M. Kemmerly Thomas was appointed to the First District Court of Appeal on June
2, 2016, by Governor Rick Scott and took office on June 20, 2016.
Prior to her appointment to the First District Court of Appeal, Judge Thomas was
in private practice in Tallahassee, Florida, as well as Thomasville and
Savannah, Georgia from 1991 to 2016. She practiced in the areas of workers’
compensation defense, employment issues, lien resolution and carrier audit
litigation. Judge Thomas is board certified in workers’ compensation. While in
private practice, Judge Thomas was an annual speaker on workers’ compensation
issues at the Florida Workers’ Compensation Educational Conference and the
Georgia State Board of Workers’ Compensation Annual Educational Conference. She
also authored brochures and guides to employers on workers’ compensation issues,
annually authored the Georgia Workers’ Compensation Reference Manual and
published articles in legal publications on hot topics in industry.
Judge Thomas received a B.A., from Louisiana State University, Northeast
Louisiana University in 1988, and she received her Juris Doctor from the
University of Mississippi, College of Law in 1991. While at the University of
Mississippi, Judge Thomas served as President of the Phi Alpha Delta Legal
Judge Thomas was a former court appointed member of the Second Judicial Circuit
Professionalism and Ethics Committee, a member of the State of Florida, Workers’
Compensation Section, a member of the State of Georgia, Workers’ Compensation
Section. She is also a certified wildlife, conservation and land management
expert. In 2017, Judge Thomas was inducted into the Florida Workers'
Compensation Institute Hall of Fame.
Judge Thomas was born and raised in Monroe, Louisiana. After graduating from the
University of Mississippi, Judge Thomas relocated to Tallahassee, Florida. She
has two beautiful children.