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Thomas Scolaro

Partner
Scolaro@leesfield.com
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Phone: (305) 854-4900
Fax: (305) 854-8266
Toll Free: (800) 836-6400


Tom Scolaro is a partner in the firm and experienced trial lawyer. He has tried many cases resulting in multi-million dollar verdicts for his clients including the largest personal injury verdict in Monroe County history. In that case, Mr. Scolaro obtained a $40.5 million dollar verdict for the victim of an assault in a hotel parking garage. Mr. Scolaro handles all types of complex liability and severe injury cases in all courts throughout Florida. He is a national recognized leader in negligent security cases and advocate for civil justice for crime victims.

Mr. Scolaro has been selected by both the South Florida Legal Guide and Florida Trend Legal elite as a top up and coming lawyer since 2005. He has also advocated and helped pass legislation that now requires any new construction of hotels and resorts with boilers in Florida to now have carbon monoxide detectors. Mr. Scolaro and LLP pursued this legislation after 25 clients who were unsuspecting tourists of the Grand Key Resort suffered carbon monoxide poisoning emanating from the hotel’s boiler system.

MEMBERSHIPS

  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America (Member)
    • Inadequate Security Litigation Group
    • Motor Vehicle Collision, Highway and Premises Liability Section
    • Nursing Home Litigation group
  • Dade County Bar Association
  • Florida Justice Association (formerly Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers)
  • Dade County Trial Lawyers Association
  • Monroe County Bar Association
  • Miami Beach Bar Association
  • Cuban American Bar Association (C.A.B.A.)

HONORS

  • Top Up-and-Coming Lawyers in South Florida, South Florida Legal Guide
    • 2006, 2007
      Peer selected out of 23,000 practicing lawyers in South Florida
  • Florida Trend Legal EliteJ 2005, 2006 (Top Up-and-Coming Lawyers in Florida)
  • Superlawyers - Florida Riding Stars 2011, 2012
  • Nominated as Most Effective Lawyers in Personal Injury by Daily Business Review

EDUCATION

  • Juris Doctor (with honors), The University of Miami School of Law, 1999
    • HONORS: Dean's List
      Litigation Skills Trial Class Honors
    • LAW REVIEWS: Business Law Review
      Psychology, Public Policy, and Law - Managing Editor
  • Bachelor of Science (with honors), Manhattan College, 1996
    • Dean's Honor List
    • WGA Scholarship

ADMITTED TO PRACTICE

  • All Florida State Courts
  • United States District Court
  • Southern District of Florida

PAST LEGAL EMPLOYMENT

  • Certified Legal Intern, State Attorney's Office - Miami, FL
  • Legal Intern, Rockland County District Attorney's Office - New City, NY
  • Legal Intern, Rockland County Public Defender's Office - New City, NY

SELECTED LECTURES, SEMINARS AND PRESENTATIONS

  • Lecturer, "Apportionment of Fault in Inadequate Security Cases," Litigating Premises and Negligent Security Cases in Florida, Ft. Lauderdale, November 2005
  • Lecturer, "Finding Selecting and Handling Expert Witnesses," Litigating Premises and Negligent Security Cases in Florida, Ft. Lauderdale, November 2005
  • Lecturer, "Misdiagnosis and Mistreatment in the Nursing Home," Nursing Home Negligence in Florida, January 2006