Tom Hunker, Esq., B.C.S.


Hunker Appeals
110 Southeast 6th Street, Suite 2330
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
United States

Tel: 877.404.1610


Tom Hunker is a Board Certified, AV Rated appellate attorney with many years of experience at the trial and appellate levels. Tom has effectively briefed and argued numerous appeals in state and federal courts in a broad range of practice areas. Throughout his career, clients and other lawyers and law firms have relied on Tom’s knowledge and expertise in formulating litigation strategies and presenting strong arguments. Tom received designations as a SuperLawyer and one of Florida Trend’s Legal Elite in the area of Appellate Practice.

Prior to founding the firm, Tom graduated law school magna cum laude, interned for the Florida House of Representatives, clerked for the Florida Supreme Court, served as in house appellate counsel for a motor vehicle insurance company, and led a team of appellate attorneys as a Partner at one of the largest law firms in Florida.

Tom currently serves as a member of the Florida Bar Appellate Practice Certification Committee, a member of the Board of Directors of the Florida Claims Defense Network, and as General Counsel for an international manufacturing and production company. Tom focuses his practice on cases involving novel and intellectually challenging issues and employs his unique skill set in developing innovative solutions for his clients.

  • The Florida State University College of Law
    • Juris Doctor, Magna Cum Laude
  • Florida State University
    • Bachelor of Science, Multinational Business Operations
  • Martindale-Hubbell, Rated AV Preeminent
  • Avvo, Rated 10.0 Superb
  • SuperLawyers Magazine, SuperLawyer in Appellate Practice
  • Florida Trend Legal Elite, Legal Elite in Appellate Practice

Board Certified Specialist in Appellate Practice, The Florida Bar

State Courts:
  • Florida
  • Illinois

United States Supreme Court

United States Courts of Appeals:

  • Seventh Circuit
  • Eleventh Circuit

United States District Courts:

  • Northern District of Illinois
  • Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • Northern District of Florida
  • Middle District of Florida
  • Southern District of Florida

We have comprehensive experience in appeals, effectively representing clients across a wide range of practices areas in both state and federal court.

Our appellate practice includes:

  • Appeals from final judgments
  • Challenges to nonfinal orders by way of interlocutory appeal
  • Petitions for extraordinary writs of certiorari, prohibition, mandamus, and other forms of relief

With focused diligence, we fight to preserve trial victories against post-verdict and post-judgment attacks in the trial court as well as on appeal. Clients frequently retain us to rehabilitate problematic cases in the trial court and to seek appellate reversals of adverse judgments.

We represent clients in appeals involving administrative actions, business and commercial disputes, insurance claims, bad faith, personal injuries, property damage, condominium and homeowners associations, construction defects, and more.

We are committed to providing quality representation, legal writing, oral advocacy, and client responsiveness. We have the skills, experience, and a proven track record of effectively representing clients in high-stakes, high-profile litigation. We give each case the time and attention needed to give our clients the best chance of prevailing at trial and on appeal. Our involvement often leads to the other side confessing error, confessing judgment, or agreeing to more favorable settlement terms. This typically leads to a more efficient conclusion of litigation, saving our clients time, money, and frustration.

Our track record demonstrates our ability to achieve favorable outcomes for our clients, often in cases that seemed like lost causes prior to our involvement. We’re frequently referred to as utility players due to our rounded experience in diverse practice areas and various stages of litigation. We know that the keys to success are in the details of the evidence and the application of the law. For this reason, we carefully scrutinize the facts and research the legal authorities and are able to accurately gauge the potential outcomes.  This gives our clients a clearer picture of what to expect so that they can make informed decisions.

We represent clients in state and federal appeals and litigation throughout Florida, Georgia, and Illinois. We also represent clients on motion in other state and federal court actions and administrative proceedings as well as international matters.