Tom Rhodes


Tom Rhodes Law Firm, P.C.

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San Antonio




Tom Rhodes is the firm’s Senior Trial Counsel and Managing Partner. Mr. Rhodes has over 26 years of extensive trial experience. As a founding partner of Lyons & Rhodes, P.C. and, later, Rhodes & Vela, L.L.P., Tom Rhodes has practiced in the field of civil trial litigation of the plaintiffs bar for his entire career. His aggressive discovery preparation and trial strategy skills are recognized by his peers at both the State and National level. He has the ability to negotiate and litigate complex legal, technical, and scientific issues to achieve the bottom line for his clients.
Mr. Rhodes is frequently asked by other firms to associate on cases as trial counsel. Mr. Rhodes believes in achieving and maximizing results for his clients at the highest ethical and professional standards. He has received numerous honors and awards, and is a nationally recognized speaker and author on trial strategy and jury argument.
Mr. Rhodes graduated, with highest honors, from Southwest Texas State University in 1977 and received his J.D. from St. Mary’s University School of Law in 1980. He is Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, and is a past president of the San Antonio Trial Lawyers Association. He is a member of the Inner Circle of Advocates.
Mr. Rhodes has tried a variety of cases resulting in significant jury verdicts including the third highest nursing home jury verdict in United States history. He is presently engaged in litigation ranging from municipality and school district construction contingent fee litigation, and contingent fee intellectual property litigation involving some of the largest multi-national companies in the World.
While the major portion of Mr. Rhodes’ litigation and successes prior to 2000, consisted almost exclusively of personal injury and medical malpractice litigation, he has successfully translated his trial strategies and skills into the areas of complex commercial litigation, intellectual property litigation, and construction litigation. He has significant experience in handling multi-client cases.
Mr. Rhodes is admitted to practice in the following courts: Tennessee courts, Texas courts, United States District Court, Western District of Texas, United States District Court, Southern District of Texas, United States District Court, Eastern District of Texas, and United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.
Tom Rhodes has been named as a “Texas Super Lawyer”, for each year since the awards inception, by Texas Monthly Magazine, beginning in 2003 through the present. Mr. Rhodes has been named in ìBest Lawyers in Americaî since 2000. In 2012, the publication listed Mr. Rhodes in 7 categories. Additionally, Mr. Rhodes was named ìLawyer of the Yearî in Medical Malpractice in San Antonio. He was also ranked as one of the top 50 lawyers in Central & West Texas in 2006 and 2012 by Texas Monthly Magazine.