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Thomas Cook MacDonald

Thomas Cook MacDonald, American lawyer, mediator. Bar: Florida 1953. Recipient George Carr award Federal Bar Association, 1991, Herbert Goldburg award Hillsborough County Bar Association, 1995.


  • MacDonald, Thomas Cook was born on October 11, 1929 in Atlanta. Son of Thomas Cook and Mary (Morgan) Macdonald.

  • Education

    • Bachelor of Science with high honors, University Florida, 1951. Bachelor of Laws with high honors, University Florida, 1953.


    • Practice law, Tampa, Florida, from 1953. Member firm Shackleford, Farrior, Stallings & Evans, 1953-1997. Member Cook & MacDonald, Tampa, 1997—2002.

      Private practice law, from 2003. Special counsel Governor of Florida, 1963, University Florida, 1972-1998. Delegate 5th circuit Judicial Conference, 1970-1981.

      Member advisory committee United States Court Appeals (5th circuit), 1975-1978, (11th circuit), 1988-1993. Member Florida Judicial Qualifications Commission, 1983-1988, vice chairman, 1987, chairman, 1988, general counsel, since 1997. Member judicial nominating committee Florida Supreme Court, 1995-1999.

    Major achievements

    • Bar: Florida 1953.


    Denomination: Episcopalian


    Member Florida Student Scholarship and Loan Commission, 1963-1967. Board directors University Community Hospital, Tampa, 1968-1978, Florida West Coast Sports Association, 1965-1980, Hall of Fame Bowl (now Outback Bowl) Association, 1989-1993, Jim Walter Corporation, 1979-1987. Member Hillsborough County Public Education Study Commission, 1965.

    Licensed lay eucharistic minister Episcopal Church, since 1961. Chancellor Episcopal Diocese of Southwest Florida, 1990-1993, since 2000, church attorney for ecclesiastical court, 1998-2000. Board directors University Florida Foundation, 1978-1986, Shands Teaching Hospital, University Florida, 1981-1995.

    Counsel Tampa Sports Authority, 1983-1994. Fellow American College Trial Lawyers (chairman state committee 1990-1991), American Bar Foundation, Florida Bar (chairman committee professional ethics 1966-1970, board governors 1970-1974, bar member Supreme Court committee on standards conduct governing judges 1976, Presidential award of merit 1995). Member American Bar Association (committee on ethics and professional responsibility 1970-1976), American Law Institute (life), 11th Circuit History Society (trustee 1982-1995, president 1989-1995), University Florida National Alumni Association (president 1973), Phi Kappa Phi, Phi Delta Phi, Florida Blue Key, Kappa Alpha.


    • Married Gay Anne Everiss, June 30, 1956. Children: Margaret Anne, Thomas William.
    • father: Thomas Cook Macdonald
    • mother: Mary (Morgan) Macdonald
    • spouse: Gay Anne Everiss
    • children: Margaret Anne MacDonald
    • Thomas William MacDonald
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    Born October 11, 1929