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Thomas M. Wood

Thomas M. Wood
  • J.D., University of Alabama School of Law
  • LL.M, Tax Law, University of Alabama School of Law
  • B.S., cum laude, Business Administration, The Citadel

Alabama, Florida, Mississippi

  • Alabama State Bar
  • Mississippi Bar Association
  • The Florida Bar
  • American Health Lawyers Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Mobile Bar Association, Member and Past President
  • Alabama Super Lawyers "Rising Star," Construction Litigation (2011-2015)
  • Mobile Bay Monthly's "40 Under 40" (2012)
  • Advised physicians on issues arising from audits by Medicare’s Recovery Audit Contractors (RAC Audits).

  • Advised health care provider on HIPAA issues arising from internal suspicion of a violation.

  • Advised physicians on issues in dispute with her practice group, in litigation.

  • Pursued subrogation claims against marine manufacturers for an insurer of a vessel that exploded and burned to a total loss.

  • Advised new and expanding businesses in organizational questions affecting the business, its relationships and tax implications.

  • Defended payment claims made by suppliers and subcontractors against general contractor and surety involving various commercial construction projects.

  • Defended and pursued multiple payment claims against owner and general contractor, involving industrial construction project.

  • Defended developer in condominium construction defect cases.

  • Pursued claims for owners and purchasers against real estate developers, for federal and state law violations and breach of contract.

  • Advised franchisees related to franchise agreements, terms, risks and benefits

  • Defended music label, distributors, producers, writers and artists on copyright infringement claims.

  • Defended a real estate developer against multiple preconstruction purchasers of a condominium development, involving claims of federal and state law violations and breach of contract.

  • Represented corporate trustee in various trust matters.

  • Defended escrow agent against claimants to escrow funds, involving hundreds of claimants and disputes between the escrow agent and owner/developer.

  • Arbitration and trial defense of financial services provider that financing the plaintiff's car purchase.

  • Defended national banking associations in UCC claims by account-holders and claimants to deposited funds.

  • Advised physicians in contract negotiations work healthcare corporate groups.

  • Defended health care providers, including physicians and clinics, against plaintiffs alleging medical malpractice.

  • Defended property owner sued for wrongful death from electrocution on the premises.

  • Represented an aircraft owner adverse to an avionics manufacturer and an FAA Certified Repair Station that installed and maintained the products.

  • Defended life insurance companies in bad faith litigation.

  • Defended national retailer in various personal injury matters involving flammable chemicals and motor vehicle accidents.

  • Defended numerous product manufacturers who were sued in the first case filed in federal court in Mobile for alleged wood dust exposure causing sino-nasal cancer.

  • Defended trucking company and injured driver in multi-car pile-up involving multiple deaths, and then recovered for the client's injured driver for his personal injuries.

  • Defended aviation products and FAA Certified Repair Station in multiple death, multiple-injury cases in various cases around the world.

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Business & Succession Planning Commercial / Corporate Litigation Construction Health Care Product Liability Transportation Real Estate Health Care Litigation

Tom is a partner in the firm's litigation and health care sections. His practice is focused on representing health care providers, contractors, financial service providers, product manufacturers, and other small businesses. Tom has considerable experience defending physicians in negligence and wrongful death cases, and in representing a variety of health care providers on payment, organizational, and regulatory issues.

Tom has significant trial, litigation, and arbitration experience in a variety of disciplines, including primarily health care but also, product liability, construction matters. In addition, he has expertise representing clients in business torts involving proprietary and trade secrets claims, copyright and non-competition issues, and other general commercial litigation claims. During his career, Tom has been involved in dozens or jury trials to verdict.

In addition to his extensive litigation and trial practice, Tom regularly represents businesses in their daily transactions and commercial disputes. His specialty resides in representing companies and their owners and management in the health care services, construction, and manufacturing industries, applying his litigation and tax background to avoid disputes while always being prepared to address disputes should they arise.

Before joining Burr & Forman, Tom was in-house counsel for a general aviation manufacturer, where he focused on the company’s national and international product liability defense, and he is an instrument rated private pilot.

He regularly writes and speaks to various organizations on current legal issues. Most recently, Tom authored a RAC Audit Update published in the Birmingham Medical News and spoke to a health care industry group on federal investigations.

Tom earned his law degree and masters in tax law from the University of Alabama School of Law. He was a member of the Order of Barristers, the Bench & Bar Legal Honor Society, the Farrah Law Society, the John A. Campbell Moot Court Board, where he was a member of the intellectual property moot court national team. He graduated from The Citadel, the Military College of South Carolina. He is a lifetime member and former district director of The Citadel Alumni Association and a founding officer and current President of the South Alabama Citadel Club.

Published Opinions
    • Freemanville Water System, Inc. v. Poarch Band of Creek Indians, 563 F. 3d 1205 (11th Cir. 2009)
Taylor v. Holiday Isle, LLC, 561 F. Supp. 2d 1269 (S.D. Ala. 2008)
Holiday Isle v. Adkins, 12 So. 3d 1173 (Ala. 2008)
Drago v. Holiday Isle, 537 F. Supp. 2d 1219 (S.D. Ala. 2007)
Brown Electro Mechanical Systems v. Thompson Engineering, Inc., 848 So. 2d 238 (Ala. 2002)