Thomas C. Saunders

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Family Law Attorney in Bartow, FL

Saunders Law Group
 | 480 South Broadway Avenue, Bartow, FL 33830
Phone: 863-533-6200
Fax: 863-533-5800
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2009, 2015 - 2019
Licensed Since: 1984
Practice Areas:
  • Family Law (40%),
  • Business Litigation (40%),
  • Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff (20%)
Attorney Profile

Before founding his own law firm in Polk County, Florida, Thomas C. Saunders worked with the City of Tampa's City Attorney's Office and private law firms that provided legal services to plaintiffs and defendants in insurance cases. Saunders Law Group now provides business clients with litigation services and Polk County residents with assistance in family law, personal injury, and medical negligence and malpractice matters. The Saunders Law Group is located in Bartow, FL.

After earning his bachelor's degree from the University of Notre Dame in 1980, Mr. Saunders attended the University of Florida Levin College of Law. He was awarded his Juris Doctor in 1982, and he was subsequently admitted to practice law before the state courts in Florida. Mr. Saunders' three decades of legal experience and his track record of success in the courtroom prompted The Florida Bar to board-certify him in both business litigation and civil trial law. Board-certification is the highest evaluation provided by The Florida Bar, and it recognizes an attorney's experience, proficiency, knowledge and skill in a given legal area.

Mr. Saunders has been recognized many times and has received numerous awards during his remarkable career. He was recently installed as a member of  the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA).  ABOTA is an invitation-only organization of plaintiff and defense civil trial attorneys across the country dedicated to preserving the civil jury trial, promoting civility and integrity in the profession and helping younger attorneys achieve a higher level of trial advocacy.

Mr. Saunders has served as the chair of The Florida Bar Civil Trial Certification Committee and president of the Polk County Trial Lawyers Association Inc. Mr. Saunders was awarded the Pro Bono Service Award by the 10th Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee in 2016, and he spends considerable time mentoring young attorneys while serving on the board of directors of the Willson American Inn of Court. Mr. Saunders has earned an AV* peer-review rating through Martindale-Hubbell, a measure of the high-esteem in which he is held by his fellow professionals.

*AV®, BV®, AV Preeminent® and BV Distinguished® are registered certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings fall into two categories – legal ability and general practice standards.

 
Practice Areas

Family Law (40%)
Business Litigation (40%)
Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff (20%)

Family Law (40%): Adoption, Alimony & Spousal Support, Child Support, Custody & Visitation, Dissolution, Divorce, Domestic Violence, Name Change, Paternity, Prenuptial Agreements, Marital Property, Mediation & Collaborative Law, Same Sex Family Law, Father's Rights

Business Litigation (40%): Non-Compete Agreements

Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice (20%): Medical Malpractice, Birth Injury, Delayed or Incorrect Diagnosis, Informed Consent

Focus Areas

Adoption, Alimony & Spousal Support, Child Support, Custody & Visitation, Dissolution, Divorce, Domestic Violence, Name Change, Paternity, Prenuptial Agreements, Marital Property, Mediation & Collaborative Law, Same Sex Family Law, Father's Rights, Non-Compete Agreements, Medical Malpractice, Birth Injury, Delayed or Incorrect Diagnosis, Informed Consent

Selections

Selected to Super Lawyers for 6 yearsbottom-image

Super Lawyers: 2009, 2015 - 2019

Certificates and Credentials

Florida Bar Board of Legal SpecializationFlorida Bar Board of Legal Specialization

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About Thomas Saunders

Admitted: 1984, Florida

Professional Webpage: https://www.saunders-law.com/attorneys/thomas-c-saunders/

Honors/Awards:

  • Florida Bar President's Pro Bono Service Award, 10th Judicial Circuit, 2016
  • Listed as a Super Lawyer in "Florida Super Lawyers", 2008-2010
  • AV rated by Martindale Hubbell
  • Mr. Saunders was recently installed as a member of  the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA).  ABOTA is an invitation-only organization of plaintiff and defense civil trial attorneys across the country dedicated to preserving the civil jury trial, promoting civility and integrity in the profession and helping younger attorneys achieve a higher level of trial advocacy., ABOTA
  • Listed, Florida Trend's Legal Elite, 2010

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Board Certified in both Civil Trial and Business Litigation Lawyer, Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization and Education

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Judicial Evaluation Committee, Member, 1993
  • Polk County Trial Lawyers Association, Vice President, 1995-1996
  • The Association of Trial Lawyers of America, Member
  • Lakeland Bar Association, Member
  • Chairperson of the Florida Bar Civil Trial Certification Committee
  • Florida Bar Association, Chairman, 1996
  • Polk County Trial Lawyers Association, Member, Board of Directors, 1992
  • Judicial Nominating Commission of the 10th Judicial Circuit, Member, 1998-2000
  • Willson American Inn of Court, Member, Executive Committee, 1994-1996
  • Chairperson of the 10th Judicial Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission, 1999-2000
  • Florida Bar Association, Vice-Chairman, 1995
  • The Florida Bar Association, Member, Civil Trial Certification Committee, 1993-1998
  • 10th Judicial Circuit, Chairman, Bench Bar Committee, 1998-1999
  • Willson American Inn of Court, Barrister, 1992-1998
  • Polk County Trial Lawyers Association, President, 1996-1998
  • Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers
  • Board of Directors of the Willson American Inn of Court

Educational Background:

  •  University of Florida Levin College of Law, 1982
  • University of Notre Dame, B.A., 1980
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Office Location for Thomas C. Saunders

480 South Broadway Avenue
Bartow, FL 33830

Phone: 863-533-6200

Fax: 863-533-5800

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Last Updated: 3/12/2019

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