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.
• 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)