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Thomas B. Scolaro

Brain injury Attorney at Miami, FL

5.0   10 reviews

Licensed for 23 years

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Tom Scolaro is a partner in the firm and experienced trial lawyer. He has tried many cases resulting in multi-million dollar verdicts for his clients including the largest personal injury verdict in Monroe County history. In that case, Mr. Scolaro obtained a $40.5 million dollar verdict for the victim of an assault in a hotel parking garage. Mr. Scolaro handles all types of complex liability and severe injury cases in all courts throughout Florida. He is a national recognized leader in negligent security cases and advocate for civil justice for crime victims.

 

Mr. Scolaro has been selected by both the South Florida Legal Guide and Florida Trend Legal elite as a top up and coming lawyer since 2005. He has also advocated and helped pass legislation that now requires any new construction of hotels and resorts with boilers in Florida to now have carbon monoxide detectors. Mr. Scolaro and Ira Leesfield pursued this legislation after 25 clients who were unsuspecting tourists of the Grand Key Resort suffered carbon monoxide poisoning emanating from the hotel’s boiler system.

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Licensed for 23 years
State FL
Status Member in Good Standing
Acquired 1999
Updated 11/23/2022

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

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Leesfield Scolaro, P.A. - By Appointment Only
615-1/2 Whitehead St
Key West, FL, 33040
Leesfield Scolaro, P.A. - By Appointment Only
ORLANDO/CENTRAL FLORIDA
ORLANDO/CENTRAL FLORIDA, FL
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Posted by anonymous | December 27, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly Talented, Honest, Compassionate Lawyer
My wife suffered a serious injury when we were visiting Miami. We hired an injury lawyer who failed to get us a satisfactory settlement after many months. We transferred our case to Tom and his team. Tom, Renaud and the rest of the team care deeply about their clients and go far beyond the client/attorney relationship. Our experience with Tom and Renaud was very satisfactory from the first moment we consulted with Tom. Tom and Renaud always responded quickly and effectively to all our questions. They did a brilliant work investigating and researching evidence, interviewing witnesses, and preparing for the mediation hearing. Tom hired a professional photographer to produce a short documentary video to highlight the amount of pain and suffering which my wife and every member of our family have suffered due to the injury. This video in addition to the many talents of Tom have ensured the satisfactory settlement which we got. Tom helped us to achieve a very satisfactory settlement, which was more than double what our first attorney managed to negotiate. The amount of investigation and research which Tom and Renaud put in our case was unbelievable. The way and strategy that Tom used to negotiated wit the insurance company was amazing. Tom is an honest, compassionate, and extremely talented attorney, and above all he is a great negotiator. I would highly recommend him, and his amazing team, to anyone who needs a personal injury lawyer.
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Posted by anonymous | March 19, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellence in Legal Representation and Compassion
Our experience with the Leesfield Scolaro was positive from the first moment we consulted with Ira Leesfield and Tom Scolaro. Tom Scolaro was attentive and helpful throughout a very difficult time for our family. Liana Garcia was our paralegal and was with us every step of the way with insight and compassion, always responding quickly and effectively with any questions or issues as they arose. Tom helped us secure the best outcome in terms of compensation and fought hard throughout to bring a sense of justice to an otherwise senseless tragedy. He did a brilliant job dealing with the investigation, researching evidence, interviewing witnesses, and advocating at the mediation hearing. Tom is extremely articulate and is great negotiator. He makes a point of keeping the client's wishes as his most important guiding concern. Tom's combination of legal expertise, experience, knowledge and genuine empathy was precisely what my family needed during this very difficult time.
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Posted by Karen | September 24, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
hit by a truck
Is there really any way for me to say an enormous thank you to this law office? I was hit by a truck, obliterating my vehicle. I had slowed down to try and pull over because a police officer was on the roadside with lights on. The traffic was so busy, I could not move to the other lane and a gigantic car carrier truck smushed my car. The resulting injuries put me in the hospital for 44 days. My mother was my passenger, and her injuries had her in the hospital for 30 days. Mr. Scolero and his wonderful staff have been a source of intelligence, worked to keep me calm, and explained what was happening with my case. This case is an example of something I had NO IDEA about what was going on. I have always thought that if I followed a prescribed path, life would adhere to that path. This accident proved me hideously wrong. Mr. Scolaro and his staff calmly explained what they were doing, and what I needed to do, and what the next step would be. Mom and I lived, and the office of Leesfield and Scolaro have taken such a load off my mind because they handled the law aspects of the case. This was something I had absolutely no experience with. Again, an enormous thank you from the bottom of my soul to all of you in this office.
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Posted by Jimmy | October 8, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best in the Business
Tom cares deeply about his clients and their well being. He goes beyond the client/attorney relationship and it shows in his work and results. My case was resolved quite favorably and I believe Tom, his team, and I, will continue to be good friends in the future. I could not have a higher opinion of his counsel. If you are looking for a personal injury attorney, look no further.
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Posted by Mary | June 2, 2015
Our Story
My husband was in a terrible accident, and Mr. Scolaro and his staff made our lives much easier. Tom was informative and caring. I can't say enough good things about Tom and his staff. He will always have a special place in our lives.
Posted by Jonathan | May 14, 2015
Outstanding lawyer
Tom was an outstanding lawyer on my injury case. He outsmarted and outfought the insurance company lawyers, and he got me a great settlement. Frankly, it was more than I thought was even possible. He is very down-to-Earth and friendly. He explained complicated things to me in a way that I could understand, and he always answered my emails. For a serious injury case, I can't recommend him highly enough!
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Posted by Stephanie | January 5, 2015
client
This firm and this attorney gave us full service, everything to our legal rights to our well being. They not only respected our confidentiality but taught us many things regarding our personal matters along the way. These attributes are few and far between in today's world but Tom and his firm showed integrity, knowledge of the circumstances and kindness through out our trying process.
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Posted by Paul | December 23, 2014
Life is not always fair, but …
After being hit on my motorcycle due to someone else’s negligence, I was left in a coma for over a month and at the trauma center for two. My injuries were extremely life threatening and devastating to me and my family. We were not only facing medical bills for the trauma center and for 2 months of rehabilitation, but also we were receiving harassing letters from the other driver’s insurance company for us to pay for the damage my body/motorcycle made to the car!!! Talk about adding insult to injury! I am a man of great faith and was blessed to have been put in contact with Tom Scolaro and Ira Leesfield. Tom Scolaro took charge of my case and even though it was a not an easy “slam dunk” due to my inability to speak up for myself for over a month and the fact that witnesses don’t always step up, Tom’s expertise in handling my case produced excellent results. His knowledge and skills helped ease some of the burden that my family and I were going through. Aside from being a top-notch attorney, he truly is compassionate and made every effort to keep me informed of the progress of my case, which eased a lot of anxiety. Life can turn on a dime and it was good to know that I had Tom and his team in my corner. I highly recommend Tom Scolaro to anyone who may find themselves in a difficult situation such as the one I went through. Be safe!
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Posted by Weston | November 17, 2014
Honest, compassionate, and extremely talented
After a friend suffered a serious traumatic brain injury, I found myself taking on responsibility for his legal and medical care. We engaged Tom as our personal injury lawyer (a task in which he performed miracles), but he and his team did so much more than simply represent our legal interests. Tom, Renaud, and Lilia not only won a settlement that helped us afford the best medical care available, but also advocated for us continuously with the hospital and multiple local, state, and federal entities to make sure we got the most from what was awarded. Even if we hadn't won our case, the assistance they provided would have been invaluable. They truly held my friend's best interests above all else. Tom is an honest, compassionate, and extremely talented attorney, and I would recommend him, and his amazing team, to anyone.
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Posted by Randy | October 30, 2014
10-28-14
Tom was very professional and we very pleased with how the Tom, Ana, Justin contacted us and kept us informed with the case. I would also like to say when contacting them by telephone I always was able to speak with Tom or Justin. I was very pleased how Tom was on my side and provided us with information. I would highly recommend this Law Firm!
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 120 minutes
  • Contingency 33%-40%

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner and Trial Lawyer
  • Leesfield Scolaro, P.A.
  • 1999 - Present
  • Clerk
  • Leesfield, Leighton & Rubio, PA
  • 1999 - 1999
  • Legal Intern
  • State Attorney's Office/Miami
  • 1998 - 1998
  • Legal Intern
  • Rockland County District Attorney's Office
  • 1998 - 1998
  • Legal Intern
  • Rockland County Public Defender's Office
  • 1997 - 1997
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Education

  • University of Miami School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1999
  • Manhattan College
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1996

Legal Cases

  • John Doe v. Truck Driver
  • $3 million settlement
  • John Doe v. Truck Driver
  • $1,995,000 Settlement
  • Toddler's Estate v. Furniture Manufacturer
  • $17.5 million settlement
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Associations

  • Miami Beach Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • America Association for Justice
  • Member
  • 1999 - Present
  • Florida Justice Association
  • Member
  • 1999 - Present
  • Miami Dade Justice Association
  • Member
  • 1999 - Present
  • Dade County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1999 - Present
  • Monroe County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1999 - Present
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America
  • Member
  • 1999 - Present
  • Cuban American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1999 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Italian

Awards

  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2012
  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2011
  • Most Effective Lawyer - Nomination
  • Daily Business Review
  • 2011
  • Top Up-and-Coming Lawyers in Florida
  • Florida Legal Trend Elite
  • 2008
  • Top Up-and-Coming Lawyers in South Florida
  • South Florida Legal Guide
  • 2007
  • Top Up-and-Coming Lawyers in South Florida
  • South Florida Legal Guide
  • 2006
  • Top Up-and-Coming Lawyers in Florida
  • Florida Legal Trend Elite
  • 2006
  • Top Up-and-Coming Lawyers in Florida
  • Florida Legal Trend Elite
  • 2005
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Speaking Engagements

  • Live Webcast
  • Settlement Demand Letters
  • 2020
  • Law Firm Marketing Program, Boardwalk Seminar
  • A 40-year Analysis of Marketing, Case Acquisition, and Continuous Law Firm Growth
  • 2020
  • 30th Annual Education Program
  • “How to Optimize the Efforts and Utilization between Lawyers and Paralegals"
  • 2020
  • On-Demand Course
  • “Handling Cruise Ship Medical Malpractice Cases”
  • 2019
  • Boardwalk Seminar
  • “Dodging Bullets in Pre-Litigation and Trial”
  • 2017
  • Monroe County Bar Association Luncheon Meeting
  • Major Considerations for taking and defending depositions in all civil cases
  • 2015
  • Monroe County Bar Association Luncheon Meeting
  • Status on the new Florida advertising rules and the misleading effect of their extreme application to websites, online networking, radio, and television
  • 2014
  • Monroe County Bar Association Luncheon Meeting
  • Ethical Marketing Practices
  • 2013
  • Nursing Home Negligence in Florida
  • Misdiagnosis and Mistreatment in the Nursing Home
  • 2006
  • Litigating Premises and Negligent Security Cases in Florida
  • Finding, Selecting and Handling Expert Witnesses
  • 2005
  • Litigating Premises and Negligent Security Cases in Florida
  • Apportionment of Fault in Inadequate Security Cases
  • 2005
  • Abuse and Neglect in Assisted Living: A look at Legal Remedies
  • Elder Justice: Shaping Policy Saving Lives
  • 2003
  • Litigating Nursing Home Cases
  • How to screen your nursing home cases?
  • 2001
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Attorney endorsements

Received (7)
Given (3)
Personal injury Attorney | Apr 09
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Thomas Scolaro is a great attorney and an even better man. I’ve known Thomas for over 7 years, and he is of the highest professional and personal integrity. I would not hesitate to hire Thomas as my personal attorney, nor would any other lawyer that I know; he is truly a lawyer’s lawyer. - Christian F. Schoepp"
Personal injury Attorney | Mar 19
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I highly endorse this Tom Scolaro, Esq. in all personal injury and civil litigation matters. Not only is he highly skilled trial attorney he is extremely adept at obtaining high level settlements. Just having his name on the demand letter or complaint increases the value of almost any case just based upon his incredible reputation. I will continue to work with and refer civil cases to him to obtain the maximum recovery!"
Personal injury Attorney | Jun 02
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Among insurance adjusters and attorneys who defend cases prosecuted by Tom Scolaro, there is what is known as the "Rule of 3": Take the $ result another attorney will get, and multiply it by 3, and that's what Tom Scolaro is expected to get for his client. Tom was born to be a trial lawyer. He comes from humble roots -- but those roots taught him to be competitive, to be relentless, to be compassionate about every soul he represents. He has unmatched deposition skills, prolific trial talent, and an unrivaled ability to connect with juries. He will negotiate anyone under the table, and if the other side is not smart enough to settle with a client represented by Tom Scolaro, he will make them pay. An expert tactician in the courtroom, Tom takes no prisoners and has no peers. Before striking out on my own, I worked for many great lawyers at renowned law firms. But I've never seen a plaintiff's attorney do what Tom does. He is simply the best."
Wrongful death Attorney | Dec 22
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Tom is an excellent attorney that you can count on to handle matters with care and concern. He is smart, dedicated, and aggressive. I am proud to have worked with him on cases and learned watching his skills in the courtroom. Highly impressive attorney."
Personal injury Attorney | Mar 30
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I wholeheartedly endorse this lawyer. I have referred a number of clients to Tom Scolaro. He is professional, courteous and hard-working. His work-ethic and results always exceed expectations. Tom is a "lawyer's lawyer," and I wouldn't hesitate to refer clients to him in the future, nor would I hesitate to hire Tom Scolaro for myself or any of my loved ones, should the need arise."
Motorcycle accident Attorney | Mar 02
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer's work. Tom is a dutiful attorney who represents his clients in a highly effective and ethical manner."
Personal injury Attorney | May 08
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer's work. Tom is an excellent lawyer. He has terrific instincts. Tom has proven to be a powerful trial lawyer and shows true empathy and dedication to the needs of his clients."
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