About Thomas Wade Young

Overview

  • 24 years experience
  • Licensed to practice in Florida, Kansas, and New Mexico (inactive)
  • Board Certified in Appellate Practice by The Florida Bar (one of 172)
  • AV Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating
  • Argued appeals before the Supreme Courts of Florida and Kansas
  • Jury trial experience in state and federal courts
  • Bench trial (trials to judge without a jury) experience in state and federal courts

Admitted To Practice

  • State:
    • Florida, 2003
    • Kansas, 1990
    • New Mexico, 2006 (inactive)
  • Federal:
    • United States Supreme Court, 2005
    • United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, 2004
    • United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, 1993
    • United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida, 2004
    • United States District Court for the District of Kansas, 1990 (Inactive)

Select Presentations

  • “Hyper and (Mostly) Free: Useful Electronic Tools for Persuasive Writing,” Advanced Legal Writing in a Paperless, Digital Age, Orange County Bar Ass’n (2014)
  • “Inside the Fifth District Court of Appeal” (Moderator), Orange County Bar Ass’n Bench Bar Conference (2014)
  • “Everybody Else is Doing It So Why Can’t We,” Cloud 9 Talks Professionalism and Ethics in the Virtual World, Orange County Bar Ass’n (2014)
  • “Florida’s Economic Loss Rule Then and Now,” Second Annual Construction Law in Florida, The Seminar Group (2013)
  • “Free Labor Ain’t Cheap: The High Costs of Interns and Volunteers,” Central Fla. Comp. & Benefits Ass’n (2013)
  • “PPACA & SCOTUS: It’s Constitutional. Now What?,” Central Fla. Comp. & Benefits Ass’n (2012)
  • “Job Hazard No. 1: Ethics Complaints,” Nat’l Ass’n of Ins. Comm’rs (2010)
  • “All Writs: A Primer,” Orange County Bar Association (2009)
  • “Proving Nexus,” Florida Statewide Guardian ad Litem Office (2007)
  • “Trial Advocacy,” Florida Statewide Guardian ad Litem Office (2007)
  • “Trials and Appeals,” Florida Statewide Guardian ad Litem Office (2005)
  • “Case Law Update,” Kansas Women Attorneys Association (2002)
  • “Ethics of Billing,” Wichita Women Attorneys Association (1996)
The Florida Bar - Board CertifiedThomas Wade YoungIn addition to his trials and appeals practice, Tom is an active member of The Florida Bar’s Professional Ethics Committee. Tom also enjoys advocating for the rights of children and youth and for improvement of state processes that affect children and families. When not working on law-related activities, Tom enjoys running and spending time outdoors.

Legal Publications

  • Thomas Wade Young, “Ruminations on the Relationship Between the Economic Loss Rule and Claims for Breach of Fiduciary Duty,” The Florida Bar Journal 9 (March 2012)
  • Michael March Brownlee & Thomas Wade Young, “Demystifying Appellate Practice in the Ninth Judicial Circuit,” The Briefs 6 (Nov. 2010)
  • Thomas Wade Young, “New Rules Expedite Dependency and Parental Termination Appeals,” in The Briefs (January 2010)
  • Thomas Wade Young, “Guardian ad Litem Appellate Practice,” in Dependency Practice Manual (Florida Statewide Guardian ad Litem Office 2007)
  • Kinship Care Legal Handbook, (Thomas Wade Young ed., Kin Support Project 2004)
  • Thomas Wade Young & Jae M. Lee, Responding to the Lament of Invisible Children: Achieving Meaningful Permanency for Foster Children, 72 J. Kan. B. Ass’n 46 (July 2003).

Select Professional Involvement

  • The Florida Bar, 2003 – Present
    • Professional Ethics Committee, 2012 – Present
    • Appellate Court Rules Committee, 2006 – 2012
    • Family Law Subcommittee, 2006 – Present (Chair, 2008 – 2011)
    • Florida Bar Journal/News Editorial Board, 2004 – 2006
  • Kansas Bar Association, 1990 – 2007; 2010 – 2011
    • Annual Meeting Committee, 2000 – 2001 (Chair)
  • State Bar of New Mexico, 2006 – Present
  • American Bar Association, 1990 – Present
    • Section of Litigation, 1990 – Present
    • Children’s Rights Litigation Committee, 2001 – Present (Web Editor, 2005 – 2007)
    • Section of Labor and Employment Law, 2009 – Present
    • Section of Individual Rights and Responsibilities, 2009 – Present
  • Orange County Bar Association, 2004 – Present
    • Appellate Practice Committee, 2007 – Present (Chair, 2012 – 2013)
  • Wichita Bar Association, 1990 – 2005
    • Summer Intern Committee, 1995 – 1997 (Chair, 1996 – 1997)
    • Continuing Legal Education Committee, 1994 – 1997
    • Professional Conduct Committee, 1994 – 1995
  • Ford/Gray County Bar Association, 1997 – 2002
    • President, 1998
  • Hearing Panel, Kansas Board for Discipline of Attorneys, 2000
  • Kansas Supreme Court Approved Mediator, 2001 – 2004

Education

  • Texas Tech University School of Law, Lubbock, Texas
  • Doctor of Jurisprudence, Cum Laude, May 1990
  • Order of the Coif
  • McMurry College, Abilene, Texas
  • Bachelor of Science, Education, Magna Cum Laude, May 1987
  • H.Y. Benedict Fellowship, Alpha Chi National Honor Society

Awards

  • Wichita Bar Association President’s Award for Outstanding Service, 1997
  • ABA Section of Litigation, Outstanding Subcommittee Chair, 2006

Admitted: Florida, Kansas, New Mexico (inactive)