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Deborah L. Thomson

Family Attorney at Tampa, FL

4.6   20 reviews

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About Deborah

Learn Deborah’s areas of practice.

2
Practice areas
  1. Family
    80%
    In my current practice, I focus only on marital and family law. I handle all aspects of divorce and child custody, relocation, as well as domestic violence injunctions. Further, I handle all of the appeals at my firm. I have practiced family law via appeals for three years, and then I have been in private practice for another three years.

    19 years

  2. Appeals
    20%
    I was formerly a staff attorney at the Fourth District Court of Appeal where I prepared briefs and memoranda for judges, as well as wrote opinions. I now handle all of the appellate work at my law firm, as well as appeals from outside sources.

    26 years

Deborah L. Thomson was admitted to the Florida Bar in March, 1997. She received her Bachelors of Arts, Magna Cum Laude, from Nova Southeastern University in 1994, and her Juris Doctorate with Honors (top 3%) from Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad Law Center in December, 1996. While in law school, she was a member of the Nova Law Review, and her article entitled City of N. Miami v. Kurtz – Is It Curtains for Privacy in Florida? was published in 1996. She also worked as an assistant to a bankruptcy attorney, preparing many documents for bankruptcies.

After law school, Ms. Thomson worked as a staff attorney for three years at the Fourth District Court of Appeal in West Palm Beach for the Honorable John W. Dell. She concentrated on both civil and criminal appellate work, tackling issues ranging from divorce and equitable distribution cases, to contract issues, and even a variety of criminal issues as well. She was responsible for thoroughly researching every issue presented in an appellate brief, and she drafted many opinions published by the Court. She moved to North Carolina and took some time off to raise her two sons, but returned to Florida where she began her focus on marital and family law. Ms. Thomson is an active member of the legal community. She is a member of the Family Law Section of the Florida Bar Association, the Executive Council of the Hillsborough County Bar Association, the Stann Givens Inns of Court, Next Generation Divorce, the Hillsborough Association of Women Lawyers, and the National Association of Professional Women. Ms. Thomson also volunteers her time with Are You Safe, Inc., a group that helps victims of domestic violence. Also, Ms. Thomson is very involved in numerous charity functions to raise money for cancer research, and she also volunteers her time at her children’s school.

Ms. Thomson enjoys spending her spare time with her family, usually outdoors.  She enjoys photography and reading, as well.  She also loves to travel, and she has completed numerous triathlons, half-marathons, and recently completed her first full marathon.

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Licensed for 25 years
State FL
Status Member in Good Standing
Acquired 1997
Updated 11/23/2022

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

Contact Deborah

The Women's Law Group, P.L.
2002 N. Lois Avenue
Suite 210
Tampa, FL, 33607

Reviews

4.6 / 5.0
  20 customer reviews
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Posted by anonymous | September 13, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great Personality / Very Effective
HIGHLY RECOMMEND Deborah Thomson. She helped me escape an abusive marriage and fought HARD for my rights as a mother!
Posted by GARY | August 2, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
I recommend Ms. Thomson to anyone needing a good attorney.
With Deborah Thomson, I found the legal representation I was looking and hoping for. Ms. Thomson and her staff got me through a rough, long, drawn out divorce. Ms. Thomson was recommended to me from a colleague and I was represented better than I expected. My needs were put first and I was treated as a friend rather than a figure. My opinions and thoughts were valued, my questions answered and doubts were reassured. Ms. Thomson not only build a strong case but also followed up and supported the case and myself throughout the process. Ms. Thomson fought hard for me and went above and beyond and did everything she could to ensure a great outcome. I couldn't have asked for a better attorney or law firm. Ms. Thomson kept me informed throughout the process and was highly organized and prepared for all court appearances. Ms. Thomson also referred an excellent mediator that was used to complete the divorce. Ms. Thomson is a talented, honest and experienced lawyer. She was available on a daily basis and responded directly to my questions promptly and professionally. She showed her best at all times of honesty, integrity, and transparency. I was always treated first class and like I was family. I can’t thank Ms. Thomson and her firm enough for helping me through this ordeal. My experience with Ms. Thomson has been excellent, and I am very glad I chose to work with Ms. Thomson and The Women’s Law Group. I would recommend Ms. Thomson and WLG firm to anyone needing a good attorney.
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Posted by Amanda | September 14, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very Thankful
I am very thankful to Deborah for all of her help with my divorce. She did an amazing job talking me through everything and explaining the process along the way. She was able to help facilitate a marriage settlement in my case that was fair for both sides. She was very easy to talk to, and always made me feel like I was a very important client. The ladies in her office also represent her well and were always willing to help in any way. I would recommend Deborah to any one looking for a caring attorney who makes you feel like you are more than just a name on a page. The process of getting a divorce is not easy or pleasant, however she made it as painless as possible. Thank you Deborah!
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Posted by Santiago | October 20, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Success is a choice. No one better than Mrs. Thomson!
Moving to divorce is a tremendous decision. Choosing the best attorney to represent you is another. Those of us who are divorced understand the importance of having a steadfast and reliable attorney to help navigate the emotional and legal shock of ending a marriage. Having endured that process, I can unconditionally and confidently say that family law attorneys don’t come any better than Mrs. Deborah Thomson. Throughout the process, Mrs. Thomson was genuinely involved with my case. She was timely, responsive and sensitive to my needs. For me, what truly set her above her peers was her ability to help me manage my expectations DESPITE my emotional state. Her expert knowledge and experience in family law made me very comfortable with her legal advice. Although truly representing you, Mrs. Thomson will not tell you what you wish to hear but instead competently guides you to reach a settlement that is genuinely in your best interest. BY NO MEANS does this mean that she settles. I personally witnessed her fierce, yet professional tenacity in my defense and her adamant refusal to allow me to accept less. She simply wouldn’t allow it. Forthright, honest and compassionate, Mrs. Thomson is a pillar of her profession. Just as impressive is her paralegal Mrs. Susan Caudill. Mrs. Caudill was absolutely a joy to work with throughout. Mrs. Caudill is the epitome of responsiveness, organization and compassion. Her understanding and patience with me created a sense of calm that made me feel welcomed and supported. Priceless! Is there life after the pain of divorce…yes…and it begins with Mrs. Deborah Thomson and the Women’s Law Group.
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Posted by Theresa | October 18, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent
I have had Deborah Thomson represent me in a divorce recently. She was professional, timely, articulate and supportive of me through the process. My ex-husband's lawyer tried to drag out the scheduling of the final case hearing, and Deborah and her staff (equally professional and detail-oriented) quickly communicated with the other office that it was not acceptable, and ensured that the originally scheduled case hearing was kept. I would highly recommend Deborah Thomson and her office as a lawyer.
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Posted by Kristen | October 18, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great lawyer
Debbie was a fantastic lawyer during this very difficult time of my life. She not only was professional but very emotionally supportive. I would highly recommend Debbie to anyone needing a lawyer!
Posted by Kathy | October 18, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Divorce
Ms. Thomson handled my divorce case. At the consultation, she immediately put me at ease, clearly outlined my options, and listened to me. Throughout the procedure she was always available to answer questions and concerns. I was always apprised of each step in the process. I emailed her with changes, and within a day there were revised and returned to me. That allowed my divorce to be finalized within 4 months of my initial visit. She is a caring and dedicated professional I will highly recommend to any and all.
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Posted by C.L. | October 16, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Divorce is rough so hire the best!
Divorce is emotionally and financially draining. Florida is a no fault state and Hillsborough County Family Court does not decide on custody but on time-sharing. That means if your spouse cheats on you that you can’t sue him for it and get full custody of the kids- you have to agree to split time and responsibilities. I called Women’s Law Group and had first contact with Susan. She is a very warm, motherly type who immediately makes you feel welcome and cared about. I had no idea what to expect throughout the entire process and scoured the internet for information. At my first meeting with Deborah Thomson, she listened to my story and presented my options. She was very honest that the court requires mediation and both parties are encouraged to resolve the business issues via this route. Deborah was very straightforward and told me what my best options would be to keep costs at a minimum and to keep the decisions with us instead of the mercy of a judge. Unfortunately, I had a spouse who refused to negotiate much. Mediation took all day and the only thing we could agree on was that he had to leave the home but I had to pay him alimony. Fortunately, we got the price down significantly and it was worth it to get him out (the only other way to have him removed would have been if he physically abused us). He wanted complete financial support and full access to our infant daughter. It was a ridiculous proposal and I was not going to budge. The thing I discovered he’d been purchasing and abusing street drugs while she was in his care so I didn’t want him alone with her. Low and behold, his lawyer fired him and he wouldn’t mediate any further so, we ended up going to trial. I was terrified that the judge would give him what he wanted. Deborah fought hard for me though. She was very invested in my case and found legal precedent to allow us access to my spouse’s medical records. That gave us the evidence we needed, to not only present a strong case to the judge, but to also collect a strong deposition supporting the facts. The judge did rule in my favor – he stopped alimony and granted a few hours of supervised visitation, but allowed my spouse to rehabilitate himself with several requirements after which he could petition the court for more access to our child. Finally, I am in the military but could not get approval for relocation at the time of the divorce. Once I got orders I again employed Deborah. She helped me navigate this process as well and I was able to move with my daughter. I can tell you that I spent a lot of money, especially since we went to trial. Legal services aren’t cheap, plus you pay court fees and the mediator. Deborah didn’t try to swindle me- she always presented the best options for my situation. I did take out loans and borrowed from family but IT WAS COMPLETELY WORTH IT. Remember that you have to be honest with yourself and your lawyer and you have work to do too. It’s time consuming, gut wrenching, and exhausting. When you have questions or doubts call Susan at Women’s Law Group. Let Deborah fight for you, I’m so glad that I did. It was probably the most important decision of my life.
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Posted by anonymous | April 5, 2014
Excellent attorney
Deborah Thomson is an excellent attorney. Ms. Thomson handled my modification of visitation and child support. Her experience and knowledge of the law is evident in the courtroom and I felt confident knowing she was representing me. She answered my questions in a timely manner and constantly kept me informed. In addition, her empathy and concern meant so much to me during an extremely stressful time. I cannot say enough good things about her and I highly recommend her!!
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Posted by anonymous | January 20, 2014
Experienced Grade A+ Lawyer
Divorce is an emotional rollercoaster. Ms Thomson always remained professional yet empathetic. In getting the job done, she always kept me informed and took the time needed to explain each step (each form, each lawyer lingo abbreviation) in a way that I could understand. Sometimes telling it like it is is a hard pill to swallow but she always had my best interests at heart. Also she advised well. In her field, time is money (your money) and she always tried to maximize efficiency to minimize costs.
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Posted by Liz | January 14, 2014
Very caring
Deborah Thomson not only understood the legal ramifications of divorce but also the emotional strains of the divorce process. She was very patient and caring.
Posted by anonymous | January 2, 2014
Highly Recommended Attorney and Law Firm
Deborah Thomson and her Staff made a difficult situation of setting child custody/time sharing very simple. As a busy business owner and mother, I was nervous about the process and sought out a female attorney. I am thankful I went with this firm as I felt supported 100%. I was kept fully informed throughout the entire process.
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Posted by anonymous | January 1, 2014
Highly Recommended Professional!
Mrs. Thomson represented me through my divorce and I don’t know what I would have done without her! She made what I expected to be a difficult, complicated process easy and seamless. I was nervous and didn’t know what to expect, but she kept me informed every step of the way. She explained everything that was going on and always was very prompt in answering all of my questions. Mrs. Thomson demonstrated a thorough understanding of the law and in strategies that are necessary in dealing with certain situations. She took my worries away and handled everything professionally and diligently. I highly recommend her. Hopefully I will never have another divorce, but I know where I’d go if ever I or anyone I care about needs an attorney.
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Posted by freddy | April 19, 2012
trusworthy good lawyer
From the moment of my fisrt consultation ,she was very upfront with the pros and cons of the case from the financial aspect to the timeline , i felt that i was very inform at all times.
Posted by Kara | April 18, 2012
Professional, Reliable & Supportive Family Law Attorney! I Highly Recommend Deborah Thomson!
Deborah Thomson is an exceptional family law attorney. Not only is she an experienced and dedicated advocate on her clients' behalf, but she is intelligent, inventive and dependable. She made my legal issue very manageable and seemingly simple to resolve. Furthermore, I have been able to refer my friends and family to her with confidence, and they have all raved about her professionalism, knowledge and support! I can't thank her enough!
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Posted by Kevin | April 18, 2012
Not Just for "Women"
Having gone through a very difficult divorce and child custody battle early in 2001, I would know how hard , first hand the system can be on the entire family. On at least two occasions since the final judgement Debra Thompson has been able to assist us in righting the wrongs that were both "the Systems" failures and not of our own doing. Why was she able to "fix" these horrific injustices? Her passion for doing what is in the best interest of her clients and , more importantly, her absolute knowledge of the law as it pertains to being beneficial to a family. My only regret is that we did not obtain her services initially during the process.
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Posted by Willie | February 17, 2012
Reliable, Knowledgeable, Professional and a Champion in the court room.
Deborah L. Thomson and the whole staff at the womens law group are great lawyers, I was looking for an attorney in tampa fl, happen to google or yahoo women attorneys, saw website, read it an impressed, I called, free phone consultation to discuss my case, I went to their office, Susan Caudill very polite nice, I had a face to face consultation, which was a 100 bucks, but however that 100 bucks was worth the money, because, I had to see the judge the next day and i could not afford them to represent me at that moment. She needed 5000 dollars for my custody hearing, which is the going price, nothing unheard of. I pretty much done all the work research for my case before I look for and attorney, but for as far as, to continue my case to go far as a victory and to be able to see my son, I needed closing help, she definitly pointed me in the right direction, far as, talking to the judge and getting in a prosition to were, i could afford to hand off the ball (the ball is the promblem of me not seeing my son) to her take over. I did exactly what she told me to do, wrote it down, right there in her office as she was telling me , what I needed to do far as filing paperwork at the courthouse ect, a couple of weeks later, when I had did everything i needed to do from that 100 consultation, I was in a prosition to were she could help me, go to my new custody hearing, I had more then a 100% confidence, everything from whats on there website, profile, they are the truth, no exaggeration, when we went to court, she blew me away, Deborah L. Thomson as any other client of hers would say she is reliable, knowledgeable, professional and a champion in the court room. This was my first time ever hiring a lawyer, but she could easily be the women version of law and order, Executive D.A Jack McCoy, truly focus! Express the point to the judge, which i would not been able to put in words! She won my case, now I have a consistent realationship with my son and full custody of my son and, she won the case in november 2010, I was suppose to had been put my review on here, but it was a major transition with getting my son and him and I adapting, I had time now to write this review, im very pleased, me , my son and his mom are all finally on the same page, thank you women law group!
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Posted by anonymous | March 9, 2009
Great job
She did a great job and I would highly recommend her to anyone! Thanks!
Posted by anonymous | October 15, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Disorganized
I used Ms. Thomson in a family law case. Although she seems highly knowledgeable and a good counselor I found her to be highly disorganized. This disorganization comes out in the courtroom as a lack of confidence and skill. I did not care for her style of responsiveness with paperwork and care for the client. I eventually found another lawyer where I was happy with the results.
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Response from Deborah Thomson October 19, 2015
Unfortunately, AVVO does not verify negative "reviews" such as this. The allegation of "disorganization" that comes out in the courtroom suggests that this person hired another attorney after I represented her in court in a litigated matter. I have not had a situation such as this. I have not had a client of mine hire another attorney after litigation with me in court.. This "review" is not valid.
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Posted by anonymous | September 24, 2013
Things to consider
I am still in court five years after Ms. Thomson represented me during my divorce proceedings. Her lack of basic business skills and detachment from her fiduciary responsibilities has cost me everything. . She failed to show up for a nine hour mediation because she had vacation days. She failed to subpoena documents that are critical to the division of assets in any divorce proceeding. In fact, she did not subpoena any documents at all. My interests were simply not protected in any meaningful way.
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Response from Deborah Thomson December 30, 2013
The writer of this review was not an actual client of mine. This is a personal attack from someone that I know. • The writer alleges that I represented her more than five years ago. Five years ago, I was employed by a law firm, and any cases were not my own. • The court has procedural safeguards to ensure that a case does not drag on for a significant amount of time, and alleging that a case is still going on for over five years is absurd. • If this was an actual case and was still going on five years after representing a person, my involvement would have been far removed. • A mediation would not occur if the attorney did not show up. Mediations are not scheduled for a specific amount of time, as indicated in the review. • I had a different last name at this time, and an actual client would not have referred to me as Ms. Thomson. Unfortunately, AVVO does not verify the information contained in a negative client review, nor does it verify that a person was, in fact, an actual client, before allowing it to post on an attorney's profile.
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 350-350 per hour
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 8.6 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Owner/Partner
  • The Women's Law Group, P.L.
  • 2009 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Adrian R. Castro, P.A.
  • 2008 - 2009
  • Attorney
  • Catherine W. Real, P.A.
  • 2007 - 2008

Education

  • Nova Southeastern University - Shepard Broad Law Center
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1996
  • Nova Southeastern University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1994

Legal Cases

  • John Doe v. Jane Doe
  • Father awarded majority time-sharing.

Associations

  • Appellate Law Section of Florida Bar
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Hillsborough Association for Women Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • Carrollwood Chapter of BNI
  • alternate on leadership team
  • 2009 - Present
  • National Association of Professional Women
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • Tampa Chapter of National Association of Professional Women
  • member
  • 2009 - Present
  • Are you Safe, Inc? (volunteer for domestic violence victims)
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • Florida Bar, Family Law Section
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • Florida Bar
  • Member
  • 1997 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Graduated Magna Cum Laude
  • Shepard Broad Law Center
  • 1996
  • Dean's List - all semesters
  • Nova Southeastern Shepard Broad Law Center
  • 1995
  • "Book Awards" for 5 law school classes (top grade)
  • Nova Southeastern Shepard Broad Law Center
  • 1995
  • Academic Scholarships throughout law school
  • Nova Southeastern Shepard Broad Law Center
  • 1995
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Publications

  • Nova Law Review
  • City of North Miami v. Kurtz - Is It Curtains for Privacy in Florida?
  • 1996
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Speaking Engagements

  • BNI Movers and Shakers
  • Statutory changes in family law
  • 2011
  • BNI Presentation at Emerald Greens Golf and Country Club
  • Marital and Family law
  • 2009

Attorney endorsements

Received (8)
Given (12)
Endorse Deborah
Appeals Attorney | Jul 14
Relationship: Other
"It appears to me that this lawyer is a fighter. In my humble opinion, fight is what you want in a lawyer. Some folks think wisdom and experience is what they want in a lawyer. I personally believe that how hard a person is willing to fight for you is the primary concern for the legal consumer. She appears to be a person that does not back down based upon my online research concerning AVVO. Although there are other reasons to hire this lawyer that alone compels me to strongly urge you hire this lawyer. I don't endorse lawyers to improve AVVO ratings."
Family Attorney | Aug 23
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I have had the opportunity to work against Ms. Thomson on a number of cases as an opposing counsel. She is one of the most knowledgeable and well versed attorneys I have ever met. She is a thorough and a zealous advocate, while still maintaining a professional demeanor and a hunger to win her cases. I whole heartedly recommend Ms. Thomson."
Family Attorney | May 09
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Professional, thorough, and knowledgeable."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Nov 06
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer without reservation. She has a pleasant and compassionate demeanor, but knows the law and will work hard and zealously for her clients."
Family Attorney | Sep 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work. I have known Ms. Thomson for a number of years and she has an outstanding reputation in the community."
Family Attorney | Jun 27
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer's work without any reservations. My experience with having Ms. Thomson as an opposing counsel is very positive. While she competently represents her clients, she never compromises her ethical standards."
Family Attorney | Mar 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work."
Family Attorney | Mar 17
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer's work. Debbie is an extremely hard-working, knowledgeable and ethical attorney. Her experience working at the Appeals Court in Florida has given her a vast knowledge and understanding of Florida case law, which she uses in both her Appeals and Family Law practices. Debbie is a compassionate attorney who cares deeply for her clients and their families."
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