Phone: (206) 957-9669



University of Denver, Sturm College of Law

J.D. 2003

University of Montana

B.A. 1995




Tom joined CLG when it was founded in 2005 and 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 court 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 also litigates cases involving premises liability, professional liability, catastrophic injury, and other torts. 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 2014-2017.



Washington State Bar Association

Federal Bar Association

Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel

Defense Research Institute

Washington Defense Trial Lawyers


Admitted to Practice

Washington, 2003

U.S. District Court for the Western and Eastern Districts of Washington

Ninth Circuit United States Court of Appeals



Washington Law & Politics Rising Star 2008



"Introducing Evidence at Trial: Style, Approach, Purpose and Technique" - WSBA CLE 2018

"Trial Masters: Virtual Reality in the Courtroom: The Next Frontier," FDCC Summer 2018

"Open Discussion on Visual Technology and Other Practice Issues," FDCC Civil Rights and Public Entity Liability Section Meeting, FDCC Summer 2018 Meeting, August 1, 2018

“Washington Legal Updates” - Claims Department Training 2017

“Student Privacy & Transgender Issues” - N. Thurston County School District 2017

“Wrongful Convictions and Civil Rights Claims” - Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel Winter 2016 Meeting

“Municipal Liability in Civil Rights Cases” - FBI National Academy Associates 2015 Annual Training

“K-9 Liability Issues” - Police Officer Training 2014

“42 U.S.C. § 1983 Claims” - AWC 2007