Tom began trying insurance defense cases almost immediately upon graduation from law school. He quickly developed a reputation as a trial lawyer, trying all types of cases ranging from automobile accidents, slip-and-falls, arsons, construction claims, and products liability. Tom's reputation for relating to jurors encouraged other attorneys to refer clients with personal injury claims to him. Tom has successfully represented clients on both sides of the courtroom and sincerely believes that trying cases from both perspectives allows him to more thoroughly and objectively guide his clients through litigation. Tom's experience representing both plaintiffs and defendants, combined with his reputation for reasonableness, has lead to a successful practice as a mediator.
Tom received an "AV" rating from Martindale-Hubbell at a relatively young age and continues to hold this highest designation. He has also been listed in the Kentucky Super Lawyers listing from 2008 - 2018, The Best Lawyers in America and Top 100 Trial Lawyers. He has served as a Special Justice to the Kentucky Supreme Court and was fortunate to write the opinion.
Tom has served on the Kentucky Bar Association Board of Governors since 2013 and is still currently serving in this position. Tom has remained an active alumnus for the University of Kentucky College of Law, serving as a Director for the College of Law Alumni Board and as President to the Alumni Association for three years, from 1997-2000. Tom has been active in the Bowling Green community by serving on various boards, including Crimestoppers, Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA), Rotary and Leadership Bowling Green Alumni Association and being a Little League coach for various sports.
1980, Kentucky 1980, U.S. District Court, Western District of Kentucky 1986, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Kentucky 1986, U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit. 2017, U.S. Supreme Court
University of Kentucky (B.S., 1977; J.D., 1980) Special Justice, Kentucky Supreme Court Certified Mediator
University of Kentucky College of Law Alumni Board (President, 1997-2000) American Bar Association Bowling Green and Kentucky Bar Associations The Association of Trial Lawyers of America Kentucky Justice Association Kentucky Defense Counsel American Board of Trial Advocates (Advocate)