South Florida Attorney Assists You With Your Legal Needs
Tom Bates is a Florida board-certified civil trial lawyer who has been practicing law for over 32 years. As a board-certified civil trial lawyer Tom has the experience and expertise to handle your case from start to finish, up to and including trial, in any type of civil action where one is suing, or being sued, for money, property, or injunctive relief. Such actions include but are not limited to business disputes; personal injury claims; disputes over ownership of real property and personal property; denials of insurance coverage, and will and trust disputes.
Less than 1% of Florida’s 107,000 lawyers are board-certified in civil trial law. With this many lawyers practicing in the State of Florida, serious consideration should be made to hiring one who is board-certified. While any lawyer can advertise on television, on the Internet, or on a billboard, not all lawyers are board-certified. Tom has been board-certified since 2001, and has been re-certified in every required five year period since then, most recently in 2016.
In addition to being board-certified Tom has received an “AV” pre-eminent rating – the highest rating available – from Martindale-Hubbell, the nation’s oldest guide to the legal profession for legal ability and ethical standards. Tom is also a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) and the Palm Beach Chapter of ABOTA. ABOTA is an invitation-only association of experienced trial lawyers and judges dedicated to the preservation and promotion of the civil jury trial right provided by the Seventh Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.