Widely regarded by his peers as one of the nation's top trial lawyers and with nearly fifty years of experience representing victims, Thomas V. Girardi has obtained numerous multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements, handling claims involving wrongful death, commercial litigation, products liability, bad faith insurance, and toxic torts. In 2003, he received the most prestigious honor of being inducted into the Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame by the California State Bar. Mr. Girardi is a Member of the Board of Directors and former President of the prestigious International Academy of Trial Lawyers, an invitation-only worldwide organization, limited to 500 trial lawyers. Mr. Girardi is also the first trial lawyer to be appointed to the California Judicial Council, the policymaking body of the state courts.
VERDICTS AND SETTLEMENTS:
Mr. Girardi has obtained more than 30 verdicts of $1 million or more and has handled more than 100 settlements of $1 million or more. He has tried more than 100 jury cases, winning the first California medical malpractice verdict of $1 million or more, back in the 1970s.
Settlement, $4.85 billion – with pharmaceutical giant Merck for personal injuries to consumers of the drug Vioxx.
In Re Vioxx Coordinated Cases, JCCP Case No. 4247
Settlement, $1.9 billion – for California consumers were defrauded by the manipulation of natural gas prices.
Natural Gas Antitrust Cases, JCCP Case Nos. 4221, 4224, 4226, 4228
Settlement, $1.7 billion – for California consumers were defrauded by the manipulation of natural gas prices.
State of California v. El Paso Gas
Verdict, $785 million – for Toxic Tort personal injuries suffered by employees in Lockheed's Skunkworks facilities
Arnold v. Ashland Chemical Co. JCCP No. 2967
Settlement, $333 million – for 650 residents of Hinkley, California in the toxic tort case made famous by the film Erin Brokovich.
Anderson v. Pacific Gas & Electric, BCV00822.
Settlement, $300 million – for second group of toxic tort cases brought by the residents of Hinkley against PG&E.
Citizens of Hinkley v. Pacific Gas & Electric
Settlement, $200 million, bad faith insurance lawsuit against Farmers Insurance for homeowners whose property was damaged in the Northridge Earthquake
In Re Northridge Earthquake Cases
Settlement, $68 million, with pharmaceutical giant Pfizer for personal injuries to consumers of the drug Rezulin.
In Re Rezulin Cases, LASC Case BC 304262
Verdict, $45.5 Million – against Ford Motor Company for defective seatbelt which caused 6 year old child to become paralyzed.
Karlsson v. Ford Motor Company, LASC Case PC 0019980
"Champions of Justice" radio show on KRLA 870 AM in Southern California (2006 - present) - Host of radio show that discusses relevant legal issues facing Americans today. Lawdragon Magazine, "The baron of billions slams home record verdicts and settlements . . ." – 2007. Lawdragon Magazine, "This powerbroker moves legal mountains . . ." – October 2006. Lawdragon Magazine, "No defendant can intimidate this hero of the plaintiffs' bar . . ." – March 2006. Lawdragon Magazine, "The leading trial lawyer in America today . . ." – 2005. Los Angeles Daily Journal, "Making Rain in the Golden State" – 2005. Metropolitan News Enterprise, "Tom Girardi Named to Judicial Council" – 2005. Los Angeles Daily Journal, "Two Attorneys Join State Judicial Council" – 2005. Los Angeles Daily Journal, "Girardi Honored by his Peers" – 2005. Los Angeles Daily Journal, "Girardi Gives $1 Million to Loyola High School" – 2004. Los Angeles Daily Journal, "Top 100 Taking the Moment and Making it Matter" – 2004. The National Law Journal, "Top Verdicts of 2003" – 2004. Los Angeles Daily Journal, "State's Most Influential Lawyers" – 2003. Los Angeles Daily Journal, "Class Action Demands Ford Recalls" – 2003. Los Angeles Daily Journal, "Jury Awards $45 Million to Boy Paralyzed in Minivan Accident" – 2003. Los Angeles Daily News, "Paraplegic Boy Awarded $45 Million" – 2003. The National Law Journal, "$45 Million in Lap Belt Suit" – 2003. The National Law Journal, "Winning Hall of Fame" – 2003. Los Angeles Daily Journal, "Top 100" – 2002. Texas Bar Journal, "See You in Dallas!" – 2002. California Law Business, "The Top 100" – 1999. California Law Business, "Payback" – 1999. The National Law Journal, Verdicts – 1999. Los Angeles Business Journal, "Top 50 Trial Attorneys" – 1999. New Times Los Angeles, "The Firm" – 1998. The National Law Journal, Feature – 1998. California Law Business, "The Top 100" – 1998. Los Angeles Daily Journal, "On a Roll" – 1998. Los Angeles Daily Journal, "Technology Captured Star Role in Entertainment Law" – 1996. California Law Business, "Dead Man Suing" – 1996.
Areas of Practice
Bad Faith Insurance
U.S. Federal Courts, 1965
New York University School of Law, New York, New York
L.L.M. - 1965
Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, California
J.D. - 1964
Honors: "Distinguished Alumnus Award" - 1997
Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, California
B.A. - 1961
Honors: Outstanding Professional Achievement Award - 1992
"The baron of billions slams home record verdicts and settlements..." , Lawdragon Magazine, 2007