgia Bar
  • Member
  • 1982 - 1994
  • United Nations Society
  • Vice President
  • 1977 - 1977
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish
  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Re-certified Florida Bar- Business Litigation
  • Florida Bar
  • 2018
  • AV Peer Review Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2014
  • Board Certification Business Litigation
  • Florida Bar
  • 2013
  • Re-certified Florida Bar-Real Estate
  • Florida Bar
  • 2012
  • Re-certified Florida Bar-Real Estate
  • Florida Bar
  • 2006
  • Board Certified - Real Estate
  • Florida Bar
  • 1996
  • Board Certified Creditor's Rights
  • Commercial Law League
  • 1996
  • High Honors -graduate
  • Clemson University
  • 1979
  • Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society
  • Phi Kappa Phi
  • 1979
  • Vice-President Hugo Black Law Club
  • Hugo Black Law Club
  • 1977
  • Phi Eta Sigma Freshman Honor Society
  • Phi Eta Sigma
  • 1977
  • Junior Varsity Football
  • .
  • 1976
  • Citzenship Award
  • American Legion
  • 1975
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Speaking Engagements

  • Legal Ethics Seminar
  • Ethics
  • 1985

Attorney endorsements

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Given (2)
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Real estate Attorney | May 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly endorse this lawyer's work. I have known Tom Dryden, Esq. for well over 20 years. He is a knowledgable, experienced and well regarded real estate transactional and litigation attorney. I have referred numerous clients to him over the years, including family members. Tom is very honest and has an engaging, low-key approach to dealing with people. At the same time, he is tenacious when necessary. He's a hard worker too."
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Fort Myers Litigation Lawyer Thomas M. Dryden
Thomas M. Dryden
Litigation Attorney
Fort Myers, FL
Licensed for 41 years