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Tom Rhodes is the Managing Partner of the Tom Rhodes Law Firm, P.C. Mr. Rhodes has over 30 years of trial experience where he has the two highest jury verdicts for individuals in San Antonio-- $160 million in a nursing home case and $122 million in a case involving insurance bad faith.

Tom Rhodes has practiced in the field of civil trial litigation for people, businesses, cities, counties and states that have been wronged by others for his entire career. His aggressive discovery preparation and trial strategy skills have earned him recognition at both the State and National levels. Mr. Rhodes is also a nationally recognized speaker and author on trial strategy and jury argument. He is a member of the Inner Circle of Advocates. Mr. Rhodes is Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, and is a past president of the San Antonio Trial Lawyers Association.

While Mr. Rhodes has been named a "Best Lawyer" by the Best Lawyers in America every year since 2000, Mr. Rhodes was most recently named as a "Best Lawyer" in 7 categories including, Personal Injury, Commercial Litigation, Bet-the-Company Litigation, Products Liability, Construction Litigation, Medical Malpractice and Patent Litigation. Mr. Rhodes was further honored by being named as Best Lawyer's San Antonio, Texas 2012 Lawyer of the Year in Medical Malpractice. In addition to being named a "Best Lawyer" by the Best Lawyers in America, Mr. Rhodes has also been named a Texas Super Lawyer every year since 2003. The American Trial Lawyers Association has also recognized Mr. Rhodes as one of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers 2008 - 2012. He was recently awarded the "Pat Maloney, Sr. Courage Award" by the San Antonio Trial Lawyers Association.

Mr. Rhodes has served on the Board of Directors for the American Association for Justice and the Texas Trial Lawyers Association. He is presently on the Executive Committee for the Texas Trial Lawyers Association.

Mr. Rhodes is admitted to practice in the following courts: Tennessee courts, all Texas courts, United States District Courts for the Western, Southern, and Eastern Districts of Texas, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, and the United States Supreme Court.


Languages spoken: Spanish

Practice areas


  1. Personal Injury: 60%
    35 years
  2. Oil & Gas: 20%
    35 years
  3. Commercial Real Estate: 20%
    35 years



Contingent (40%)

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Tom Rhodes Law Firm, P.C.

126 Villita
San Antonio, TX, 78205


TXEligible To Practice In Texas 198007/16/2016
INAdministrative - Not Authorized to PracticeUnknown07/03/2016
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Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2012
Pat Maloney, Sr. Courage AwardSan Antonio Trial Lawyers Association2012
Top 50 Attorneys in Central and West TexasSuper Lawyers2012
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2011
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2010
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2009
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2008
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2007
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2006
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2005
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2004
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2003
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Managing PartnerTom Rhodes Law Firm, P.C.2009 - Present
Managing PartnerRhodes & Vela, LLP2005 - 2009
Managing PartnerLyons & Rhodes1994 - 2004
PartnerSouthers & Lyons1978 - 1993
Association namePosition nameDuration
The Inner Circle of AdvocatesMember2010 - Present
Texas Trial Lawyers AssociationExecutive Committe Member2009 - Present
American Association for JusticeLeaders Forum Patron2002 - Present
San Antonio Trial Lawyers AssociationPast President1990 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Estate of Tranquilino Mendoza, Deceased v. Summit Care Corp., et. al.$160,050,000.00 Verdict
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
St. Marys University School of LawDoctor of Jurisprudence/Juris Doctor (J.D.)N/A1980
State Bar of TexasN/ABoard Certified in Personal Injury LawN/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Texas Trial Lawyers Association Annual MeetingVoir Dire: New and Innovative Techniques2012
AAJ ChicagoVoir Dire: New and Innovative Techniques2012
Texas Trial Lawyers Association - Las VegasVoir Dire: New and Innovative Techniques2011