Thomas M. Messana was born in Brooklyn, New York, November 22, 1958; admitted to bar, 1990, Maryland; 1991, U.S. District Court, District of Maryland; 1992, U.S. District Court, District of Columbia; 1993, Florida and U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida. Education: Johns Hopkins University (B.A., 1980); University of Maryland (J.D., 1990). Member: American Bar Association; Bankruptcy Bar Association of Southern District of Florida (President, 2001). Practice Areas: Bankruptcy.
He focuses his practice on bankruptcy and business workouts. His experience spans 18 years and includes a dozen reported decisions including representation of the Trustee in the first case in the United States determining that 2005 amendments to the United States Bankruptcy Code imposed certain limitations on Florida's otherwise expansive homestead exemption. Mr. Messana is a member of the Executive Council of the Florida Bar's Business Law Section. He is also Treasurer and Director of the Bankruptcy Bar Foundation, a non-profit corporation which funds the pro bono legal effort of the local bankruptcy association. Mr. Messana is past president of the Bankruptcy Bar Association of the Southern District of Florida; former chairperson of the Florida Bar Bankruptcy/UCC Committee; former co-chairperson of the Bankruptcy Judicial Liaison Committee of the Business Law Section of the Florida Bar; former adjunct professor at St. Thomas University School of Law teaching , among other things, bankruptcy law.
Mr. Messana has been named a Best Lawyer in America, recognized by Chamber & Partners, and has achieved the highest rating for legal ability in Martindale-Hubbell. For many years, he's also been recognized as among the top legal leaders in the state by industry publication, Florida Trend's Florida Legal Elite and in Florida Super Lawyers. He regularly lectures and publishes on bankruptcy related subjects in national, regional and local forums.