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Thomas W. Carey

Senior Partner

Thomas W. Carey is the founding partner of the Clearwater firm of Carey Leisure & Neal.

Following the tragic loss of his wife, Joni, to a drunk driver, Mr. Carey served as the State Chairman for Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) in 1986 and was the Pinellas County President from 1984 to 1985.

He continues to be actively involved in the organization and was the co-founder of Remove Intoxicated Drivers (RID) in the Tampa Bay area. Mr. Carey has been an adjunct professor of Trial Practice at Stetson University College of Law and has lectured on funeral home and cemetery malpractice, the Dram Shop Act, and other topics.

Mr. Carey has litigated complex liability and medical issues in courts throughout West Florida and has been lead counsel in a large number of cases involving victims of drunk driving.

Mr. Carey is also a Board Certified Attorney.

Areas of Practice
Litigation Percentage
  • 100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation
Certified Legal Specialties
  • Civil Trial Law, National Board of Trial Advocacy
  • Civil Trial Law, The Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization and Education
Bar Admissions
  • Florida, 1978
  • Massachusetts, 1977
  • Rhode Island, 1977
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Florida, 1981
  • U.S. Tax Court
  • New York University School of Law, New York, New York
    • LL.M. – 1979
    • Honors: Graduate Law Fellowship
    • Honors: Awarded Distinguished Service Award, June 2010
    • Major: Taxation
  • Suffolk University Law School, Boston, Massachusetts
    • J.D. (Cum Laude) – 1978
  • Georgetown University, Washington, District of Columbia
    • A.B. – 1972
Published Works
  • Florida Personal Injury Practice Forms, West Publishing Company, 1994
  • Adjunct Professor, Trial Practice, Stetson University College of Law
  • Lecturer, Funeral Home and Cemetery Malpractice, The Dram Shop Act
Honors and Awards
  • AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review RatedSM by Martindale-Hubbell®
  • Miami Herald’s Super Lawyers, 2006 – 2010
  • Best Lawyers in America, 2007 – 2010
  • Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers™, 2006 – 2010
  • Tampa Bay’s Best Lawyer Personal Injury, Tampa Bay Magazine, July/August 2008 Edition, 2008
  • Super Lawyers, 2009 – 2010
  • Member, Million Dollar Advocates Forum
Professional Associations and Memberships
  • Clearwater Bar Association
  • Rhode Island Bar Association
  • Massachusetts Bar Association
  • The Florida Bar
  • American Association for Justice, Florida State Delegate, Elected
  • American Association for Justice, Funeral Services and Cemetery Malpractice, Litigation Chair
  • Florida Justice Association, Member, Board of Directors, 1987 – 1997
  • Pinellas County Trial Lawyers Association
  • Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), State Chairman, 1985 – 1986
  • Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), Pinellas County Chapter, President, 1984 – 1985
  • Pinellas/Pasco Boy Scouts of America, Member, Board of Directors, 1992 – 1994
  • Remove Intoxicated Drivers (RID), Tampa Bay area, Founding Member
Past Employment Positions
  • Carey & Hilbert, 1996 – 2000
  • Carey & Florin, P.A., Founding Partner, 1985 – 1996
  • Perenich & Carroll, P.A., 1980 – 1984
Pro Bono Activities
  • Member, Board of Directors, Pinellas/Pasco Boy Scouts of America, 1992 – 1994