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Thomas Burgess, Jr.

Senior Associate | Tampa

Tom Burgess loves a challenge. A Senior Associate in the Subrogation department, his all-in mentality is exhibited on the inspection site and through constant and clear communication with his clients. Tom’s handled a variety of cases including catastrophic loss, commercial litigation, construction defect, products liability and multi-district litigation cases. His recent experience includes the investigation into the negligent installation and maintenance of a fire suppression sprinkler system, causing damages in excess of $15 million. His range of recent experience also includes the failure of PVC plumbing fixture, causing water damages in excess of $1 million; a product defect in packaged terminal air conditioner unit causing fire and smoke damages in excess of half a million dollars; and the failed winterization of a property, causing water damages in excess of half a million dollars.

A former pitcher, Tom knows how to size up the competition and call the shots in tough situations. His strong recoveries are a homerun for clients, and they love his client-centric approach to law. Having handled an arduous loss dealing with an electrical installation failure causing $1 million in damages to a popular variety store, Tom knows how to handle the curveballs thrown his way.

A native Floridian and fisherman, Tom has a passion for being out on the water. An advocate for our oceans, Tom often volunteers for beach clean-ups, knowing a healthy ecosystem creates a better living environment for all. He also enjoys lending a helping hand through Habitat for Humanity. He’s done everything from unloading trucks to helping organize supplies, serving the needs of his community.


  • Florida


  • University of Central Florida
    Bachelor of Science, Business Administration and Management
  • Stetson University College of Law
    Doctor of Jurisprudence


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Thomas Burgess, Jr.