PRACTICE AREA: Litigation
Tom is a member of the Firm's Litigation Department, where he focuses his practice on managing and conducting complex civil litigation involving a purposefully wide range of subject matters including, but not limited to, ERISA, FLSA, antitrust matters, shareholder and consumer rights, environmental injuries, real estate value diminution, personal property damage, contract damages, toxic-tort damages, and other areas responsive to his clients’ queries and needs.
A large part of Tom's practice has involved the prosecution, and the defense, of class actions and other complex civil litigations that have required him to coordinate the work of lawyers from a number of different firms throughout Ohio and nationally. In forums from Los Angeles to New Haven, Tom has prosecuted various causes of action including negligence, nuisance, fraud, and breach of contract, on behalf of regional, statewide, and nationwide classes of claimants. Many courts – locally, regionally, and nationally – have appointed Tom to serve as a Class Counsel in numerous lawsuits.
In addition to appearing as a counsel for plaintiff-litigants in many class-action lawsuits, Tom has advised and consulted in the defense of class-action matters, and he is currently actively involved in defending private and public entities against class claims. In the course of his complex-litigation practice, Tom has also participated in several multi-district litigation (MDL) proceedings.
Throughout his 40+-year career, Tom has authored numerous articles related to litigation, trial practice and evidence, and class action cases, evidence, and practical techniques for trial success. Tom has also been a presenter at many legal seminars throughout the nation.
Martindale-Hubbell has awarded Tom an AV rating for preeminent legal ability and having the highest ethical standards.
1979 - Case Western Reserve University School of Law (J.D., with honors; Order of the Coif; Order of Barristers)
1974 – Oberlin College (B.A., with honors)
State of Ohio
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
U.S. Supreme Court
Pro hac vice in many state and federal courts
Ohio State Bar Association (Member)
Ohio Bar College (Member, 1991-2000, 2002-2010)
Lorain County Bar Association (Member; Chair, Mentorship Program, 2001-2013; Executive Committee Member, 2002-2012; President, 2011-2012)
The Prodigal Father Productions, Inc. (President)
Ohio Supreme Court's Commission on Certification of Attorneys as Specialists (Member, 2017-Present)
Martindale-Hubbell AV rating
American Jurisprudence Award in Business Organization
Phi Delta Phi Award
First recipient of the Lorain County Bar Association’s Member of the Year Award
Presentations and Seminars
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