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James Roscoe Tanner

James Roscoe Tanner

The Tanner Law Group, LLC
  • Business Law, Employment Law, Civil Rights ...
  • Florida
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I'm Attorney Jim Tanner, of Tampa, Florida 813-322-3565. I've been a trial attorney for 36 years. I was born and raised right here in Tampa FL. The very night I graduated from High School I was selected as the third draft choice nationwide by the Detroit Tigers Baseball organization.

During the baseball off-season, I went to work in the insurance industry as a salesman where I earned top-level management as the youngest executive sales and marketing director in the nation.

After earning my BA from the University of South Florida, I began my legal education in Boston where I graduated at the top of my class earning my Juris Doctorate in law.

Nothing has come easy for me I've had to work hard all my life. So, when I say I get it, I do. Yet, the most important lesson in life came from my parents who instilled in me one simple truth, "We Must Always Treat Others, The Way We Would Want Someone To Treat Us or Someone We Love." Do that said my folks and you will be happier and have a more meaningful life.

Good resolutions to cases don't just happen, they come about because the client has a lawyer who truly cares. One who understands and knows how to apply the law. One who has worked with people from all walks of life. Lawyers often say going to trial is like rolling dice.

While it may be an unavoidable gamble you can better the odds of winning if you have an experienced attorney. I have learned how to recognize hidden clues people use to mask their true feelings.

I’ve discovered a key to understanding people. I call it, "the diverse situational personality”. Recognizing & more importantly unmasking hidden traits in people is critical in dealing with decision-makers. This is especially true in jury selection. I believe that before you can win a person or group over you must unlock certain hidden emotional buttons that trigger true feelings. Make no mistake, that’s exactly what I do best.

Practice Areas
Business Law
Business Contracts, Business Dissolution, Business Finance, Business Formation, Business Litigation, Franchising, Mergers & Acquisitions, Partnership & Shareholder Disputes
Employment Law
Employee Benefits, Employment Contracts, Employment Discrimination, ERISA, Overtime & Unpaid Wages, Sexual Harassment, Whistleblower, Wrongful Termination
Civil Rights
Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Discrimination, Employment, Fair Housing, Police Misconduct, Privacy Law
Personal Injury
Animal & Dog Bites, Brain Injury, Car Accidents, Construction Accidents, Motorcycle Accidents, Premises Liability, Truck Accidents, Wrongful Death
Entertainment & Sports Law
Criminal Law
Criminal Appeals, Drug Crimes, Expungement, Fraud, Gun Crimes, Internet Crimes, Sex Crimes, Theft, Violent Crimes
Additional Practice Areas
  • Top Sports Negotiator as a former Professional Athlete
  • Contracts and Bonuses
Video Conferencing
  • Zoom
  • Free Consultation
    In certain areas of law, I offer a Scheduled 20-minute Free Consultation
  • Credit Cards Accepted
    Visa, Mastercard, Discover & American Express
  • Contingent Fees
    Depending on the Case Contingent Fees May Range from 25%-40%
  • Rates, Retainers and Additional Information
    All Appointments Must Be Scheduled by Telephone in advance.
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
The Florida Bar
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11th Circuit
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Professional Experience
Past Member Affiliations
Florida Academy of Trial Lawyers, American Bar Association, Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, and United States Army Reserves 11 Bravo Special Forces Training Unit, Member of the National Police Accountability Project, National Employment Lawyers Association specializing in Title 7 (Employee Discrimination and Harassment) Board of Realtors, Florida Insurance Underwriters, Million Dollar Roundtable, Former Professional Baseball Player.
Massachusetts Division of Consumer Affairs and Greater Boston Housing Court Provided representation for consumers through the above agencies concurrent with attending law school. Prosecuted for Consumer Board of Dentistry, Board of Nursing and greater Boston Housing Division representing elderly indigent tenants.
Executive Sales Director
American Bankers Life Insurance Company
District Manager
Reserve Life Insurance Company
Florida Licensed Real Estate
Florida National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA)
Attorney Tanner represents employees in cases involving Title VII Violations, based on gender, age, nationality, race, and sexual harassment in the workplace.
Member of American Bar Association
The ABA is the nation's largest voluntary legal association. The ABA keeps me up to date with top-tier lawyers and provides me with up-dated legal articles in the areas of my practice. Membership connects me to experts in my practice area across the country, as well as a respected platform to amplify my voice on important issues.
Member of Trial and Litigation
Member of Hillsborough County Bar Association
The Hillsborough County Bar Association. I am proud to be a member of one of the largest voluntary bar associations in Florida. HCBA has a membership of close to 4,000 attorneys, judges, and legal professionals. HCBA is a vibrant, diverse organization that has earned national recognition for its outstanding programs and events. HCBA's mission is to inspire and promote respect for the law and the justice system through service to the legal profession and the community.
University of South Florida
B.A. | Social & Political Science
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Suffolk University Law School
Doctor of Jurisprudence/Juris Doctor
Suffolk Law is the only law school ranked in the top 20% of all skills specialty areas--legal writing, clinics, trial advocacy, and dispute resolution--for seven years running (U.S. News Best Law Schools 2017-23 editions) * Legal Writing: No. 4 (U.S. News top 10 for eleven consecutive years) * Clinical Programs: No. 15 (top 20 for seven years running) * Trial Advocacy: No. 21 (seventh year in a row in the top 25) * Dispute Resolution: No. 22 (top 25 for ten of the last 11 years)
Honors: Phi Delta Phi The Rehnquist Inn was established at Suffolk University Law School in 1976. Phi Delta Phi celebrates academic excellence and embraces the finest attributes of professionalism and scholarship. Phi Delta Phi has emphasized to students and lawyers alike the importance of our calling. Our active membership is drawn from those students of the law who not only have shown themselves companionable, but have manifested ability and industry in legal study.
Activities: Elected as Historian for Phi Delta Phi
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Pro Bono Award
Volusia County Legal Aid
Professional Associations
Florida State Bar  # 637246
- Current
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Articles & Publications
Handling The Police Liability Claim
National Business Institute Seminar 2013
Handling The Police Liability Claim
National Business Institute Seminar 2013
Websites & Blogs
The Tanner Law Group LLC
Contact & Map
Tanner Law Group PLLC
1311 N. Church Ave.
Suite 100
Tampa, FL 33607
Telephone: (813) 322-3565
Monday: 9 AM - 4:30 PM
Tuesday: 9 AM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday: 9 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday: 9 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday: 9 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday: Closed (Today)
Sunday: Closed
Notice: Call to Schedule a Zoom or Telephone Conference.
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