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Thomas R. Criss

Managing Partner

Tom Criss is the Managing Partner of Conroy Simberg’s Tallahassee office. During his distinguished legal career, he has handled numerous appellate matters to conclusion and has tried approximately 100 cases.  Tom has extensive experience representing clients in the most complex workers’ compensation matters including cases involving catastrophic injuries such as quadriplegia, paraplegia and death.  Tom was board certified in workers’ compensation law from 1992 to 2002.

Tom joined the Conroy Simberg firm in 1986.  After working in the Hollywood office, Tom opened the firm’s workers’ compensation division in Orlando in 1996, which he managed until 2002. That same year he opened the workers’ compensation division in Tallahassee, which he continues to manage. Tom earned a Juris Doctorate from Florida State University College of Law and a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from Florida State University.

Practice Areas:

Admitted to Practice:

  • All Florida Courts, 1982
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Florida, 2008

Education:

  • Florida State University College of Law, Juris Doctorate, 1982
    • Law Review 
  • Florida State University, Bachelor of Science, 1978
    • Honor Roll

Professional Affiliations:

  • Member, Workers’ Compensation Section of Florida Bar

Honors & Awards:

  • Board Certified by the Florida Bar as an expert in workers’ compensation law from 1992 to 2002

Publications:

  • Florida Rejects Patent Danger Doctrine, Florida State University Law Review, 1980

Speaking Engagements:

  • Hot Topics (Recent Important Cases Analyzed), Firm seminar, 2013
  • Board Certification Class for Claims Professionals, Association of Workers’ Compensation Claims Professionals, 2004

Representative Experience:

  • Lisa Riley v. DOT
    • Tom tried and won this case in which the claimant sought authorization and treatment for RSD or Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, based on evaluation and recommendations of physician authorized for evaluation.  Tom obtained an IME and prevailed at trial based on the arguments he made and as a result all claims were denied in 2013.

  • Gary Gammons v. Family Dollar Distribution Center
    • Tom tried and won this case in which the claimant sought compensability, medical treatment and payment of indemnity benefits for a repetitive trauma claim from lifting items repeatedly, which resulted in a back injury.  Tom presented numerous live witnesses and deposed other witnesses and prevailed at trial based on the arguments he made; as a result, all claims were denied in their entirety in 2008.

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