D. KEITH THOMAS
D. Keith Thomas is a trial lawyer with Yanchuck, Berman, Wadley, Zervos & Thomas, PA, who brings over twenty-four years of civil trial practice to the firm in cases involving significant injury or death suffered as the result of negligence of another. Recently, Mr. Thomas was elected by his peers to join a distinguished group of attorneys as one of Florida’s Legal Elite in Florida Trend Magazine. He has been rated as one of Florida’s Top Layers in Tampa Bay Tampa Bay Magazine and has achieved the highest lawyer rating, AV Preeminent, by Martindale-Hubbell for fifteen continuous years
Mr. Thomas focuses his effort on areas of practice including auto collisions, products liability, trucking accidents, motorcycle accidents, negligent security, nursing home negligence, and medical malpractice. He is admitted to practice in U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit U.S. District Court, and in federal court for the Middle and Southern District of Florida.
Mr. Thomas began his working career as a civilian research and development engineer for the U.S. Navy and U.S. Department of Defense. He worked on the design and development of airborne mine countermeasures at several of the U.S. Navy’s laboratories, including field operations and tests on-board ship and helicopter. As such, he has a detailed knowledge and understanding of mechanical design and manufacturing, as well as physics and biomechanics.
Given Mr. Thomas’ unique background and technical education, he is remarkably positioned to evaluate and handle cases involving defective products and accident reconstruction in a comprehensible manner. His engineering background and understanding of the complex geometries and forces at play in trucking collisions and product manufacturing gives Mr. Thomas the ability to analyze, evaluate and prosecute complex cases, as well as work with our experts to maximize potential recoveries for the clients we represent.
Mr. Thomas earned his Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering Degree from Georgia Institute of Technology and worked for the Department of Defense before attending and graduating with Honors from the University of Florida College of Law. Initially, Mr. Thomas defended insurance carriers and their insured’s in a wide array of injury and death cases. However, 15 years ago, Keith re-focused and committed his practice to the exclusive
representation of victims and their families in catastrophic injury and death cases. Mr. Thomas’ defense background gives an inside perspective on how these cases are perceived and handled by insurance carriers and large corporations whose defective product or negligence has resulted in devastating losses to individuals and their families
It is estimated that fewer than seven percent of all practicing attorneys have engineering, science or math undergraduate degrees, and most of those lawyers practice in the areas of patent and intellectual property law. Having a trial lawyer who is also an engineer, as well as a former insurance defense lawyer, on our Trial Team gives Yanchuck, Berman, Wadley, Zervos & Thomas a different and additional perspective in personal injury litigation, resulting in a tremendous advantage to our clients.
Keith Thomas is a valued and important member of our trial team whose unique and considerable skills are brought to bear along with other substantial resources of Yanchuck, Berman, Wadley, Zervos & Thomas in order to aggressively and intelligently represent our clients.
If you would like to schedule an appointment with D. Keith Thomas, call him at 727-822-6313 or contact him online.
Tampa Bay Trial Lawyers Association
Florida Justice Association
American Association for Justice
St. Petersburg Bar
Barney Masterson Inns of Court (past member)
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