After graduating from the University of Montana (B.A. 1995) and the University of Denver College of Law (J.D. 2003), Tom joined CLG when it was founded in 2005 and has readily established himself as a key member of the team with an emphasis on civil rights defense, wrongful death, death inquests, and employment discrimination. A partner since 2009, Tom tries cases in state and federal courts, and has appeared and argued before the Washington State Court of Appeals and Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Tom represents police officers, police departments, and other city officials throughout the state, defending them in civil rights and negligence cases. Tom is a member of the Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel (“FDCC”), the nation’s premier defense lawyer organization with 1,100 peer selected members world-wide. The FDCC appointed Tom the Washington State representative for the FDCC for 2014-2016. Tom has been selected as a Rising Star by Washington Law & Politics and is an active member of the Washington Defense Trial Lawyers.