Meet Carey & Leisure!
Thomas W. Carey
Tom Carey has one major goal – to protect the rights of his clients that have been injured by the negligence of others. This determination has set the stage for his practice as being one with a strong commitment to legal ethics and quality representation. As a result of this commitment, Carey has been given the highest rating of AV Preeminent from Martindale-Hubbell, the peer review rating system that helps buyers of legal services identity, evaluate and select the most appropriate lawyers for specific needs.
Enjoying a successful career for over 30 years now, Carey was first admitted to the bar in 1977 and is now admitted to practice in Florida, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, The U.S. District Court Middle District of Florida and the U.S. Tax Court. Well respected by both his peers and past clients, Carey devotes the majority of his practice to the litigation of personal injury cases, wrongful death cases, cemetery malpractice, and funeral home malpractice.
Carey is active in a multitude of local organizations, and focuses many of his efforts on Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD). After the tragic loss of his wife Joni, due to an accident involving a drunk driver, Carey turned his own personal loss into a determination to drive the work he provides for his clients. This loss has prompted a special interest in representing people who have been injured in alcohol-related accidents and he works tirelessly for them towards successful settlements and verdicts. After his wife’s accident, he took a position as the State Chairman for MADD. He also has served as the Pinellas County President of that foundation from 1984 to 1985. Carey remains active in MADD and has been instrumental in co-founding Tampa Bay’s Remove Intoxicated Drivers (RID) program.
The list of accolades for Mr. Carey is long and impressive. Because of the substantial amounts of settlements and verdicts he has been awarded, he was admitted as a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum®. In addition, he was included in the Best Lawyers in America from 2007 – 2010 as well as the bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers™ from 2016 – 2010 and Tampa Bay’s Best Lawyer Personal Injury, Tampa Bay Magazine, July/August 2008 Edition.
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 many other topics. And, never one to sit and relax, he is also the author of Florida Personal Injury Practice Forms, 1994, West Publishing Company.