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G. Thomas Harper

G. Thomas  Harper

4110 Southpoint Blvd.
Jacksonville, Florida 32216
United States

Telephone: 904-296-7000
Facsimile: 904-296-7303
Firm: Harper Gerlach
Practice Overview:
Harper Gerlach is a Florida Labor Relations and Employment law firm with offices in Jacksonville representing employers in all workplace and employee matters. As Editors of the monthly Florida Employment Law Letter, the attorneys at Harper Gerlach educate employers, lawyers and human resource professionals throughout Florida on cutting edge changes and developments in United States and Florida labor and employment laws. With this knowledge and our many years of experience, we can better serve our clients who hire us to achieve excellent results at the least possible cost.


Professional Profile:
Mr. Harper has practiced since 1973 in Labor Relations and Employment Law. He is Board Certified by the Florida Bar in Labor and Employment Law. He is also certified by the Florida Supreme Court as a Circuit Court Mediator.

Mr. Harper represents a diverse group of companies in a broad range of employment and labor issues. He counsels clients concerning the FMLA, the ADA, the ADEA, and sexual harassment. He has litigation experience in a wide variety and number of cases, including numerous jury and non-jury trials before federal and state courts and administrative agencies.

Mr. Harper has been selected in The Best Lawyers in America, published by Woodward/White for the past 14 years (1995-2006). In July, 2005, Mr. Harper was listed in Florida Monthly magazine as one of the top lawyers in Florida in Labor and Employment Law. In June of 2007, Florida Super Lawyers Magazine named Mr. Harper as one of the top 100 lawyers in Florida.

Mr. Harper has also served as an expert witness on employment law issues in federal court in Florida.
He has been involved in over 200 union-organizing attempts, union elections, de-certifications, contract negotiations, and strikes. He presents seminars for clients and employer associations on all aspects of labor and employment law.

Mr. Harper has conducted supervisor training on such diverse topics as National Labor Relations Act Compliance, sexual harassment, the ADA, and the FMLA. He is currently on staff at the University of North Florida, Division of Continuing Education, as an Adjunct Professor teaching labor and employment compliance to business owners, managers and supervisors. Mr. Harper has successfully handled the following:

Won jury verdicts in age discrimination trials for Wal-Mart Stores Inc.; K-Mart; and Gold Kist Inc.
Successfully enforced an arbitration agreement resulting in the dismissal of a wrongful termination lawsuit.
Worked with a large orange juice processing facility under attack by the Teamster's Union resulting in an overwhelming vote against union representation.
Won summary judgment in an age discrimination case resulting from a company-wide restructuring.
Defending a trucking company in a race discrimination lawsuit resulting in the former employee/plaintiff dismissing the lawsuit at the close of discovery.

Tom Harper was recorded on the weekly call-in show on Jacksonville's premier Christian radio stations, 88.1 The Promise (Wednesd

UndergraduateFurman UniversityB.A.1970
LawUniversity of Georgia School of LawJ.D.1973

Affiliations & Memberships:
Board Certified in Labor and Employment Law by The Florida Bar

Current Chair, Labor and Employment Law Committee, Jacksonville Bar Association

Assistant Scoutmaster, Boy Scouts of America, Troop 522

South Carolina Bar

District of Columbia Bar

The Meninak Club

Youth Mentor, Florida National Guard Youth Challenge Academy

Volusia County Manufacturers Association