Tom focuses his practice on complex business litigation, primarily in the area of environmental and toxic tort law. He has successfully defended a wide variety of clients in civil litigation, including Fortune 500 companies, individuals, general contractors, developers, restaurants, distributors and retail stores. He also has handled matters involving product liability, premises liability, unfair competition, breach of contract, public entity defense and construction defects. Tom has successfully obtained relief for his clients through summary judgment, dismissals and defense verdicts at trial.  

Before joining Shook, Tom was a senior associate at Wood Smith Henning & Berman LLP. 

Representative Matters

Haas v. Beach and Talbert Shops, LLC (Cal. Super. Ct., Orange Cty.) | As lead trial counsel, obtained defense verdict on behalf of commercial property owner in premises liability action where the plaintiff alleged that a walkway on the property was not ADA compliant and caused her to fall. 


Vaccine Mandates: Can Companies Require Employees to Get the COVID Vaccine?, CLE, Association of Corporate Counsel - Southern California, May 4, 2021 (with Kirk Bacon).

Bias-Mosis: The Permeating Effect of Bias in Technology, CLE, Association of Corporate Counsel - Southern California, Costa Mesa, California, October 3, 2019 (with Kirk Bacon).