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Tripp Law Firm Profile

Attorney G. Alan Tripp, Jr. – Founder & Managing Attorney

Attorney G. Alan Tripp, Jr. was born in Tampa, Florida and 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 Book 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 in Trial Advocacy and #4 in Legal Writing in the nation and is also among the nation’s top 100 law schools.

As the 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 also admitted to practice in the federal court for the Middle District of Florida.

Mr. Tripp is a Florida injury lawyer, family man and sports car enthusiast who clients have trusted for over thirteen (13) years.  He is committed to serving his community and is a past contributor to the Gulfcoast Family Newspaper.

Mr. Tripp resides in Seminole.

Attorney Ian M. Thomas – Associate Trial 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.

Mr. Thomas resides in Palm Harbor.

George A. Tripp, Sr., CCLA, FRP, – Firm Administrator

George A. Tripp has been a resident of the Tampa Bay area for over fifty (50) 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 the Tampa District Claims Office. He also worked as a Claims Supervisor 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 entire 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 (AAJ), formerly known as the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers, Florida Bar, National Federation of Paralegal Associations, and Florida Alliance of Paralegal Associations. In addition, he currently serves as the Chairman of the Board for CEF of Florida, Inc, Executive Secretary for Florida Bible College of Tampa, and formerly served as Chairman of the Board Member for Judgement House and sat on the National Advisory Board for Clearwater Christian College. He was appointed to the City of Seminole’s Developmental Review Board in 2004 and currently 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 Club programs sponsored by CEF of Florida, Inc and The City of Seminole.

George resides in Seminole.

Gary L. Stone, FRP – Florida Registered Paralegal – Case Manager

Gary has been a resident of the Tampa Bay area for over forty (40) 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 twenty-eight (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.

Gary resides in Largo.

Eric D. Wahl – Case Manager / Licensed Staff Investigator

Eric has been a resident of the Tampa Bay area for over thirty (30) years. He is a graduate of Clearwater Christian College (Florida). During his distinguished career he has served in a variety of leadership positions. As a former multi-line independent insurance adjuster (5-20), he worked for many insurance companies doing the investigation, evaluation and settlement negotiation of both first- and third-party claims. His broad multi-line insurance experience focused on personal, commercial and professional liability claims adjusting. During his insurance career, he regularly interacted with both plaintiff and insurance defense attorneys.

Since 2006, Mr. Wahl has worked exclusively on the plaintiff’s side of the personal injury law business as a licensed staff investigator, legal assistant, paralegal and case manager. In addition, he has developed significant experience in mediation and litigation support.

Eric resides in Seminole.

Chey Tipton, – Office Assistant – II

Chey has a extensive background in personal injury medical practice administration.   She handles new client matters, medical record requests and assists the attorneys in the initial stage of case development.

Chey resides in Seminole.

Jessica Freeman, – Office Assistant – I

Jessica comes to the firm with an extensive family background in law and has worked in law offices since 2004. She is a graduate of the University of Central Florida.  Her cheerful friendly voice is usually the first one you hear when you call the Tripp Law Firm.

Jessica resides in St. Petersburg, Florida.