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Octavio 'Tav' Gomez

Tampa, florida

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Biography Overview

Octavio “Tav” Gomez is the head of the Consumer Protection Department of Morgan & Morgan. He has represented hundreds of consumers both in Florida, and across the Nation. Mr. Gomez has earned a reputation for aggressive and dedicated representation in complex civil litigation. As an attorney, he is constantly striving to become a more educated and informed legal professional, and readily attends legal seminars and conferences to ensure his continuing legal education.

Originally from Colombia, South America, Mr. Gomez moved to the United States as a child. He was raised in in Fort Lauderdale, FL and attended Florida State University for his undergraduate studies. After earning his Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science, he went on to earn his Juris Doctorate at the Florida State University College of Law. While attending law school, Mr. Gomez served as an intern with the Agency for Health Care Administration.

After graduating law school, Mr. Gomez began working as a state prosecutor at the State Attorney’s office in Tampa, Florida. As a prosecuting attorney, he handled a multitude of felony cases, including habitual felony offender, 10-20-Life cases, grand theft and trafficking cases. Mr. Gomez moved on from the State Attorney’s office in 2003 to become a named partner with Taracks, Gomez & Rickman, practicing primarily in the area of criminal defense. During his tenure at the firm, he handled high profile cases including 1st degree murder, vehicular homicide, complex mortgage fraud, extradition and tax fraud. Mr. Gomez has also handled civil and administrative cases involving the Federal Trade Commission, the Drug Enforcement Agency and the Internal Revenue Service.

Today, Mr. Gomez’s practice at Morgan & Morgan for the Consumer Protection Department focuses primarily on Federal Litigation, on the FDCPA, TCPA, FCRA and other consumer issues. He uses this extensive knowledge and experience in the courtroom, all to the benefit of his clients with Morgan & Morgan. Mr. Gomez has developed an invaluable understanding of the discovery phase and trial preparation. He has represented high profile cases in both Federal and State Court. Mr. Gomez has been involved in some of the largest individual settlement agreements in TCPA cases around the nation. He has a deep understanding of the policies and procedures employed by most banks and debt collectors and has mastered telephonic dialing equipment as described by Congress in relationship to the TCPA

Mr. Gomez is a member of the Florida Bar, the Georgia Bar, and numerous Federal Courts throughout the Country. He is fluent in Spanish and has served as lead attorney in more than 60 jury trials and hundreds of bench trials, in in both Federal and State Courts. With almost 15 years of legal experience, he handles cases with strategic aggressiveness to maximize case results.


Practice Areas

  • Consumer Protection

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Memberships

  • Member of the State Bar of Florida
  • Member of the State Bar of Georgia
  • Member of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Florida
  • Member of the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida
  • Member of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida
  • Member of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia
  • Member of the United States District Court for the Middle District of Georgia
  • Member of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Georgia
  • Member of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas
  • Member of the United States District Court for the Western District of Texas
  • Member of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • Member of National Association of Consumer Advocates

Admitted In

  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Alabama
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of California
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of Iowa
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Kentucky
  • United States District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri
  • United States District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Tennessee
  • United States Judicial Panel on Multi District Litigation
  • American Arbitration Association
  • Judicial Arbitration and Mediation Services, Inc.

Education

  • Florida State University, B.S., Political Science, 1997
  • Florida State University College of Law*, Juris Doctor, 2000