Team

Meet Tom

Tom enjoys challenging his clients’ preconceived notions of who lawyers are and what lawyers do. Think lawyers only keep bankers’ hours? Tom has met with clients and witnesses before work, after work, and on weekends; their hours are his hours.

Think lawyers only write unintelligible, impenetrable legalese? Tom writes in plain English, and only plain English. Think lawyers are humorless? See if you can come up with a Monty Python quote he can’t identify by character, movie title, or television episode.

Tom focuses his practice on litigation and appeals. But unlike many other litigators, Tom actually tries cases. In fact, the Indiana Jury Verdict Reporter recognized him as Indiana’s most prolific civil trial lawyer in 2018 (he was the runner up in 2011). Tom represents insurance companies, businesses, and individuals in state, federal, and appellate courts. He has tried cases to verdict in many counties across northern Indiana, and has represented clients in administrative proceedings before the National Labor Relations Board, the United States Department of Agriculture, and the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development. Tom is especially interested in appellate work. He has argued cases before the Indiana Supreme Court, the Indiana Court of Appeals, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. In 2001, his advocacy garnered a commendation by the Indiana Court of Appeals in a published opinion.

Outside the office, Tom enjoys a good single-malt scotch (especially the Islay varieties), thermophilic composting (he’s open to vermicomposting but his wife put her foot down), and David Foster Wallace’s hyper-literate essays (are there any other kind?). He lives in Granger with his wife and three children.

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Assistant: Deb Parmlee

Education

  • The University of Texas at Austin, BA
  • Valparaiso University School of Law, JD.

Experience

  • Business and commercial litigation
  • Personal-injury litigation
  • Premises-liability law
  • Insurance-coverage disputes
  • Appeals
  • Employment-discrimination claims
  • General trial practice

Distinctions

  • Martindale-Hubbell AV peer-review rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell Client Distinction Award
  • The Best Lawyers in America©August 2014 Litigation – Insurance.
  • AVVO Superb rating
  • Phi Beta Kappa

Affiliations

  • United States Supreme Court
  • United States District Court, Northern District of Indiana
  • United States District Court, Southern District of Indiana
  • State of Indiana
  • Robert A. Grant Inn of Court
  • Calumet Inn of Court (former member)
  • United States District Court, Northern District of Indiana, Local Rules Advisory Committee (2010–2014)