Marie Tomassi

Managing Shareholder

ALTERNATE CONTACT

Patti Bluhm
Legal Secretary

OVERVIEW

Marie Tomassi joined the firm in 1988 and has been a Shareholder since 1995. She is Florida Bar Board Certified in Appellate Practice and also provides civil counseling and representation in civil litigation. Marie leads the firm’s Appellate Practice and serves on the firm's Executive Board as Managing Shareholder. Her practice also includes ERISA and other complex litigation.

EXPERIENCE

  • Secured reversal of federal court injunction enjoining state court action.
  • Secured affirmance of judgment in excess of $36 million in complex business contract litigation.
  • Secured reversal of judgments against an individual exceeding $10 million in a partnership dispute.
  • Set the law in the Second District regarding obtaining billing records of a party seeking fee award.
  • Set the law in the Second District on an issue regarding temporary attorneys’ fee awards in family law.
  • Set the law in the Eleventh District on the statute of limitations applicable to criminal bankruptcy fraud, securing reversal of a guilty verdict.
  • Secured affirmance of judgment in excess of $22 million in a family business dispute.
  • Secured rehearing en banc that reversed panel opinion in case regarding easement rights.
  • Secured reversal of final judgment in excess of $1 million and fee award in whistleblower case.
  • Secured reversal of several million dollar judgments entered against two individuals for a failed development deal.

PROFESSIONAL INVOLVEMENT

  • American Bar Association, Judicial Division
    • Appellate Judges Conference, Council of Appellate Lawyers
    • Member since its inception
    • Executive Committee member, 2006-2012
  • The Florida Bar, Appellate Advocacy Section
  • The St. Petersburg Bar Association, Appellate Practice Section

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

  • Leadership Tampa Bay, 1998
  • Mahaffey Theater Foundation, former member of the Board of Directors

PUBLICATIONS

  • Author of “The Insider’s Guide to the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit” for the Council of Appellate Lawyers, December 2011.
  • Author/editor of Chapter 4 of the Florida Bar Civil Trial Practice Manual titled “Trial Notebook,” October 2011.

NEWS

PRESENTATIONS

Marie has presented numerous seminars in bar association programs on appellate law. Her most recent are:

  • “Professionalism in the Second District,” (part of advanced level CLE course), Florida Bar Continuing Legal Education Committee and the Appellate Practice Section, May 2011.
  • “Practice in The Second District: A Seminar for Trial and Appellate Lawyers,” St. Petersburg Bar Association Appellate Practice Section, 2011 - 2014.

HONORS & DISTINCTIONS

  • Florida Bar Board Certified in Appellate Practice
  • AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated by Martindale Hubbell
  • The Best Lawyers in America (Appellate Practice), 2013-2014
  • Florida Super Lawyers, 2008-2014

EDUCATION

  • Stetson University College of Law (J.D., summa cum laude), 1988
    • Graduated first in her class
  • University of South Florida (B.A., summa cum laude, in English), 1985
    • King-O’Neal Award Winner

ADMISSIONS

Florida

United States Supreme Court

United States Court of Appeals, Second and Eleventh Circuits

Federal Circuit Court of Appeals

United States District Court, Middle and Southern Districts of Florida

Alternate Contact

Patti Bluhm
Legal Secretary

Education

  • Stetson University College of Law (J.D., summa cum laude), 1988
    • Graduated first in her class
  • University of South Florida (B.A., summa cum laude, in English), 1985
    • King-O’Neal Award Winner

Admissions

Florida

United States Supreme Court

United States Court of Appeals, Second and Eleventh Circuits

Federal Circuit Court of Appeals

United States District Court, Middle and Southern Districts of Florida

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