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Attorney | Phoenix, Arizona



Thomas C. Whitley


Thomas Whitley combines his unique background in anatomy and physiology to advocate for injured people. He has practiced workers' compensation law since 1978 and is a Certified Specialist in Workers' Compensation Law by  State Bar of Arizona since 1990.

A native Arizonan, Thomas has close ties to Flagstaff and communities in northern Arizona. He earned his Bachelor's Degree in biological sciences from Creighton University in 1971 and his Juris Doctorate at Creighton University's School of Law, graduating in 1978.

Thomas is a former administrative law judge with the Industrial Commission of Arizona and is a member of the State Bar of Arizona, American Bar Association, and the National Trial Lawyers. He is a member of the Navajo Nation Bar Association and has served as pro bono counsel to many Diné clients.

He is a past faculty member of the American Institute of Paralegal Studies and has been published in The Arizona Attorney and other State Bar of Arizona publications.

Supporting youth athletics is a big part of Thomas’ life. He has been involved as a coach, referee, umpire and has held many board and leadership roles on youth athletic programs. Outside of the courtroom and off the field, he enjoys spending time with his family, reading, and travel.


  • B.S. Creighton University

  • J.D. Creighton University School of Law        


Accolades and Awards

  • Arizona Business Magazine Top Attorneys of Arizona

  • Arizona's Finest Lawyers

  • Southwest Super Lawyers

  • National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Trial Lawyers

  • Best Lawyers in America

  • Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America-Trial Lawyer Honorary Society

  • Marquis Who’s Who in American Law 2014-15

  • American Registry America’s Most Honored Professional

  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating

Published Opinions


Carr v. Indus. Comm'n of Ariz., 197 Ariz. 164, 3 P.3d 1084 (Ct. App. 1999)


Madison Granite Co. v. Indus. Comm'n of Ariz., 138 Ariz. 573, 676 P.2d 1 (Ct. App. 1983)

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