April 6, 2012
-- The Best Lawyers in America, among the oldest and most respected peer review publications in the legal profession, has named Tom Icard of Icard, Merrill, Cullis, Timm, Furen & Ginsburg, P.A., as the 2012 “Best Lawyers Mediation Lawyer of the Year” for the Tampa area. The 2012 list is based on more than 3.9 million confidential evaluations of lawyers by other lawyers across the country. Announcing this designation, Best Lawyers President Steven Naifeh stated that “recognition by one’s peers is the most meaningful form of praise in the legal profession.”
This marks the sixth consecutive year that Icard has been listed in two practice areas - Mediation and Construction Law. After more than a quarter of a century in publication, Best Lawyers in America is also now designating “Lawyers of the Year.” These individuals have received particularly high ratings from their peers for their abilities, professionalism and integrity in high-profile legal specialties in large, legal communities. Only one lawyer in each specialty in each community is so honored.
Mr. Icard is a Diplomate of the Florida Academy of Professional Mediators and a by-invitation member of the Florida Circuit-Civil Mediator Society and the National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals. He began his practice at Carlton Fields in Tampa in 1973 and joined Icard, Merrill in 1995. In addition to his work as a mediator and arbitrator, Icard focuses his nationally recognized practice on construction related matters. This includes preparation and review of contract documents, claims negotiation and multiparty litigation. He is a former member of the Executive Council of the Trial Lawyer Section of The Florida Bar and a former chairman of the Forum on the Construction Industry of the American Bar Association.
About Icard Merrill
Icard, Merrill was founded in 1953 in Sarasota. The firm has grown along with Southwest Florida and now also has offices in Lakewood Ranch and Punta Gorda, offering expertise in business, banking, commercial and construction law and related litigation, personal injury, real estate, land use, family law, probate, tax and estate planning. The firm has a strong commitment to the communities it serves, with members involved in numerous civic and not-for-profit organizations in the arts, education, health and human services. In 2010, the firm received the Florida Supreme Court Chief Justice’s Law Firm Commendation for significant contributions of legal services to the indigent and to charitable groups on a pro bono basis.
For more information about Icard Merrill, call (941) 366-8100 or visit icardmerrill.com.
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