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Tripp Law Firm Profile
Attorney G. Alan Tripp, Jr. – Founder & Managing Attorney
Attorney G. Alan Tripp, Jr. is an accomplished Florida personal injury attorney, practicing in the areas of tort, personal injury, wrongful death, medical malpractice, nursing home negligence, products liability, and insurance coverage disputes. He provides aggressive representation to individuals and families who have been injured. Prior to opening the Tripp Law Firm, P.A. he worked as a Law Clerk for Abrahamson, Uiterwyk and Barnes in their Clearwater office. Working in this capacity at the firm allowed him to learn the “law business” which gave him the knowledge and confidence to open this practice in 2007.
He attended Pensacola Christian College (Florida) and is a graduate of Clearwater Christian College (Florida) earning his B.A. degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with highest honors (Summa Cum Laude) and earned his Juris Doctorate at Stetson University College of Law in Gulfport, Florida. While at Stetson University College of Law, Mr. Tripp was on the Dean’s List and earned the American Jurisprudence Award for the highest grade in his section for Advanced Trial Skills. Stetson University College of Law has been named the American Bar Association’s School of the Year. Stetson University College of Law is Florida’s first law school. It has educated lawyers for more than a century and has been continually ranked as U.S. News and World Report’s #1 legal advocacy law school in the nation and among the nation’s top 100 law schools.
As managing attorney at the Tripp Law Firm, Attorney Tripp oversees both the pre-litigation and litigation departments of the firm. He is regularly involved in case strategy, office operations, case review/assignments and directs the associate attorneys of the firm. He is a member of the Florida Bar, Florida Justice Association and the Tampa Bay Trial Lawyers Association.
Mr. Tripp is committed to serving his community and is a past contributor to the Gulfcoast Family Newspaper.
Attorney Ian M. Thomas – Associate Attorney
Ian Matthew Thomas was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Growing up, Ian lived in St. Louis, Missouri, San Francisco, California, and Hartford, Connecticut. Ian graduated from Wingate University with a Bachelor of Arts in Music. Ian attended Stetson University College of Law and graduated with a Juris Doctorate. Prior to joining the Tripp Law Firm, Ian was employed by a local insurance defense firm, where he witnessed first-hand the lengths to which insurance companies will go in order to pay personal injury victims as little as possible. Ian’s experience on the defense side confirmed his desire to become an advocate for victims of personal injury. Ian also spent some time at a Clearwater, Florida plaintiff-oriented personal injury law firm before joining the Tripp Law Firm.
During law school, Ian interned for Sixth Judicial Circuit Court Judge Amy Williams and participated in Stetson’s first Private Practice Internship program, spending a summer working for the firm Akerman Senterfitt in Tampa, Florida. At Stetson, Ian was selected to participate in the prestigious Honors Program and graduated in the top seven percent of his class. In addition to his accomplishments in the legal field, Ian is an accomplished musician. Ian is a classically trained cellist and also plays the guitar, piano, and electric bass. Prior to attending law school, Ian was the member of a band that toured both domestically and internationally.
Ian is a member of the Florida Bar, American Association for Justice, Clearwater Bar Association, Florida Justice Association, Million Dollar Advocates Forum and Life Member of the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum. Ian is also admitted to practice in the federal courts for the Middle and Northern Districts of Florida.
Attorney Ryan S. Stratton – Associate Attorney
Abraham Lincoln once said, “A lawyer’s time and advice are his stock in trade.” Oftentimes, injured individuals seek out an attorney in life’s most desperate hour. Injured individuals need an attorney who understands their pain, who takes the time to return their calls and who’s able to provide straightforward advice to guide them through the complicated maze of legal worries. This is where Attorney Ryan S. Stratton of the Tripp Law Firm comes in. Ryan is a Personal Injury Attorney living in the St. Petersburg Area focusing on the legal needs of the injured in both the pre-litigation and litigation stage.
Attorney Ryan S. Stratton graduated Cum Laude from The University of Florida in 2011 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics and a minor in Communications. Before starting law school, Ryan served as a Legal Intern at Masterson, Hoag & Smith, formerly Masterson Law Group, of St. Petersburg, Florida in 2011 and 2012, which concentrates its practice on complex personal injury matters involving medical malpractice and wrongful death. He also graduated from the Bob Hogue School of Real Estate and holds a Florida Real Estate Sales Associate License.
In May of 2015, Ryan earned his Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree from the University of Florida – Fredric G. Levin College of Law. While in law school, Ryan received the Advanced Legal Research Book Award in 2014 and the Liability Insurance Law Book Award in 2015, which are awarded to the student who received the highest grade in the course. Ryan was one of only two second-year law school students who were appointed to the Executive Board of Florida’s Journal of International Law, a role which was historically reserved exclusively for third-year students. During his tenure on the Executive Board, he served as Executive Research Editor and was later elected to the highly coveted position of Executive Articles Editor.
Throughout law school, Ryan was also an active student member of the James C. Adkins Jr. American Inn of Court, where he gained insight into valuable trial techniques that have proven essential to his practice of law. In January 2014, Ryan was selected to work alongside Honorable Robert K. Groeb, Eighth Judicial Circuit Court Judge, to prepare and deliver the American Inn of Court Presentation on Directs, Crosses and Objections, which was attended by Attorneys and Judges from across the State of Florida. In addition to pursuing his passion to become a skilled Personal Injury Attorney, Ryan also participated in a number of other law school activities, including the Association for Law and Business, Alachua Habitat for Humanity, Legal Writing and Appellate Advocacy.
Ryan grew up in St. Petersburg, Florida and learned the importance of helping others early on in life. From his first job as a Lifeguard at age fourteen (14) to his profession today as a Personal Injury Attorney at Tripp Law Firm, Ryan has been providing assistance to those who’ve been injured all of his life. In his free time, he enjoys his frequent family get-togethers, attending concerts and local events and rooting for the Florida Gators on Saturdays.
George A. Tripp, Sr., CCLA, FRP, – Firm Administrator
George A. Tripp, Sr., CCLA, FRP – Firm Administrator – has been a resident of the Tampa Bay area for over forty-five years. He is a graduate of H.B. Plant High School in Tampa. While attending Hillsborough Community College in Tampa, his education was focused on insurance, business and insurance claims law. Mr. Tripp is a former licensed (6-20) Claims Adjuster, and is now a Florida Registered Paralegal (FRP), Florida Licensed Private Investigator and holds the professional designation of Casualty Claims Law Associate (CCLA) from the American Educational Institute in Basking Ridge, New Jersey.
Mr. Tripp began his professional career with Allstate Insurance Company in Tampa District Claims Office. He also worked for Metropolitan Property and Casualty Insurance Company (MetLife Auto & Home) Southeast Home Office (SEHO), and concluded his insurance career at United Services Automobile Association (USAA) Southeast Regional Home Office (SERHO). During his wide-ranging insurance career, Mr. Tripp was a (6-20) licensed multi-line claims adjuster. He has investigated, evaluated and settled thousands of insurance claims with unrepresented claimants or claimants that were represented by legal counsel. In the early 1980’s when Alternate Dispute Resolution (ADR) was introduced to the insurance industry, Mr. Tripp began acting as company representative during the mediation process. In 1992, he sold the highest number and dollar volume of structured settlements for his then employer, USAA. During his extensive insurance claims career, he served as a Claims Adjuster, Claims Supervisor, Claims Manager, Claims Trainer, Senior Claims Examiner, and was the President of the West Coast Claims Association. His extensive knowledge in the insurance industry has allowed him to supervise and direct insurance defense counsel in civil litigation cases throughout the state of Florida. Mr. Tripp’s broad range of experience with various lines of insurance, extensive leadership and training experience has allowed him to handle some of the most complex and significant coverage, liability, damage, and extra-contractual liability claims in the insurance industry.
Since 1993, Mr. Tripp now uses this extensive knowledge of the insurance industry to help firm clients in cases and other personal injury and wrongful death claims. He has worked for and been employed by several high-profile attorneys in the Tampa Bay area. He now focuses his energy and effort on assisting our attorneys with investigating the complex issues, medical preparation, and often acts as liaison between the attorney(s) and client. He also assists clients with their special needs and oversees all aspects of case development from inception through final resolution.
Mr. Tripp’s professional affiliations include the American Bar Association (ABA), American Association for Justice, formerly known as the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers, National Federation of Paralegal Associations, Florida Alliance of Paralegal Associations, and the Tampa Bay Paralegal Association, Inc. In addition, he currently serves as the Executive Secretary for Florida Bible College of Tampa, Board Member Judgement House and formerly served on the National Advisory Board for Clearwater Christian College. He was appointed to the City of Seminole’s Developmental Review Board and serves as Chairman of the Board for the City of Seminole, Florida.
His charitable or volunteer work includes serving with Awana Clubs International, After School Good News Clubs sponsored by CEF and on the ministry leadership team at his church.
Patrick W. Spoonhour – Firm Representative – Legal Assistant
Patrick has been a resident of Pinellas County for nineteen years. He holds a degree in Aeronautical Sciences from the College of the Air Force. Mr. Spoonhour has worked in the health insurance industry as a representative, field underwriter and District Manager. He also has worked for both Tenet Healthcare and Orthopaedic Associates of West Florida performing the duties of insurance collections, contract auditing, and billing. For the past five years he has worked as a legal assistant and firm representative.
Mr. Spoonhour serves his community as an officer in the U.S. Navy Sea Cadet Program where he has attained the rank of Ensign. He is also actively involved with organizations that seek to assist active duty military and veterans with many of their needs. Many of these activities are done through the Tampa Bay Council of the Navy League of the United States and Wishes 4 our Heroes.
Gary L. Stone, FRP – Florida Registered Paralegal – Case Manager
Gary has been a resident of the Tampa Bay area for over thirty five years. He is a graduate of Robinson High School in Tampa. He attended Florida Bible College, and his continued education has included a concentration in Insurance Industry corporate training and study through the National Association of Legal Assistants (NALA). Mr. Stone is a former licensed Claims Adjuster and is now a Florida Registered Paralegal (FRP).
Mr. Stone has over 28 years of experience in the areas of Insurance Claims and Personal Injury matters. He has worked for such companies as Zurich Commercial Insurance Company, Cigna Property and Casualty Insurance Company, Metropolitan Property and Casualty Insurance Company, and USAA. During his accomplished career, Mr. Stone was a licensed multi-line adjuster and worked in the capacity of Senior Casualty Adjuster, Bodily Injury Claim Supervisor and was a member of the West Coast Claims Association. Working in these capacities has given him a distinct perspective in dealing with insurance companies and the attorneys that work to defend them as well as a vast knowledge of medical terminology that is so critical to the pursuit of a successful personal injury claim. Mr. Stone is a past board member of the Pregnancy Care Center of Tampa, a non-profit organization focused on assisting mothers in need and their children.
Chey Tipton – Receptionist / Administration
Chey comes to the firm with an extensive background in personal injury medical practice administration. Her cheerful friendly voice is usually the first one you hear when you call the Tripp Law Firm.
Chey currently resides in St. Petersburg, Florida.