History of Ice Legal and LegalYou

History of Ice Legal and LegalYou

History of Ice Legal

Ice Legal was founded in 2008 by Thomas Erskine Ice, an AV-rated attorney with decades of experience at the big law firms.  Having spent years as a partner at Holland & Knight and an attorney with Carlton Fields, Tom started Ice Legal with a desire to use his legal skills to help individuals rather than big corporations.  What began as a solo bankruptcy practice quickly grew into a thriving firm, and Ice Legal soon gained a reputation as a leader in foreclosure defense cases and other forms of complex litigation.  Today, Tom and his wife, Ariane, also an attorney, and their team bring their experience and knowledge of the law to your side of the table, with solid legal knowledge, negotiating savvy, and a refined understanding of how the other side operates.

Ice Legal has a national reputation for being at the forefront of legal developments.  During the mortgage crisis, the firm was among the first to develop and legitimize foreclosure defense, as its persistent and meticulous legal work exposed the banks’ practices of filing shoddy, sometimes even fraudulent paperwork.  The firm's depositions and other ground-breaking discovery was instrumental in sparking the robo-signing foreclosure scandal which culminated in a $25 billion settlement for the Attorneys General of 49 states against some of the country’s leading financial institutions.  Ice Legal was the first to the Florida Supreme Court with a foreclosure robo-signing case in which the Court called for a change to the procedural rules so that parties could be punished for trying to deceive the court.  Today, Ice Legal is a multistate law firm that is known for its commitment to making the law affordable to all.

A Genuine Team Approach

A law firm is only as good as its attorneys.  Ice Legal is justifiably proud of the knowledgeable and experienced lawyers that make up its team.  

Some law firms our size are merely a collection of attorneys under the same roof.  They share the same firm name, but essentially operate as solo practitioners.  Their clients are limited to the knowledge, experience, and strategy of just one person. 

Ice Legal is different.  Its attorneys function as a cohesive team.  By the time the firm has finished guiding your case through the legal system, many of the Ice Legal lawyers have contributed to your case.  Using a unique, custom-designed computer case management system to track the progress of the case and help match individual tasks to the availability and strengths of their attorneys, Ice Legal ensures that every client receives the benefit of the top skills of every lawyer.

Depositions, hearings, trials, mediations, and negotiations: a legal case goes through many stages and requires many skills.  Our teamwork elevates everyone’s talents and provides clients with the best legal services we have to offer.


History of LegalYou

Ice Legal started a special access-to-justice project called LegalYou in 2015. Designed to the recommendations of Stanford academics and other legal education experts, it presents videos and visual media about the law in bite-sized, easy to understand snippets.  It is an extension of the Ice Legal philosophy that the keys to the courthouse belong to everyone, not just the wealthy elite.  Read more about LegalYou at www.legalyou.com and the LegalYou philosophy at www.lawtender.com.

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