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.