Thomas F. Brink

Tom's practice focuses primarily on general liability, premises liability, personal injury, trucking, lender liability defense, complex commercial litigation, construction defect, toxic torts, employment law, and housing discrimination and foster care and group home defense. His past experience includes most areas of first and third party litigation, SIU, fraud, bad faith, PIP, sinkhole litigation, subrogation, errors and omissions, guardianships and elder care issues. Tom's practice also includes representing financial institutions in foreclosure proceedings.

Prior to joining Litchfield Cavo LLP, Tom served as senior counsel for CNA Insurance, where he handled major general liability, property, premises liability and subrogation cases from their inception through conclusion at mediation or trial. He also served as the Deputy Director of the Statewide Public Guardianship Office where he coordinated the training and education of public guardians throughout the state of Florida. Tom is rated as an AV® Preeminent™ lawyer by Martindale-Hubbell, representing the recognition of the highest level of professional excellence by his peers.

Before attending law school, Tom worked for Prudential Financial Services for almost eleven years. As a senior adjuster in Florida, he handled major property losses and served on the company’s catastrophe team; he also assisted in catastrophe relief following Hurricane Andrew in South Florida in 1992.

In law school, Tom earned a certificate of concentration in elder law, and from 1999-2000 he served on the Lt. Governor's Task Force on Availability and Affordability of Long Term Care to improve elder care in Florida. He also interned with the Florida Attorney General’s office in the Economic Crimes and Elder Protection divisions, and with Florida State Senator John Grant in the Statewide Public Guardianship Office. In both 2004 and 2005, Tom was recognized by Florida Trend as one of the state’s 40 “Best Up-and-Coming Attorneys,” based on peer voting.

Since 2003, Tom has served as an adjunct professor of law at Stetson University College of Law, teaching a skills course in “Interviewing Counseling and Negotiation.”

Education

  • Stetson University College of Law, JD, 2000
  • Furman University, BA, 1989

Admissions

  • Florida
  • United States District Court: Middle District of Florida

Professional Activities

  • Hillsborough County Bar
  • American Bar Association; former co-chair of the Elder Law division of the Litigation Section
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Florida Defense Lawyers Association
  • Phi Delta Phi legal fraternity