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As a plaintiff trial attorney, Tom has been at the forefront of some of the Nation's worst environmental disasters, including the 2010 BP Deepwater Horizon blowout. There he represented several Gulf Coast Area chambers of commerce opposing British Petroleum's Petition for a Writ of Certiorari with the Supreme Court of the United States.

In addition to his work at the Supreme Court, Tom represents hundreds of individuals, businesses and governmental entities against BP, and he has been successful in recovering tens of millions of dollars for these clients, both through the Court Supervised Settlement Program and in MDL-2179.

More recently, in late 2015 Tom was appointed to represent over 200,000 plaintiffs in an allocation proceeding involving a $1.24 billion settlement with Deepwater Horizon contractor Halliburton and rig owner Transocean.

Tom's latest work includes representing auto dealers and fleet owners in lawsuits against Volkswagen for economic losses sustained as a result of the German manufacturer's defective emission control devices.

Tom and his team have a comprehensive understanding of the Oil Pollution Act of 1990, the Clean Water Act, the Clean Air Act, federal and state unfair trade practices laws, and other environmental legislation and regulatory schemes. As a result of this experience, Tom is well versed in complex, plaintiff-focussed multi-district litigation practice.


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Practice areas


  1. Environmental: 50%
    11 years
  2. Litigation: 50%
    16 years



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  • Christopher Nace

    Over the last several years Tom has focused his professional efforts on preventing injury to hard working Americans. He is a leader among a growing group of consumer justice attorneys who are working hard not only to assist families who have suffered through no fault of their own but also to make sure that unnecessary injuries can be avoided.


    Christopher Nace Medical Malpractice Attorney
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  • Gregory Stephen Cusimano

    Tom is an exceptional young man! His vision for ways to help others is rare indeed. What he has done with InjuryBoard as a founder is innovative and far reaching. In addition to helping his clients (which he does very well), he has helped so many many others in an unparalleled indirect way. I endorse this lawyer!


    Gregory Cusimano Trucking Accident Attorney
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Contact info

Law Office of Thomas L. Young, P.A.

209 South Howard Avenue
Tampa, FL, 33606


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Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
OwnerThe Law Office of Thomas L. Young, P.A.2000 - Present
Co-FounderClaris Law2000 - Present
AssociateBricklemyer, Smolker, & Bolves2000 - 2000
ClerkHillsborough County Attorney1999 - 1999
ClerkMacfarlane Ferguson McMullen1998 - 1998
Association namePosition nameDuration
United States Supreme Court BarMember2014 - Present
American Association for JusticeState Delegate2011 - Present
Florida Justice AssociationBoard of Governors2011 - Present
Civil Justice FoundationPresident2011 - Present
Florida BarMember2000 - Present
Publication nameTitleDate
Trial (American Association for Justice)Doing Well by Doing Good2009
Southern Trial Lawyers Association Just LawThe Google Game2009
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Florida, Fredric G. Levin College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1999
University of FloridaEconomicsBA - Bachelor of Arts1994
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
American Association for Justice Annual ConventionProfessional Conduct of Legal Blogging2014
Mardi Gras CLEJust When I Thought I Was Out, They Pull Me Back In!2013
20th Annual Admiralty SymposiumBP Litigation Status: Lessons Learned2013
AAJ Annual ConventionEffective Client Communication2012
MTMPInternet Marketing for Lawyers: Why relationships, not hits, leads and conversions are the future of the Web2009
FJA Vail Winter CLEInternet Marketing for Lawyers & Why Relationships Matter2009
AAJ Jazz Fest Seminar: Litigating Auto Collision CasesEducating the Public About Auto Safety2009
2009 Beasley Allen RetreatWord of Mouth Marketing & The Web2009
AAJ 2008 Annual ConventionLaw Students & The Trial Bar2008
2008 InjuryBoard Member ConferenceTorts and The Internet2008