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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, a partner at the Miami-based personal injury law firm of Leesfield Scolaro, P.A., is an experienced trial lawyer having 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.  Over the course of his career, Mr. Scolaro has obtained over $100 million in settlements and verdicts on behalf of injured victims throughout Florida.  Mr. Scolaro handles all types of complex liability and severe injury cases in all courts throughout Florida. He is a nationally recognized leader in negligent security cases and an 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 have carbon monoxide detectors. Mr. Scolaro and Leesfield Scolaro, P.A. 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.

Just in the last few years, Tom Scolaro has resolved cases ranging from premises liability, to construction site accidents, sexual assault, and motor vehicle accident cases with catastrophic injuries to his clients.  Recently, Mr. Scolaro secured a settlement of $7 million, when there was only a $1 million insurance policy, for a young man who became partially paralyzed after falling from the second floor of an apartment complex.  The relentless investigation uncovered massive and systemic negligent behavior on the part of the owner, an investigation Mr. Scolaro led for almost 24 months.

Tom Scolaro represented another young man recently who sustained traumatic brain injury following a rear-end accident caused by a drunk individual.  Dwight Grant retained Tom Scolaro for his persistence, which resulted in a $15.4 million verdict in a Broward County court.  Mr. Scolaro’s heralded results have earned him a stellar reputation amongst trial lawyers.

Mr. Scolaro also speaks on a regular basis in front of fellow attorneys.  Recently, in conjunction with the Monroe County Bar Association, Tom Scolaro spoke on Florida bar rules of ethics and marketing, and the art of taking defendant’s experts’ depositions.  Mr. Scolaro is a driven personal injury attorney who has the rare ability to achieve great results for clients who may have seemingly bad cases and turning them into great results.  Experience, creativity and determination are the engines behind the success of Leesfield Scolaro, and Mr. Scolaro is its most glaring epitome.
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