Mississippi matters deeply to native son Philip Thomas. As an attorney, he represents people injured by others. Philip is an accomplished trial lawyer with Big Law defense experience, which he gained during nine years as a shareholder at Baker, Donelson, Bearman and Caldwell. His clients there included major automotive makers and insurers.
Based in Jackson, Philip now heads his own firm, which he established in 2002. The Philip W. Thomas Law Firm primarily focuses on representing people in cases involving legal malpractice, breach of trust, nursing home and assisted living abuse, breach of contract and other types of complex disputes.
When trying high-demand and catastrophic injury lawsuits, Philip brings a depth of courtroom skill and legal muscle to his cases. His courtroom presence, tenacity and dedication are recognized by Mississippi’s preeminent trial lawyers. They often call upon him to collaborate and serve as co-counsel on complex trial matters.
In one representative case, he achieved a $1.8 million jury verdict for the victim of unnecessary brain surgery, whose life altering injury was caused by mixed-up CT scan results.
A graduate of the University of Mississippi School of Law, Philip has earned the attention and respect of Mississippi’s legal community. He was named Mississippi Volunteer Lawyer of the Year by the president of the Mississippi Bar Association. The Jackson Young Lawyers Association recognized him as the pro bono lawyer of the year.
Philip also provides topical blog commentary on the state’s legal and political issues in his Mississippi Litigation Review and Commentary. His insightful, home-state perspective on civil litigation has garnered wide readership and attracted the national media. His blog postings about the A& O Life Fund scam contributed to Forbes Magazine’s coverage of the financial scandal. The A&O scandal will be featured an an episode of the CNBC television show American Greed.
He maintains an active profile in the Mississippi legal community and has served on numerous Mississippi Bar Association committees, including as chairman of its Delivery of Legal Services Committee. Philip currently serves on the Character and Fitness Committee of the Mississippi Board of Bar Admissions.
Over the course of his practice, Philip has tried numerous complex lawsuits to verdict in state and federal court for both plaintiffs and defendants. His defense work includes serving as local counsel for national companies with matters in Mississippi. Representative verdicts Philip has obtained include:
In state court in Mississippi, Philip has tried cases to verdict in the circuit courts of counties statewide. These include Harrison, Hinds (First Judicial District, Jackson), Jackson, Jasper (First Judicial District, Paulding), Jasper (Second Judicial District, Bay Springs), Lee, Rankin, Union and Warren. Philip has also tried cases to verdict in federal court in Jackson, Oxford, Gulfport, Aberdeen and Natchez.
Licensed since 1993
Hourly ($200-300/hour), Contingent (25-40%)
|MS||Authorized to practice law||1993||07/13/2015|
|Award Name||Grantor||Date Granted|
|Commercial Litigation; Professional Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs||Best Lawyers in America||2015|
|Personal injury general - plaintiff||Super Lawyers Magazine||2014|
|Comm. Litigation and Professional Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs||Best Lawyers in America||2014|
|Personal Injury Plaintiff: General||Super Lawyers||2013|
|Plaintiff Personal Injury; Professional Negligence, Plaintiff||Super Lawyers||2012|
|Commercial Litigation, Professional Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs||The Best Lawyers in America||2012|
|Personal Injury, Plaintiff; Professional Liability Plaintiff||Super Lawyers||2011|
|ABA Blawg 100 Honoree||ABA Journal||2010|
|Pro Bono Award||Jackson Young Lawyers Association||2003|
|President's Award- Mississippi Volunteer Lawyer of the Year||Mississippi Bar||2002|
|Owner||Philip Thomas Law Firm||2002 - Present|
|Clinical Instructor||University of Mississippi Medical Center School of Health Related Professions||1996 - 1996|
|Shareholder/ Associate||Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz||1995 - 2002|
|Associate||Wise Carter Child and Caraway||1993 - 1995|
|Association Name||Position Name||Duration|
|The National Trial Lawyers||Member||2012 - Present|
|National Board of Trial Advocacy||Board Certified Civil Trial Advocate||2010 - Present|
|American Association for Justice||Member||N/A|
|Mississippi Association for Justice||Member||N/A|
|University of Mississippi School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1993|
|Louisiana State University||History||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1989|
|Monthly membership meeting||Solo and small firm practice in Mississippi||2015|
|MSCPA Business Valuation/ Litigation Support Conference Day||Tort Reform in MS after 10 years||2014|
|Bridge the Gap||Duty to Opposing Parties and their Counsel||2013|
|Miss. Sports Law Review Fall Symposium: The Impact of Concussion Lawsuits on the Future of Football||NFL Head Injury Litigation||2012|
|JYL Monthly Meeting CLE||Use of Blogging in Law Practice||2012|
|Tool Box Series: Social Media Implications and Applications||How to Use Blogging in Your Law Practice||2011|
|Miss. Bar Litigation Section Focus on the Jury||The Google Mistrial- Jurors and Social Media||2011|
|MC Law School MAJ Monthly Membership Meeting||Practicing Law||2011|
|Business Valuation & Litigation Support Services Conference||Everything that expert witnesses want to know but are afraid to ask||2011|
|Magnolia Bar Association CLE||Federal Practice: Discovery||2008|
|Nursing Home Malpractice: Evaluating and Addressing Accountability||Nursing Home Litigation||2007|
|Magnolia Bar Association CLE||Nursing Home Litigation||2007|
|Building Your Civil Trial Skills||Civil Trials||2007|
|Legal Update Seminar||Medical Records||1998|
|Legal Update Seminar||Medical Records||1997|