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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, with an emphasis in real estate.  Tom’s clients include, but are not limited to, real estate developers, title insurance companies, condominium associations, commercial landlords, and entrepreneurs.

His appellate experience includes serving as the primary author of dozens of appellate briefs, which have been filed in the Supreme Court and in the First, Second, Third and Fourth District Courts of Appeal, and arguing before the First and Third District Courts of Appeal.  Accordingly, he 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, 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.

Areas of Concentration

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

Favorable Reported Decisions

  • Salamandre, Inc., et. al. v. Parc Place Development, LLC, --- So. 3d --- (Fla. 3d DCA 2014)
  • Rendon v. Fortune Int’l. Realty, Inc., 117 So. 3d 1100 (Fla. 3d DCA 2013)
  • Hunton v. North Carillon, LLC, 67 So. 3d 1177 (Fla. 3d DCA 2011)
  • Charles v. Countrywide Home Loans, Inc., 66 So. 3d 1034 (Fla. 3d DCA 2011)
  • Ferraro Law Firm, P.A. v. Paradigm Interiors, Inc., 56 So. 3d 11 (Fla. 3d DCA 2011)
  • Vicente v. Bank of America, N.A., 53 So. 3d 1042 (Fla. 3d DCA 2011)
  • CRC 1803, LLC v. North Carillon, LLC, 26 So. 3d 18 (Fla. 3d DCA 2009)
  • Village Group Intern., Inc. v. 950 N.E. 2nd, LLC, 22 So. 3d 557 (Fla. 3d DCA 2009)

Recognitions and Awards

  • Martindale-Hubbell, AV Rated
  • Super Lawyers’  “Rising Stars” – Appellate Law (2014)
  • 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
  • Appellate Practice Section of the Florida Bar – Outreach Committee’s Liaison to the Third District Court of Appeal

Leadership Positions

  • Third District Court of Appeal Historical Society, Director (2014-2016 Term)
  • Appellate Practice Section of the Florida Bar – Outreach Committee, Chair
  • Eleventh Circuit Grievance Committee (Section 11K), Chair

Organizations

  • Appellate Practice Section of the Florida Bar – Pro Bono committee, 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
  • Miami Host Committee for the 2012 Merit Retention Campaign of Florida Supreme Court Justice R. Fred Lewis

 

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