Thomas H. Bateman, III

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Thomas H. Bateman, III

Thomas H. Bateman, III

Direct Phone: (850) 553-3453
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  • Education

    • George Mason University School of Law, J.D., 1981
    • Nova University, B.S., 1977

    Practice Areas

    • Alternative Dispute Resolution (Mediation, Arbitration, Private Judging)
    • Complex Business and Tort Litigation
    • Civil Litigation and Appeals
    • Criminal Trials and Appeals
    • Non-profit Organizations

  • Admitted

    • The Florida Bar, 1982

    Public Service

    • Circuit Judge, Second Judicial Circuit of Florida, 2001 – 2009
    • County Judge, Leon County, Florida, 1990 – 2001
    • General Counsel, Florida Department of Transportation, 1987 – 1990
    • Assistant Attorney General, 1984 – 1987
    • Assistant Public Defender, 1982 – 1984
    • Deputy Sheriff, Broward County, Florida, 1970 – 1978

    Professional Certifications

    • Florida Supreme Court Certified Appellate Mediator
    • Florida Supreme Court Certified County Court Mediator
    • Florida Supreme Court Certified Circuit Civil Mediator
    • Florida Qualified Arbitrator

  • Professional Associations

    • National Association of Distinguished Neutrals (NADN)
    • Florida Circuit-Civil Mediator Society
    • American Health Lawyers Association (Dispute Resolver)
    • American Bar Association (ABA)
    • The Florida Bar Administrative Law Section
    • The Florida Bar Alternative Dispute Resolution Section
    • The Florida Bar Criminal Law Section
    • The Florida Bar Government Lawyers Section
    • The Florida Bar Trial Lawyers Section
    • Florida Women Lawyers Association (FAWL)
    • Tallahassee Bar Association (TBA)
    • Tallahassee Women Lawyers (TWL)


    • Trial Judge of the Year, American Board of Trial Advocacy, Tallahassee Chapter
    • Davis Productivity Award, Implementation of County Court Annexed Mediation Program
    • Florida Supreme Court, Associate Dean, Florida College of Advanced Judicial Studies
    • Florida Supreme Court Alternative Dispute Resolution Rules & Policy Committee
    • Florida Supreme Court Mediator Qualifications Review Board, Northern Division, Chair
    • Florida Supreme Court Criminal Court Steering Committee
    • Florida Supreme Court Local Rules Advisory Committee
    • Florida Supreme Court Task Force on Management of Litigation in Complex Cases, Chair
    • Florida Supreme Court Workgroup on Standard Jury Panel Sizes, Chair
    • Florida Supreme Court Workgroup on Post Conviction Relief
    • Florida Supreme Court Study Committee on Confidentiality of Records
    • Florida Supreme Court Blue Ribbon Study Committee Review of Florida Judicial College’s
    • New Judge Video Exercise and the DUI, Traffic Adjudication Seminar
    • The Florida Bar Florida Civil Procedure Rules Committee
    • The Florida Bar Florida Criminal Procedure Rules Committee, Chair (2)
    • The Florida Bar Rules of Judicial Administration Committee
    • The Florida Bar Professional Ethics Committee, Chair
    • The Florida Bar Florida Traffic Court Rules Committee, Chair
    • Florida Legislature, Article V Indigent Services Advisory Board

    Publications and Lectures

    • Editor, Criminal Bench Book, Florida Conference of County Court Judges.
    • Author of numerous articles and presentations for the National Center for State Courts, the Florida Judicial College, the Florida College of Advanced Judicial Studies, the Florida Conference of Circuit Court Judges, the Florida Conference of County Court Judges, The Florida Bar, the Florida Legislature, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, and the Pat Thomas Law Enforcement Academy.
    • Frequent lecturer and presenter for attorney and other legal professionals associations as well as public and private organizations.
    • Adjunct Faculty, Tallahassee Community College, Legal Assisting Paralegal Program.