The Thomas Law Firm

The Thomas Law Firm

We handle all Serious Injuries, as well as Worker's™ Compensation, Long Term Disability, Agricultural Litigation, Products Liability, Business Litigation, Condemnation Proceedings, and Hospital & Nursing Home Negligence.

Firm Overview

The Thomas Law Firm is an aggressive law firm with over 32 years experience specializing in personal injury, workers compensation, wrongful death, medical malpractice, nursing home negligence matters, agricultural litigation, and commercial litigation. It routinely litigates in fifteen counties in Middle Tennessee but does handle cases statewide as well as out of state. The firm has gained a reputation for excellence in the courtroom, the Appellate Courts, and among many other firms. Through frequent appearances before the Tennessee Court of Appeals, Tennessee Supreme Court, and Worker's Compensation Panel, the firm has played a significant role in shaping Tennessee Law. We do not hesitate to challenge current laws we feel to be unjust, unfair, or inappropriate which has resulted in the changes to several laws that advance victim's rights. Actively involved in legal organizations, our attorneys help monitor and oppose changes to Tennessee Law that would create unjust and unfair hardships for the people.

Our firm maintains the highest professional standards. Our staff utilizes the latest in technology and case management resources to insure the highest quality of representation possible. With significant trial experience in the State and Federal Courts, D. Russell Thomas has fourteen (14) years of service on the Tennessee Trial Lawyers Board of Governors for the 6th District of Tennessee, has tried several hundred cases, has been in practice for over 32 years, has been on the lecture circuit teaching legal seminars throughout Tennessee for the Tennessee Trial Lawyers Association, he is the author of
Main Office
Main Office
138 South Cannon Ave
Murfreesboro  TN  37129
  • (615) 848-1818
Auto Accident
If someone injured you through their negligence in driving a vehicle, then you have rights under the law and deserve the best representation you can get.

1. You have only a limited time to sue: In most states, the statute of limitations for filing a car accident claim is between one and two years. If you don't sue within that time, you give up your right to sue forever.

2. You may need to comply with certain rules in order to sue You may need to file a police report or file notice within a given period of time. Your individual state may have additional requirements as well. An attorney who is experienced in handling car accident injuries in your area will be familiar with the laws and can help you make sure you don't do anything that jeopardizes your right to sue the party responsible for your injury.

3. Your insurance company may have a different agenda: Most insurance companies aim to protect their insureds and to compensate them for damages. However, insurance companies also aim to keep costs down and reduce their overhead. Since your agenda and your insurance companies agenda may not perfectly align, hiring an attorney can be the best way to insure you have an advocate for your interests.

4. You may not fully understand all of your potential damages: There are a slew of potential damages available to people who are injured in a car accident. In addition to medical bills, you may be able to recover for lost wages, pain and suffering and emotional distress. Your family members may even be able to recover for the loss of your companionship if you have become incapacitated. If you don't hire an attorney, you may not be aware of all of your potential legal rights to recovery.

5. Proving liability can be complex Even with witnesses and a police report saying the other party is at fault, proving that he was so negligent that he breached a duty of care to you can be difficult. Since there are many elements that go into winning a personal injury lawsuit, you will need to hire an attorney who understands the law and who can provide references to cases, citations and other sources of law that support your position.

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Personal Injury
This area of law includes automobile accidents, products liability, professional negligence and premises liability cases.
Personal injury refers to civil cases in which a party (The Plaintiff) sues another individual or company (The Defendant) for personal injury, property damage, lost wages, pain and suffering, or any other kind of loss or injury. To recover compensation, a plaintiff must prove that there was an act or failure to act on the part of the Defendant which caused some damage to the Plaintiff.

A person who suffers injury as the result of someone else's negligence in the State of Tennessee typically has up to one year from the date of the injury to file a lawsuit. In most cases, failure to file suit within that one year will prevent the Plaintiff from making any recovery.

See more information about our experience in personal injury
Wrongful Death
Attorney D. Russell Thomas has over 32 years of experience in handling wrongful death matters. If you are a surviving family member of someone who has died as a result of another person’s acts or failures to act, let us help.
Mission Statement

To help those we can help. To improve the quality of legal services in our community. To honorably conduct ourselves and promote the image of the legal profession. To inform the public of their legal rights as to personal injury, work injuries, and wrongful death. To correctly inform the public as to the myths, unfounded beliefs, and outright disinformation in regard to jury trials, non-jury trials, insurance claim practices, the role of the plaintiff attorney, insurance company adjusters, and defense attorneys in handling and presenting civil litigation and non-jury cases.

A death caused by a negligent, careless, intentional or reckless act of another person or corporation is called a wrongful death. In most states, if the death of a relative was caused by the wrongful act of another, surviving family members may have the right to recover money damages for the death.

The award of damages depend upon the earnings the deceased person made and other factors such as whether or not surviving family members were dependent upon this income for support. Also to be considered is the loss of consortium of the spouse and children.

How did your firm decide on the primary area of practice(s)?

Our firm’s goal is to help people. Helping injured people are perhaps the most challenging area of trial law. Our goal is to meet and overcome those challenges and to help as many as we can one client at a time with personalized attention.

What experience or education distinguishes your lawyers from others?

I have represented thousands of families in thousands of cases over 35 years with hundreds of trials. We actually go to Court and try cases. Not everyone does. I have the highest rating from Martindale Hubble peer review for both skill and ethics. “AV” rated.

What distinguishes your law firm from others?

We have frequent attorney contact with clients. Experienced, aggressive representation, caring for our clients including negotiating the best deal possible, but we are not afraid to step into the trial arena and try the case if need be. I have done that hundreds of times.

D. Russell Thomas

Attorney D. Russell Thomas was born in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, August 3, 1952. He attended Middle Tennessee State University (B.S., 1974) and was a member of Kappa Sigma while studying for his undergraduate degree. He attended Memphis State University obtaining a Doctor of Jurisprudence degree in December of 1977. While at MSU he was a member of Phi Alpha Delta. Mr. Thomas was admitted to the Tennessee bar on April 15, 1978, and is admitted to the U.S. District Court in the, Middle and Eastern Districts of Tennessee.

D. Russell Thomas is a 1985 Graduate of ATLA

Melinda K. Brown

Attorney Melinda K. Brown was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma on March 24, 1977. Ms. Brown attended the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville (B.S., 2001) for her undergraduate degree in Architectural Studies. After working in the legal field as an assistant for nearly ten years, she graduated from the Nashville School of Law obtaining a Doctor of Jurisprudence on May 22, 2010. Ms. Brown was admitted to the Tennessee Bar on October 13, 2010.

Ms. Brown has been a member of the American Association for Justice and Tennessee Association for Justice since 2008. She joined the Rutherford County Bar Association in 2010.

Ms. Brown lives in Murfreesboro with her husband, C.S. Brown, and two cats. Outside of the office, she enjoys music, reading, drawing, painting, baking, and traveling. She is also very active in her husband

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