Tom has extensive experience in mass torts, multi-district litigation and in defending class action lawsuits. He has been successful in defeating class action attempts against the manufacturers of pharmaceutical and medical device products. In addition to his product liability practice, he practices in the areas of general civil and commercial litigation.
- Supreme Court of the United States
- USDC, Western District of Missouri
- USDC, Eastern District of Missouri
- USDC, District of Kansas
- U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit
- University of Missouri - Columbia School of Law, JD
- Eastern Illinois University, BS (Education), cum laude
Memberships & Activities
- Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel
- Member of Product Liability Section, Trial Tactics, Practices and Procedures Section, and has served on the Membership Development Committee and New Members Committee; Former Chairman of Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Litigation Section
- Defense Research Institute
- Claims and Litigation Management Alliance
- Trial Attorneys of America
- Missouri Bar Association
- Biotech and Life Sciences Law Committee
- Missouri Organization of Defense Lawyers
- Board of Directors 1989-1995
- Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association
- Former Vice Chairman of Medical and Hospital Relations Committee
- Active service in the United States Army 1969-1971
- Author: Proposed Federal Rules of Court Procedure Amendments Concerning Electronic Discovery: Will They Be Enough?, FDCC Quarterly, Volume 55, No. 2, Winter 2005.
- Contributing author: Product Liability Advisory Council (PLAC) Consumer Fraud 50 State Survey, 2004, Section on Kansas Law.
- Contributing author: ALFA International Product Liability Law Practice Group Compendium of Product Liability Law Issues, 2004, Section on Kansas Law.
- Contributing author: Tort & Insurance Law Journal, Volume 35, Number 2, Winter 2000, "Recent Developments in Products, General Liability, and Consumer Law".
- "Defendant's Right to Secure Medical Information and Records Concerning Plaintiff"1990 Missouri Product Liability Case Survey Published in 1991.
- Facilitated and participated in "Pricing, Process and Profit - A New Way of Doing Business" (Joint Law Firm Management Conference by FDCC and IADC, May 2013)
Awards & Recognition
- Selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers® in America, Kansas City Metropolitan Area, 2012-present
- Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions - Defendants "Lawyer of the Year" (2017)
- Product Liability Litigation - Defendants "Lawyer of the Year" (2014, 2018)
- Product Liability Litigation - Defendants (2012-present)
- Commercial Litigation - Defendants (2013-present.)
- Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendant (2014-present)
- Elected to "An International Who's Who of Product Liability Defense Lawyers", 2002-present.
- Selected for inclusion in Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers®, 2005-present.
- Recognized by LMG Life Sciences as a "Life Sciences Star" in the area of product liability, 2012-present.
- Recognized by Who's Who Legal: Life Sciences Edition, 2016-present.
- Recognized by Kansas City Business Journal as a "Best of the Bar" recipient, 2018.
- Recognized by Benchmark Litigation as a "Litigation Star - Missouri", 2017-present.
- AV® Preeminent Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell for over 35 years.