As a Fellow in the prestigious American College of Trial Lawyers, Tom has nearly 40 years of experience litigating tort and commercial litigation cases, including product liability, personal injury, property damage, premises liability, Labor Law 240, motor vehicle accidents, toxic tort, construction, business, and trust and estate litigation. He routinely represents corporations, small businesses, construction companies, individuals, insurance companies, third-party administrators, public entities and school districts.

Tom has litigated in state and federal courts and is one of the few attorneys in New York who has litigated a matter in every county in the state, including:

  • Seven-week jury trial on behalf of subcontractor against general contractor in a bridge rehabilitation construction claim. Obtained a verdict in excess of $1.2 million.
  • Five-week non-jury trial on behalf of two beneficiaries of a trust administered by a local bank trustee. Obtained a verdict in excess of $10 million.
  • Two-week jury trial on behalf of elevator manufacturer which was sued for negligent maintenance. Obtained a defense verdict.
  • Two-week jury trial on behalf of manufacturer sued for wrongful death. Obtained a defense verdict.
  • Miscellaneous jury trials in personal injury and property damages cases based on negligence.

Mediation/Arbitration Services

In addition to litigating cases, Tom acts as a mediator and/or arbitrator for all types of litigation matters, but focuses on personal injury, product liability and construction cases.

As a mediator, Tom facilitates the discussion between two parties, helping them decide on the best solution, short of litigation, that meets their needs and goals. Mediation is confidential and voluntary and is best handled with an experienced mediator. Tom brings decades of experience and has established a reputation as a fair and knowledgeable mediator. He is willing to mediate/arbitrate cases in any county in New York State.

  • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers (2005 – Present)
    • Upstate Committee Chair (2012 – 2014)
    • Fellowship in the American College of Trial Lawyers is extended only by invitation, after careful investigation, to those experienced trial lawyers who have mastered the art of advocacy and whose professional careers have been marked by the highest standards of ethical conduct, professionalism, civility and collegiality. Membership in the College cannot exceed 1% of the total lawyer population of any state or province
  • Listed in:
    • The Best Lawyers in America®, Litigation - Construction; Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants; Product Liability Litigation - Defendants; Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants; Professional Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs (2008-2018)
      • Best Lawyers’ 2015 Product Liability Litigation - Defendants Lawyer of the Year
      • Best Lawyers’ 2014 Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Lawyer of the Year
    • New York Super Lawyers 2017®, Personal Injury - Products: Defense (listed for more than 10 years)
    • Martindale-Hubbell®, AV Preeminent Rated
  • New York State Bar Association, Past Chair, Products Liability Committee, Torts, Insurance and Compensation Law Section, 2000-2005
  • Onondaga County Bar Association
  • Member, Albany Law Review