The Law Office of Thomas L. Young, P.A. is a boutique plaintiff trial law firm focusing exclusively on representing individuals, businesses and local governments that have experienced economic losses associated with oil spills, environmental disasters and regulatory violations. The firm has brought together a team of financial analysts and certified public accountants whose sole mission is to assist clients in navigating the claims process mandated by the Oil Pollution Act of 1990, as well as other federal, state and local economic loss compensation programs.

Representing thousands of individuals and businesses, the firm is one of the few that handles these claims exclusively, from start-to-finish. As a result, our clients reap the benefit of that laser focus. Importantly, we represent only plaintiffs, not defendants, and we never represent insurance companies.

Whether you are a fisherman, a municipality or other state political subdivision, a small business owner, or a Fortune 500 concern with operations anywhere in an affected region, our law firm is well positioned to represent your interests as they relate to our Nation’s complex web of environmental compensation laws.

Please complete our Contact Form or call 813-251-9706 to speak with one of the professionals listed below.

Thomas L. Young, ESQ.

About Thomas L. Young
As a plaintiff trial attorney practicing for over fifteen years, Tom Young has been at the forefront of various environmental disasters, including the 2010 BP Deepwater Horizon blowout in the Gulf of Mexico, and more recently, the Volkswagen “clean diesel” emission defeat device scandal. Young’s practice includes educating and assisting businesses and consumers in understanding their rights as they pertain to the Oil Pollution Act of 1990, the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act and other environmental laws and unfair competition legislation, both state and federal.

He is the only plaintiff attorney in the Tampa Bay area to serve on the invitation-only BP Gulf Oil Spill Joint Prosecution Group (BP-JPG). The BP-JPG works closely with the Plaintiff Steering Committee as well as Class Counsel in New Orleans to help manage the settlement and related litigation. As an active participant in the BP-JPG, and after reviewing the unique circumstances facing over 2,000 business owners, their employees and other individuals, Young has a comprehensive understanding of the economic impact environmental disasters can have on consumers and private enterprise.

In 2015 Young was appointed to represent a class of more than 200,000 MDL-2179 plaintiffs in an allocation proceeding involving a $1.2 billion settlement with Deepwater Horizon contractor Halliburton Energy Services and rig owner Transocean.

Young holds a Bachelor’s of Arts in Economics and a Juris Doctor, with Honors, from the University of Florida Levin College of Law. While at the Levin College of Law he was one of the first students awarded a Certificate in Environmental & Land Use Law. He is a member of the Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society, The Golden Key International Honor Society, The Florida Bar, The Bar of the Supreme Court of the United States, Florida Justice Association, Alabama Association for Justice, Louisiana Association for Justice, Texas Trial Lawyers Association, American Association for Justice (formerly The Academy of Trial Lawyers of America) and the Kappa Alpha Order.

Young is the 2012-2016 President of the Civil Justice Foundation and a State Delegate for the American Association for Justice. He is a sought after speaker in the legal community, a third generation Floridian, a native Tampan and enjoys boating in Gulf of Mexico waters with his wife and three children.

Whitney O. Ross, MBA, CFA

About Whitney O. Ross
Whitney Ross, a Chartered Financial Analyst, is managing director at Claris Processing. Well versed in the oil spill claims process, his responsibilities include protocol creation and implementation, new business development and financial analysis.

Ross has diverse finance experience, including mergers and acquisitions, merchant banking and equity research. He has previously worked as an investment banker for Lehman Brothers in New York, and for Raymond James in St. Petersburg.

Ross holds an MBA from the Yale School of Management and earned his bachelor’s degree in economics at Vanderbilt University.

Ross is not an employee or member of law firm.

Stephen M. Bunch, CPA

About Stephen M. Bunch
Stephen M. Bunch, CPA is a partner at Spence Marston Bunch Morris & Co. with over 10 years of public accounting experience. Bunch started his career at PricewaterhouseCoopers in Tampa in August 1999. He worked for PwC for five years, primarily concentrating on professional sports teams including the New York Yankees and New Jersey Devils. Bunch also spent almost two years with Deloitte & Touche working primarily with large public corporations and development stage biotechnology companies.

Bunch primarily focuses on auto dealers, low-income housing syndicators, high net worth executives and real estate development companies. He also has extensive experience with cost segregation studies, research and development tax credit studies, and IRS audit defense, both personal and corporate. Bunch’s experience at large multinational public accounting firms and local firms enables him to understand and counsel clients on a broad range of issues.

Steve holds a Bachelors of Science in Accounting from the University of Florida and a Masters of Accounting from the Warrington College of Business at the University of Florida. He manages a team of several accountants dedicated exclusively to preparing and filing oil spill claims.

Bunch is not an employee or member of law firm.

Cameron B. Ross

About Cameron B. Ross
Cameron Ross, Senior Vice President of Business Development and Director of Operations for Claris Processing, has worked in Tampa for the past 15 years. A graduate of Furman University, Ross spent eight years working in finance and business development with a Fortune 500 company, managing global business units. She has also acted as campaign manager for local and national election candidates within both major parties. Most recently, Ross served the attorney general for the State of Florida as director of external affairs.

Ross is not an employee or member of law firm.

Allan Juhl

About Allan Juhl
Allan Juhl, CPA, Senior Analyst with Claris Processing, has worked in the Tampa area for the past 20 years. A graduate of the University of Northern Iowa, Juhl spent 10 years as an internal auditor with a Fortune Global 500 financial services company. He also owned a computer consulting company and a popular local restaurant. Additionally, he worked as accounting manager of a growing manufacturing company.

Juhl is not an employee or member of law firm.

Yanni Melissas

About Yanni Melissas
Yanni Melissas, Junior Analyst with Claris Processing, has worked in accounting and business management. A Tampa native, Melissas’ previous experience includes work with the Tampa Bay Lightning’s accounting office and financial analysis for a major marketing company that services eBay and Walmart. A graduate of the University of Florida, in his spare time, Melissas enjoys the Gulf waters.

Melissas is not an employee or member of law firm.

Brittany Monbarren

About Brittany Monbarren
Brittany, Marketing Coordinator at Claris Law, assists in all facets of marketing, social media and outreach for The Law Office of Thomas L. Young. In her day-to-day activities, she uses innovative techniques and social media strategies to achieve positive marketing outcomes for the firm and its clients. In her free time, Brittany enjoys boating, fishing, scuba diving and spending time with family and friends. She holds a degree in communications from the University of South Florida.

Monbarren is not an employee or member of law firm.

Patrick Mickler

About Patrick Mickler
Patrick, Vice President at Claris Law, is the client liaison for The Law Office of Thomas L. Young, serving as the conduit between the firm and its clients. His responsibilities include client outreach, communication and follow up. In his free time, the Tampa native enjoys golf, travel and spending time with his wife, Natalie, family and friends. He is an avid fan of all Tampa Bay professional sports and, of course, the Florida Gators. He is a graduate of Washington & Lee University.

Mickler is not an employee or member of law firm.