Thomas Newcomb Hyde earned a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy from the Seminary of St. Vincent De Paul in Boynton Beach, Florida. He received his Masters of Education from South Carolina State University in Orangeburg, South Carolina. He was a teacher on the elementary and secondary level for four years. He also taught at Barry University in Miami Shores, Florida.
Mr. Hyde received his Juris Doctor from the University of Miami School of Law, where he completed an internship as a prosecutor in the Miami Dade County State Attorney's office. He worked for Liberty Mutual Insurance Company as a Trial Lawyer, Managing Attorney, Division General Attorney and the National Director of Legal Training.
Mr. Hyde has been responsible for the design, development and implementation of Liberty Mutual’s award winning Attorney Development Program. He presented training conferences in trial advocacy, expert witness testimony, deposition and discovery, negotiations and mediation, and legal ethics to lawyers and paralegals throughout the United States.
Mr. Hyde has served as an Arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association, the Better Business Bureau, and the Florida Attorney General’s Office. He was member of the Ethics Committee of Liberty Mutual's Legal Department from 2003 to 2013. He currently serves on the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit's Professionalism Committee. Mr. Hyde has also served as the Chairman of he Hillsborough County Bar Association Continuing Legal Education Committee and is currently the Chairman of the Senior Counsel Section.
In 2014, Florida Governor Rick Scott appointed Mr. Hyde to the Judicial Nominating Commission for the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit in Hillsborough County, Florida for a term beginning September 10, 2014 and ending July 1, 2018 and reappointed for a term beginning July 18, 2018 and ending July 1, 2022. He was elected Chairman of the Commission in July 2019.
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