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Labor and Employment

Florida Supreme Court Certified Circuit Court Mediator

Employment Law Arbitrator

J. D., University of Georgia
School of Law, 1973

B. A., Furman University,


Contact Information:

G. Thomas Harper
The Law and Mediation Offices of
G. Thomas Harper, LLC
1912 Hamilton Street, Suite 205
Post Office Box2757                  
Jacksonville, Florida 32203-2757




Mr. Harper has practiced in Labor Relations and Employment Law for over 30 years. 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 Circuit Civil and Appellate 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 (1995-2011). 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 2012, Florida Super Lawyers Magazine named Mr. Harper as one of the top lawyers in Florida.

. 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 (Wednesday mornings). If you missed the show you can listen to it here:

March 18, 2009

July 29, 2009

Mr. Harper’s Trial experience (PDF file 38K)
Mr. Harper’s Reported Decisions (PDF file 17K)
Mr. Harper's Union Election Experience: (PDF 140k)

References furnished upon request.