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Thomas J. Gibbons

Personal injury Attorney at Philadelphia, PA

4.8   18 reviews

also known as Tom Gibbons, Gibbons Legal


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About Thomas

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       A nationally acclaimed trial attorney, Tom is the founder and managing partner of Gibbons Legal, P.C.  He has been recognized as one of the Top 10 personal injury attorneys in Pennsylvania by the National Academy of Personal Injury Attorneys and the American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys, and as one of the top trial attorneys in Pennsylvania by the National Trial Lawyers, American Academy of Trial Attorneys, Million Dollar Advocates Forum, and Rue Ratings.  Avvo has also rated him a Perfect 10: Superb, and named him a Top Personal Injury Attorney and Top Car Accident Attorney.

       Many of Tom's cases have been featured by local, national, and international news outlets including Fox News, ABC News, CBS News, CNN, MSNBC, Inside Edition, The Associated Press, The Los Angeles Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The London Times, The Daily Mail (United Kingdom), and countless law blogs.  One such case, a police brutality claim against the City of Philadelphia, resulted in $490,000 settlement on the eve of trial, and the City launching a massive investigation into its use of Emergency Patrol Wagons and the manner in which detainees are transported.

       In addition to his trial practice, Tom teaches trial strategy and technology at Temple University School of Law's prestigious LL.M. in Trial Advocacy program, where he earned his Master's Degree in trial law (with honors) in 2014.

       Tom began his legal career prosecuting criminals and protecting victims’ rights with the Montgomery County (Pennsylvania) District Attorney’s Office.  He thereafter spent several years working for the insurance companies, defending their insureds, who hurt others in car accidents, slip and fall accidents, and work accidents.  That work, however, was very unsatisfying, because of which Tom redirected his efforts to helping those hurt by others.  His experience working for the insurance companies made him a wiser, more prepared attorney in that he knows the insurance companies' tricks and delay tactics.  More importantly, he knows how to deflect and defeat them.  This experience has led to some significant victories in some very difficult cases.  (See our Notable Victories page.).

       Outside the courtroom, Tom is a devoted husband to Maria and dad to Jude, Abby, and Penny.  He enjoys coaching little league, hosting magical imaginary tea parties, and otherwise playing with his kids.  He's the world's “#1 Dad,” for which honor he received the world's greatest homemade trophy from his 4-year old daughter, Abby.  He’s also an avid sports fan, particularly baseball, and still plays competitive men’s slow-pitch softball.  As the manager and power hitting first baseman, he helped his team win the Pennsylvania state championship, and finish 9th at the national championship, in 2014.

       Tom is also a published author.  His first book (Got Hurt?  Forget the Silly Lawyer Ads....) is a how-to guide to finding the right lawyer for your case (even if it's not Tom).  And his second book (Car Accident?  What the #&@! is Limited Tort?) explains the basic concepts of limited tort insurance coverage and how it affects a Pennsylvania car accident claim.  Tom is actively writing several other books on the law, and hopes to eventually write a novel.

       Tom is licensed to practice law in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, and the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey.

Awards and Recognition

  • Top 10 in Pennsylvania (National Academy of Personal Injury Attorneys)
  • Top 10 in Pennsylvania (American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys)
  • Premier 100 Trial Attorneys (American Academy of Trial Attorneys)
  • Top Trial Lawyers in America (Million Dollar Advocates Forum)
  • Top 100 Trial Attorneys (National Trial Lawyers)
  • Top 40 Under 40 (National Trial Lawyers)
  • Best Attorneys of America (Rue Ratings)
  • Pennsylvania Rising Star (SuperLawyers)
  • Top Personal Injury Attorney (Avvo)
  • Top Car Accident Attorney (Avvo)
  • Perfect 10: Superb (Avvo)
  • Clients' Choice (Avvo)

Education

  • Master's Degree (LL.M.) in Trial Advocacy: Temple University School of Law
    • With Honors
  • Juris Doctor: Thomas M. Cooley Law School
    • Award for Excellence in Trial Advocacy
    • Award for Excellence in Appellate Advocacy
  • Bachelor of Arts: Bloomsburg University
    • Political Science National Honor Society
    • Teaching Assistant: Constitutional Law
    • Teaching Assistant: Policical Science

 

  

   

 
Licensed for 17 years
State NJ
Status Active
Acquired 2007
Updated 11/07/2022
State PA
Status Active
Acquired 2005
Updated 12/04/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Contact Thomas

Gibbons Legal, P.C.
Thomas J. Gibbons, Esquire
1845 Walnut Street, 25th Floor
Philadelphia, PA, 19103

Reviews

4.8 / 5.0
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Posted by Vonte Skinner | September 14, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The Right Lawyer for Inured People
Tom handled my sisters case so I knew I was in good hands & I knew I made the right choice in a lawyer if u have any injuries & need a great lawyer Tom Gibbons is that lawyer. Just let him do what he does & I promise he & his team of loving & very professional ladies in his office will do everything possible 2 help & assist you 100%. Thanks Tom & team ❤️
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Posted by Kevin | October 24, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Could never have asked for better
I’m very pleased to review Tom Gibbons as an attorney. I was recommended Tom by an former coworker after I was told I required surgery after an automobile accident. Tom and his staff was always helpful especially when my health insurance at the time of the accident was in less words, horrible and high deductible. Tom was able to make sure I paid no more money for the medical visits which included many months of therapy. As being a police officer, Attorney’s can be a pain by constantly wanting contact. Tom and his team were upfront and said they’ll contact me whenever needed. My phone rang ONLY when was needed. And even if they did not keep in touch very often, I always received a birthday card along with cards for holidays throughout the year. I trust Tom, plain and simple. I took notice throughout the process, Tom wouldn’t give in to mediocrity. He believed in the case and worked it until WE got what was deserved. I’ll never forget what he told me just before the defense deposition on my surgery about a house being built. I’ll leave this like it is but his thoughts blew my mind!!! I want to take a minute to also thank Lynn. So pleasant and kind every time I spoke with her. Tom has a wonderful asset with Lynn working for him. I also applaud Tom in his family values. He is a family man and enjoys talking about his family along with my family. That is a special trait that I admire. I highly recommend Thomas J. Gibbons as you will see the end results better than you could have expected!!!
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Posted by Andrew | October 3, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The Consummate Professional!
Tom Gibbons has been the definition of a dedicated professional every step of the way during my proceedings with him. Whether taking time out of his day to just send me a quick update or helping to boil down some of the legal lingo into context I can understand, Tom is always just looking to make things easy for his client. This type of professionalism and dedication is what allows Tom to be so successful in his craft. I would highly recommend Tom to those looking for a top-tier attorney.
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Posted by Barry | October 1, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Tom is the consummate professional
Tom is a consummate professional. More important, he really cares about his clients; He always has their best interests at heart. I trust him, which you can’t say about many people these days. I highly recommend.
Posted by Sam | September 30, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Tom gibbons the super trial attorney
Tom was just absolutely excellent. He kept me informed every step of the way and got me a huge settlement for my injuries double the amount that I thought I could get! He knows his stuff! Thanks so much! i am very happy!
Posted by Maria | September 28, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Amazing lawyer! Thanks Tom!
I parked my car in the garage at a Philadelphia hospital, and someone hit it when I was inside the hospital! I was so angry! Friend told me to call Tom for help, so I did. He said he didn’t usually handle cases where people weren’t hurt, but he was kinda angry when I told him what happened, so agreed to help. So happy he did! He called the hospital and got the security footage. Turns out the guy who hit my car was a doctor at the hospital! And after he hit it, he got out of his car, walked over and looked at my damage, then walked away! Such a jerk! Tom then took the video and the doctor’s name and insurance info from the DMV. The doctor lied and said it didn’t happen, so Tom took him to court and won! I’m so very thankful for his help. I know was a super small case, but he never made me feel like that. Always called with updates, and never talked down to me. He really made me feel important, and made me feel like my tiny case mattered. Thanks so much Tom! Your the best!
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Posted by Priscilla Boyd | February 1, 2015
Couldn't be happier with Tom Gibbons!
I we were in a taxi when we got rearended. I really hurt my back, but the guy's insurance company wouldn't pay because the guy said he didn't hit us. Tom really went to battle for me and caught the guy in so many lies. We ended settling my case for really good money a few days before the jury trial. I couldn't have been more happy with what Tom did for me. He was so nice, too. He really cared about me, not just my case. He's the only lawyer I'd ever use. Thanks again Tom!
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Posted by Jessica H. | February 1, 2015
The BEST!!!
Drunk driver rearended is and then ran away. Wouldn't answer the door for the cops. One of my friends told me to call Tom. He was awesome! Insurance company wouldn't pay, and even tried to have the case thrown out because the driver changed his story and said he wasn't driving. We were so angry, but Tom kept his cool and really went after the guy. He got us an awesome settlement, and we only had to go to court once. We were so thrilled! I would absolutely recommend him to anyone. He was the BEST!
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Posted by Linda Owen | January 31, 2015
Outstanding Attorney
Another lawyer referred me to Tom Gibbons for my car accident case, and I'm so glad they did. He is dedicated, honest, and very, very, very, very good. I would absolutely recommend him to anyone. Don't settle for a lawyer who only knows how to settle. GOT HURT? GET GIBBONS!
Posted by Suzanne Weber | January 17, 2015
Outstanding Lawyer!
I hurt my knees in a car accident years ago and have had problems ever since. When I got into another car accident and hurt them again, my lawyer from the first accident wouldn't help me because it was "too hard" since I've had knee problems since the first accident. I was so discouraged, and in a lot of pain. My husband said we should call Tom. He used Tom after he got hurt at work. I'm so glad we called! He knew so much about the law and medicine. I actually thought he went law school and medical school. He was so nice and friendly, too. Always answered my questions, and always kept me informed. I really liked his staff, especially Lynne. I hope I never need a lawyer again. But if I do, Tom Gibbons will be the first and only call I make! Got hurt? Get Gibbons!
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Posted by Ed Weber | January 16, 2015
Simply the best!
Tom Gibbons is the best! After I got hurt at work, my doctor told me to call Tom. He was in Disney World with his family when I called, so I left a message with his secretary. Within 20 minutes, Tom called me back from his cell and talked to me for over an hour! He explained the entire process, answered all my questions, and really made me feel at ease. Insurance company wouldn't pay, so we had to go to court. Tom picked their doctor apart and got him to admit I was jacked up and needed more treatment. It was awesome. So fun to watch. I've had other lawyers before Tom, and none compare. I'll never go anywhere else if I need a lawyer again. He's simply the best!
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Posted by Roland | January 15, 2015
A lawyer that cares about his clients, not just a check!
I was in a bus accident. After I boarded, the bus driver took off and I fell and broke my arm. Another lawyer told me to call Tom. Tom told me the truth right from the start. He told me it was a tough case, but he promised he'd fight for me. And he did. I love Tom Gibbons. He was more than just a lawyer. He was like family to me. Any time I was depressed, he'd always lift my spirits. We laughed about a lot of things. Tom's the best lawyer I know. I'm so happy I made that call. Thanks again, Tom.
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Posted by Anitra | January 15, 2015
Awesome Lawyer!
I was in a car accident. Guy came out of a parking space and t-boned me. His insurance company basically tried to say it was my fault. I was looking for a lawyer, and a few people recommend Tom Gibbons. I'm so glad they did. He fought for me from day one; explained the whole process to me. He wouldn't accept that it was my fault. He went and made sure the insurance company and the driver were held accountable. It was never a problem getting in contact with Mr. Gibbons or his staff, either. He even gave me his personal cell phone number for when I couldn't get in touch with him at the office. He's an awesome lawyer. I'd definitely recommend him to anyone that was hurt in an accident. Thanks again, Tom!
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Posted by Linda | January 15, 2015
Best lawyer!
I hired Mr. Gibbons to represent my daughters in a motor vehicle accident where they were rear ended. they were limited tort so i really didnt think that they would recover for any pain and suffering. However Mr. Gibbons fought hard and came in with a very nice settlement. Throughout the case, he kept me informed, returned all my calls and made the process very comforting for myself and my daughters. I wouldn't and couldn't recommend a better attorney than Tom Gibbons.
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Posted by Kathleen | January 15, 2015
Excellant lawyer!
Tom is a very caring and detail oriented lawyer! Anytime I had a question he always came right to the phone to speak to me. I had to go in front of a jury for my case and never once did I feel we would lose! Of course he did win my case because he was always one step ahead of the orher lawyer and his expert witnesses. He was always prepared with more information and knowledge of the facts! I would highly recommend him to anyone needing a lawyer. His staff was always very helpful and professional also!
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Posted by Bruce Smith | January 15, 2015
Tom Gibbons is Awesome!
My name is Bruce, and I was in an accident. I was hit by a car, and left for dead in the middle of the street. Tom Gibbons took care of everything. Throughout the whole thing, he kept me informed. He always let me know what was going on. Christmas and birthdays, he always sent me something in the mail. I would use Tom Gibbons for anything. He was awesome. Got hurt? Get Gibbons!
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Posted by Joseph | January 15, 2015
Thomas Gibbons. Call when you want the best!!!!!
I am a former client of Thomas Gibbons and found him to be not only well versed on the law ,but also a very concerned,friendly ,and extremely likable guy. Mr Gibbons was referred to me by an attorney who could do no more for me than to recommended me to a professional that was a genius at his trade. After an accident that left me injured I needed someone to help me retrieve some Of the cost of medical bills and a settlement for permanent injuries I suffer from as a result of being rear ended..Mr Gibbons thought that in my case it would be best to argue my case in court witch we did and all I can say is this is the lawyer you need .i am still amazed at how anyone could know so much about the law and medicine at the same time.in closing all I can say is.call this attorney if you want the best.i am sure we will all hear a lot more about Mr Gibbons in the future.thanks again Tom
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Posted by anonymous | September 12, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Slip and fall case.
I was referred to this lawyer from a local attorney. I waited 5 years for $5,000. If I could turn back the pages of time. I would never ever hired this attorney. If your case is not big you are put on the back burner. And if you start questioning on the telephone about his performance you can't get a word in edgewise. The guys and a******. In his mind he is always right. I could go on and on but I won't. The guy is terrible I don't know how he has five f****** stars..
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Cost

Rates
  • Contingency 33%-40%

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Managing Partner
  • Gibbons Legal, P.C.
  • 2012 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Nerenberg Law Associates, P.C.
  • 2007 - 2012
  • Attorney
  • Vaughn, Duffy & Connors, LLC
  • 2005 - 2007
  • Certified Legal Intern
  • Montgomery County District Attorney's Office
  • 2004 - 2005
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Education

  • Temple University School of Law
  • LLM in Trial Advocacy
  • 2014
  • Thomas M. Cooley Law School
  • Juris Doctor
  • 2005
  • Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2000

Legal Cases

  • Montgomery County, PA
  • $1,100,000 Verdict (Motorcycle Accident)
  • Schuylkill County, PA
  • $500,000 Settlement (Slip, Trip, and Fall Accident)
  • Philadelphia County, PA
  • $490,000 Settlement (Police Brutality)
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Associations

  • Pennsylvania Association For Justice
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Philadelphia Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • New Jersey Association for Justice
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Montgomery County Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Chester County Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Pennsylvania Community Service
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Pennsylvania Bar Institute
  • Member
  • N/A
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Top 10 Attorney Award
  • National Academy Of Personal Injury Attorneys
  • 2016
  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2015
  • Premier Attorney
  • American Academy of Trial Attorneys
  • 2015
  • Top 10 Trial Attorneys
  • American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys
  • 2015
  • Best Attorneys in America
  • Rue Ratings
  • 2015
  • Top 40 under 40
  • National Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2015
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2015
  • Excellence in Trial Advocacy
  • Temple University School of Law
  • 2014
  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2014
  • Top Trial Lawyers in America
  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • 2012
  • Excellence in Trial Advocacy
  • Thomas M. Cooley Law School
  • 2004
  • Excellence in Appellate Advocacy
  • Thomas M. Cooley Law School
  • 2004
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Speaking Engagements

  • Temple University School of Law: LL.M. in Trial Advocacy Program
  • Deposing Expert Witnesses
  • 2015
  • Temple University School of Law: LL.M. in Trial Advocacy Program
  • Trial Strategy
  • 2015
  • Temple University School of Law: LL.M. in Trial Advocacy Program
  • Technology in Jury Trials
  • 2015
  • Temple University School of Law: LL.M. in Trial Advocacy Program
  • Deposing Expert Witnesses
  • 2014
  • Temple University School of Law: LL.M. in Trial Advocacy Program
  • Trial Strategy
  • 2014
  • Temple University School of Law: LL.M. in Trial Advocacy Program
  • Technology in Jury Trials
  • 2014
  • Congregation Temple Beth El
  • Personal Injury Pot Pourri
  • 2012
  • Congregation Temple Beth El
  • Personal Injury Pot Pourri
  • 2011
  • Lori Henry Sinruance Agency, Inc.
  • The Ins and Outs of Home and Auto Insurance
  • 2009
  • Lori Henry Insurance Agency, Inc.
  • The Ins and Outs of Home and Auto Insurance
  • 2008
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Attorney endorsements

Received (16)
Given (9)
Endorse Thomas
Car accident Attorney | Jan 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Very knowledgeable and honest attorney. Always looking out for the client's best interest."
Personal injury Attorney | Aug 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Thomas Gibbons is an attorney of the utmost professional standards. Along with being an attorney who will help his clients receive the best legal outcome, he will also ensure that you are always a priority during the course of his representation. Tom will make sure that you receive the best compensation for your injury. I would highly recommend Tom because he is a true professional and will ensure you receive the best possible outcome. Tom has an outstanding reputation in the legal community along with former and current clients."
Personal injury Attorney | Aug 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Tom Gibbons. Not only is he an exceptional advocate for his clients, he is top notch trial lawyer."
Personal injury Attorney | Feb 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Tom is a tremendous advocate for his clients and has obtained impressive results."
Unknown Attorney | Feb 08
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Tom is an excellent advocate, relates well to people of all backgrounds, and always keeps things within the perspective of common sense. I would recommend Tom to anyone looking for excellent legal representation."
Personal injury Attorney | Feb 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Tom is one of my favorite attorneys. He is highly personable, allowing him to connect with juries in a way few can, and he cares about his clients as people, not monetary figures. I would not hesitate to recommend Tom and have on a number of occasions. You will be in extremely capable hands with Tom as your attorney."
Personal injury Attorney | Feb 06
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I had the pleasure of working against Tom on a slip and fall matter. Tom was always courteous, attentive to deadlines, and a pleasure to work against. I look forward to having another case against him."
Personal injury Attorney | Feb 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Tom is a tremendous advocate for his clients. He is meticulous in his preparation of every case and always goes the extra mile for his clients. Not only does he get great results, but he provides exceptional customer service - something very rare in this business. Tom is someone that you would want on your side if you needed a lawyer."
Personal injury Attorney | Feb 06
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Tom is a zealous advocate for his clients. His trial skills are exemplary and he is consistently a standout in the legal community."
Personal injury Attorney | Feb 03
Relationship: Other
"Tom and I were classmates during the LLM program in trial advocacy at Temple University. He was obviously very skilled and excelled in all areas of litigation. I would highly recommend him to potential clients needing representation on any legal matter."
Insurance Attorney | Feb 03
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Tom and I have tired a case against one another and he is very prepared and organized. He certinally has a reputation in the community of an attorney who is prepared to try a case if need be."
Car accident Attorney | Feb 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Tom is tenacious - and for that reason he gets results. I am always amazed by the depth of his knowledge of personal injury law and procedure for both PA and New Jersey."
Personal injury Attorney | Feb 03
Relationship: Friend
"I attended Temple's LLM in Trial Advocacy program with Tom Gibbons and had the opportunity to try a case both with him and against him. In my opinion he is an outstanding lawyer who is very personable and has a tremendous work ethic. I endorse him without reservation."
Personal injury Attorney | Feb 03
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse Tom Gibbons. Tom is a tireless advocate, a committed friend, and an excellent lawyer."
Personal injury Attorney | Jan 15
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Tom is legally brilliant and a masterful negotiator. I used Tom myself for personal legal matters."
Personal injury Attorney | Feb 22
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I recently participated in an arbitration matter in which Mr. Gibbons served as one of the arbitrators. After the award was issued, he took the time to explain his thoughts and reasoning to the parties. He is extremely well versed on the law. I endorse this lawyer."
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Philadelphia Personal injury Lawyer Thomas J. Gibbons
Thomas J. Gibbons
Personal injury Attorney
Philadelphia, PA
Licensed for 17 years