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Tom Hunker

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Appellate Attorney in Fort Lauderdale, FL

Hunker Appeals
110 Southeast 6th Street, Suite 2330
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
Phone: 877-906-5656
Fax: 954-477-7313
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2022
Selected to Rising Stars: 2017 - 2019
Licensed in Florida Since: 2007
Practice Areas: Appellate
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Attorney Profile

Attorney Tom Hunker is the managing partner of Hunter Appeals in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. A nationally ranked lawyer with more than 14 years of total legal experience, Mr. Hunker provides unmatched counsel and support to clients across his region who need assistance with their appeals or civil litigation matters.

Board-certified as a specialist in Appellate Practice by The Florida Bar, Mr. Hunker has the extensive skills and resources necessary to handle his clients' issues efficiently, and he has achieved a long record of securing favorable outcomes for those he serves in various appellate courts across his region. He also has considerable trial experience and regularly offers litigation support for other attorneys.

Honored for his outstanding professionalism and superior client service, Mr. Hunker has earned an AV Preeminent peer review rating* from Martindale-Hubbell. He has also received "Superb" client ratings on Avvo as well as many testimonials and referrals from those he has served.

A graduate of Florida State University, Mr. Hunker obtained his Juris Doctor from The Florida State University College of Law in 2006. The Florida Bar admitted him to practice the following year, and he also holds his admission to practice in Illinois. Additionally, he is admitted to practice before the U.S. District Courts for all Districts in Florida, the Northern District of Illinois and the Eastern District of Wisconsin; he is also admitted to practice before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th and 11th Circuits.

Mr. Hunker is a member of The Florida Bar's Appellate Practice Board Certification Committee and the Florida Defense Lawyers Association. He also serves on the board of directors of the Florida Claims Defense Network.

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories - legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice Areas
  • 100%Appellate
Focus Areas



1 Years Super Lawyers
3 Years Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers: 2022
  • Rising Stars: 2017 - 2019

Certificates and Credentials

About Tom Hunker

First Admitted: 2007, Florida

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Educational Background

  • Juris Doctor, Magna Cum Laude, Florida State University College of Law., 2006
  • Bachelor of Science in Multinational Business Operations from Florida State University, 2002

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Illinois Bar, Member, 2012
  • Federal Courts: United States Supreme Court United States Courts of Appeal: Seventh Circuit Eleventh Circuit United States District Courts: Eastern District of Wisconsin Northern District of Illinois Northern District of Florida Middle District of Florida Southern District of Florida, 2021
  • Member of the Florida Bar Appellate Practice Certification Committee since 2018 (in second 3-year term), 2021
  • Florida Claims Defense Network (FCDN), Member of the Board of Directors, 2021
  • Mission United, Broward County United Way. See Jeancharles v. Department of Revenue, 273 So. 3d 1006 (Fla. 4th DCA 2019)., 2021
  • Florida Defense Lawyers Association (FDLA), Member, 2021
  • Broward County Bar Association, Member, 2021

Pro bono/Community Service

  • Autism Speaks Walk., 2019
  • Broward County United Way, Mission United. See Jeancharles v. Department of Revenue, 273 So. 3d 1006 (Fla. 4th DCA 2019) (successful pro bono appeal on behalf of active duty military veteran)., 2021

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • Presentation to attorneys and adjusters in areas of medical and homeowners' insurance claims on defenses to coverage., Presenter, When to Defend? Common Coverage Defenses and When to Raise Them., Florida Claims Defense Network (FCDN), Insurance, Legal, 2019
  • Presentation to attorneys and insurance adjusters on Medicare Secondary Payer Act and Florida's Medicaid Third-Party Liability Act. , Speaker/Presenter., Medicare Secondary Payer Seminar, Florida Insurance Fraud Education Committee (FIFEC), Insurance, Legal, 2019


  • Star Casualty Insurance Company v. Gables Insurance Recovery , Case No. 3D21-64 (Fla. 3d DCA 2021)., Oral Argument, Insurance, Legal, 2021
  • CCM Condominium Association v. Petri Positive Pest Control, Case No. SC19-861 (Fla. Supreme Court 2020)., Oral Argument, Condominium, Pest Control, 2020
  • AGM v. Tower East Condominium Association, 299 So. 3d 378 (Fla. 3d DCA 2019), Oral Argument, Condominium, Legal, 2019
  • Seminole Lakes Homeowners' Association v. Esnard, 263 So. 3d 56 (Fla. 4th DCA 2018), Oral Argument, Condominium, Legal, 2018


  • Board Certified Attorney of the Month - October 2021, The Florida Bar, 2021
  • Client Champion Silver., Client Champion, Martindale-Hubbell, 2021

Other Outstanding Achievements

  • Peer Review Rated AV Preeminent (5.0/5.0 with 42 reviews) by Martindale-Hubbell (2014-Present)., 2021
  • SuperLawyers Rising Star (2017-2019), 2019
  • Avvo Rating 10.0 Superb (2014-2021), 2021

Special Licenses/Certifications

  • Certified instructor with the Florida Department of Financial Services (DFS) since 2015., 2021
  • Board Certified Specialist in Appellate Practice, The Florida Bar (2016-Present)., 2016

Representative Clients

  • Zigong Lantern Group, LLC (General Counsel)., 2021
  • Star Casualty Insurance Company (2015-Present)., 2021
  • American Integrity Insurance Company (2019-Present)., 2021

Industry Groups

  • Associations
  • Attorneys
  • Condominium
  • Construction
  • Dental
  • Dentists
  • Financial Services
  • Government
  • Homeowners
  • Insurance
  • Legal
  • Medical
  • Physicians
  • Professionals
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Office Location for Tom Hunker

110 Southeast 6th Street
Suite 2330
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301

Phone: 877-906-5656

Fax: 954-477-7313

Last Updated: 5/15/2022

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