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Tom Barber

Year elected to the bench: 
Appointed 2004
Elected 2006, 2010, and 2016

Circuit Criminal 9/2013 to Present
East Circuit Civil, Probate and Family 2011 to 9/2013 
Unified Family Law 2011 - 2011
Circuit Criminal 2008 - 2011
County Criminal 2004 - 2008
Election Canvassing Board
(2006 Primary and General Elections)


Law School: University of Pennsylvania 
J.D., 1992
Undergraduate: University of Florida
B.A., 1989 (Phi Beta Kappa)



Adjunct Professor, Stetson Law School
Complex Litigation
Trial Advocacy
10 Year Service Award
American Bar Association
Criminal Justice Section
Florida Bar Association
Special Committee to Study Decline in Jury Trials
Student Education and Bar Admission Committee
Rules of Evidence Committee
Consumer Protection Law Committee
Column Editor, Florida Bar Journal 
Grievance Committee 13-C
“Barbara Sanders Award” for excellence in legal writing
Hillsborough County Bar Association
Outstanding Jurist Award (2012)
Judicial Election Campaign Practices Committee
Editor, Lawyer Magazine
     Military Liaison Committee
“Have a Heart” Pro Bono Service Award

Cheatwood Inn of Court

Herbert Goldburg Criminal Law Inn of Court



Meals on Wheels (Volunteer driver)
Tampa Crossroads (Board of Directors)
Bay Area Legal Services (Volunteer lawyer for indigent clients)
Cub Scouts

Kiwanis Club

PUBLICATIONS (partial list)

“Restrictions on Lawyers Communicating with Witnesses During Testimony -- Law, Lore, Opinions, and the Rule,“ The Florida Bar Journal, Vol. 83, No. 7 (July 2009).

“Criminal Enforcement of Florida’s Securities Laws,” The Florida Bar Journal, Vol. 79, No. 2 (February 2005).

“Maintaining the Integrity of Judicial Elections,” The Lawyer Magazine, (April 2004, p. 16).

“Judicial Elections, What Are They All About?” The Tampa Tribune, (Metro Section, p. 11, Aug. 25, 2002).

“From the Greatest Generation to the Latest Generation, A Tribute to Hillsborough County Bar Association’s Military Veterans,” The Lawyer Magazine, (Nov. 2001, p. 3).

“The Anatomy of Florida’s Corpus Delicti Doctrine,” The Florida Bar Journal, Vol. 74, No. 9, (October 2000).

“Settling Claims Involving Minors,” The Florida Bar Journal, Vol. 69, No. 10, (November 1995).


U.S. Supreme Court
Florida Supreme Court
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida
U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida


Carlton Fields, P.A. (2000-2004)
Assistant Statewide Prosecutor, Florida Attorney General’s Office (1999 - 2000)
Assistant State Attorney, 13th Judicial Circuit (1997 - 1999)
Carlton Fields, P.A. (1992 - 1997)