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Tom began trial work as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the United States Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Florida
where he tried numerous criminal cases to jury. Following this service, he entered private practice in Miami in 1978. During his
career, Tom has tried to jury a wide variety of civil cases, including medical device, product liability, personal injury, toxic tort,
medical malpractice, premises liability, accounting malpractice, and insurance coverage lawsuits.
Tom joined SHB following a merger with the Miami law firm of Anderson, Moss, Sherouse and Petros, P.A., in which he was a
shareholder. He now focuses his practice mainly on the handling and trial of complex product liability, medical causation, and
toxic tort cases and other catastrophic injury litigation, as well as insurance coverage lawsuits.
Tom is a member of the Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel, Defense Research Institute and Florida Defense
Lawyers Association. For many years he has maintained an AV Preeminent rating from Martindale-Hubbell that indicates he
has reached the height of professional excellence and has been recognized for the highest levels of skill and integrity.
Product Liability/Mass Disasters/Catastrophic Loss – Tom’s representative experience in product liability, mass disaster
and catastrophic loss litigation includes representing the following clients:
– SabreTech in the ValuJet Airlines Everglades crash, which involved claims that hazardous materials were improperly placed
aboard a plane, causing it to crash with multiple deaths.
– Wyeth in the Fen Phen diet drug litigation in various claims in Florida.
– Otis Elevator in the DuPont Plaza fire case in Puerto Rico involving claims that elevator warnings were inadequate resulting in
– Brown & Williamson in tobacco litigation brought by the Florida attorney general claiming massive monetary damages based
on the state's payments for medical claims over many years.
– Grumann Olson in an auto accident case involving allegations that an improperly designed rear view mirror resulted in an
accident and severe brain damage and disability.
– Canal Barge in an accident case involving an acid spill and severe chemical burns and disability.
– DuPont in numerous trials involving allegations that DuPont pesticides caused harm, including:
A ten day trial in Tampa involving claims by a pesticide applicator that the chemical he applied allegedly caused him to
A six week trial and a ten week trial in Miami both involving claims by Costa Rican growers that a pesticide applied to
plants was toxic and caused harm to their plants; and
Two trials in Ft. Lauderdale each lasting six weeks involving claims that a pesticide applied to banana farms in Ecuador
ran off and caused shrimp die-offs at local shrimp farms.
These cases ended with either jury verdicts for DuPont, appellate decisions for DuPont or favorable settlements.
Tom has handled a variety of cases involving challenges to scientific evidence both by Frye motion in Florida courts and
Daubert motion in federal court. Frye and Daubert motions request that the judge exclude from jury consideration any scientific
evidence deemed unreliable. Most recently, in Fuzzell vs. DuPont, the trial judge struck plaintiffs’ causation expert based on a
Frye motion, resulting in a summary judgment for DuPont. This result is difficult to achieve in Florida courts, which strictly
construe Frye standards. Tom also has substantial experience with forum non conveniens motions in Florida courts.
Insurance Coverage/Extra-Contractual Liability – Tom has handled various bad faith and coverage cases for Hartford
Insurance Company, Travelers Insurance Company, Nationwide Insurance Company, Western World Insurance Group, and
Underwriters at Lloyds.
Tom is admitted to practice before the state courts of Florida, the U.S. District Court for the Southern and Middle Districts of
Florida and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.
1976 J.D., with honors, University of Florida School of Law
1973 B.A., Northwestern University
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