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Thomas S. Ward

Thomas S. Ward

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 Eleventh Circuit in Atlanta and Florida’s First, Third and Fourth 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, 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)

Ten Representative Reported Decisions

  • Jahangiri v. 1830 North Bayshore, LLC, — So. 3d —, 2018 WL 3747726 (Fla. 3d DCA 2018) (Affirming summary judgment, which determined a commercial lease renewal term was unenforceable as a matter of law because its procedure to determine rent for the renewal period was too indefinite to be enforceable)
  • Williams Island Ventures, LLC, et al. v. Marcus Saiz De la Mora as Miami-Dade County Tax Collector, 246 So. 3d 471 (Fla. 3d DCA 2018) (Reversing order dismissing taxpayers’ class action complaint with prejudice and interpreting Florida statutes to entitle class of taxpayers to recover interest on all overpaid ad valorem property taxes that were initially paid in connection with the commencement of their property tax appeals)
  • Banner v. Law Office of David J. Stern, P.A., 212 So. 3d 370 (Fla. 4th DCA 2016)(Affirming summary judgment—and the final judgment that incorporated it—in approximately 3,000 member class action lawsuit in which law firm and its managing partner claim defeated Florida Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practices Act claim concerning law firm’s preparation and mailing of reinstatement letters to borrowers on behalf of the law firm’s lender client during pending mortgage foreclosure actions)
  • Sieber v. Gil, 193 So. 3d 27 (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)
  • 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)

Recognitions and Awards

  • Martindale-Hubbell, AV Peer-Review Rated since 2013
  • South Florida Legal Guide’s “Top Up and Comers” – Appellate/Litigation (2018)
  • Super Lawyers’ “Rising Stars” – Appellate Law (2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018)
  • Super Lawyers’ “Rising Stars” – Business Litigation (2013)
  • Florida Trend’s “Florida Legal Elite: Lawyers on the Way Up” (2009, 2011, 2013)

Publications and Presentations

  • The Do’s and Don’ts of Motions for New Trial Based on Closing Argument in the Trial Court and On Appeal, Dade County Bar Association’s Fall Seminar (November 2, 2017 at the Third District Court of Appeal)
  • 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)


  • The Florida Bar’s Appellate Court Rules Committee
    – Vice Chair of Committee: (2018-19 Term)
    – Secretary of Committee: (2016-18 Term)
    – Chair of Civil Subcommittee: (2017-19 Term)
    – Member: (2014-20 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: Treasurer (2017-18 term)
    – 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)


  • 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


  • University of Miami School of Law, Juris Doctorate, cum laude
    – Articles Editor of the International and Comparative Law Review
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Bachelor of Science in Journalism

Areas of Concentration

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