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

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.

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

From Frye to Daubert: What You Need to Know About Admitting Expert Testimony in Florida State Courts
Defense Digest ArticleDecember 17, 2013
By R. Thomas Roberts, Esq., Michael J. DeCandio, Esq. and Amanda Ingersoll*Key Points:Florida state courts must now adhere to the Daubert standard for admitting expert testimony.While Frye relied on “general acceptance”..., Defense Digest, Vol. 19, No. 4, December 2013 Defense Digest is prepared by Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin to provide information on recent legal developments of interest to our readers. This publication is not intended to provide...

The Supreme Court of Florida finds common law duty of polluters to protect economic interests of commercial fishermen.
Law AlertsJuly 1, 2010
The Supreme Court of Florida found that the economic loss rule does not preclude an action by fishermen against polluters who damaged the fishing industry in Tampa Bay. Further, the Court found that the polluters owed a special duty of care to the..., Case Law Alert - 3rd Qtr 2010

United States District Court for Eastern District of Louisiana explains Florida's economic loss rule.
Law AlertsJuly 1, 2010
The court in the above action reviewed and applied Florida, Alabama and Louisiana law regarding the economic loss rule. As it pertains to Florida, relying upon Indemnity Insurance Co. of North America v. American Aviation, Inc., 891 So.2d 532 (Fla...., Case Law Alert - 3rd Qtr 2010

District Court explains Florida's rule on causes of action for negligence against professionals.
Law AlertsJuly 1, 2010
In this case, Florida's Third District Court of Appeal, relying on Moransais v. Healthman, 744 So.2d 973 (Fla. 1999 ), explained that an extra-contractual remedy against a negligent professional is necessary because contractual remedies may be..., Case Law Alert - 3rd Qtr 2010

Reported CasesSignificant 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

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R. Thomas Roberts

200 West Forsyth Street, Suite 1400
JacksonvilleFL 32202


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