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Ian Matthew Thomas was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma in 1985. Growing up, Ian lived in St. Louis, Missouri, San Francisco, California, and Hartford, Connecticut. Ian graduated from Wingate University with a Bachelor of Arts in Music. Ian attended Stetson University College of Law and graduated with a Juris Doctorate. Prior to joining the Tripp Law Firm, Ian was employed by a local insurance defense firm, where he witnessed first-hand the lengths to which insurance companies will go in order to pay personal injury victims as little as possible. Ian’s experience on the defense side confirmed his desire to become an advocate for victims of personal injury. Ian also spent some time at a Clearwater, Florida plaintiff-oriented personal injury law firm before joining the Tripp Law Firm.


During law school, Ian interned for Sixth Judicial Circuit Court Judge Amy Williams and participated in Stetson’s first Private Practice Internship program, spending a summer working for the firm Akerman Senterfitt in Tampa, Florida. At Stetson, Ian was selected to participate in the prestigious Honors Program and graduated in the top seven percent of his class. In addition to his accomplishments in the legal field, Ian is an accomplished musician. Ian is a classically trained cellist and also plays the guitar, piano, and electric bass. Prior to attending law school, Ian was the member of a band that toured both domestically and internationally.


Ian is a member of the Florida Bar, American Association for Justice, Clearwater Bar Association, and Florida Justice Association. Ian is admitted to practice in the federal courts for the Middle and Northern Districts of Florida.


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Practice areas


  1. Personal Injury: 100%
    3 years



Contingent (25-40%), Free consultation (120 minutes)

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Contact info

Tripp Law Firm, P.A.

10099 Seminole Blvd
Seminole, FL, 33772


FLMember in Good Standing201106/21/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
William F. Blews Pro Bono Service AwardStetson University College of Law2011
Honors ProgramStetson University College of Law2011
Public Service for Volunteer Income Tax AssistanceInternal Revenue Service2011
Senior Music AwardWingate University Department of Music2007
Performance AwardWingate University Department of Music2006
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Litigation AttorneyTripp Law Firm, P.A.2013 - Present
AttorneyPerenich Caulfield Avril & Noyes, P.A.2012 - Present
AttorneyZimmet Unice & Salzman, P.A.2011 - 2012
Summer InternAkerman Senterfitt2010 - 2010
InternSixth Judicial Circuit, Pinellas County2010 - 2010
Legal AssistantState Attorney's Office 17th Judicial Circuit2007 - 2007
Association namePosition nameDuration
Clearwater Bar AssociationMember2011 - Present
Florida BarMember2011 - Present
Florida Justice AssociationMember2011 - Present
American Association for JusticeMember2011 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
The Estate of Gerald B. Taylor, Jr. vs. Patrick EvansVerdict for the Plaintiff - $54 million
Arnold Rinker v. Pinellas Suncoast Transit AuthorityVerdict for Plaintiff - $75,000
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Publication nameTitleDate
Res Ipsa Loquitur (CBA)Social Media—Preservation and Discovery in Florida State Courts2012
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Stetson University College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2011
Wingate UniversityMusic (empahsis in Music Business)BA - Bachelor of Arts2007
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Law Day - Clearwater High SchoolBecoming an Adult - Legal Rights and Responsibilities2012