Thomas Brill is an accomplished personal injury lawyer with over 30 years of experience as a partner at Young Wooldridge, LLP. He was voted the “BEST Personal Injury Lawyer” in Kern County since 2022 by The Bakersfield Californians Readers’ Choice Poll. Thomas has also earned an AV preeminent Martindale-Hubble rating, which recognizes attorneys who demonstrate the highest level of professional excellence as rated by their peers. He has a proven track record of winning multimillion-dollar verdicts and securing settlements of up to 8.9 million dollars for his clients. Additionally, Thomas is fluent in Spanish, which allows him to effectively represent many Hispanic accident victims.
Hailing from Baltimore, Maryland, Thomas grew up as one of eight children, fostering a strong sense of community and empathy. He pursued his higher education at a Maryland state school, graduating with Summa Cum Laude honors from Towson University in 1981. Seeking to expand his legal acumen, he ventured to Los Angeles, where he enrolled at UCLA School of Law from 1983 to 1986 and successfully passed the California State Bar Exam, becoming a licensed attorney in California. Additionally, Thomas holds a Hawaii state bar license, exemplifying his commitment to serving clients in various jurisdictions.
Throughout his illustrious career, Thomas has achieved remarkable accomplishments in high-stakes litigation, securing numerous multi-million-dollar verdicts in cases involving catastrophic injuries and wrongful deaths. His exceptional work has garnered national recognition, with appearances on several prominent news programs, highlighting his involvement in unique and impactful cases. Notably, Thomas played a pivotal role in assisting family members in suing UCLA when their willed body program callously discarded ashes from research subjects. He also championed the cause of Jan Kerouac, daughter of renowned author Jack Kerouac, aiding her in reopening the Kerouac estate in Florida based on allegations of a fraudulent will. In another notable victory, Thomas secured a verdict on behalf of multiple victims of a runaway golf cart, holding the cart owner accountable for damages caused by the sudden, uncontrolled reverse movement. Moreover, Thomas exhibited unwavering dedication to justice by helping victims run down at the Kern County Fair seek rightful compensation.
Deeply committed to the safety of his community, Thomas firmly believes that personal injury attorneys play a vital role in holding wrongdoers accountable for their actions. He ardently states, “We aspire to create a safer future for our children and grandchildren by sending a resolute message that negligent practices and hazardous behavior will not be tolerated.” Additionally, Thomas derives immense satisfaction from supporting individuals navigating the challenging aftermath of life-altering accidents.
Fluently bilingual in English and Spanish, Thomas has been extensively involved in representing Hispanic accident victims, ensuring their voices are heard and their rights protected. Furthermore, he dedicates a considerable portion of his time to pro bono work, assisting individuals who lack the means to secure legal representation, particularly in cases involving grave injustices.
Beyond his legal pursuits, Thomas actively engages in the arts, finding solace and inspiration in creative endeavors. He has showcased his talents in various Bakersfield plays, garnering a nomination for best-supporting actor at the esteemed Bakersfield Community Theater. Additionally, Thomas has explored his passion for acting through appearances in two short films, showcasing his versatility. With an ardent interest in screenwriting, he nurtures the hope that one of his scripts will someday grace the silver screen. Thomas’s artistic sensibilities extend to music, where he finds joy in playing the guitar, and enjoys traveling.
- B.S., Towson State University, summa cum laude, 1981
- J.D., UCLA School of Law, 1986
- Martindale-Hubbell Rating: AV Preeminent
- The Bakersfield Californian’s BEST Of Kern County Readers’ Choice Poll: Best Personal Injury Lawyer 2022
- The Bakersfield Californian’s BEST Of Kern County Readers’ Choice Poll: Best Personal Injury Lawyer 2023