Mr. Jerla joined the Eltringham Law Group in May of 2015. He currently focuses his practice on personal injury (including but not limited to automobile accidents, premises liability, negligent security, medical malpractice and wrongful death) as well as select criminal defense matters.
Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Jerla spent more than five years defending insurance companies, individuals and businesses in personal injury, first-party and third-party insurance claims and general commercial matters including matters involving claims for breach of contract against condominiums and homeowners associations, claims for professional and executive liability against realtor and officers and directors of condominiums and homeowners associations, and construction litigation. Mr. Jerla also spent 2 and a half years representing personal injury Plaintiffs with a promninent firm located on Florida's Suncoast.
After graduating law school, Mr. Jerla worked as an Assistant State Attorney in the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office from August of 2002 through January of 2007. During that time, he tried approximately 45 cases to verdict. Prior to leaving the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office, he was assigned to the Economic Crimes Division where he was responsible for the investigation and prosecution of investment fraud, insurance fraud, mortgage fraud, healthcare fraud, embezzlement and identity theft.
Tom has been listed as AV® Distinguished™ Peer Review rated lawyer by Martindale-Hubbell. He currently serves as the Chair of the Florida Registered Paralegal Committee. He has also served on the Florida Bar Association Student Education/Admissions.
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|FL||Member in Good Standing||2002||08/18/2016|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Top Lawyers of Tampa||The Tampa Tribune||2016|
|Florida Rising Star||Super Lawyers Magazine||2016|
|Top Lawyers of Tampa||The Tampa Tribune||2015|
|Chair Registered Paralegal Committee||Florida Bar||2013|
|AV Peer Review Rating||Martindale-Hubbell||2012|
|Student Education and Admission to Bar Comittee||Florida Bar||2010|
|Case Note and Comment Editor, Pace Law Review||Pace University School of Law||2002|
|National Trial Competition Team||Pace University School of Law||2002|
|National White Collar Crime Trial Competition Team||Pace University School of Law||2001|
|Attorney||Eltringham Law Group, P.A.||2015 - Present|
|Attorney||Whittel & Melton, LLC||2012 - 2015|
|Attorney||Litchfield Cavo LLP||2009 - 2012|
|Attorney||Bunnell Woulfe & Keller, P.A.||2007 - 2009|
|Assistant State Attorney||Miami-Dade State Attorney's Office||2002 - 2007|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|The 22 Project||Board of Directors||2016 - Present|
|State v. LaRue - Lake County Florida||Not Guilty|
|Intracoastal Point Condomium v. Horowitz, 54 So.3d 528 (Fla. 3d DCA)||Trial Court Reversed with Instructions to Dismiss Action|
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|Pace University School of Law Land Use Law Center||Preserving Natural Resources Through Local Environmental Laws: A Guidebook for Local Government||2001|
|Pace University School of Law||N/A||JD - Juris Doctor||2002|
|Temple University||Environmental Engineering||BS - Bachelor of Science||1999|