Thomas Staples

Staples Ellis & Associates, PA
100 S Alcaniz St., Suite A
Pensacola, FL 32502
(850) 432-4143

This is a small law firm that handles extremely large, often complex, law suits. We have handled some of the largest medical malpractice cases in the United States. There are medical doctors on staff to review all cases. We retain expert witnesses throughout the United States to assist our clients at trial. This law firm was founded in 1973 and has served the Florida Panhandle continuously to date.

Areas of Practice

60% Medical Malpractice - Plaintiffs
40% Personal Injury - Plaintiffs

Litigation Percentage

75% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

Florida, 1973
U.S. District Court Northern District of Florida, 1974
U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit


Tulane Law School, New Orleans, Louisiana
J.D. - 1973
Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana
B.A. - 1968

Published Works

"Obstetrics, Gynecology and Florida Law", Professional Education Systems, Inc., April, 1996

Representative Cases

Harrison v. University Hospital, Circuit Court First Circuit (Award: $3,500,000.00 1985)
Madden v. Sacred Heart Hospital, Circuit Court First Circuit (Award: $5,200,000.00 1989)
Jeffrey v. Six Flags Over Georgia, Inc, Federal Court, Northern District of Florida (Award: $3,500,000.00 1985)


Obstetrics, Gynecology & Florida Law, Professional Education Systems, Inc., 1996

Honors And Awards

Recognized as one of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers, 2015 - Present
AV Preeminent, Martindale Hubbell

Professional Associations and Memberships

American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), Associate, 1986 - Present
Florida Justice Association, Member
American Association of Justice, Member
First Circuit Justice Association, Member
Million Dollar Advocates Forum, Life Member
Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum, Life Member
Pensacola Community Concert Association, President
Split Creek Hunting Club, Member
Scuba Diving-Advanced and Nitrox Certifications
Bream Fisherman's Association, Member

Past Employment Positions

State Attorney's Office, Assistant State Attorney, 1973 - 1981
Pensacola City Attorney's Office, Assistant City Attorney, 1976 - 1981
Pensacola City Attorney's Office, Legal Advisor to Pensacola Police Department, 1976 - 1981
United States Army Reserve, Honorable Discharge, 1969 - 1976

Pro Bono Activities

Northwest Florida Legal Services, 1999 - Present



Fraternities/ Sororities

Alpha Tau Omega
Phi Delta Phi