R. Thomas Roberts: Lawyer with Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin, P.C.

R. Thomas Roberts

Tom Roberts is a shareholder with Marshall, Dennehey, Warner, Coleman & Goggin with the majority of his practice devoted to the defense of errors and omissions claims against architects, engineers and surveyors.
Phone(904) 358-4215

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Practice Areas

  • Architects & Engineer Defense
  • Construction Defect Litigation
  • Surveyor Defense
  • Property Damage Claims
 
University Colorado School of Mines, Bachelor's Degree in Mining Engineering, 1970; University of Florida, Master's of Engineering Degree, Civil Engineering, 1979
 
Law SchoolUniversity of Denver College of Law, Denver, Colorado, J.D., 1986
 
Admitted1986, Colorado; 1988, Florida
 
Biography

The majority of Tom's practice is in the defense of errors and omissions claims against architects, engineers and surveyors. As well, Tom has extensive experience defending all sides in construction defect litigation, and in defending design professionals incident to construction accidents, and contractors involved in high-dollar property damage claims resulting from storms, accidents and design failures.

Many of the matters that Tom handles stem from condominium warranty litigation, multi-family housing defect issues, and hospitality industry construction defect claims. Tom's education in civil engineering has lead to his involvement in numerous site civil design lawsuits, including flooding and uneconomic design claims.

Significant Representative Matters

•Successfully defended antenna installation contractor in multi-million dollar property damage claim following hurricane water intrusion by showing that hotel owner had performed illegal roof repairs over a period of years, avoiding inspection by building official and using substandard materials and methods.

•Defended architects in over 20 suits involving contract and statutory warranty claims by condominium associations.

•Defended numerous mechanical engineers in design defect claims involving hotels, nursing homes, condominiums and various other commercial structures.

•On two occasions represented consulting engineering firms with regard to construction phase building collapses involving the death and serious injury of construction workers.

•Defended both site civil and highway design engineers with regard to claims of property damage caused by flooding.

•Defended several site civil design engineers in lawsuits from developers claiming damages resulting from uneconomic designs.

Published Works

•Contractually Limiting Individual Liability for Design Professionals Using Florida's New Legislation, Defense Digest, Vol. 19, No. 3, December 2013, co-author

•From Frye to Daubert: What You Need to Know About Admitting Expert Testimony in Florida State Courts, Defense Digest, Vol. 19, No. 3, December 2013, co-author

Classes/Seminars Taught

•Tom regularly makes presentations to groups of architects, engineers and surveyors on behalf of their insurers, addressing subjects aimed at claim avoidance and risk management.

Past Employment Positions

•Obringer, DeCandio & Oosting, PA, November 1993 - June 2004

•Cummings, Lawrence & Vezina, PA, April 1988 - October 1993

•Perini Corporation, August 1986 - March 1988

•United States Army Corp of Engineers, August 1970 - June 1982

 
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Contractually Limiting Individual Liability for Design Professionals Using Florida’s New Legislation
Michael J. DeCandio,Amanda Ingersoll,R. Thomas Roberts, December 19, 2013
In Moransais v. Heathman, 702 So. 2d 601 (Fla. 2d DCA 1997), Philippe Moransais hired a professional engineering corporation to perform an inspection of a home he had contracted to purchase. Two engineers employed by the corporation, Jordan and Sauls, performed the home inspection. Relying upon the...

From Frye to Daubert: What You Need to Know About Admitting Expert Testimony in Florida State Courts
Michael J. DeCandio,Amanda Ingersoll,R. Thomas Roberts, December 19, 2013
In April 2013, the Florida legislature passed House Bill 7015, which eliminated Florida’s reliance on the Frye standard for the admission of expert testimony. Effective July 1, 2013, all Florida state courts must to adhere to the current federal standard, known as the Daubert standard. There...


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R. Thomas Roberts

200 West Forsyth Street, Suite 1400
JacksonvilleFL 32202




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