Thomas Carey

Carey & Leisure
622 Bypass Drive
Suite 100
Clearwater, FL 33764

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

Areas of practice

Personal injury

Wrongful death

Cemetery malpractice

Funeral home malpractice

Admitted to practice

Rhode Island, 1977

Massachusetts, 1977

Florida, 1978

U.S. Tax Court

U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida, 1981


AV® Preeminentá?? Peer Review RatedSM by Martindale-Hubbell®

Miami Herald's Super Lawyers, 2006áÏ“2010

Best Lawyers in America, 2007áÏ“2010

Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyersá??, 2006áÏ“2010

Tampa Bay's Best Lawyer Personal Injury, Tampa Bay Magazine, July/August 2008 edition

Board certified in civil trial law by:
National Board of Trial Advocacy
The Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization and Education

SuperLawyers 2009-2010


New York University Law School, LL.M. in Taxation, 1979

Suffolk University, J.D., cum laude, 1978

Georgetown University, A.B., 1972

Professional memberships

Clearwater, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts Bar Associations

The Florida Bar

American Association for Justice
Elected, Florida State Delegate
Litigation Chair, Funeral Services and Cemetery Malpractice

Florida Justice Association
Member, Board of Directors, 1987áÏ“1997

Pinellas County Trial Lawyers Association


Born in Newport, Rhode Island on August 16, 1950

Graduate Law Fellowship, New York University

Adjunct Professor of Law, Trial Practice, Stetson University College of Law, 1987

Author: Florida Personal Injury Practice Forms, West Publishing, 1994

Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD)
State Chairman, 1985áÏ“1986
President, Pinellas County Chapter, 1984áÏ“1985

Member, Board of Directors, Pinellas/Pasco Boy Scouts of America, 1992áÏ“1994

Founding Member, Remove Intoxicated Drivers (RID), Tampa Bay area

Member, Million Dollar Advocates Forum

Awarded Distinguished Service Award from Stetson University College of Law áÏ“ June 2010