Damian ThomasAdjunct Professor
DAMIAN E. THOMAS, Wasserman & Thomas, P.A.
Damian E. Thomas maintains a practice in the areas of commercial and tort litigation, workers' compensation, and criminal law. He has been a member of The Florida Bar since 1999, and is admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of Florida and all courts in the state of Florida. In addition, Mr. Thomas is admitted to practice before the Untied States District Court for the Northern, Middle, and Southern Districts of Florida, as well as the United States Court of Appeal for the Eleventh Circuit. He is a member of the American Association for Justice, as well as the American Bar Association. Mr. Thomas earned a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Miami and his Juris Doctor from The Florida State University College of Law.
Mr. Thomas is a Past President of the Dade County Bar Association Young Lawyers' Section ("DCBA YLS"). Mr. Thomas began serving on the board of DCBA YLS in 2002, and has previously held the position of Treasurer, as well as co-Chair of the Public Relations Committee, Sports Committee, and the Minority Bar Passage Project Committee. The Minority Bar Passage Project is a program dedicated to increasing the passage rate of minority students on The Florida Bar Examination.
In addition, Mr. Thomas is also Vice President of the board of trustees of the North Dade Center, Inc. ("North Dade Center"), as well as a member of the board of trustees of the Miami-Dade County Law Library. The North Dade Center, located in Opa Locka, Florida is a non-profit school dedicated to servicing the needs of adults with disabilities. The facility has operated for over 40 years, and predominately services clients of Hispanic and African-American heritage. Many of the adult clients have attended the school since childhood. The Miami-Dade County Law Library has been in existence since 1937 (70 years), and as a free public law library is the only one of its kind in Miami-Dade County. The library is the only legal resource to many pro se litigants and indigent citizens. Over 75% of the pro se litigants serviced by the library are minorities. After the implementation of Article V, Revision 7 of the Florida Constitution, the library received a drastic cut in funding, and consequently has struggled to remain in existence. Through the efforts of the library staff, the board of trustees as well as concerned citizens and attorneys, the library has continued to be a resource to those in need of legal resources.
Mr. Thomas served as a board member of the Wilkie D. Ferguson, Jr. Bar Association ("WDFJBA") (formerly Black Lawyers Association) from 2002-2005, and was co-Chair of the Bylaws Committee, which was instrumental in re-naming the Association after the late, Honorable Wilkie D. Ferguson, Jr., after whom the newly constructed federal courthouse in Miami is named. He is also a past recipient of the Association’s prestigious Newcomer of the Year Award, and was elected Vice President of the Association for the 2004-2005 year. Mr. Thomas was selected by the Supreme Court of Florida to serve as a director of The Florida Bar Foundation, a charitable organization established by Florida lawyers and the Supreme Court of Florida to provide greater access to justice. His experience in multi-party litigation on the state and federal levels, as well as real estate and title services allows him to serve individual and institutional clients in complex criminal and civil matters.