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Based in Jackson, Philip heads his own firm, which he established in 2002. The Philip W. Thomas Law Firm primarily focuses on representing people in cases involving legal malpractice, breach of trust, nursing home and assisted living abuse, breach of contract and other types of complex disputes.


When trying high-demand and catastrophic injury lawsuits, Philip brings a depth of courtroom skill and legal muscle to his cases. His courtroom presence, tenacity and dedication are recognized by Mississippi’s preeminent trial lawyers. They often call upon him to collaborate and serve as co-counsel on complex trial matters.

In one representative case, he achieved a $1.8 million jury verdict for the victim of unnecessary brain surgery, whose life altering injury was caused by mixed-up CT scan results.


A graduate of the University of Mississippi School of Law, Philip has earned the attention and respect of Mississippi’s legal community. He was named Mississippi Volunteer Lawyer of the Year by the president of the Mississippi Bar Association. The Jackson Young Lawyers Association recognized him as the pro bono lawyer of the year.

Philip also provides topical blog commentary on the state’s legal and political issues in his Mississippi Litigation Review and Commentary.


He maintains an active profile in the Mississippi legal community and has served on numerous Mississippi Bar Association committees, including as chairman of its Delivery of Legal Services Committee. Philip currently serves on the Character and Fitness Committee of the Mississippi Board of Bar Admissions. 


Over the course of his practice, Philip has tried numerous complex lawsuits to verdict in state and federal court for both plaintiffs and defendants. His defense work includes serving as local counsel for national companies with matters in Mississippi. Representative verdicts Philip has obtained include:

In state court in Mississippi, Philip has tried cases to verdict in the circuit courts of counties statewide. These include Harrison, Hinds (First Judicial District, Jackson), Jackson, Jasper (First Judicial District, Paulding), Jasper (Second Judicial District, Bay Springs), Lee, Rankin, Union and Warren. Philip has also tried cases to verdict in federal court in Jackson, Oxford, Gulfport, Aberdeen, Natchez and Hattiesburg.


Practice areas


  1. Litigation: 70%
    23 years
  2. Wrongful Death: 10%
    23 years
  3. Personal Injury: 10%
    23 years
  4. Nursing Home Abuse: 5%
    14 years
  5. Brain Injury: 5%
    14 years



Hourly ($200-300/hour), contingent (25-40%)

Payment types:


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Contact info

Philip Thomas Law Firm

226 North President Street
Jackson, MS, 39201


MSAuthorized to practice law199307/18/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Commercial Litigation; Professional Malpractice Law - PlaintiffsBest Lawyers in America2015
Personal injury general - plaintiffSuper Lawyers Magazine2014
Comm. Litigation and Professional Malpractice Law - PlaintiffsBest Lawyers in America2014
Personal Injury Plaintiff: GeneralSuper Lawyers2013
Plaintiff Personal Injury; Professional Negligence, PlaintiffSuper Lawyers2012
Commercial Litigation, Professional Malpractice Law - PlaintiffsThe Best Lawyers in America2012
Personal Injury, Plaintiff; Professional Liability PlaintiffSuper Lawyers2011
ABA Blawg 100 HonoreeABA Journal2010
Pro Bono AwardJackson Young Lawyers Association2003
President's Award- Mississippi Volunteer Lawyer of the YearMississippi Bar2002
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
OwnerPhilip Thomas Law Firm2002 - Present
Clinical InstructorUniversity of Mississippi Medical Center School of Health Related Professions1996 - 1996
Shareholder/ AssociateBaker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz1995 - 2002
AssociateWise Carter Child and Caraway1993 - 1995
Association namePosition nameDuration
The National Trial LawyersMember2012 - Present
National Board of Trial AdvocacyBoard Certified Civil Trial Advocate2010 - Present
American Association for JusticeMemberN/A
Mississippi Association for JusticeMemberN/A
Mississippi BarMemberN/A
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Mississippi School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1993
Louisiana State UniversityHistoryBA - Bachelor of Arts1989
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Monthly membership meetingSolo and small firm practice in Mississippi2015
Litigation 101 SeriesCase Evaluation for the Solo Practitioner2015
MSCPA Business Valuation/ Litigation Support Conference DayTort Reform in MS after 10 years2014
Bridge the GapDuty to Opposing Parties and their Counsel2013
Miss. Sports Law Review Fall Symposium: The Impact of Concussion Lawsuits on the Future of FootballNFL Head Injury Litigation2012
JYL Monthly Meeting CLEUse of Blogging in Law Practice2012
Tool Box Series: Social Media Implications and ApplicationsHow to Use Blogging in Your Law Practice2011
Miss. Bar Litigation Section Focus on the JuryThe Google Mistrial- Jurors and Social Media2011
MC Law School MAJ Monthly Membership MeetingPracticing Law2011
Business Valuation & Litigation Support Services ConferenceEverything that expert witnesses want to know but are afraid to ask2011
Magnolia Bar Association CLEFederal Practice: Discovery2008
Nursing Home Malpractice: Evaluating and Addressing AccountabilityNursing Home Litigation2007
Magnolia Bar Association CLENursing Home Litigation2007
Building Your Civil Trial SkillsCivil Trials2007
Legal Update SeminarMedical Records1998
Legal Update SeminarMedical Records1997