Thomas J. Jerla, Jr.

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney in Boca Raton, FL

Whittel & Melton, LLC
 | 3700 Airport Road, Suite 401
Boca Raton, FL 33431
Phone: 786-785-7631
Fax: 561-708-0801
Selected To Rising Stars: 2016
Licensed Since: 2002
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (90%),
  • Criminal Defense (10%)
  • Free Consultation
Attorney Profile

Thomas Jerla is an attorney at the law firm of Whittel & Melton, LLC, in Boca Raton, Florida, where he devotes his practice exclusively to personal injury. Mr. Jerla represents victims throughout the State of Florida injured in accidents involving commercial vehicles (including tractor-trailers, dump trucks, cement trucks, and dump trucks), automobile accidents, motorcycle accidents, negligent security, premises liability and wrongful death.  As a result of his service on the board of directors of The 22 Project, Mr. Jerla has also focused part of his practice to helping victims who have sustained brain injuries.

Before joining Whittel & Melton, LLC, to represent the injured and their families, Mr. Jerla spent over five years at another firm where he worked on the defense side, representing individuals, businesses and insurance companies in commercial, insurance and personal injury cases. He handled matters involving breach of contract, construction claims and professional liability allegations against entities including condominium associations, homeowners’ associations and their officers and directors. These experiences gave him insight into the strategies defense attorneys use and the best ways for plaintiffs to overcome them.

After graduating from law school, Mr. Jerla worked as an Assistant State Attorney in the Miami-Dade County State Attorney’s Office.  Prior to leaving the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office in 2007, 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.  During his time at Whittel and Melton, Mr. Jerla aggressively prosecuted a contentious wrongful death dram shop case against a national restaurant chain as well as a wrongful death case at a local concrete plant.  Through his many years of experience, Mr. Jerla has learned that there isn’t a one size fits all approach to his practice.  Each client needs an individual strategy with relentless protection for the outcome to be successful.  Moreover, Mr. Jerla understand that the foundation of every case starts in the beginning in order to obtain a successful outcome for his clients.

Mr. Jerla is a member of the Florida Justice Association and Academy of Truck Accident Attorneys.  Mr. Jerla was previously the chair of the Florida Registered Paralegal Committee and member of the Student Education & Admissions to the Bar Committee.  Outside of his practice of law, Mr. Jerla serves on the Board of Directors of The 22 Project, a non-profit based in Delray Beach, Florida that is dedicated to assisting veterans suffering from PTSD and Traumatic Brain Injuries. 

Tom has been listed as AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review rated lawyer by Martindale-Hubbell since 2012. Tom has also been selected as a Top Lawyer of Tampa Bay as published in The Tampa Bay Tribune 2015 and 2016.  Moreover, Tom has also been selected to the 2016 Florida Rising Stars List by Super Lawyers Magazine.  Most recently, Tom was selected to become a member of the National Association of Distinguished Counsel and America’s Top 100 Personal Injury Attorneys

 
Practice Areas
  • 90%Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
  • 10%Criminal Defense
Focus Areas

Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Slip and Fall, Wrongful Death, Brain Injury, Trucking Accidents, Premises Liability - Plaintiff, Theft

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Rising Stars: 2016

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Admitted: 2002, Florida

Professional Webpage: https://www.thefllawfirm.com/thomas-j-jerla-jr-esq.html

Honors/Awards:

  • National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Attorneys - Civil Plaintiff, 2020
  • National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Attorney - Civil Plaintiff, 2019
  • AV - Rated by Martindale Hubbell, 2020
  • America's Top 100 Personal Injury Attorneys, 2020
  • America's Top 100 Personal Injury Attorneys, 2019
  • AV - Rated by Martindale Hubbell , 2019
  • AV - Rated by Martindale Hubbell, 2018
  • AV - Rated Martindale Hubbell, 2017
  • AV - Rated Martindale Hubbell, 2016
  • AV - Rated by Martindale Hubble 2015 Best Lawyers in Tampa Bay, 2015

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida 
  • Florida Bar Association Student Education/Admissions to The Bar Committee
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida
  • Chair, Florida Bar Registered Paralegal Committee, 2014
  • Florida

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Coconut Creek Little League Baseball Coach., 2020
  • Coconut Creek Little League Baseball Coach, 2019
  • Member of the Board of Directors for The 22 Project, a 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to helping veterans suffering from PTSD and Traumatic Brain Injuries., 2020
  • Member of the Board of Directors for The 22 Project, a 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to helping veterans suffering from PTSD and Traumatic Brain Injuries., 2019
  • Member of the Board of Directors for The 22 Project, a 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to helping veterans suffering from PTSD and Traumatic Brain Injuries., 2018
  • Member of the Board of Directors for The 22 Project, a 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to helping veterans suffering from PTSD and Traumatic Brain Injuries., 2017
  • Member of the Board of Directors for The 22 Project, a 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to helping veterans suffering from PTSD and Traumatic Brain Injuries., 2016

Verdicts/Settlements:

  • In the past year, Mr. Jerla has recovered over $1.5 million dollars in settlements on behalf of victims injured due to the negligence of others.

Educational Background:

  • Bachelor of Science in Environmental Engineering Technology - Temple University, Philadelphia, PA, 1999
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Office Location for Thomas J. Jerla, Jr.

3700 Airport Road
Suite 401
Boca Raton, FL 33431

Phone: 786-785-7631

Fax: 561-708-0801

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