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Thomas Vincent Girardi:

Widely regarded by his peers as one of the nation’s top trial lawyers and with nearly fifty years of experience representing victims, Thomas V. Girardi has obtained numerous multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements, handling claims involving wrongful death, commercial litigation, products liability, bad faith insurance, and toxic torts. In 2003, he received the most prestigious honor of being inducted into the Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame by the California State Bar. Mr. Girardi is a Member of the Board of Directors and former President of the prestigious International Academy of Trial Lawyers, an invitation-only worldwide organization, limited to 500 trial lawyers. Mr. Girardi is also the first trial lawyer to be appointed to the California Judicial Council, the policymaking body of the state courts.

 

 

Selected Verdicts

$785 million, Verdict – for Toxic Tort personal injuries suffered by employees in Lockheed’s Skunkworks facilities
$45.5 million, Verdict – against Ford Motor Company for defective seatbelt which caused 6 year old child to become paralyzed.
Mr. Girardi has obtained more than 30 verdicts of $1 million or more and has handled more than 100 settlements of $1 million or more. He has tried more than 100 jury cases, winning the first California medical malpractice verdict of $1 million or more, back in the 1970s
In Re Vioxx Coordinated Cases, JCCP Case No. 4247
Natural Gas Antitrust Cases, JCCP Case Nos. 4221, 4224, 4226, 4228
State of California v. El Paso Gas
Arnold v. Ashland Chemical Co. JCCP No. 2967
Anderson v. Pacific Gas & Electric, BCV00822
Citizens of Hinkley v. Pacific Gas & Electric
In Re Northridge Earthquake Cases
In Re Rezulin Cases, LASC Case BC 304262
Karlsson v. Ford Motor Company, LASC Case PC 0019980

Selected Settlements

$4.85 billion, Settlement – with pharmaceutical giant Merck for personal injuries to consumers of the drug Vioxx.
$1.9 billion, Settlement – for California consumers were defrauded by the manipulation of natural gas prices.
$1.7 billion, Settlement – for California consumers were defrauded by the manipulation of natural gas prices.
$333 million, Settlement – for 650 residents of Hinkley, California in the toxic tort case made famous by the film Erin Brockovich.
$300 million, Settlement – for second group of toxic tort cases brought by the residents of Hinkley against PG&E.
$200 million, Settlement – bad faith insurance lawsuit against Farmers Insurance for homeowners whose property was damaged in the Northridge Earthquake
$68 million, Settlement – with pharmaceutical giant Pfizer for personal injuries to consumers of the drug Rezulin.

Areas of Practice

Wrongful Death
Commercial Litigation
Products Liability
Bad Faith Insurance
Toxic Torts

Bar Admissions

California, 1964
U.S. Federal Courts, 1965

Education

New York University School of Law, New York, New York
L.L.M. – 1965
Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, California
J.D. – 1964
Honors: “Distinguished Alumnus Award” – 1997
Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, California
B.A. – 1961
Honors: Outstanding Professional Achievement Award – 1992

 

Professional Associations and Memberships

Litigation Counsel of America, President, 2015
Top 10 Southern California Super Lawyers, 2010 – Present
California Judicial Council, Member, 2005 – Present
International Academy of Trial Lawyers, President, 2005
International Academy of Trial Lawyers, Board of Directors
American Board of Trial Advocates, President, 1999
Loyola Law School, Associate Professor, 1976 – Present
Inner Circle of Advocates, Member
American Board of Professional Liability Lawyers
International Society of Barristers
Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles
Consumer Attorneys of California

Honors and Awards

“AV” Peer Review Rating by Martindale-Hubbell (Martindale.com’s Highest Rating)
Best Lawyers publication, “Best Lawyers in America”, 1987 – Present
Los Angeles Daily Journal, “Top 100 Lawyers in California”, 2008 – Present
Los Angeles Magazine, “Southern California Super Lawyer”, Highest Vote-Getter in California, 2004 – 2008
Los Angeles Daily Journal, “Top 100: California’s Leading Lawyers”, 2007
Best Lawyers, “The Los Angeles Area’s Best Lawyers”, 2006
Los Angeles Daily Journal, “Top 100: California’s Leading Lawyers”, 2006
Loyola Law School, “Champion of Justice”, 2005
Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles, Ted Horn Memorial Award, 2004
California State Bar, Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame, 2003
Lawyers for Public Justice, “Trial Lawyer of the Year”, 1996
American Board of Trial Advocates, “Cal-ABOTA Trial Lawyer of the Year”, 1996
Los Angeles Trial Lawyers, “Trial Lawyer of the Year”, 1995 – 1996

Published Works

“The baron of billions slams home record verdicts and settlements…” , Lawdragon Magazine, 2007
“This Powerbroker Moves Legal Mountains . . .”, Lawdragon Magazine, October, 2006
“No defendant can intimidate this hero of the plaintiffs’ bar . . .”, Lawdragon Magazine, March, 2006
“The leading trial lawyer in America today . . .”, Lawdragon Magazine, 2005
“Making Rain in the Golden State”, Los Angeles Daily Journal, 2005
“Tom Girardi Named to Judicial Council”, Metropolitan News Enterprise, 2005
“Two Attorneys Join State Judicial Council”, Los Angeles Daily Journal, 2005
“Girardi Honored by his Peers”, Los Angeles Daily Journal, 2005
“Girardi Gives $1 Million to Loyola High School” , Los Angeles Daily Journal, 2004
“Top 100 Taking the Moment and Making it Matter”, Los Angeles Daily Journal, 2004
“Top Verdicts of 2003”, The National Law Journal, 2004
“State’s Most Influential Lawyers”, Los Angeles Daily Journal, 2003
“Class Action Demands Ford Recalls”, Los Angeles Daily Journal, 2003
“Jury Awards $45 Million to Boy Paralyzed in Minivan Accident”, Los Angeles Daily Journal, 2003
“Paraplegic Boy Awarded $45 Million”, Los Angeles Daily News, 2003
“$45 Million in Lap Belt Suit”, The National Law Journal, 2003
“Winning Hall of Fame”, The National Law Journal, 2003
“Top 100”, Los Angeles Daily Journal, 2002
“See You in Dallas!”, Texas Bar Journal, 2002
“The Top 100”, California Law Business, 1999
“Payback”, California Law Business, 1999
Verdicts, The National Law Journal, 1999
“Top 50 Trial Attorneys”, Los Angeles Business Journal, 1999
“The Firm”, New Times Los Angeles, 1998
Feature, The National Law Journal, 1998
“The Top 100”, California Law Business, 1998
“On a Roll”, Los Angeles Daily Journal, 1998
“Technology Captured Star Role in Entertainment Law”, Los Angeles Daily Journal, 1996
“Dead Man Suing”, California Law Business, 1996

 

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