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Thomas Anthony Sadaka

Litigation Attorney at Celebration, FL

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Thomas Sadaka Relying on skills developed through years of litigation experience. Tom focuses his practice in the areas of civil litigation, white collar criminal defense, technology related law, intellectual property law and Internet based defamation. Tom has represented corporate and individual clients in grand jury investigations, before regulatory licensing boards, in defense of agency enforcement actions, civil and criminal theft of trade secrets, criminal and civil RICO and fraud cases, Computer Fraud and Abuse Act violations and Florida's Computer Crime Act. He has also conducted internal investigations for public and private entities. Tom is also available to consult in matters related to corporate compliance, technology related critical incident response, disaster planning and recovery, document retention, privacy and use policy review and implementation, Internet related subpoena and legal process compliance, and defense litigation involving business and technology crimes.  Tom also assists clients and outside law firms in implementing technologies and strategies for successfully managing large-scale litigation matters, with an emphasis on electronic discovery and matters related to electronically stored information. Tom further focuses his practice on corporate compliance, technology related critical incident response, document retention, privacy and use policy review and implementation, subpoena and legal process compliance, and defense litigation involving business and technology crimes. Tom is a frequent lecturer on Information Security, Sarbanes-Oxley, HIPPA and GLB compliance with a special focus on electronically stored records as well as on business continuity and disaster planning and recovery. Mr. Sadaka is a faculty member of the National Judicial College where he teaches state and federal judiciary on matters related computer search and seizure, electronic data recovery and eDiscovery matters. Tom was previously Special Counsel for Computer Crimes and Prosecutions in the Florida Attorney General's Office of Statewide Prosecution and oversaw all criminal prosecution and investigation of computer and Internet related crimes and identity theft cases handled by the office. Tom served as the National Association of Attorneys General computer crime contact; and the Department of Justice 24/7 computer crime prosecution contact. Tom has, for many years, been an active lecturer and instructor on many aspects of computer, high technology crimes and identity theft to diverse audiences across the nation. Tom has provided testimony before the United States Congress on Social Security Number misuse by terrorists and identity thieves, serves on a Congressional Task Force on Social Security Number Misuse, and provides frequent testimony before the Florida Legislature and has on multiple occasions provided expert testimony in court proceedings on electronic intercept laws, electronic data storage and recovery, and general technology matters. Tom previously served the state of Florida from 1993 to 1997 as an Assistant State Attorney in the 7th Judicial Circuit where he handled felony criminal prosecutions with an emphasis on economic, white collar, and environmental crimes.

 

Tom'sprofessional activities include the following:

 

Adjunct Professor, University of Central Florida, Master's Program in Computer Forensics; National Judicial College, faculty; Co-developer of National Cybercrime Training Partnership's Training CD Prosecuting Cases That Involve Computers.; Co-developer of National Cybercrime Training Partnership's booklet Best Practices for Seizing Electronic Evidence.; Author of Fl. Legislative Report, Creating a Fraud Resistant Driver License and Identification Card; US Secret Service High Tech Crimes Working Group; Florida Legislative Working Group Protecting Children Online; Federal Computer Investigators Committee; Law Enforcement Electronic Technical Advisement Committee; Former member of the Florida Prosecuting Attorneys Association, Education Committee. Legal Advisor to the Florida Association of Computer Crimes Investigators; National Center for Forensic Science, Digital Evidence Planning Panel; Past Chair of the Florida Bar Computer Law Committee; Intellectual Property Law Committee, Appointed member of the Florida Bar Consumer Protection Law Committee; International Journal of Digital Evidence, Editorial Board; Lecturer for the Florida Bar Association, the American Bar Association, the National Governor's Association, the National Judicial College, the National Council of State Legislatures, the National White Collar Crime Center, the National Center for Justice and the Rule of Law and the Florida Prosecuting Attorneys Association on technology related issues. Author of Inside the Minds:Strategies for Prosecuting Internet Pornography Cases, Aspatore, 2009, Author of numerous articles on eDiscovery and electronic data preservation. Best Lawyers in America - Technology Law 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012 editions. Best Lawyers in Orlando for Technology Law, 2011 and 2012.

 

Tom was awarded a B.A. in Philosophy from Florida State University in 1988, a JD from St. Thomas University in 1991, and an LL. M. (in Taxation) from the University of Florida in 1992.

 

Tom is the pit master for Divine Swine Competition BBQ Team, a nationally award winning professional competition BBQ team.

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State FL
Status Disbarred
Acquired 1992
Updated 11/23/2022

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority in 2020. See details

Contact Thomas

Thomas Anthony Sadaka
1420 Celebration Blvd
Suite 200
Celebration, FL, 34747-5162

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Posted by Edward | April 15, 2015
Great Attorney
I engaged Mr. Sadaka’s services in a complex business matter almost 3 years ago and he has handled a number of our cases since that time, both small and large I’ve found him to be one of the most knowledgeable, fair and sound minded Attorneys I’ve ever worked with and highly recommend him.
Posted by Sidney | January 21, 2015
Internet Defamation Help
Tom was amazing. I had bad reviews and comments posted about me on the Internet by a former employee. Tom's knowledge of the Federal Laws and court process allowed him to quickly plot a course for removal of the negative comments. He executed on his plan and achieved amazing results for me. I would recommend Tom to anyone in need of a lawyer.
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Posted by Rachel | July 31, 2014
Amazing litigator with superior knowledge of technology
I hired Mr. Sadaka for a rather complex issue regarding a software license and tangential issues that were certainly heading for litigation. His skill and ability to talk the technical talk saved the day. I overheard the lawyer for the other side tell his client that he would be foolish to litigate against Mr. Sadaka because his trial skills were incredible. I would hire Mr. Sadaka any time I need an attorney. Simply brilliant.
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Posted by Dominique | March 18, 2013
The lawyer who will help you!!
Tom knows his job very well .He took care of my case after i originally used another lawyer.Step by step ,he goes through the process until the end.As a plaintiff,my case was in the complex business department with internet difamation issues.Case closed and now I can move on.Thanks Tom
Posted by Craig | February 13, 2012
Breach of Duty Defense
The depth and breath of Tom's knowledge is awesome. He is responsive, sympathetic and thorough. He answered my questions in regard to liability and jurisdiction easily. He followed up with me when I need to produce documents and carefully reviewed them with me before sending them in. These are qualities more lawyers should try to develop. I respect him. What more can I say.
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Posted by Carl | February 10, 2012
Amazing lawyer
I used Tom to help remove some lies that were posted about me on the Internet. All the lawyers I spoke with said that nothing could be done. Not Tom, he filed suit and god a court order that required the information be removed. It was taken down immediately.
Posted by Robert | August 10, 2011
Computer law god!
We hired Tom to handle some computer intrusion related issues. He acted faster than we knew was possible within the judicial system to get us an injunction and to protect our assets from further breaches. He pursued the matter helping us find the offender and then brought him in to hold him accountable.
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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

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AVVO RATING 1.0 (Extreme Caution)

Professional misconduct

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority in 2020.

Disbarment issued in FL, 2020
updated on 05/20/2020

This is the most serious penalty for a lawyer. If this attorney is currently practicing law, you should contact the Florida Bar to understand the reasons for this disbarment.

Suspension with Conditions issued in FL, 2018
updated on 11/15/2018

This means an attorney lost his or her license to practice law for a period of time. The attorney typically returns to practicing law when the suspension expires.

Suspension with Conditions issued in FL, 2017
updated on 07/18/2017

This means an attorney lost his or her license to practice law for a period of time. The attorney typically returns to practicing law when the suspension expires.

Work Experience

  • Of Counsel
  • Berger Singeraman
  • 2004 - 2008
  • Special Counsel for Computer Crime Prosecution
  • Attorney General of Florida
  • 1997 - 2004
  • Assistant State Attorney
  • Office of the State Attorney, 7th Judicial Circuit
  • 1992 - 1997

Education

  • University of Florida, Fredric G. Levin College of Law
  • LL.M - Master of Laws
  • 1992
  • St. Thomas University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1991
  • Florida State University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1988

Legal Cases

  • State of Florida v. Bejerano
  • Conviction at trial
  • Obrien v. OBrien
  • Affirmed

Associations

  • Kansas City BBQ Society
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Florida BBQ Association
  • 2009 - Present
  • Florida Bar, Intellectual Property Law Section
  • 2003 - Present
  • Florida Bar, Consumer Protection Law Committee
  • 2000 - Present
  • National Center for Forensic Science
  • Digital Evidence Planning Panel
  • 1999 - Present
  • Florida Association of Computer Crimes Investigators
  • Legal Advisor
  • 1998 - Present
  • US Secret Service High Tech Crimes Working Group
  • Member
  • 1998 - Present
  • International Journal of Digital Evidence
  • Editorial Board
  • 1998 - Present
  • Federal Computer Investigators Committee
  • Member
  • 1997 - Present
  • Florida Bar Computer Law Committee
  • Past President
  • 1997 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Technology Law
  • Best Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Technology Law
  • Best Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Technology Law
  • Best Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • Wall Street Journal
  • 2013
  • Technology Law
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2013
  • Technology Law
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2012
  • Technology Law
  • Best Lawyers in Orlando
  • 2012
  • Technology Law
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2011
  • Technology Law
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2010
  • Technology Law
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2009
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Publications

  • National Cybercrime Training Partnership
  • Best Practices for Seizing Electronic Evidence
  • 2010
  • Aspatore
  • Inside the Minds:Strategies for Prosecuting Internet Pornography Cases
  • 2009
  • National Cybercrime Training Partnership
  • Prosecuting Cases That Involve Computers.
  • 2001
  • Florida Legislature
  • Creating a Fraud Resistant Driver License and Identification Card
  • 2001
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Speaking Engagements

  • National Judicial College
  • 4th Amendment application to emerging technologies
  • 2008

Attorney endorsements

Received (9)
Given (14)
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Intellectual property Attorney | Mar 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Tom Sadaka for a number of years, and have always been favorably impressed by both his knowledge of the law and technology. He has always been a leading voice in the relatively elite Florida community of intellectual property attorneys, and I have always found him to be a helpful colleague whose standards of professionalism are of the highest calibre."
Litigation Attorney | Nov 11
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. Tom's remarkable intelligence and wide ranging knowledge and experience set him apart from most attorneys who cannot typically match his versatility. From complex criminal matters to complex civil litigation, Tom's span of knowledge seems endless. I would highly recommend him to those nearest to me."
Litigation Attorney | Sep 18
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Extremely intelligent and knowledgeable attorney."
Corporate and incorporation Attorney | Aug 09
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. The one word that describes Mr. Sadaka is "Brillient." I am honored to work with Mr. Sadaka. He is one of the most well-rounded lawyers I have met and can handle the most complex cases including civil, tax, bankruptcy and criminal defense. Any client who has Mr. Sadaka represent them is very lucky. He has handled corporate matters for some of my family members and close friends and always done a tremendous job."
Litigation Attorney | Jun 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have worked with Tom in the past. He is not only a highly skilled litigator but a great person all around. I have no hesitation referring matters to Tom."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 10
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Litigation Attorney | Sep 06
Relationship: Co-worker
"Tom is a tireless advocate who possesses a vast knowledge of the law. Those qualities, combined with his compassion make him well respected by opposing counsel as well as judges. I would highly recommend Tom Sadaka."
Litigation Attorney | Sep 06
Relationship: Co-worker
"Tom is an excellent lawyer who knows criminal and civil law very well. He is an excellent trial attorney and has a vast amount of litigation/trial experience. He is well respected in the legal community by both criminal and civil attorneys."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Sadaka is a heavyweight - the one you want on your side."
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