Firm History

About Our Firm


It Began in 1975…

Bob Kerrigan and George Estess formed the law firm of Kerrigan & Estess in Pensacola in 1975. Three years later, the law firm expanded as Bill Rankin joined the firm in 1978. Later in 1984, Kerrigan Estess & Rankin added their fourth law partner, Mike McLeod. Randy Thompson joined the firm in 1993 and became a partner in 2002.

Kerrigan Estess Rankin McLeod & Thompson focuses solely on personal injury and wrongful death cases. Our concentration on these areas of law allows us to effectively assist clients during the most traumatic and difficult periods of their lives. All of the partners are recognized by the Florida Bar as Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyers, ensuring that every client is served by experienced, highly skilled lawyers. Kerrigan Estess Rankin McLeod & Thompson is AV Rated (highest rating) by Martindale-Hubbell.

Our firm works on a contingency fee basis. This means that clients not only get a free consultation with an experienced lawyer, clients do not pay for our services unless we make a recovery in your case.

If you have been injured or have a problem an attorney can help you with, please contact us and schedule a free consultation with an attorney.

A Regional Law Practice

Kerrigan Estess Rankin McLeod & Thompson is a Northwest Florida based regional law firm with locations spanning from Pensacola, Panama City to Port St. Joe. All of the firm’s partners and the firm’s staff live and work here in Northwest Florida. When you call us, you are talking to active, fellow members of our great community.

Largest Civil Judgment

One of eight trial lawyers selected by the Governor of the State of Florida, founding partner Bob Kerrigan prosecuted the State’s claim for medicaid recovery against the tobacco industry. The case settled during jury selection for, what was at the time, the largest civil judgment in the history of the United States.

A Fair Settlement is No Accident

All of the lawyers at Kerrigan Estess Rankin McLeod & Thompson believe that your rights are paramount. We don’t look for a quick or an easy settlement and we aren’t afraid of the courtroom. Our firm has a reputation of fighting for what our clients deserve. The insurance companies know us. And we know the law.

Call us. We can help. It’s what we do.

“Just because there is no law against a cheap, quick settlement, that doesn’t make it right.”