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Thomas Jason DeBari, Mediator & Arbitrator, Lakeland, Florida.

Thomas Jason DeBari

Central Florida Mediation Group, LLC
200 Lake Morton Drive
2nd Floor
Lakeland, FL 33801
Tel: (863) 594-1113
Cell: (863) 944-7457
Fax: (863) 594-1121
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Recognized to Florida Chapter for Mediation & Arbitration
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  • Practice Commenced2005
  • # of MEDS (as of 22/6/24) 
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Current Practice
Online / In-Person


Partner in Wendel, Chritton, Parks & DeBari, Chartered, from 1998 - 2000. Partner in Harbsmeier, DeZayas, Appel, Harden & DeBari, LLP, from 2004 - 2007. Partner in Kimsey & DeBari, P.A., from 2007 - 2012.  Founding Partner in DeBari Law Firm, P.A., 2012-Present and Supreme Court Certified Mediator and Qualified Arbitrator, Central Florida Mediation Group, 2012 -Present.

Mr. DeBari has served as lead counsel in products liability and wrongful death cases resulting in a worldwide recall of defective construction products and in establishing civil employer responsibility despite defenses of workers compensation immunity. He has also successfully defended state and municipal entities in similar civil and workers compensation cases.

Mr. DeBari has concentrated his professional trial practice in the areas of personal injury, insurance law, products liability and workers' compensation. After participating as an advocate in hundreds of mediations, Tom began shifting his practice toward dispute resolution in 2004 and to date, has successfully mediated cases in a wide variety of legal disciplines. Tom also maintains an active civil practice in order to stay on the cutting edge of the legal issues he encounters as a mediator and arbitrator. Mr. DeBari has also authored and lectured in the areas of automobile negligence, premises liability, mediation, professional ethics and workers compensation. In addition, Mr. DeBari serves a s a professional mentor for prospective mediators seeking qualification and professional accredidation.

Case Experience

  • Automotive
  • Commercial/Business
  • Community Associations
  • Contract Disputes
  • Debt Collections
  • Employment
  • Entertainment Sector
  • Insurance
  • Local Govt./Municipalities
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Nursing Homes
  • Personal Injury
  • Premises Liability
  • Probate
  • Product Liability
  • Professional Fees
  • Professional Negligence
  • Sports
  • Torts
  • Workers' Compensation
  • Wrongful Death


  • B.A. Political Science, Brandeis University, 1989
  • J.D. Stetson College Of Law,1992

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Florida Bar
  • Sports Lawyers Association
  • Polk County Trial Lawyers Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Lakeland Bar Association

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