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Adrian Philip Thomas

Litigation Attorney at Fort Lauderdale, FL

4.8   39 reviews

Licensed for 29 years

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Practice areas
  1. Litigation
    70%
    The firm's litigation practice is limited to estate, guardianship, probate and trust litigation.

    29 years, 1,500 cases

  2. Probate
    15%
    The firm's litigation practice is limited to estate, guardianship, probate and trust litigation.

    29 years, 800 cases

  3. Trusts
    15%
    The firm's litigation practice is limited to estate, guardianship, probate and trust litigation.

    29 years, 100 cases

Adrian Thomas is the founding partner of Adrian Philip Thomas, P.A. Mr. Thomas represents both plaintiffs and defendants and has successfully litigated cases involving claims of undue influence, lack of capacity, and tortious interference with an inheritance.
Attorney Thomas earned his Juris Doctor from Nova Southeastern University in 1993 and a Master of Laws in Estate Planning from the University of Miami in 2000. Prior to attending law school, Mr. Thomas earned a Bachelor of Science in Political Science from the University of Florida in 1990.
Adrian Thomas is admitted to the Florida Bar; the United States District Court, Southern District of Florida; and the United States Court of Appeals. Mr. Thomas is credited with three published appellate court opinions that are of ongoing significance to the trust and estate litigation area of practice.
In 2004, Mr. Thomas earned the highest “AV” rating from Martindale-Hubbell which is awarded to attorneys who reach the highest level of professional excellence and is recognized for the highest levels of skill and integrity. Mr. Thomas maintains that designation to this day.

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Licensed for 29 years
State FL
Status Member in Good Standing
Acquired 1993
Updated 11/23/2022

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

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Adrian Philip Thomas, P.A.

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Posted by Margaret | February 16, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Highly recommended
I had a consultation with Adrian Thomas. He listened intently to my concerns and addressed them thoroughly and completely. He has the experience and knowledge to get things done without wasting your time. I highly recommend him for both his competence and his professionalism.
Posted by Lisa | February 15, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
You will not regret it!
Excellent! Very professional, knowledgeable and kind. Mr. Thomas knows he's stuff and will keep you informed. If he does not know the answer he will research for you until he finds how to help you. Mr. Thomas' paralegal is also very knowledgeable as well. They will get back to you in a timely manner. Very Happy with their service! Glad he's on my side!
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Posted by Catherine | March 25, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Positive and Resourceful -- A Rare Gem
Adrian and his team deserve  our highest recommendation for their resourceful representation  in a probate case that we were ready to write off as impossible. Adrian's  "out-of-the box thinking" and positive "can-do" approach proved to be a very refreshing approach    Sure eough, he and his team came through like champs--pretty quickly too--to ensure that our deceased loved one's wishes wewre honored. And throughout the process  he and his team kept in close touch. A rare gem!   
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Posted by Deet | September 16, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Brilliant, helpful, knowledgeable
Adrian Thomas thought of lots of potential problems and protected us tidily from all of them. He’s brilliant and on the ball. His company took care of the info and advice, filings, paperwork, audit, beneficiary agreements—everything to wind up my mother’s at-risk trust successfully. AND gave back change from the retainer. He’s the best in every way. He also generously called back with helpful advice years later when I had a question about something else.
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Posted by Jacqueline | September 17, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Outstanding performance!
Adrian Philip Thomas has been a Godsend! Our experience continues to reveal the most dedicated, heartfelt,efficient and motivated group of attorneys with Adrian Phillip Thomas at the helm, always open,available & acting with undoubtably the most professional attributes available by far. He and his staff are clear and consistent beginning day one. I've never met a more professional, dedicated, persistent & family minded organization. This review is long overdue and is here to encourage others to rest assuredly when deciding to move forward with A.T.Philips & their most important decisions ahead. Trust in their most valuable staff & expertise! Thank you all !!! Patti & Jacqueline
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Posted by Bill | August 5, 2019
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
good work
Don't have a lot of experience in the probate arena, but we purchased an asset from an estate and it took months to get the documents straightened out. They were actively involved in getting it sorted out, and at times had to wait on 3rd parties for weeks. In some instances we did not receive timely responses, but considering the circumstances, it was not unreasonable. After months of back and forth, we finally got it resolved. They went above and beyond and did what was necessary to get the issues resolved. The overall experience was positive and we would work with their firm again.
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Posted by Kathryn | July 22, 2019
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Very helpful
Although it turns out I needed to hire an attorney in another state, Phyllis was very helpful, taking her time to fully understand an unusual situation, consult someone else in the office and call me back with a generous amount of information on my next steps - all from a phone call. Thank you and well done office of Adrian Phillip Thomas.
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Posted by David | April 22, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly experienced trial attorney
We work with Adrian's office often when there are litigation matters with probate and estates. He practices statewide and is a tremendous resource involving anything with probate, estate, or guardianship. I would highly recommend his firm if you are in need of trust and estate litigation
Posted by Bailey | April 5, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
client
Adrian Thomas and his law firm were wonderful to work with! Adrian is knowledgeable and very passionate about his work. I can't say enough great things about his team, especially Dan McGowan. He was always professional, honest, knowledgeable and kept us informed with a great attitude. I recommend Adrian and his firm to anyone with trust litigation cases. We couldn't have made it without them!
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Posted by Francesca | April 4, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Compassionate, Responsive, Thorough
I cannot say enough positive remarks about the Adrian Philip Thomas Law Firm. From our initial consultation right through the end, Adrian and his associate, Dan McGowan, went above and beyond for our case. Even with such a large firm, this dynamic duo made us feel as if we were their only case. Responding in an incredibly timely manner to all of our inquiries, while understanding the detailed specifics of our case left us feeling content and at ease with this stellar team at work. Adrian is fierce and intimidating without being hostile or abrasive. Dan is his partner in crime, supporting Adrian as a lawyer I would never want to face in court. These two get the job done! Highly recommend.
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Posted by Charles | March 5, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly Recomend the Adrian Philip Thomas, PA Law Firm
If you are looking for a team of intelligent, responsive, and hard-working attorneys, I would highly recommend the Adrian Philip Thomas, PA. law firm. Hiring the right law firm is no small decision. Adrian and Michelle were everything I was looking for in legal representation. I would sincerely recommend them to a friend.
Posted by Spence Roman | January 4, 2019
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Outstanding Attorney Would not want to Oppose Him
I was the beneficiary of an hour of Adrian's most valuable schedule. He took the time to discuss, evaluate and enlighten me on several aspects of Florida Trust Law, elder abuse and Trustee competency. He is highly respected and now that my mother recently passed on I look forward to retaining his firm.
Posted by Stacy | September 11, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best Lawyer ever!
My sister and I had the most excellent representation by Adrian Thomas and his Firm. We would never had been able to achieve the results we did without the help, assistance, follow-through and understanding the Firm gave us. The whole situation was resolved so much quicker than originally anticipated and eliminated something that was causing great family stress. Thank you! This is definitely the Firm who knows, cares and achieves the best results.
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Posted by Chrissy Barre | June 21, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Fantastic Attorney
Adrian was absolutely fantastic! From our initial phone call to resolution he went above and beyond. Everything was explained as it was happening, and my questions were always answered. I knew nothing about probate, and being in another state, I totally counted on him and I was never disappointed. Hiring Adrian was the best decision I made!
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Posted by anonymous | January 17, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Trust Administration consult
I had some questions regarding a family trust, so I sent over a number of documents to his office, which were promptly reviewed and commented on. I received top notch explanations of various scenarios and solutions to each. He was very courteous, yet very professionally direct, which I appreciated greatly as his time is very valuable. I was provided specific explanations of advisable items to follow-up on and complete. On these items of follow-up, I now know of the importance and will proceed action upon.
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Posted by Valerie | November 30, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Incredible Aggressive Lawyer
It is my privilege to write a review of the Adrian Thomas law firm. I met Adrian under the most unfortunate and distressing times a family can experience. My mother and I were embroiled in very complex, contentious litigation, being represented by a different law firm at the time. The disputes with my siblings began just after our father passed away. There were many lawsuits and counter-claims; rulings, appeals and reversals spanning over a decade. They involved estate planning, wills, irrevocable trusts and real property in two states. Although our parents tried to plan well, their estate documents left enough ambiguity for my siblings to attack with legal argument. My siblings had endless financial means and multiple law firms working tirelessly to achieve their goal of complete control over all of the assets our father and mother created. My mother and I had been represented for over 8 years by another law firm and the litigation was going nowhere. The financial drain was enormous; frustration was high and we were deeply hurt by a fractured family that could never reconcile. I met Adrian and his team, including Danny McDermott, just over two years ago. They listened intently for hours as we described the complexity of the cases. Our case(s) began in civil court with three divisions and different judges; they were later consolidated into probate court. For years we tried to settle, but that was not a realistic option so we interviewed various firms and were impressed by the robust and complete package that this boutique litigation/probate firm offered. Adrian is the mastermind, a director of the symphony of complex legal moving parts. He is a competitive scholar, genuine and compassionate man. He and his office work tirelessly with the highest ethical and professional standards. Danny is a walking and talking encyclopedia of legal facts, dates, numbers and constitutional and case law. He can site any reference, describe any case while senior opposing counsel fumble though stacks of paper in a feeble attempt to counter his legal arguments. His nimble mental gymnastics alongside his aptitude for digital information makes him a formidable opponent. Adrian and Danny have very different skills and expertise that enhance each other’s ability and make for an extraordinary team. To describe the brilliance, talent and dedication of this office would be incomplete unless you have the privilege to work and know this team of dedicated people. Like a lock and key, their coordinated efforts are so smooth, harmonized and effectively executed to accomplish set goals. They methodically work one step at a time, chipping away, frankly at a complete and utter mess with intertwined legal nuances to make any legal expert dizzy, yet that stay focused and fully cognizant of the global strategy. As a master chess player would, Adrian and his team anticipate their opponents’ moves and counter moves. With their wealth of knowledge and experience, they successfully navigate this legal arena composed of a nebulous, conglomerate of personalities, legal opinions always supported by some law just as the opponents opinion is always supported by some other seemingly contradictory law, all moving slower than a garden snail alongside your greatest irritation in life. Remarkably, at the same time, they are able to keep their client informed and act as an anchor during the storm. Their brilliance, knowledge, ability to execute and readjust in real time, in my opinion, is only second to their compassion. Once you lose your family, it is easy to become bitter, skeptical and distrusting of other people. Adrian and Danny restored my trust in the goodness of people and fairness in the legal process. Litigation is an unpredictable and messy business. It is dark, dangerous and a painful place to be. It brings out the worst in humanity. If you find yourself in a legal dispute, Adrian Thomas' office is by far the best team.
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Posted by Kenneth | August 10, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Extraordinary, Aggressive, Compassionate Lawyer
My case, while not technically difficult, was a geographic nightmare involving issues in 4 states, and potential and real conflicts-of-interest that ruled out using "local" attorneys. Mr. Thomas quickly and decisively understood all of the issues and advised me extensively bringing both clarity and vision to a process I had been completely ignorant about. He personally guided me through the issues and referred me to an attorney whom he knew and respected, and while my case remains in process would have gone nowhere without Mr. Thomas' exceptional knowledge, support, and advice. I would give him a "10" if I could - beyond exceptional!
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Posted by Jody | July 15, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Fabulous Attorney
Mr. Thomas and his firm first had me send in all documentation pertaining to my situation (which was contesting a trust). Mr. Thomas then called me and went over everything. I particularly liked his attention to detail as that is especially important when dealing with matters of trusts and wills. I also liked his depth of knowledge if one was thinking about contesting a will or a trust. Plus he is very honest. Knowledge, experience + honesty are the main reasons to hire someone to represent you. He has that along with your best interests at heart.
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Posted by Bernadette | June 23, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
There aren't enough stars... Adrian and his team are AMAZING.
Adrian Philip Thomas and his team responded to me immediately and addressed my concerns with compassion, confidence, and understanding. Their ability to communicate clearly and be available to council me through a consultation was very much appreciated. I would highly recommend this law office if you are looking for a highly capable attorney with an equally amicable staff you can rely on.
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Posted by G | February 2, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Tough Persevering Attorney
My case has been going on for years. Adrian Thomas is a very clear thinking, persevering attorney. He is very knowledgeable with excellent decision-making abilities. My experience with other attorneys in Florida has been less than positive. We were momentarily halted in litigation due to strange Florida State legislation and faulty lower court decision-making, but Michelle Thomas handled the appeal, wrote a very cogent argument and won the appeal.
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Cost

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  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
Payment methods
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Resume

AVVO RATING 9.6 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Shareholder
  • Adrian Philip Thomas, P.A.
  • 2000 - Present
  • Associate
  • MacLean and Ema
  • 1993 - 2000

Education

  • University of Miami School of Law
  • LL.M - Master of Laws
  • 2000
  • Nova Southeastern University - Shepard Broad Law Center
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1993

Legal Cases

  • In Re: Estate of Ferdinando D'Amico
  • Won
  • Willis v. Couch
  • Won

Associations

  • Stephen R. Booher American Inn of Court
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • American Bar Associtaion
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • Florida Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1993 - Present
  • Broward County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1993 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Legal Elite
  • Florida Trend Magazine
  • 2011
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2011
  • Legal Elite
  • Florida Trend Magazine
  • 2010
  • Legal Elite
  • Florida Trend Magazine
  • 2009
  • Legal Elite
  • Florida Trend Magazine
  • 2008
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Publications

Speaking Engagements

  • Continuing Legal Education Seminar
  • Administering the Estate Effectively and Managing the Inventory
  • 2010
  • Continuing Legal Education for Paralegals
  • The Probate Process from Start to Finish
  • 2007
  • Featured Speaker
  • General
  • 2007
  • Featured Speaker
  • General
  • 2006
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Attorney endorsements

Received (8)
Given (5)
Guardianship Attorney | Oct 03
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Adrian Thomas is an excellent attorney who combines intellect, work ethic, and compassion to provide stellar representation for his clients. We have worked on several complicated matters together and the results have exceeded the expectations of the clients. If you need an attorney in a battle related to guardianship, trust, or probate litigation, Adrian Thomas will help you navigate through these troubled waters to get the justice you deserve."
Probate Attorney | Aug 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Probate Attorney | May 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Mr. Thomas for over 12 years now. He is a great advocate for his clients and has a passion and excellent knowledge of estate, probate, and trust law. He is known in the community for his probate and trust litigation acumen. I refer contested probate and trust cases to his firm."
Litigation Attorney | May 24
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Litigation Attorney | May 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I've known Adrian professionally for eight years and have consulted with him during that time with questions regarding probate litigation. He's experienced, willing to listen, and has great insight regarding complex probate issues."
Litigation Attorney | May 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Adrian is an outstanding attorney who gets excellent results."
Probate Attorney | Dec 25
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have worked on several matters with Mr. Thomas. He is a top notch lawyer, and a very approachable and friendly person. Highly recommended."
Litigation Attorney | Dec 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
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