The attorneys and staff of Harmon Parker, P.A. provide personal, zealous, and professional legal services and advice to their clients.
This tradition, reflecting the attorneys’ roots in Florida’s Gulf Coast, comes with diverse experience in most aspects of civil litigation in both federal and state courts. Our practice focuses on catastrophic personal injuries (including traumatic brain and spinal cord injury), business and commercial litigation, nursing home litigation and insurance coverage litigation.
Additionally, we are also experienced in complex consumer class action litigation.
The firm’s partners boast a variety of quality legal experience, creating a collaboration of expertise unique to the Gulf Coast.
Tom Harmon began his career with Fowler, White, Gillen, Boggs, Villareal & Banker, P.A.Steve Parker transitioned to practicing law after a distinguished career as a U.S. Navy fighter pilot. Christa Collins joined the firm in 2015 to expand the firm’s class action practice having litigated complex class actions throughout the country for more than 16 years.
The combined experience of the partners has built a distinctive reputation for the firm in the area of civil litigation.
The team at Harmon Parker, P.A. focuses on the rapid changes in the legal system and remains committed to staying ahead of the curve. Tom Harmon has earned Board Certification from the Florida Bar, an honor that less than 6% of Florida lawyers can claim. Additionally, the firm’s attorneys lecture throughout the state and have held leadership positions in various professional legal organizations.
The swiftly changing technology field provides a challenge to the firm as well. With it’s financial resources, creativity and determination, the firm researches and implements new techniques to represent it’s clients. This dedication has resulted in the successful use of multi-media, state-of-the-art presentations as aids in trial. In each case, the firm relies on the abilities of all its members.
The firm’s commitment to the legal profession and to the community is felt throughout Florida’s Gulf Coast. In various charities and political activities, the firm continues its tradition of hard work and dedication in the Tampa area and throughout Florida.
Attorney Thomas S. Harmon
As one of the youngest Florida Bar Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyers and members of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), partner Tom Harmon focuses his attention primarily on personal injury, wrongful death and professional liability cases with an emphasis on nursing home/assisted living facility negligence, medical malpractice and traumatic brain injury litigation.
He has earned certification from the National Board of Trial Advocacy in Civil Trial Law and has been awarded the highest rating of A/V from Martindale-Hubbell.
Mr. Harmon served on the board of directors of the Florida Justice Association from 2001 to 2004 and is a certified member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum having obtained seventeen (17) verdicts or settlements in excess of $1 Million and four (4) verdicts or settlements in excess of $5 Million.
He was named one of the top 40 lawyers in the Tampa Bay area under the age of 40 by the Tampa Bay Review and one of Florida’s “Legal Elite” (top 1.7% of lawyers in the state named by their peers) by Florida Trend magazine. Mr. Harmon began his career with the law firm of Fowler White, P.A. in Tampa, Florida.
Mr. Harmon and his wife, DeAnna, have four children: Kendall, Thomas, Chandler and Lucas.
ADMITTED TO PRACTICE
Florida State Courts
Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals
U.S. District Court, Middle District
Auburn University, B.A., magna cum laude, December 1991 Dean’s List Scholar;
Honor Graduate Army ROTC;
AUSA Award Recipient, Decorated by General Colin Powell
Stetson University College of Law, J.D., cum laude, May 1995 Stetson Trial Team, Stetson Law Review
Judicial Internship – Judge Elizabeth Kovachevich U.S. District Court Middle District of Florida
Litigation Internship – United States Attorneys Office Civil Division – Tampa, Florida
Abuse and Neglect in Nursing Homes and Assisted Living Facilities – the Telltale Signs, Correct – The Pinellas County Guardianship Association Newsletter, April 1998;
The St. Petersburg Times, August 10, 1998; The Tampa Tribune, May 15, 1999; The Lakeland Ledger, September 14, 2000
The Frye Hearing in Florida: An Attempt to Exclude Scientific Evidence, Journal of Forensic Sciences, July 2000
New Case Protects Mayors and City Commissioners: The United States Supreme Court Unanimously Extends Absolute Immunity to Local Legislators, The Agenda – Newsletter of the City, County and Local Government Law Section of the Florida Bar, Vol. XXII, No. 1 (July 1998)
Practical Considerations in Handling Expert Witnesses, FDLA, Trial Advocate Quarterly, October 1995
Recent Developments, Governmental Tort and Contract Liability in Florida, 24 Stetson L. Rev. 569 (Spring 1995)
Speaker, Truck Accident Litigation, National Business Institute Seminar, March 2012
Speaker, Defensive Driving 101: Taking an Effective and Commanding Deposition of the Defendant Driver, Florida Justice Association Seminar, September 19, 2008
Speaker, Prosecuting and Defending Catastrophic Injury Cases, National Business Institute, Seminar February 2008
Speaker, Prosecuting Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Cases, Physicians Group Seminar, June 2007
Speaker, ATLA Seminar, Litigating Nursing Home Cases, March 2003
Speaker, ATLA 2001 Annual Convention, Nursing Home Trial Demonstration, July 2001
Speaker, Nursing Home Litigation, Professional Education Systems, Inc., February 2000
Speaker, Nursing Home Litigation 1999, Andrews Publications, November 1999
Speaker, Bed Sores to Broken Bones: When to Sue a Nursing Home, Florida Guardianship Association Seminar, September 1996
Speaker, Junk Science in the Courtroom, Westcoast Claims Convention, Tampa, FL – 1995
Instructor, Trial Advocacy, Stetson University College of Law, Spring and Summer Semester, 1995
First Place and Best Advocate – 1995 Florida Bar Trial Competition
Second Place – 1995 American Bar Association National Trial Competition
First Place and Best Advocate – 1994 National Invitational Trial Competition
MEMBERSHIP AND PRACTICE
The Florida Justice Association, Eagle Patron 2002; Nursing Home Task Force
American Association for Justice
The American Bar Association Litigation Section; Tort and Insurance Section
The Florida Bar, Trial Lawyers’ Section
Hillsborough County Bar Association, Trial Lawyers Section
Interbay Family YMCA, Board of Directors (1997-2000)
Children’s Cancer Center, Board of Directors (1998-2000)
American Board of Trial Advocates