As a partner with Duggar & Duggar, P.A., Thomas practices exclusively in Marital and Family Law. Thomas is Board Certified by The Florida Bar in Marital and Family Law, is a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, and is certified by the Florida Supreme Court as a Family Law Mediator.
As a member of The Florida Bar Family Law Section, Thomas serves on the Executive Council and has held various committee leadership positions. He is currently serving as Co-Chair of the Legislation Committee and has received multiple commendations for his service to the Family Law Section, including the Chair’s Award for Outstanding Merit. He has been extensively involved in revisions to the Florida Statutes, as related to alimony, parenting, and child support, and was named a Super Lawyers Rising Star.
Thomas serves as a lecturer on family law and estate planning topics at the Florida State University College of Law, at continuing legal education seminars in the Second Judicial Circuit, at the Family Law Section of the Florida Bar’s Trial Advocacy Clinic, at the statewide Board Certification Review Course, and at the Florida American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers Annual Institute.
Thomas graduated from Guilford College with a bachelor’s degree in history and taught special education in New Orleans for three years with Teach for America. While teaching full-time, Thomas obtained his master’s degree in special education from the University of New Orleans. Thomas returned to Tallahassee and received his Juris Doctorate from the Florida State University College of Law.
Thomas and his wife, Dr. Staci Walton Duggar, are natives of Tallahassee and parents of four children. The Duggar family is actively involved at St. Peter’s Anglican Church.
Education and Experience
The Florida State College of Law, Juris Doctor, 2003
Master’s Degree in Special Education, University of New Orleans, 2001
Teach For America Teacher Corps Member and Special Education Teacher, New Orleans Public Schools, 1998-2001
Guilford College, Bachelor of Arts, History, 1998
Florida Bar, 2004
American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, 2012-present
The Florida Bar, 2004-present
Member, Family Law Section of Florida Bar, 2004-present
Subcommittee on Alimony, 2012-present
Legislation Committee, 2007-present
Children’s Issues Committee, 2007-2009
Executive Counsel: FLS of Fl Bar, 2007-present
Young Lawyers Division, 2004-present
Tallahassee Bar Association, 2004-present
Florida Bar Board Certification, Marital and Family Law, 2010-present
Florida Supreme Court Family Law Mediator, 2008-present
Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, 2012-present
Awards and Honors
Chair's Award of Outstanding Merit, Family Law Section of The Florida Bar, 2011-2012
"Keeper of the Flame" Award, Family Law Section of The Florida Bar, 2011-2012
Award for Recognition as Co-Chair of the Legislation Committee, Family Law Section of the Florida Bar, 2010-2011 and 2011-2012
Top Young Attorney in Florida Rising Star, Wall Street Journal and Miami Magazine, 2012
Florida Outstanding Young Lawyer in the Field of Family Law, America Registry, 2012
Super Lawyers, Florida Top Attorney, 2012
Award for Service, Family Law Section of The Florida Bar, 2009
Family Court Judicial Forum, Moderator, 2012
American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers Florida Institute, Legislative Update, 2011-2013
Florida Bar Family Law Section/American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers Florida Marital and Family Law Review Course, Florida Relocation Statutes, 2012
Florida Bar Family Law Section Matrimonial Trial Advocacy Seminar, 2011
Florida Bar Telephonic Seminar, Family Law Section Legislative Update, 2011
American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers Florida Institute, Legislative Update, 2011
Tallahassee Bar Association, Legislative Updates to Family Law, 2009-present
Elaine N. Duggar was born and raised in central Georgia. She received her undergraduate degree from Florida State University and Juris Doctorate, with Honors, from the Florida State University College of Law. She has been married to Ed, a CPA, for over forty years. They are the parents of two adult children, Susan Stafford and Thomas Duggar (her partner in the Firm), and have seven grandchildren.
Elaine is a member of the American, Florida, Georgia (inactive), and Tallahassee Bar Associations. She is Board Certified by the Florida Bar in Marital and Family Law and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, currently serving as chair of the Florida Chapter’s Scholarship Committee. She is also a Florida Supreme Court Certified Family Law Mediator and has received extensive training in Collaborative Law.
Elaine is past-chair of the Second Judicial Circuit Grievance Committee, has served two terms as a member of the Second Judicial Circuit Nominating Commission, is a former Adjunct Professor at the Florida State University College of Law, and continues to serve as a guest lecturer for the Florida State College of Law on family law and estate planning topics.
Elaine was an organizing director and is past-Chair of the Board of First Bank of Tallahassee (now Wells Fargo) and is former Director and Financial Chair of the Young Actors Theater of Tallahassee. She continues, as she has for many years, to be actively involved in all aspects of the life of Killearn United Methodist Church. Elaine and Ed treasure time with their family and, in rare moments of leisure, enjoy hiking and traveling.