- Labor and Employment
- Business and Commercial
- Class Actions
- Consumer Lending and Lender Liability
- Corporate Takeovers and Changes of Control
- Employment Litigation
- Environmental and Natural Resources
- Intellectual Property
- Securities, Shareholder Disputes, and Corporate Governance
- University of Michigan Law School, J.D., 1965, with Distinction
Michigan Law Review, assistant editor, 1964-1965
- Princeton University, A.B., 1962, magna cum laude
Bar & Court Admissions
- U.S. Supreme Court
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
- U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio
- U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio
Tom is a retired partner in the Vorys Columbus office. During his career, he defended clients in numerous class action lawsuits arising from alleged securities violations, employment practices, wage and hour practices, environmental toxic torts, and claimed violations of consumer protection laws. Tom has also represented the interests of offerors and offerees in connection with contests for corporate control, and has been involved as counsel in most hostile takeover disputes in Ohio in the last 25 years. In addition, he has represented corporations in commercial disputes and advises boards of directors on various corporate governance issues.
Career highlights include:
- Serving as lead counsel in a nationwide race/ethnicity class action which settled and in which a consent decree was negotiated
- Serving as lead counsel in a putative nationwide collective and class action under the Fair Labor Standards Act and various state wage and hour laws in which the United States Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a summary judgment ruling
- Representing more than a dozen offerors or offerees in contested takeovers of corporations
- Successfully representing corporate defendants in a potential federal court environmental class action in which he obtained a dismissal of most claims on a pretrial motion and a voluntary dismissal of the balance of claims by the plaintiffs
- Successfully representing a company sued in a statewide consumer class action
- Representing a financial institution sued by a large multi-national organization in a matter arising from the sale of financial derivatives
Tom is a member of the American Bar Association, the Ohio State Bar Association and the Columbus Bar Association. He is also a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, the Ohio State Bar Foundation, and the Columbus Bar Foundation.
Tom received his J.D. with distinction from the University of Michigan Law School, where he was the assistant editor of the Michigan Law Review. He received his A.B. magna cum laude from Princeton University.
Professional and Community Activities
- The Columbus Bar Foundation, Past President and Board Member, 1991-1999
- The Community Shelter Board, Past Chair and Board Member, 1989-1999
- The United Way of Franklin County, Vice Chair and Board Member, 1987-1997
Honors & Awards
- Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers since 1981
- The Best Lawyers in America, Columbus Bet-the-Company Litigation Lawyer of the Year, 2012
- The Best Lawyers in America, Commercial Litigation, 2006-2013
- The Best Lawyers in America, “Bet-the-Company” Litigation, 2007-2013
- The Best Lawyers in America, Personal Injury Litigation, 1993-2013
- The Best Lawyers in America, Product Liability Litigation, 2007-2013
- The Best Lawyers in America, Litigation - Banking & Finance, 2012-2013
- The Best Lawyers in America, Litigation - Labor & Employment, 2012-2013
- The Best Lawyers in America, Litigation - Mergers & Acquisitions, 2012-2013
- The Best Lawyers in America, Business Litigation, 1983-2008
- Lawdragon, Leading 500 Litigators
- Lawdragon, Top 3000, 2010
- Chambers and Partners, Leading Lawyer Litigation: General Commercial, 2003-2012
- Ohio Super Lawyers, Civil Litigation Defense, 2004-2013
- Columbus CEO, Top Lawyers in Columbus, 2010-2012
- Martindale-Hubbell AV Peer Review Rated
- 12/17/2012Seventy-Seven attorneys from Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease have been named 2013 Ohio Super Lawyers and Rising Stars.
- 8/23/2012One hundred and twenty-six lawyers from Vorys were recently selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2013.
- 6/7/2012Vorys announced that 35 of the firm’s attorneys have been recognized among the leading practitioners in the country in the 2012 edition of Chambers USA.
- 12/18/2012State and Local Tax Alert: Vorys Wins Ohio Tax Case for Clients, Ohio Supreme Court Issues Decision in Beaver Excavating Co. v. Testa, $140 Million in Annual Gross Receipts Tax Proceeds Derived From Sales of Motor Vehicle Fuel Must be SpentOn December 7, 2012, the Supreme Court of Ohio ruled in favor of a coalition of businesses and county engineers that Ohio commercial activity tax (CAT) revenue derived from sales of gasoline and other motor vehicle fuels must be spent for highway purposes.