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THOMAS S. WARD

Phone: (305) 423-3562
Fax: (305) 533-8519

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Tom Ward’s focus is in commercial litigation and appeals.  Tom’s clients include, but are not limited to, real estate developers, board members, executives, officers, directors, title insurance companies, condominium associations, commercial landlords, and entrepreneurs.

His expansive appellate experience includes authoring dozens of appellate briefs, which have been filed in the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, Florida’s Supreme Court, and Florida’s First, Second, Third and Fourth District Courts of Appeal.  Tom has also argued before the First, Third and Fourth District Courts of Appeal and has many published opinions to his credit.  Prior to entering private practice, Tom interned for the former Chief Justice of the Florida Supreme Court: the Honorable R. Fred Lewis.

His litigation experience in state and Federal courts include, but is not limited to, serving as lead counsel for contract and construction disputes, director and officer liability insurance claims, title insurance claims, eminent domain proceedings, commercial and residential evictions and foreclosures, violations of non-compete agreements, collections and disputes involving condominium associations.  He has successfully first-chaired multiple trials and evidentiary hearings throughout the state.

 

Areas of Concentration

  • Appellate Law
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Business Litigation
  • Real Estate Law
  • Construction Law
  • Contracts
  • Evictions (Commercial & Residential)

Representative Favorable Reported Decisions

  • Sieber v. Gil, --- So. 3d ---, 2016 WL 1357759 (Fla. 3d DCA 2016) (Reversing order prematurely authorizing the disbursement of tenant-in-common’s share of partition sale proceeds to her opponent and his lawyer to satisfy their attorneys’ fees while her counterclaims remained pending)
  • Salamandre, Inc., et. al. v. Parc Place Development, LLC, 150 So. 3d 1159 (Fla. 3d DCA 2014) (Affirming final judgment of eviction and damages entered against commercial tenant and subsequently entered order issuing writ of execution)
  • Rendon v. Fortune Int’l. Realty, Inc., 117 So. 3d 1100 (Fla. 3d DCA 2013) (Affirming order granting real estate developer defendants’ motion for sanctions against plaintiff, including the dismissal of pleading with prejudice)
  • Hunton v. North Carillon, LLC, 67 So. 3d 1177 (Fla. 3d DCA 2011) (Affirming order denying pre-construction condominium unit purchaser’s request to instruct real estate developer to return deposit to escrow agent)
  • Charles v. Countrywide Home Loans, Inc., 66 So. 3d 1034 (Fla. 3d DCA 2011) (Affirming final judgment imposing equitable lien on residential real property)
  • Ferraro Law Firm, P.A. v. Paradigm Interiors, Inc., 56 So. 3d 11 (Fla. 3d DCA 2011) (Affirming final judgment and jury verdict in favor of interior designer firm and against law firm on claims for breach of contract and open account)
  • Vicente v. Bank of America, N.A., 53 So. 3d 1042 (Fla. 3d DCA 2011) (Affirming order granting lender’s motion for summary judgment on borrower’s claims to set aside fraudulent transfer, action to establish an equitable lien, and action to re-establish lien rights)
  • CRC 1803, LLC v. North Carillon, LLC, 26 So. 3d 18 (Fla. 3d DCA 2009) (Affirming order granting real estate developer’s motion to dismiss pre-construction condominium unit purchaser’s complaint with prejudice)
  • Village Group Intern., Inc. v. 950 N.E. 2nd, LLC, 22 So. 3d 557 (Fla. 3d DCA 2009) (Affirming order granting commercial landlord’s motion for eviction of commercial tenant)

Recognitions and Awards

  • Martindale-Hubbell, AV Rated
  • Super Lawyers’  “Rising Stars” – Appellate Law (2014, 2015, 2016)
  • Super Lawyers’  “Rising Stars” – Business Litigation (2013)
  • Florida Trend’s  “Florida Legal Elite: Lawyers on the Way Up” (2009, 2011, 2013)

Publications and Presentations

  • Protecting Your Injunction on Appeal, The Florida Bar Journal (January 2014, Volume 88, No. 1)
  • Protecting Your Injunction on Appeal, Sole presenter at telephonic CLE for Members of The Appellate Practice Section of the Florida Bar (May 20, 2014)
  • Applying Commercial Litigation Principles to the Evaluation of Civil Sexual Abuse Claims, The Florida Law Journal (July/August 2014, Volume 88, No. 7)

Appointments

  • The Florida Bar’s Appellate Court Rules Committee
    - Officer: Secretary (2016-17 Term)
    - Member (2014-17 Term)
  • Appellate Practice Section of the Florida Bar
    - Outreach Committee Liaison to the Third District Court of Appeal (2013-14 Term)

Leadership Positions

  • Third District Court of Appeal Historical Society
    - Officer: Membership Director (2016-17 term)
    - Technology Chair (2015-16 Term)
    Director (2014-16 term)
  • Appellate Practice Section of the Florida Bar
    - Executive Council Member and Outreach Committee Chair (2014-16 term)
  • Eleventh Circuit Grievance Committee (Section 11K)
    - Chair (2014-16 term)

Organizations

  • Appellate Practice Section of the Florida Bar – Pro Bono committee, Member
  • The Rosemary Barkette Appellate American Inn of Court, Member
  • The Spellman-Hoeveler American Inn of Court, Member
  • Young Lawyers’ Division of the Florida Bar, Member
  • Miami Catholic Lawyers Guild, Member
  • American Bar Association, Member

 

 

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