Hello, I'm Tom . . .
and I'm the owner of Asbury Law. Okay—so, yes I'm an attorney but don't hold that against me! And yes, I've probably heard many of the same attorney jokes you have. Officially, however, I can neither confirm nor deny the alleged comedic value of such jokes, but I do promise to laugh at any attorney jokes I hear from my clients . . . but I digress.
I'd rather just be known as a problem solver—a business and legal compliance consultant who maximizes the client experience while meeting their legal needs in the most timely and efficient manner. Asbury Law also simplifies the process so our clients understand not only their existing legal problem(s) but also why they happened and how to avoid them going forward.
I received my undergraduate and business degrees from the University of Pennsylvania and the Wharton School of Business and my Juris Doctorate from Florida Coastal Law School. I've also been an adjunct professor in law school, a lecturer for the National Business Institute (teaching continuing legal education courses), served on various corporate boards, and am a member of the Wharton and Penn alumni groups, the Florida Bar, and the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida.
I'm an Ivy League grad (Penn/Wharton), published author, lecturer, former state prosecutor (AHCA), and a law school professor with broad legal and corporate experience spanning over 20 years. Accordingly, I have extensive experience in the business sector (everything from small businesses and non-profits to Fortune 500 companies) and legal sector (in both private practice and as in-house counsel).
My expertise includes estate planning, wills and trusts, administrative law, civil litigation, probate litigation, including trust and will contests, appellate services and oral arguments before the District Court of Appeal, and consulting for business entities, corporate acquisitions, preparation/negotiation of various corporate and employment agreements, regulatory compliance (from small businesses to Fortune 500 companies), and evaluating systems for process/operational and document improvements, including policies and procedures, and the Code of Conduct.
Before joining WellCare, a Fortune 500 company, as one of two regulatory compliance attorneys, I served as a senior government prosecutor for the State of Florida, Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA). As a state attorney, I handled hundreds of cases, successfully prosecuted over thirty trials before the Florida Division of Administrative Hearings (DOAH), performed bill analysis for the Governor's Office, and acted as an advisor for Emergency Suspension Orders and Moratoriums. Before that, I was the Executive Director of Teen Challenge, a non-profit organization, overseeing an annual multi-million dollar budget, and all corporate operations. I have also been a CLE lecturer for the National Business Institute and a licensed title insurance agent for First American, LandAmerica, and Chicago Title.
Prior to my law career, and immediately after graduating from Wharton, I worked in the Internet sector as the Webmaster for the NFL's Jacksonville Jaguars. During law school, I was fortunate enough to publish a law review article concerning the constitutionality of alternative sentencing theory in cases involving drug and alcohol-related crimes, Alternative Sentencing Theory, 3 Fla. Coastal L. J. 41 (2001).
Well, I'm not so sure "hero" is the right word . . . but I had the privilege of teaching many eager young minds the various techniques and principles of quality and disciplined legal writing and research at Florida Coastal Law School. On the last day of class that semester, I was surprised by a gift from the class—a 15-year-old bottle of scotch! So, I guess I did okay, and I will always cherish the sentiment!
My Family & Personal Life
I'm a proud father of two children, Ethan and Katherine. I try to stay active—and somehow managed to win a Bronze Medal in the 2011 Sunshine State Games (Judo) and completed my first marathon in 2012 (the St. Pete Rock & Roll ½ Marathon. Much earlier in my life, I won the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame Scholar-Athlete Award and received the National Defense Service Medal and an Honorable Discharge from my service in the United States Army.