Brandi J. Thomas
Family Law Practice Group Leader
Phone: (850) 383-0000
Areas of Focus:
Family Law & Personal Injury
“From inception Attorney Thomas made me feel heard. She was always prepared, attentive and focused on my goal. Attorney Thomas never waivered from our objectives while managing my expectations in a realistic and kind manner.”
What prompted you to pursue a legal career specifically practicing Family Law?
The concept of ‘family’ and its evolution particularly in the last ten years has always fascinated me. The way the law has had to reconfigure its parameters for the inclusion and proper representation of modern families provides me with countless opportunities to evolve professionally. One of my greatest experiences was successfully helping a same-sex couple with the adoption of their child.
Family law is riddled with complexities that require strategic legal acumen combined with a human touch. Clients are entrusting us with perhaps the most sacred parts of their lives. These are sensitive matters that extend beyond motions, hearings and legal jargon. Oftentimes children and one’s financial stability hang in the balance. This is why I practice family law. For me, it is the one area of the law that is truly multi-faceted.
What can a prospective client expect from the Family Law Practice at the Akbar Law Firm?
Prospective clients can expect honesty and inclusion at every step of our representation. When a client retains us the process begins with a thorough analysis of their situation and ultimate goals. We pride ourselves in our commitment to engage our clients fully by ensuring that they are aware of the strengths and weaknesses of their case. We become partners. Secondly, we have a comprehensive team of attorneys and non-legal professionals that help us shape our legal strategies. We are then able to provide our client with a robust approach. Thirdly, while our family law attorneys are skilled negotiators who are regularly able to settle cases within mediation – we are also experienced trial attorneys. Our aim is to resolve cases expeditiously on behalf of our clients; however, we will not shy away from trial when required.
Also, our staff members are trained professionals that serve a vital ‘behind the scene’ role. They are well versed in the cases, which are assigned to them. As such, clients always have a secondary point of contact for up-to-date information.
How does your community involvement further your practice?
That’s another great aspect of the Akbar Law Firm. Attorneys and staff members alike maintain a personal commitment to community. I am personally involved in leadership positions within several legal and community service organizations. My involvement in these organizations helps me create and maintain meaningful relationships with professionals whose particular background and professional experience may further serve our clients. It also brings us into contact with people that may not be able to afford legal representation. However, our commitment to pro-bono services is able to provide some direction and most importantly a glimpse of hope.