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Thomas W. Brooks

Juris Doctorate with Honors - 1974
Bachelor of Arts with Distinction - 1971

The Florida Bar, since 1975
United States Courts of Appeal for the Fifth and Eleventh Circuits
United States District Courts for Northern, Middle and Southern Districts of Florida 
Supreme Court of the United States of America

Tom specializes in labor and employment law primarily representing employees and labor organizations in a broad spectrum of state and federal trial and appellate cases arising under the state and federal civil rights and employment discrimination laws, the National Labor Relations Act, the Florida Public Employees Relations Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Equal Pay Act and the state and federal constitutions.

He has special expertise in Florida public sector labor law, beginning his legal career working for the Public Employees Relations Commission (PERC) from its inception in 1975, where he served as Staff Attorney, Assistant General Counsel, General Counsel and Commissioner until 1983 when he left to join the firm. While at PERC, he was instrumental in helping establish the fundamental principles of public sector labor law in Florida that still govern public sector collective bargaining today.  He has continued this practice with Meyer, Brooks, Blohm and Hearn, P.A., handling numerous appeals involving significant statutory and constitutional issues of public sector labor law before PERC, the district courts of appeal and the Florida Supreme Court.  This practice also extends to the federal appellate courts, including the United States Supreme Court.

He also has extensive experience representing teachers, higher education faculty and educational support personnel in employment and licensing matters before school boards, state and private universities and community colleges as well as the State of Florida Education Practices Commission.

Tom's practice includes service as a Certified Civil Mediator, assisting litigants in the resolution of their claims through Alternative Dispute Resolution Procedures.  We are able to conduct mediation sessions on short notice to provide parties with assistance in bringing legal disputes to an amicable close.


  • Certified as an expert in Labor and Employment Law by The Florida Bar

  • Certified Civil Mediator, Circuit Court 

  • Commissioner, State of Florida Public Employees Relations Commission 1980-83

  • Fellow, Labor and Employment Law College

  • Member, Labor and Employment Law Section, The Florida Bar

  • Executive Council, Co-Chairman PERC Liaison Committee

  • Member, Education Law Committee, The Florida Bar

  • Florida Bar CLE Lecturer

  • Listed, 2018 edition of The Best Lawyers in America


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