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Tom Icard focuses his nationally recognized practice on construction related matters, from review of contract documents to claims negotiation and multi-party litigation (2018 and 2016 Best Lawyers in America Sarasota metro area “Construction Lawyer of the Year”). He is also regularly engaged as a neutral in alternative dispute resolution (ADR) proceedings in construction cases and in a broad range of other civil disputes (2012 Best Lawyers in America, Tampa metro area “Mediation Lawyer of the Year”). Tom is a Diplomate of the Florida Academy of Professional Mediators, as well as a member (by invitation) of the Florida Circuit Civil Mediator Society and the National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals. He has served as a single arbitrator and as the chief arbitrator on a panel of three in matters involving major property damage claims, insurance coverage, securities, estate litigation and other business disputes. He also has experience as a court appointed Special Master in federal proceedings.
Tom has represented both public and private owners, as well as developers, contractors, subcontractors and design professionals with respect to the construction of industrial facilities, airports, power plants, municipal sewer systems, hospitals, office and condominium buildings.
Tom has also served as a neutral on a broad spectrum of more than 400 construction and other matters ranging from 2-19 parties. His trial and ADR experience also includes employment, land use, condemnation, estates, securities, limited liability company and shareholder derivative actions, corporate and other commercial disputes, as well as personal injury, wrongful death, products liability and professional malpractice in matters with exposures ranging from $25,000 to over $50 million.
Tom joined the Tampa office of Carlton, Fields, Ward, Emmanuel, Smith & Cutler, P.A. in 1973, became a shareholder in 1979 and practiced there until 1995.
Florida Bar Board Certified in both Civil Trial Law and Construction Law (one of only ten attorneys in Florida)
“AV”® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated, Martindale-Hubbell® (1984 to present)
Selected by his peers in the legal professional as among The Best Lawyers in America®, 2006 to 2019; listed in both Construction Law and Mediation
2018 The Best Lawyers in America® Sarasota metro area “Construction Lawyer of the Year”
2016 The Best Lawyers in America® Sarasota metro area “Construction Lawyer of the Year”
2012 The Best Lawyers in America® Tampa metro area “Mediation Lawyer of the Year”
Selected by his peers for inclusion in Florida Super Lawyers®, 2006 to 2019
Selected by his peers for inclusion in Florida Trend’s 2011 and 2014 Florida Legal Elite
Florida Supreme Court Certified Circuit-Civil Mediator since 1993 in all of the Circuit Courts of Florida and in the Federal District Court for the Middle District of Florida
Fellow, Academy of Court Appointed Masters
Fellow and Life Member, American Bar Foundation
Fellow, Florida Bar Foundation
Diplomate of the Florida Academy of Professional Mediators
Member (by invitation) of the National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals
Certified Appellate Mediator, 2011
Qualified to accept Florida Circuit Court appointments as a binding arbitrator or trial resolution judge (pursuant to Fla. Stat. §44.104)
Former member of the Panel of Arbitrators of the American Arbitration Association (1993 to 2001) and a former member of the Public Arbitration Panel of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA, formerly NASD; 2001 to June, 2015).
Proctor in Admiralty, The Maritime Law Association of the United States (MLA) (1981 to 1992)
Bronze Award, Legal Aid of Manasota (recognized for 20 to 49 hours of pro bono legal services) (2011 to 2018)
PROFESSIONAL & COMMUNITY AFFILIATIONS
Member, Board of Directors, The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art Foundation, Inc., 2017 to present
Member, Board of Directors, Bay Area Legal Services, Inc., an LSC non-profit corporation that provides legal services to the indigent, 2004 to 2018
Chair (2009) of the Magistrate Judge Merit Selection Panel for the U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida
Chair, Forum on the Construction Industry of the American Bar Association, 1990
Member, Executive Council, Trial Lawyers Section of The Florida Bar, 1995
President, Hillsborough County Bar Association, 1987
Chair, United Way Attorneys Division, Hillsborough County, 1986
Leadership Florida Program of the Florida Chamber of Commerce, 1984 to present
U.S. Army Reserve (Captain), 1972-1980
“Florida Construction Lien Law – What You Should Know, What You Don’t Know and Why It Matters”, Gulf Coast Builders Exchange, May, 2017
“Construction Contracts, Statutory Limitations, Warranties and Strategies to Avoid Disputes”, Gulf Coast Builders Exchange, Sarasota, October, 2016
“Statutory Prompt Payment Provisions” and “Florida Construction Lien Law – Ethical Issues and Related Considerations,” Lorman Education Services, Sarasota, November, 2011
“Mediation of Construction Disputes,” Hillsborough County Bar Association, Construction Law Section, Tampa, February, 2011
“Advanced Litigation Skills Training: Selecting, Preparing, Attacking and Defending Expert Witnesses,” 3rd Annual Construction Law Institute, The Florida Bar, Orlando, April, 2010
“Florida Law for Design Professionals,” Lorman Education Services, Sarasota, 2002
Co-Chair and Presenter – “Taking the High Road”, annual professional ethics program of the Trial Lawyers Section of the Florida Bar, Miami, Tampa, Jacksonville, and Orlando, 1997 to 2000
“Sick Building Syndrome – A Primer for Owners, Contractors, Designers and Attorneys,” The Construction Superconference, San Francisco, 1994
“Sick Building Syndrome and Building-Related Illness Claims,” Envirosense, St. Petersburg, 1993
“Indoor Air Quality – Liability Issues for the Construction Industry and Design Professionals,” The Florida Bar, Tampa, 1993
“Bid Protests on Public Jobs,” Associated General Contractors of Mid-Florida Annual Management Forum, Tampa, 1992
“Florida Construction Lien Law,” Hillsborough County Bar Association, Tampa, 1991
“State of the Forum/Overview of the U.S. Construction Industry and the Construction Bar,” Forum on the Construction Industry of the American Bar Association Annual Meeting, Boston, 1990
Co-Chair and Presenter, “Current Issues in the Construction Industry – Point and Counterpoint,” Forum on the Construction Industry of the American Bar Association Annual Meeting, Tampa, 1988
“Florida Construction Law: What Do You Do When . . . ?” National Business Institute, Jacksonville, Orlando, Tampa, and Fort Myers (annually, from 1986 to 1994)
“Voir Dire, Direct and Cross Examination,” Hillsborough County Bar Association Civil Trial Seminar, Tampa, 1986
Co-author, “Sick Building Syndrome and Building-Related Illness Claims: Defining the Practical and Legal Issues,” The Construction Lawyer of the Forum on the Construction Industry of the American Bar Association, October, 1994
“Construction Law – An Overview,” Florida Constructor (Magazine for Florida’s Commercial, Industrial and Highway Builders), September/October, 1990
Contributor, Florida Construction Law: What Do You Do When . . .?, National Business Institute, 1986 to 1994
Guest Editor and Contributor, The Florida Bar Journal, symposium issue concerning revisions to the Florida Constitution, October, 1978
“The Applicability of Florida Direct Action in the Law of Admiralty,” 1 Florida State University Law Review335 (1973)