5.0 stars 16 totalReview Thomas Shumate
Posted by Chris
I hired Tom to help clear up an employment contract dispute with a previous employer. Tom was quick to respond (unlike other lawyers in the area) and was eager to look over the facts regarding my case. Once Tom had a clear understanding of the issue at hand, he explained the options available to me and provided clear expectations of the possible outcomes while simultaneously offering his professional guidance. In the end, Tom was easy to work with, knowledgeable, and helped me reach the outcome I desired in a quick and timely manner. I would recommend Tom's services to anyone needing guidance with regards to employment law and any issues contained within.
Posted by Hilda
Very knowledgeable & responsive when I needed help with a contract that I signed. Very pleasant personality to boot, which is not always the case with most pompous attorneys! I highly recommend Attorney Shumate.
Posted by Amy
I had no idea what I was dealing with coming into this experience and Tom did an outstanding job of explaining everything that was happening/ needed to happen. He explained it all in a way that I could understand easily and I felt completely at ease with him as my lawyer.
Posted by a client
Tom provided excellent advice every step of the way. He was very knowledgeable, and kept me well informed of the applicable law, and my position during the duration of the lawsuit. I have complete trust in him. He also listened to my (uninformed) opinion, and explained the legal process very well. I would recommend him to anyone.
Posted by Warner Partners, LP
Tom helps us with our commercial lease agreements and has always been great.
Posted by a Personal Injury client
Tom has handled several personal injury claims for me. He is such a delightful person to work with. After dealing with some of the larger firms around town, I have found him to be diligent when it comes to my cases. He doesn’t make me feel like a number as some of the larger firms around town have made me feel. I always feel as if I am his one and only client. He is always responsive with returning my phone calls and e-mails. He is very knowledgeable when it comes to litigating, mediating, and settling claims. I am pleased with his representation. I highly recommend retaining Tom as counsel on personal injury claims.
Posted by Tom
As a small business owner, I need an experienced lawyer who can assist me in a variety of situations. Tom has always filled that role for me. He is very open and honest in his approach and extremely knowledgable. He has always helped me with the heart of a teacher, not only solving my current needs, but coaching me on how to avoid potential pitfalls in the future.
Posted by a Employment client
I retained Tom primarily to negotiate a settlement with my ex-employer. These are my impressions:
(+) Tom was very open and honest with his opinions.
(+) Tom promptly replied to my questions.
(+) Billing amounts were as expected based on our communication.
(-) Tom has published papers on avoiding legal malpractice. Perhaps due in part to this concentration, he appeared to devote much of his time to "covering" his position. This manifested itself in conservative recommendations (he advised to settle earlier in the process than warranted), communication (he repeated positions he had already provided and often diverted discussion necessitating follow-up communication in order to re-focus the activity), and general lack of tactical creativity (he preferred to pass communications between me and my ex-employer's counsel rather than take steps to possibly increase my recovery). I often felt that Tom was more concerned with minimizing risk to himself or his firm as well as facilitating a professional appearance than with advocating for me.
(-) Tom was either unaware of one avenue of law available to me or else he did not think it was relevant to negotiations. I found it during an internet search.
(-) At one point I asked Tom whether or not legal recommendations were reviewed by other lawyers in his firm. Apparently they are not. I was not contacted at any point by a partner with his firm nor was I asked for feedback on the services provided. I presumed that I would receive some added benefit by engaging a lawyer with a firm (e.g., second opinion, review of recommendations, a wider range of experience brought to bear on my case) rather than an individual.
In this case it would have made more sense to engage a professional negotiator. A negotiator or paralegal can pass communications back and forth at significantly lower cost.
Posted by David
Tom did a great job as my attorney and made excellent arguments on my behalf! He was easy to talk to/confide in and was able to look at all of the angles/perspectives of the case very accurately in order to consistently be able to advise me throughout the process.
Posted by a Contracts client
I had contacted Tom Shumate regarding an employment contract issue and had a great experience. He was quick to respond, easy to talk to, easy to work with, set realistic expectations about my situation, and helped tremendously on a resolution. It is very clear that Tom is passionate about the subject and that goes a long way.