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 40 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 and was 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. Tom received the Indiana State Bar Association Litigation Section Civility Award in 2005 and was installed as a Diplomat of DTCI in 2009. He has been a member of the International Association of Defense Counsel since 2002 and has been listed in Indiana Super Lawyers® and selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America®. He served on the Board of Directors of the Defense Trial Counsel of Indiana from 2005-2016 and served as the president of DTCI in 2015. Tom is also a member of the National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals.