Thomas D. Masterson

Tom Masterson is a native of St. Petersburg, Florida. He earned his undergraduate degree from the University of South Florida in 1972 and his Doctorate of Jurisprudence, Magna Cum Laude, from South Texas College of Law in 1975.

 Tom Masterson has been practicing law since 1975 and is the managing partner of Masterson, Hoag & Smith, P.A. His father, Barney Masterson, was the founding member of the firm. Mr. Masterson concentrates his practice on medical malpractice, legal malpractice, personal injury and wrongful death claims.”

Mr. Masterson’s professional appointments, honors and offices held include the following:

Professional Appointments and Offices held

The Florida Bar
Member, 1975 – present
Member, Young Lawyers Section Board of Governors 1982 – 1986
Member, Executive Council, Trial Section 1996 – 2005; Chairman 2004 – 2005

The Florida Justice Association formerly The Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers
Member, 1975 – present
Chairman, Workers Compensation Section 1981 – 1982

St. Petersburg Bar Association
Member, 1975 – present 
Member,Executive Committee 1980 – 1982
President, 1999 – 2000

Pinellas County Trial Lawyers Association
President, 1986

Tampa Bay Trial Lawyers Association
Member 2005 – present

American Inns of Court, B.J. Masterson Inn
Member, 1991 – present
Secretary – Treasurer, 1991

American Board of Trial Advocates, Tampa Bay Chapter
Member, 1993 – present
Treasurer, 1998
President-Elect, 1999
President, 2000

American College of Trial Lawyers
Fellow, 1996 – present

American Justice Association formerly The Association of Trial Lawyers of America
Member, 1977 – present
Chairman, Professional Negligence Section, 2002 – 2003
Selected for inclusion in Florida Trend’s Legal Elite
Selected For Inclusion in Florida Super Lawyers


Selected for inclusion in Law & Leading Attorneys, Florida

Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America
2001 – present

Faculty Member, Florida Bar Advanced Trial Advocacy Program sponsored by The Trial Lawyers Section of the Florida Bar
2003 – present

Board Certified Civil Trial Practice by the Florida Bar
1983 – present


Defenses and Immunities – The Law in Florida

The Harrison Company Opening and Closing Arguments – The Law in Florida (Co-author)

The Harrison Company Suing the Hospital When Superdoc Falls (Co-author)
May 2002

Trial Magazine Challenging Hospitals That Tolerate Incompetent Doctors (Co-author)
May 2002

Trial Magazine Florida Medical Malpractice Handbook, First Edition (Co-author & co-editor)

The Florida Bar and LexisNexis Florida Medical Malpractice Handbook, 2nd Edition, Chapter 1 “Party Perspectives” (Co-author) ,

Florida Civil Trial Practice Manual, Chapter 16 “Summation” (Co-author),