Adrian Thomas is the founding partner of Adrian Philip Thomas, P.A., which opened its doors on July 1, 2002. Mr. Thomas represents both plaintiffs and defendants, and has successfully litigated cases involving claims of undue influence, lack of capacity and tortious interference with an inheritance. Mr. Thomas’s firm has recovered more than $125 Million Dollars for its clients. Some of Mr. Thomas’s notable results are:
- $15 Million Dollars – Trust Litigation. Case involving litigation related to a major change to estate plan orchestrated by lawyer who installed himself as a fiduciary in order to be paid fees in perpetuity to the detriment of decedent’s children. Changes were made to the trust by the lawyer at a time when the testator was dying of cancer and heavily medicated.
- $8.3 Million Dollars – Will Contest, Trust Contest and Tortious Interference. Case involving challenge to charitable trust created by decedent’s CPA and estate planning attorney that diverted the decedent’s entire gross estate to that trust and installed the CPA and attorney as the fiduciaries thereby securing a lifetime “annuity” of fees. The charitable trust also permitted the CPA and drafting attorney to name anyone – including their family members – to succeed them as fiduciaries.
- $6,500,000 – Trust Litigation. Case involving major change to estate plan orchestrated by family member seeking to install himself as a fiduciary for ongoing fees.
- $6,100,000 – Trust Litigation. Case involving challenge to the validity of several trust amendments procured by the decedent’s son effectively disinheriting the decedent’s other children. The initial challenge to these trust amendments was brought in the decedent’s guardianship proceeding wherein the court found that the decedent lacked capacity. The litigation continued post death and resulted in Plaintiffs receiving all the assets to which they were entitled before the undue influence.
- $6,000,000 – Trust Litigation. Case involving major change to estate plan orchestrated by lawyer seeking to benefit his own relationship with banking institution to the detriment of decedent’s family members. Changes were made to a trust by the lawyer at a time when the settlor was suffering from Alzheimer’s Disease.
Mr. Thomas earned his Juris Doctor from Nova Southeastern University (1993) and a Master of Laws in Estate Planning from the University of Miami (2000). Prior to attending law school, Mr. Thomas earned a Bachelor of Science in Political Science from the University of Florida (1990).
In 2004, Mr. Thomas earned the highest “AV” rating from Martindale-Hubbell, which means that an attorney has reached the highest level of professional excellence and is recognized for the highest levels of skill and integrity. Mr. Thomas maintains that designation to this day. Also, Mr. Thomas earned a “10-Superb” rating from Avvo and has bee recognized by:
- Forbes Florida Legal (2012)
- Florida Trend’s Legal Elite (2008-2012)
- South Florida’s Top-Rated Lawyers (2012-2013)
- The American Lawyer (2012-2013)
- The National Advocates, Top 100 Lawyers
- Legal Leaders, Top-Rated Lawyers (2018)
Mr. Thomas is admitted to the Florida Bar; the United Stated District Court, Southern District of Florida; and the United States Court of Appeals. Mr. Thomas is credited with three published appellate court opinions that are of ongoing significance to the trust and estate litigation area of practice:
- Woodward v. Woodward, 192 So.3d 528 (Fla. 4th DCA 2016)
- Gossett v. Gossett, 182 So.3d 694 (Fla. 4th DCA 2015)
- Schilling v. Herrera, 952 So.2d 1231 (Fla. 3d DCA 2007)
Mr. Thomas was born on November 10, 1966 in Isle of Wight, England. He immigrated to the United States when he was 11 years old and met his wife, Michele MacLean Thomas, during high school in Boca Raton, Florida. The two attended college and law school together and married in 1990. Mr. and Mrs. Thomas have two grown children.
- University of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida, Master of Laws in Estate Planning, 2000
- Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad School of Law, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Juris Doctor, 1993
- University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, Bachelor of Science, Political Science, 1990
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- Florida, 1993
- United States District Court, Southern District Of Florida, 1994
- United States Court Of Appeals, 11th Circuit, 1995