Vote Tom Hanlon!
Our justice system requires someone who knows the law, appreciates the value of hard work, and can make the courtroom run efficiently. My thirty three years of experience in different areas of the law have provided me with the knowledge of a broad perspective of, and expertise in, the legal system. This is why I feel that I am the right choice to be your next Pasco County Court Judge in Group 2.
- Gaining my initial experience in the legal field as a bailiff for the Harris County (Texas) Sheriff’s Office in 1981 allowed me to observe the attorneys and judges during the day, and to attend law school at night.
- Working as a judicial aide for the Second District Court of Appeal after graduation provided me with practical experience summarizing briefs for the Court, and I gained familiarity with research and documentation completed outside of the courtroom.
- Serving as a juvenile arbitrator for Hillsborough County in 1983 allowed me to gain some “hands on” experience in the juvenile court system.
- Operating my own law firm from 1983-1997 gave me the opportunity to gain experience litigating both civil and criminal cases in county, state, and federal courts.
- Overseeing the Public Defender’s Office in Dade City as Senior Assistant Public Defender since 1997 has required me to spend countless hours of time in the courtroom and allowed me to interface with judges in order to ensure that our office worked effectively within the court system. This position also included coordination of administrative, fiscal, and strategic planning for the Dade City Public Defender’s Office. Working in a government agency and collaborating on the office budget has given me an appreciation for fiscal responsibility and taught me the importance of running an efficient courtroom.