Family Law Practice Group Leader
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 wavered from our objectives while managing my expectations in a realistic and kind manner.”

Q&A With Attorney Thomas
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. Therefore 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 clients 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 is another great aspect of the Akbar Law Firm. Attorneys and staff members alike maintain a personal commitment to the community in Tallahassee as well as the North Florida region.
I am personally involved in leadership positions within several legal and community service organizations in Tallahassee. My involvement in these organizations helps me create and maintain meaningful relationships with professionals whose 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.
Brandi Thomas Esq. owns and operates a practice at the Law Offices of Brandi J. Johnson, PA. This firm partners exclusively with the Akbar law Firm where she serves as a family law, personal injury and bankruptcy attorney. Throughout her legal career Attorney Thomas has successfully litigated cases at the trial, administrative and appellate levels. She has also served as lead attorney in both, jury and bench trials. Her broad experience in civil and family cases make her a strategic advocate with a larger focused approach to client needs.
Beginning her career in 2008, Attorney Thomas spent over three years in public service as an Assistant Public Defender with the Broward County Public Defender’s Office. The experience gained there propelled her to launch a solo practice specializing in civil and family law. Thomas’s current list of expertise includes complex family law issues covering dissolution of marriage, child custody, child support, and adoption. Additionally, Attorney Thomas handles Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 bankruptcy matters.
Attorney Thomas received her Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture Communications from Florida A&M University in 2004, and her Juris Doctorate degree from the Florida A&M University College of Law in 2007. She is admitted to the Florida Bar, the District of Columbia Bar and both the Southern and Northern Districts of the Florida Bar.
She currently serves as the President of the Legal Aid Foundation of Tallahassee. She has shown a great commitment to the Tallahassee Community since her return to the city in 2013 by serving on boards such as the Tallahassee Barristers Association, Virgil Hawkins Florida Chapter National Bar Association, Big Bend Minority Chamber of Commerce Women’s Leadership Council and most recently a volunteer General Counsel for the Tallahassee Junior League.

“One of my greatest experiences was successfully helping a same-sex couple with the adoption of their child.”