Tom Hunker, Esq., B.C.S.
Tom Hunker is a Board Certified, AV Rated appellate attorney with many years of experience at the trial and appellate levels. Tom has effectively briefed and argued numerous appeals in state and federal courts in a broad range of practice areas. Throughout his career, clients and other lawyers and law firms have relied on Tom's knowledge and expertise in formulating litigation strategies and presenting strong arguments. Tom received designations as a SuperLawyer and one of Florida Trend’s Legal Elite in the area of Appellate Practice.
Prior to founding Hunker Paxton, Tom graduated law school magna cum laude, interned for the Florida House of Representatives, clerked for the Florida Supreme Court, served as in house appellate counsel for a motor vehicle insurance company, and led a successful team of appellate attorneys as a Partner at one of the largest law firms in Florida.
Tom currently serves as a member of the Florida Bar Appellate Practice Certification Committee, a member of the Board of Directors of the Florida Claims Defense Network, and as General Counsel for an international manufacturing and production company. Tom focuses his practice on cases involving novel and intellectually challenging issues and employs his unique skill set in developing innovative solutions for his clients.
The Florida State University College of Law, Tallahassee, Florida
Juris Doctor, Magna Cum Laude
Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida
Bachelor of Science, Multinational Business Operations
Board Certified Specialist in Appellate Practice, The Florida Bar
United States Courts of Appeals:
United States District Courts:
Martindale-Hubbell, Rated AV Preeminent
Avvo, Rated 10.0 Superb
SuperLawyers Magazine, SuperLawyer in Appellate Practice
Florida Trend Legal Elite, Legal Elite in Appellate Practice
Florida Bar, Appellate Practice Board Certification Committee,
FCDN, Florida Claims Defense Network, Board, Board of Directors
FDLA, Florida Defense Lawyers Association
Mission United, Broward County United Way
FIFEC - Florida Insurance Fraud Education Committees, Annual Conference 2019, Seminar on Medicare Secondary Payer Act and Florida’s Medicaid Third-Party Liability Act.
FCDN - Florida Claims Defense Network, Annual Conference 2019, When to Defend? Common Coverage Defenses and When to Raise Them.
Generational Genocide: Coercive Population Control as a Basis for Asylum in the United States, Journal of Transnational Law & Policy, Vol. 15:1, Fall 2005.
Practice Focus: New standard of evidence may create opportunities, Daily Business Review, May 28, 2013.
Practice Focus: PIP rulings to have far-reaching consequences, Daily Business Review, July 30, 2013.
Practice Focus: Decision changed legal game on PIP benefits, Daily Business Review, October 29, 2013.
Understanding Exhaustion of Policy Limits in PIP, Daily Business Review, July 31, 2014.
The Value of Litigation Support Counsel in Preserving the Record for Appeal, Daily Business Review, June 18, 2015.
Proposals for Settlement, Dade County Bar Association Bulletin, August 7, 2015.
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