Thomas C. Saunders Esq.

Thomas C. Saunders Esq.

Founder since 2002
Location:
Bartow, Florida
Phone:
863-578-4755
Fax:
863-533-5800
Email:

Thomas C. Saunders is one of only a small handful of lawyers in Polk County, Florida that hold themselves out as double Board Certified.

Mr. Saunders celebrated his 34th anniversary as a litigation attorney in February, 2018.  Tom has worked for the City Attorney’s Office for the City of Tampa, a private law firm specializing in insurance defense matters (where he gained valuable insight into the manner in which insurance companies evaluate and litigate personal injury and medical negligence claims as well as commercial claims), a private law firm in Polk County specializing in personal injury for the claimants (i.e. the injured person) and has opened his own practice dedicated to personal injury law on behalf of the injured party, family law matters, medical negligence matters and commercial litigation.

Areas of Practice

  • Family Law
  • Personal Injury
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Civil Litigation
  • Business Litigation
  • Commercial Litigation

Litigation Percentage

  • 100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Board Certified Civil Trial Attorney; Recertified , 1991
  • Board Certified Civil Trial Attorney; Recertified , 1996
  • Board Certified Civil Trial Attorney; Recertified , 2001
  • Board Certified Civil Trial Attorney; Recertified , 2006
  • Board Certified Civil Trial Attorney; Recertified , 2011
  • Board Certified Civil Trial Attorney; Recertified, 2016
  • Board Certified in Business Litigation, 1997
  • Board Certified in Business Litigation; Recertified, 2002
  • Board Certified in Business Litigation; Recertified, 2007
  • Board Certified in Business Litigation; Recertified, 2012
  • Board Certified in Business Litigation; Recertified, 2017
  • Certified Circuit Mediator, 2004
  • Certified Circuit Mediator; Recertified, 2006
  • Certified Circuit Mediator; Recertified, 2008
  • Certified Circuit Mediator; Recertified, 2010
  • Certified Circuit Mediator; Recertified, 2012
  • Certified Circuit Mediator; Recertified, 2014
  • Certified Circuit Mediator; Recertified, 2016
  • Certified Family Mediator, 2006
  • Certified Family Mediator; Recertified, 2008
  • Certified Family Mediator; Recertified, 2010
  • Certified Family Mediator; Recertified, 2012
  • Certified Family Mediator; Recertified, 2014
  • Certified Family Mediator; Recertified, 2016

Bar Admissions

  • Florida, 1984

Education

  • University of Florida College of Law, Gainesville, Florida
    • J.D. - 1982
  • University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, Indiana
    • B.A. - 1980

Classes/Seminars

  • Speaker, “Attorney’s Fees”, Basic Family Law CLE seminar
  • Speaker, “Enforcing the Final Judgment”, Basic Family Law CLE seminar
  • Speaker, Civil Trial Certification Review Course
  • Guest Lecturer, "The Legal Nurse Consultant’s Role in Litigation, Preparation and Assisting the Lawyer in Trial" on 09/28/1999, American Association of Legal Nurse Consultants, Greater Tampa Bay, Florida Chapter

Honors and Awards

  • AV rated by Martindale Hubbell
  • Florida Trend Legal Elite
  • Florida Super Lawyers, 2009, 2015 - 2018
  • Florida Bar President’s Pro Bono Award for the Tenth Judicial Circuit in 2016
  • Board Certified Civil Trial Attorney, 1991; Recertified in 1996, 2001, 2006, 2011, 2016
  • Board Certified in Business Litigation, 1997; Recertified in 2002, 2007, 2012, 2017
  • Certified Circuit Mediator, 2004; Recertified in 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014,

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Florida Bar Association, 1984 - Present
  • Polk County Trial Lawyers' Association, Board of Directors, 1993 - 1999
  • Florida Bar Association, Judicial Evaluation Committee, Member, 1992 - 1993
  • Florida Bar, Civil Certification Committee, Member, 1993 - 1999
  • Florida Bar, Civil Certification Committee, Vice Chairman
  • Florida Bar, Civil Certification Committee, Chairman
  • Willson American Inn of Court, 1991 - 1998
  • Willson American Inn of Court, Barrister, 2011 - Present
  • Willson American Inn of Court, Master
  • Polk County Trial Lawyers' Association, President, 1996 - 1998
  • Bench Bar Committee of the Tenth Judicial Circuit, Chairman
  • Judicial Nominating Committee for the Tenth Judicial Circuit, 1998 - 2002
  • Judicial Nominating Committee for the Tenth Judicial Circuit, Vice Chairman
  • Judicial Nominating Committee for the Tenth Judicial Circuit, Chairman, 1999 - 2000
  • American Board of Trial Advocates, Member
  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • Member of the Federal Court, Middle District of Florida
  • Member of the Federal Court, 11th Circuit Court of Appeal
  • Florida Trend Legal Elite
  • AV rated by Martindale Hubbell

Past Employment Positions

  • City of Tampa, Florida, Assistant City Attorney, 1984 - 1987
  • McClain & Associates, P.A., Associate attorney, 1987 - 1991
  • Frost & O'Toole, P.A., Associate attorney, 1991 - 1994
  • Frost, O’Toole & Saunders, P.A. and Frost & Saunders, P.A., Shareholder, 1994 - 2002

Pro Bono Activities

  • Bartow Chamber of Commerce
  • Lakeland Chamber of Commerce
  • Past Board Member, Big Brothers & Sisters, Lakeland

Languages

  • English (Primary)