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David J. Tong


David J. Tong
Saxon Gilmore & Carraway, P.A.
Fifth Third Center
201 E. Kennedy Blvd., Suite 600
Tampa, Florida 33602

Telephone: 813.314.4500
Extension: 4510
Direct Line: 813.314.4510
Facsimile: 813.314.4555

David J. Tong  is a partner with Saxon|Gilmore. He has practiced law in Tampa since 1984, and presently concentrates his practice in the areas of first-party property insurance defense, real estate litigation, complex commercial litigation, and bankruptcy/creditors’ rights.

Mr. Tong has extensive experience in all stages of representing insurance carrier clients in both simple and complex legal matters related to all aspects of claims. This includes insurance coverage disputes, policy interpretation, application of policy exclusions, as well as first and third-party claims from initiation through trial, arbitration, mediation, and appeal throughout the state of Florida.

Mr. Tong routinely represents lenders, governmental entities and other creditors in complex litigation, bankruptcy, and real estate matters. He has litigated numerous complex cases involving commercial real estate, receiverships and loan restructurings. He has handled or overseen thousands of foreclosure cases throughout Florida, and prosecutes and defends actions involving title insurance claim issues.

He also handles appeals in state and federal appellate courts. His appellate practice has included defending foreclosure judgments obtained by lenders and includes appeals concerning the federal Truth-in-Lending Act, priority of liens encumbering real property, and evidentiary issues arising out of contested foreclosure trials. His appellate experience helps him at trial, to ensure that a complete, favorable record is preserved for appellate review.

He was awarded his Juris Doctor degree, cum laude, from Stetson University College of Law in 1984. He served as a staff member on the Stetson Law Review, for two years, and was the published co-author of Structured Settlements, 13 Stetson Law Review 309 (1984). He is admitted to practice before all state and federal courts in Florida, and before the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit in Atlanta, Georgia. Mr. Tong holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of Florida, where he majored in Business Management.

Mr. Tong is also a member of the American Bankruptcy Institute, the Hillsborough County Bar Association, and the Florida Bar, where he is a member of the Business Law and the Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Sections. He served as President of the Tampa Bay Bankruptcy Bar Association, a 350+ attorney group in the Tampa Bay area, in 2005-2006, and was a member of its Board of Directors from 2000 to 2007. He has authored continuing legal education materials for the National Business Institute on curing Florida real property title problems, and he has spoken on bankruptcy law, title insurance law, and foreclosure law for major banks and other lenders throughout the United States. Mr. Tong is peer review rated “AV Preeminent” by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest possible rating.


First-Party Property Insurance Defense
Bankruptcy/Creditors’ Rights
Real Estate Litigation
Complex Commercial Litigation


Florida (all state and federal courts)
U.S. Court of Appeals (Eleventh Circuit Court)
Florida Supreme Court


The Florida Bar (Business Law and Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Sections)
American Bankruptcy Institute
Hillsborough County Bar Association
Tampa Bay Bankruptcy Bar Association (past president and member of board of directors, 2000-2007)


Stetson University College of Law (J.D., cum laude, 1984)
University of Florida (B.S., 1981)


AV rated in the Martindale-Hubbell law directory