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Thomas J. Jerla Jr. Esq.

Thomas J. Jerla Jr. Esq.

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  • Personal Injury, White Collar Crime, Criminal Law...
  • Florida
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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.

Practice Areas
  • Personal Injury
  • White Collar Crime
  • Criminal Law
  • Medical Malpractice
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
  • Free Consultation
  • Contingent Fees
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida
United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida
  • English
Professional Experience
Pace Law School
J.D. (2002)
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)
Temple University
B.S. | Environmental Engineering Technology
AV Distinguished Peer Review Rating
Professional Associations
Florida Bar Association
Member, Student Education/Admissions to The Bar Committee
Florida Bar Association
Member, Registered Paralegal Committee
Florida Justice Association
Eagle Member
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Websites & Blogs
Thomas J. Jerla's Website Profile
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3700 Airport Road
Suite 401
Boca Raton, FL 33431
Toll-Free: (866) 608-5529
Telephone: (561) 367-8777
Fax: (352) 556-4839
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