A veteran trial lawyer, Tom is at his best in front of a jury, as his years of trial experience and matter-of-fact style give him significant jury appeal. For more than 30 years, Tom has litigated civil cases, including those involving product liability, wrongful death, construction, trucking and premises liability. In an age when most cases settle through mediation, Tom still finds himself in front of a jury on a regular basis.
One of Tom’s many strengths is his thorough investigation of his client’s matter, followed by a thoughtful, strategic preparation of their case and a straight-forward appraisal of their legal situation and possible options.
He served as managing partner at Lewis Wagner from 2002-2007 and became a Diplomat to the National Institute of Trial Advocacy in 1989. In 1994 he was elected to the American Board of Trial Advocates and served as President of the Indiana Chapter in 2006. He was named a member of the International Association of Defense Counsel in 2002. He received the Indiana State Bar Association Litigation Section Civility Award in 2005 and was installed as a Diplomat of DTCI in 2009. He is listed in Indiana Super Lawyers, 2005-2017 (Top 50 2012-2017), and has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® in 2010-2017 in the fields of Arbitration; Mediation; Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants. He served on the Board of Directors of the Defense Trial Counsel of Indiana 2004-2016 and was DTCI President in 2015. Tom is also a member of the National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals.