Offices of G. Thomas Harper
1912 Hamilton St.
Jacksonville, Fl 32210
Post Office Box 2757
Jacksonville, Fl 32210
(904) 396 - 3000
(Fax) (800) 393 5977
“Four things belong
to a judge:
to hear courteously,
to answer wisely,
to consider soberly,
and to decide impartially.”
Socrates, 470-399 B.C.
Franklin Pierce Adams, F.P.A. Book of Quotations, 1952
enforcing arbitration agreements between companies and their employees.
Resolving an employment dispute through arbitration saves time and
money. It is less formal and more efficient than court litigation.
An employee has the full range of legal remedies and the dispute
can often be decided within 3-6 months.
Mr. Harper is a Panel Member, American Arbitration Association (AAA), Expedited Commercial Claims Panel. He is “av”
rated by Martindale Hubble and has 30 years of experience as
a labor relations and employment law attorney. He is Board Certified in Labor Relations and Employment Law by the Florida Bar. Mr.
Harper has tried employment cases before juries in each of the
federal district courts of Florida. He has litigation experience
in a wide variety and large number of cases, including numerous
jury and non-jury trials before federal and state courts and administrative
Harper’s Trial Experience”) Mr. Harper has also served
as an expert witness on attorneys’ fees in federal court in
employment cases. He also brings experience as having represented
both employees and employers. This background and experience
makes Mr. Harper uniquely qualified to serve as a neutral in
Mr. Harper is an approved Arbitrator for FINRA ( The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority). He is also an approved Arbitrator for the Florida Bar, Grievance Mediation and Fee Arbitration Program. He has recieved Arbitrator Training approved by the Florida Supreme Court as well as courses in Advanced Arbitrator Training, FINRA Arbitration Chair training and American Arbitration Association (AAA) traning.
Tom is an approved arbitrator for the following Florida Judicial Circuits.
Second Judicial Circuit (Franklin, Gadsden, Jefferson, Leon, Liberty, and Wakulla)
Third Judicial Circuit (Columbia, Dixie, Hamilton, Lafayette, Madison, Suwannee, Taylor)
Fourth Judicial Circuit (Clay, Duval and Nassau)
Fifth Judicial Circuit (Hernando, Marion, Lake, Sumter and Citrus)
(St. Johns, Flagler, Putnam and Volusia Counties)
Eighth Judicial Circuit ( Alachua, Baker, Bradford, Gilchrist, Levy, and Union)
County - Tampa)
Fourteenth Judicial Circuit (Bay, Calhoun, Gulf, Holmes, Jackson and Wash)
Seventeenth (Broward County - Ft. Lauderdale)
Judicial Circuits of Florida.
Settlement of wage hour claims in Florida
Historically, when the parties settle an employment-related matter, the employer has obtained a “Full and Complete Release of All Claims,” sometimes referred to as a global release. This release has normally included a confidentiality provision and a provision that the former employee will not seek reinstatement or reemployment with the employer.
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Tom Harper truly understands the
laws that affect the workplace. For the past 20 years he has served
as Editor of The Florida Employment Law Letter. ( “Recent
Employment Law Developments”) This monthly newsletter has over
800 subscribers. As Editor, each month since 1989 Mr. Harper has
reviewed employment cases and decisions by the courts and administrative
agencies. Mr. Harper has authored numerous articles and publications
on labor and employment topics. Some of his publications are available
Mr. Harper is an Adjunct Instructor
for the University of North Florida, Division of Continuing Education
where he teaches programs to business owners, managers and supervisors
on labor and employment law topics. He is the current Chair of the
Labor and Employment Law Committee for the Jacksonville Bar Association.
by the Supreme Court of Florida as a Circuit Court Mediator
Mr. Harper is also trained and experienced
in other forms of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR). He is a
Florida Supreme Court Certified Circuit Court Mediator. He is an
Approved Mediator for all Florida Circuit Courts and for the U.S.
District Court for the Northern, Middle and Southern Districts of Florida.
Mr. Harper also understands the value of employment-related cases
since he has maintained for years a record of jury verdicts in
employment cases in Florida.