Thomas J. Jerla, Jr.

Mr. Jerla joined the firm in December of 2012. He currently focuses his practice on personal injury (including but not limited to automobile accidents, premises liability, negligent security, medical malpractice and wrongful death) as well as select criminal defense matters.

Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Jerla spent more than five years defending insurance companies, individuals and businesses in personal injury, first-party and third-party insurance claims and general commercial matters including matters involving claims for breach of contract against condominiums and homeowners associations, claims for professional and executive liability against realtor and officers and directors of condominiums and homeowners associations, and construction litigation.

After graduating law school, Mr. Jerla worked as an Assistant State Attorney in the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office from August of 2002 through January of 2007. During that time, he tried approximately 45 cases to verdict. Prior to leaving the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office, he was assigned to the Economic Crimes Division where he was responsible for the investigation and prosecution of investment fraud, insurance fraud, mortgage fraud, healthcare fraud, embezzlement and identity theft.

Tom has been listed as AV® Distinguished™ Peer Review rated lawyer by Martindale-Hubbell. He currently serves on the Florida Bar Association Student Education/Admissions to The Bar Committee and the Florida Bar Registered Paralegal Committee.

Education

  • JD, Pace University School of Law, 2002
    cum laude
  • BS, Temple University, 1999
    Environmental Engineering Technology

Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice

  • Florida
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida
  • United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida

Reported Cases

  • Intracoastal Point Condominium Ass’n v. Horowitz, 54 So.3d 528
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