ticard@icardmerrill.com

Thomas F. Icard, Jr.

Specialties

Appellate
Arbitration
Attorneys Fees
Business/Commercial
Construction
Discovery
Employment
Engineering
Estates/Probate
Ethics
In-Camera Review
Insurance
Land Use
Partnership
Personal Injury
Product Liability
Professional Liability
Securities

Tom Icard is a shareholder in the Sarasota law firm of Icard, Merrill, Cullis, Timm, Furen & Ginsburg, P.A.  He holds Florida Bar Board Certifications in both Civil Trial Law and Construction Law (one of only 10 attorneys in Florida) and has been a Florida Supreme Court certified circuit civil mediator in state and federal courts since 1993.  He has been listed in mediation in The Best Lawyers in America every year since 2006 and was the Best Lawyers Tampa metro area “Mediation Lawyer of the Year” in 2012.  He became a certified Appellate Mediator in 2011.  He is a Diplomate of the Florida Academy of Professional Mediators and a member (by invitation) of the Florida Circuit-Civil Mediator Society and the National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals.  Tom is a Fellow of the Academy of Court Appointed Masters and has experience as a special master in federal proceedings.  He is a former member of the Panel of Arbitrators of the American Arbitration Association (1993 to 2001) and the Public Arbitration Panel of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA, formerly NASD; 2001 to June, 2015).  He is also qualified to accept Florida Circuit Court appointments as a binding arbitrator or trial resolution judge.  A 1970 graduate of Mercer University and a 1973 graduate of The Florida State University College of Law, where he was Notes and Comments Editor of the Florida State University Law Review, Tom joined the Tampa office of Carlton, Fields, Ward, Emmanuel, Smith & Cutler, P.A. in 1973, became a shareholder in 1979 and practiced there until 1995.

In addition to his work as a neutral, Tom remains actively engaged in the practice of law.  While the emphasis in his practice since 1980 has been on construction related matters, his trial, arbitration and mediation experience includes employment, land use, condemnation, estates, securities, shareholder derivative actions, limited liability company claims, corporate and other commercial disputes, as well as personal injury, wrongful death, products liability, insurance coverage and professional malpractice in matters ranging from 2 to 19 parties and with exposures ranging from $25,000 to over $50 million.  Based on selection by his peers in the legal profession, Tom has held an AV Martindale Hubbell rating since 1984 and is included on every major published list of the nation’s leading construction attorneys, including Woodward White’s Best Lawyers in America  (2016 and 2018 Sarasota metro area “Construction Lawyer of the Year”), FLORIDA TREND’S Florida Legal Elite and the annual compilation of Florida Super Lawyers.  He has represented both public and private owners, as well as contractors, subcontractors, sureties and design professionals with respect to the construction of industrial facilities, airports, power plants, municipal sewer systems, hospitals, office buildings and condominiums.  He has also written and lectured on all phases of the construction process to Bar and industry organizations.

Honors Membership Awards

Tom is a former President of the Hillsborough County Bar Association and a former member of the Executive Council of the Trial Lawyers Section of the Florida Bar.  He is a Fellow of the Florida Bar Foundation, as well as a Life Member and Fellow of the American Bar Foundation.  He is also a former Chair of the Governing Committee of the Forum on Construction Law of the American Bar Association. He served as Chair (2009) of the Magistrate Judge Merit Selection Panel for the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida.

PRESENTATIONS

  • “Florida Construction Lien Law – What You Should Know, What You Don’t Know and Why It Matters”, Gulf Coast Builders Exchange, May, 2017
  • “Construction Contracts, Statutory Limitations, Warranties and Strategies to Avoid Disputes”, Gulf Coast Builders Exchange, Sarasota, October, 2016
  • “Statutory Prompt Payment Provisions” and “Florida Construction Lien Law – Ethical Issues and Related Considerations,” Lorman Education Services, Sarasota, November, 2011
  • “Mediation of Construction Disputes,” Hillsborough County Bar Association, Construction Law Section, Tampa, February, 2011
  • “Advanced Litigation Skills Training: Selecting, Preparing, Attacking and Defending Expert Witnesses,” 3rd Annual Construction Law Institute, The Florida Bar, Orlando, April, 2010
  • “Florida Law for Design Professionals,” Lorman Education Services, Sarasota, 2002
  • Co-Chair and Presenter – “Taking the High Road”, annual professional ethics program of the Trial Lawyers Section of the Florida Bar, Miami, Tampa, Jacksonville, and Orlando, 1997 to 2000
  • “Sick Building Syndrome – A Primer for Owners, Contractors, Designers and Attorneys,” The Construction Superconference, San Francisco, 1994
  • “Sick Building Syndrome and Building-Related Illness Claims,” Envirosense, St. Petersburg, 1993
  • “Indoor Air Quality – Liability Issues for the Construction Industry and Design Professionals,” The Florida Bar, Tampa, 1993
  • “Bid Protests on Public Jobs,” Associated General Contractors of Mid-Florida Annual Management Forum, Tampa, 1992
  • “Florida Construction Lien Law,” Hillsborough County Bar Association, Tampa, 1991
  • “State of the Forum/Overview of the U.S. Construction Industry and the Construction Bar,” Forum on the Construction Industry of the American Bar Association Annual Meeting, Boston, 1990
  • Co-Chair and Presenter, “Current Issues in the Construction Industry – Point and Counterpoint,” Forum on the Construction Industry of the American Bar Association Annual Meeting, Tampa, 1988
  • “Florida Construction Law: What Do You Do When . . . ?” National Business Institute, Jacksonville, Orlando, Tampa, and Fort Myers (annually, from 1986 to 1994)
  • “Voir Dire, Direct and Cross Examination,” Hillsborough County Bar Association Civil Trial Seminar, Tampa, 1986

PUBLICATIONS

  • Co-author, “Sick Building Syndrome and Building-Related Illness Claims: Defining the Practical and Legal Issues,” The Construction Lawyer of the Forum on the Construction Industry of the American Bar Association, October, 1994
  • “Construction Law – An Overview,” Florida Constructor (Magazine for Florida’s Commercial, Industrial and Highway Builders), September/October, 1990
  • Contributor, Florida Construction Law: What Do You Do When . . .?, National Business Institute, 1986 to 1994
  • Guest Editor and Contributor, The Florida Bar Journal, symposium issue concerning revisions to the Florida Constitution, October, 1978
  • “The Applicability of Florida Direct Action in the Law of Admiralty,” 1 Florida State University Law Review335 (1973)