AREAS OF PRACTICE
· Medical Malpractice
· Brain Injury/Traumatic Brain Injury
· Personal Injury
· Construction Accidents
· Sexual Harassment
· Civil Rights Violations
· Product Liability
· Toxic Torts
A partner of Rheingold Giuffra Ruffo & Plotkin, LLP, Tom specializes in the litigation and trial of significant medical malpractice, personal injury, mass tort, and product liability actions. He earned his reputation as a trial lawyer early in his career when he obtained his first million-dollars verdict only four years after graduating from law school. His successes as a leading trial lawyer have continued through a combination of hard work and dedication to his clients together with outstanding skills as an advocate.
He has successfully tried numerous cases to verdict throughout New York in both State and Federal Court. He has represented severely injured plaintiffs for claims involving medical malpractice, construction accidents, civil rights violations, product liability, toxic torts, maritime, car accidents, premises accidents, and general negligence. Tom has extensive experience in cases involving traumatic brain injury and birth trauma.
He also has represented the victims of sexual harassment and abuse in the workplace.
Over his 24-year career, Tom's innovative approach, thorough preparation, and trial advocacy skill have led to 20 verdicts and numerous settlements in excess of one million dollars on behalf of his clients, including a recent landmark verdict for $58 Million. Tom is one of the youngest trial lawyers in New York to amass such a successful record at trial.
He has had one of the largest verdicts in New York State every year from 2008 to 2018 as reported by the New York Law Journal and one of the largest verdicts in the United States in 2008, 2013 and 2018 as reported by the National Law Journal. In 2014, the New York Law Journal selected four of Tom’s verdicts for inclusion in its Malpractice Verdict & Settlements Hall of Fame. In 2016, the New York Law Journal selected six of Tom’s verdicts for inclusion in its Verdict Hall of Fame. In 2015 and 2016, the New York Law Journal presented him an award for obtaining one of the top 20 verdicts in New York.
Tom was voted to become a Fellow of the International Society of Barristers. Members of the Society are dedicated to the art of advocacy, preserving trial by jury and an independent judiciary. Membership in the Society is limited to less than 700 lawyers selected by their peers and judges as “outstanding in the field of advocacy,” The Society has members from every State in the United States and from several countries including England, Canada, Australia, and Ireland. the nominee’s skills as a trial lawyer, personal and professional integrity and peer reviews from other lawyers and judges.
In 2015, Tom was invited to become an Advocate of the American Board of Trial Advocates (A.B.O.T.A.), one of the most prestigious trial advocacy organization in the United States. Tom's induction as an "Advocate" is the highest rank for members and requires trial experience consisting of acting as lead counsel in a minimum of fifty (50) jury trials to verdict, personal character, and professionalism. There are approximately 7,000 members of ABOTA in the United States. However, less than 125 attorneys in New York have qualified for membership. Only 28 New York City lawyers hold the "Advocate" rank.
Since 2012, Tom has been named as one of the Top 100 Lawyers in the New York Metropolitan Area by Super Lawyers. For the past eight years, he has been recognized as one of the Top 5% of Lawyers in the New York Metropolitan Area by Super Lawyers for personal injury and medical malpractice litigation. Tom also holds the coveted Martindale-Hubbell A/V Preeminent rating which is the highest peer review rating for legal ability and ethics.
In 2011, Tom was honored by being elected to the National Trial Lawyers as one of the 100 Top Trial Lawyers in New York and among the best plaintiff's attorneys in the United States. His successes have resulted in his appointment to the Highest Panel of the Legal Referral Service of the New York City Bar Association.
Tom is also an expert legal commentator and has appeared on "Primetime Justice" and "Court T.V. Live" regarding product liability actions. He also figured prominently in the Dutch documentary entitled "Claiming Justice" regarding U.S. personal injury litigation and has also lectured on trial advocacy techniques and product liability litigation.
· $58 Million verdict for a child who sustained brain damage as a result of lead poisoning
· $21 Million verdict for three children who suffered brain damage as a result of lead poisoning
· $20 Million verdict for an infant who sustained a traumatic brain injury
· $11 Million verdict for a child who suffered brain damage as a result of lead poisoning
· $9 Million verdict for traumatic brain injury in a motor vehicle accident
· $6.1 Million verdict for transmission of Hepatitis C due to improper use of the drug Propofol
· $4.194 Million verdict for failure to diagnose lung cancer
· $3.25 Million verdict for failure to treat MRSA
· $2.5 Million verdict for cancer misdiagnosis
· $2.25 Million verdict for failure to properly perform a sphenoid sinus biopsy resulting in blindness in one eye
· $2.032 Million labor law verdict for a man who was injured at a construction site due to a defective scaffold
· $2 Million verdict for a man left unsupervised in a nursing home, resulting in his exposure to freezing temperatures and leading to wrongful death
· $2 Million settlement for a labor law action after a man's right tibia was cut through by a saw at an unsafe worksite
· $1.975 Million settlement for two children who sustained brain damage due to lead poisoning
· $1.75 Million verdict for serious spinal injury in a motor vehicle accident
· $1.74 Million verdict for traumatic amputation of two fingers as a result of a defective snow blower
· $1.7 Million verdict for delayed treatment of a complication of cataract surgery resulting in blindness in one eye
· $1.6 Million labor law verdict for a man who fell from a ladder at a dangerous construction site resulting in traumatic brain injury
· $1.6 Million settlement for two children who suffered brain damage as a result of lead poisoning
· $1.6 Million verdict for 1.5 Million settlement for a doctor's failure to timely diagnose lung cancer in a woman
· $1.5 Million verdict for a woman who sustained head and neck injuries while riding Coney Island's iconic Cyclone rollercoaster
· $1.26 Million verdict for a pedestrian sustaining traumatic brain injury in a motor vehicle accident
· $1.08 Million verdict for failure to diagnose an I.V. infiltration of an infant
· $1 Million settlement for an infant who sustained brain damage due to lead poisoning