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Tom Slater

Tom Slater is a go-getter who likes to move his cases along quickly. He has been with The Law Firm of Pajcic & Pajcic since 1995 and has been lead attorney in over 400 cases with total recoveries in excess of $80 million. Tom is licensed in both Florida and Georgia and he is a board certified trial lawyer with an AV rating.

Testimonial

Tom is known for his aggressive approach to his cases. He likes to dig deep and uncover details that are often hard to find. In one case, he discovered that a semi-truck driver involved in a fatal wreck was behind the wheel because a terminal manager fabricated a background check and made up a road test. Following negotiations with defense counsel, the family agreed to settle the case for $9.65 million. Slater’s efforts have also led to improved safety conditions in Florida. One case, which made it to the state Supreme Court, found that utility companies are liable for inoperative street lights. A dark street was to blame for a driver not seeing a 14-year-old boy who was killed.

PERSONAL INTERESTS

Tom’s parents were both teachers at the Florida School for the Deaf and Blind. His father-in-law, the late Ed Austin, served as Mayor of Jacksonville, was the first Public Defender for the 4th Judicial Circuit and served as State Attorney for close to 20 years. He and his wife Amy have two children. Sarah is a graduate of Boston College and the recipient of a Fulbright grant to teach English in Brazil. Austin played baseball at Stanford University and was drafted by the San Francisco Giants and is currently in the minor league system. Tom loves reading, traveling and snow skiing.

PUBLIC SERVICE

Tom continues his proud family heritage of public and charitable service. He has been a member of Jacksonville Area Legal Aid since 1993, serving on the board from 2005-2011 and as President of the board from 2009-2013. He has also served as President of the Jacksonville Justice Association and the Jacksonville Speech and Hearing Center. He is a frequent speaker at legal seminars and is active in a variety of organizations. He is currently serving on the Florida Standard Jury Instruction-Civil Committee and served on the Florida Bar Association’s Rules of Civil Procedure Committee for six years and was vice chairman of that body for two years. While at the University of Florida he was a member of the prestigious Florida Blue Key. He is very involved in his church, St. Mark’s Episcopal, where he was a junior warden and now serves on the Vestry.

 

EDUCATION

  • University of Florida (B.S.,B.A., 1983; J.D., 1986).

MEMBERSHIPS

  • Jacksonville and St. Johns County Bar Associations;
  • The Florida Bar; Florida Justice Association;
  • Georgia Bar
  • American Association for Justice
  • Board Certified Specialist in Civil Trial Law

CREDENTIALS

Thomas F. Slater, born Saint Augustine, Florida; admitted to bar 1986, Florida, U.S. District Court, Middle, Northern and Southern Districts of Florida and U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit; 1990, U.S. Supreme Court; admitted to practice in Georgia in 2013; U.S. District Courts for the Middle and Southern Districts of Georgia in 2014.

PRACTICE AREAS

  • Trucking Law;
  • Aviation Law;
  • Pharmaceutical Law;
  • Nursing Home Litigation;
  • FELA;
  • Admiralty;
  • Medical Malpractice.

REPORTED CASES

Christensen v. Bowen, 140 So.3d 498 (Fla. 2014)

Geico General Insurance Company v. Williams, 111 So.3d 240 (Fla. 4th DCA 2013)

Keck v. Eminisor, 104 So.3d 359 (Fla. 2012)

Bowen v. Taylor-Christensen, 98 So.2d 136 (Fla. 5th DCA 2012)

Abrisch v. United States, 359 F.Supp.2d. 1214 (M.D. Fla. 2004);

Clay Electric Co-Operative, Inc. v. Johnson, 873 So.2d 1182 (Fla. 2003);

Moates v. Register, 556 So2d 503 (Fla. 1st DCA 1989);

Capps v. Kem, 564 So2d. 259 (Fla 1st DCA 1990);

Moates v. Register, 588 So.2d 40 (Fla 1st DCA 1991);

Gillins v. Trotwood Corp., 682 So.2d 693 (Fla 5 DCA, 1996);

Northeast Transp. v. Lavender, 643 So2d 1193 (Fla 5th DCA 1994);

Lavender v. Northeast Trasp., 674 So.2d 157 (Fla 5 DCA, 1996);

Goodman v. Juniper Springs Canoe, 983 F.Supp. 1384 (M.D. Fla, 1997);

Johnson v. Lance, 790 So2d 1144 (Fla. 1st DCA 2001).

A Team on Your Side

  • Steve Pajcic Steve Pajcic
  • Bill Bald Bill Bald
  • Bill Burns Bill Burns
  • Tad Griffin Tad Griffin
  • Anita Lake Anita Lake
  • Bob Link Bob Link
  • Curry Pajcic Curry Pajcic
  • Curtis Pajcic Curtis Pajcic
  • Michael Pajcic Michael Pajcic
  • Seth Pajcic Seth Pajcic
  • Brenda Postell Brenda Postell
  • Raymond Reid Raymond Reid
  • Benjamin Richard Benjamin Richard
  • Tom Slater Tom Slater
  • April Stringfellow April Stringfellow