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Thomas J. Jerla Jr. Esq.

Thomas J. Jerla Jr. Esq.

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Summary

Tom is an experienced litigator who handles personal injury and wrongful death matters arising out of a wide array of accidents including but not limited to the use and operation of an automobile, premises liability negligence, cruise ship negligence, and the negligence of vendors of alcoholic beverages. Mr. Jerla is also working on expanding the firms Traumatic Brain Injury practice. In addition, Tom has also agreed to handle select criminal defense matters involving white collar crime

After a recent stint with another South Florida personal injury firm, Tom has rejoined Whittel and Melton, to continue his passionate and aggressive representation of those who have become the victim because of another's negligence. He has also worked as an Assistant State Attorney in the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office from August of 2002 through January of 2007. 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.

During his career, Tom has tried more than forty cases to verdict including a number of civil cases. Most recently, Tom was successful in aggressively prosecuting a contentious wrongful death dram shop case against a national restaurant chain that resulted in a significant resolution for the estate of the deceased. In addition, Tom worked on another wrongful death case involving an accident at a concrete plant that also resulted in a significant recovery for an estate.

Education
Pace Law School
J.D. (2002)
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Honors: Graduated Cum Laude Casenote & Comment Editor, PACE LAW REVIEW Georgetown White Collar Crime Trial Competition Team Fall 2001 National Trial Competition Team Spring 2002 (Recipient of Regional Award for Best Cross Examination)
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Temple University
B.S. | Environmental Engineering Technology
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Professional Experience
Whittel & Melton, LLC
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Awards
AV Distinguished Peer Review Rating
Martindale-Hubbell
Professional Associations
Florida Bar Association
Member, Student Education/Admissions to The Bar Committee
Current
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Florida Bar Association
Member, Registered Paralegal Committee
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Florida Justice Association
Eagle Member
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Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Florida
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United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida
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United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida
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Fees
  • Free Consultation
  • Contingent Fees
Practice Areas
  • Personal Injury
  • White Collar Crime
  • Criminal Law
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Nursing Home Abuse
Additional Practice Areas
  • Automobile Accidents
  • Negligent Security
  • Premises Liability
  • Wrongful Death
  • Trucking Accidents
  • Motorcycle Accidents
  • Dog Bites/Attacks
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Cruise Ship Accidents
  • Dram Shop & Alcohol Vendor Liability
Languages
  • English
Websites & Blogs
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Contact & Map
Whittel & Melton, LLC
Central Florida
11020 Northcliffe Blvd
Spring Hill, FL 34608
USA
Telephone: (352) 666-2121
Fax: (352) 556-4839
Whittel & Melton, LLC
Pinellas
One Progress Plaza
200 Central Ave
#400
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
USA
Telephone: (727) 823-0000
Fax: (727) 898-2001
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Hillsborough
2909 W Bay to Bay Blvd
#300
Tampa, FL 33629
USA
Telephone: (813) 221-3200
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Pasco
8221 State Road 54
New Port Richey, FL 34655
USA
Telephone: (727) 847-2299
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Alachua - Levy
2441 NW 43rd St
Gainesville, FL 32606
USA
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Lake - Sumter
123 N Florida St
Bushnell, FL 33513
USA
Telephone: (352) 793-9330
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Citrus
111 W Main St
#303
Inverness, FL 34450
USA
Telephone: (352) 726-0078
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Marion - The Villages
118 SW Fort King St
Ocala, FL 34451
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Telephone: (352) 369-5334
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Boca Raton
3700 Airport Rd
#401
Boca Raton, FL 33431
USA
Telephone: (561) 367-8777
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Miami
119 NE 39th St
Miami, FL 33137
USA
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