Gregg D. Thomas

Primary Practices

  • Media Law
  • Intellectual Property
  • Defamation & Invasion of Privacy
  • Civil & Commercial Litigation
  • Newsgathering / Access

Education

  • JD, University of Florida (with honors), 1976
  • BA, Vanderbilt University (magna cum laude), 1972

Bar Admissions

  • Florida
  • District of Columbia
  • Middle District Florida
  • Southern District Florida
  • Northern District Florida
  • 11th Circuit
  • 5th Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court

Recognitions

  • AV Rated
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • Florida Super Lawyers
  • Florida Legal Elite (Hall of Fame)
  • Tampa Magazine (Top Lawyers)

Gregg is one of country’s leading media and First Amendment lawyers. He has argued and won numerous high-profile cases on behalf of newspapers, television stations, movie producers, and other media entities. Gregg also has handled multi-million dollar commercial disputes, trademark infringement cases, internal corporate investigations, and innumerable defamation and invasion of privacy claims. He has argued and won cases before the Florida and United States Supreme Courts, including Butterworth v. Smith, 494 U.S. 624 (1990), where he convinced the U.S. Supreme Court that laws prohibiting grand jury witnesses from disclosing their testimony violated the First Amendment. Gregg is also a Florida-certified mediator. He practices out of TLo’s Tampa office.

Gregg repeatedly has been qualified as an expert witness on legal issues and attorneys’ fees in defamation and public records cases.

Prior to entering private practice, Gregg was a judicial clerk to the Honorable Ben Krentzman and the Honorable George Carr, both United States District Judges for the Middle District of Florida. He is a former board member and president of the Tampa Museum of Art, and former president of the Tampa Bay Business Committee for the Arts. In 2007, he was inducted into the Florida Freedom of Information Summit Hall of Fame.

  • Butterworth v. Smith, 494 U.S. 624 (1990). Obtained ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court that law prohibiting a reporter from disclosing the content of his own grand jury testimony violated the First Amendment.
  • Has represented more than 50 newspapers and/or television stations in access litigation seeking governmental information in high-profile criminal cases, including cases involving Christine Falling, Ted Bundy, Danny Rolling, Julie Schnecker, Casey Anthony, and George Zimmerman.
  • Jews for Jesus, Inc. v. Rapp, 997 So. 2d 1098 (Fla. 2008). On behalf of a consortium of media companies, convinced Florida Supreme Court that Florida should not adopt the tort of false light invasion of privacy.
  • Tyne v. Time-Warner Entertainment, Co., 901 So.2d 802 (Fla. 2005). Persuaded Florida Supreme Court to affirm right of the producers of The Perfect Storm to create a movie depicting historical events without having to obtain consent of individuals portrayed in the movie.
  • Led a media team seeking to prohibit local government officials from banning the film The Last Temptation and, within 24 hours of being retained, persuaded U.S. District Court to declare a ban unconstitutional and to permanently enjoin its enforcement.
  • Lusczynski v. Tampa Bay Television (Fla. Cir. Ct. 2006). Won jury verdict for WFTS in defamation and false light case brought by three police officers.
  • Arabian Amer. Oil. Co. v. Scarfone, 713 F. Supp. 1420 (M.D. Fla. 1989), aff'd 939 Fo. 2d 1472 (11th Cir. 1991). Litigated RICO claim for ARAMCO against architect who submitted false and fraudulent invoices, resulting in judgment in excess of $10,000,000.

  • Media General
  • Hubbard Broadcasting
  • Florida Press Association
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