Profile

Name

Thomas Girardi

Firm

Girardi Keese

Firm Website

http://www.girardikeese.com

City

Los Angeles

State

CA

Bio

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.

EDUCATION:

Loyola Marymount University (B.A., 1961)

Loyola Law School (J.D., 1964)

New York University (L.L.M. 1965)

AWARDS/RECOGNITION:

  • ìAVî Peer Review Rating by Martindale-Hubbell (martindale.com’s highest rating)
  • Best Lawyers publication, ìBest Lawyers in Americaî – 1987-present.
  • Los Angeles Magazine, ìSouthern California Super Lawyerî, Highest Vote-Getter in California ñ 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 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, ìChampion of Justiceî ñ 2005.
  • Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles, Ted Horn Memorial Award ñ 2004.
  • California State Bar, Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame ñ 2003.
  • Loyola Law School, ìDistinguished Alumnus Awardî ñ 1997.
  • Lawyers for Public Justice, ìTrial Lawyer of the Yearî ñ 1996.
  • American Board of Trial Advocates, ìCal-ABOTA Trial Lawyer of the Yearî ñ 1996.
  • Los Angeles Trial Lawyers, ìTrial Lawyer of the Yearî ñ 1995-96.
  • Loyola Marymount University, Outstanding Professional Achievement Award ñ 1992.

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS:

California Judicial Council, Member (2005-present)

International Academy of Trial Lawyers, President (2005) , Board of Directors (Present)

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

PUBLICATIONS/MEDIA:

  • ìChampions of Justiceî radio show on KRLA 870 AM in Southern California (2006 – present) Host of radio show that discusses relevant legal issues facing Americans today.
  • Lawdragon Magazine, ìThe baron of billions slams home record verdicts and settlements . . .î ñ 2007.
  • Lawdragon Magazine, ìThis powerbroker moves legal mountains . . .î ñ October 2006.
  • Lawdragon Magazine, ìNo defendant can intimidate this hero of the plaintiffs’ bar . . .î ñ March 2006.
  • Lawdragon Magazine, ìThe leading trial lawyer in America today . . .î ñ 2005.
  • Los Angeles Daily Journal, “Making Rain in the Golden State” ñ 2005.
  • Metropolitan News Enterprise, ìTom Girardi Named to Judicial Councilî ñ 2005.
  • Los Angeles Daily Journal, “Two Attorneys Join State Judicial Council” ñ 2005.
    Los Angeles Daily Journal, ìGirardi Honored by his Peersî ñ 2005.
  • Los Angeles Daily Journal, ìGirardi Gives $1 Million to Loyola High Schoolî ñ 2004.
  • Los Angeles Daily Journal, ìTop 100 Taking the Moment and Making it Matterî ñ 2004.
  • The National Law Journal, “Top Verdicts of 2003” ñ 2004.
  • Los Angeles Daily Journal, ìState’s Most Influential Lawyersî ñ 2003.
  • Los Angeles Daily Journal, ìClass Action Demands Ford Recallsî ñ 2003.
  • Los Angeles Daily Journal, ìJury Awards $45 Million to Boy Paralyzed in Minivan Accidentî ñ 2003.
  • Los Angeles Daily News, ìParaplegic Boy Awarded $45 Millionî ñ 2003.
  • The National Law Journal, ì$45 Million in Lap Belt Suitî ñ 2003.
  • The National Law Journal, ìWinning Hall of Fameî ñ 2003.
  • Los Angeles Daily Journal, ìTop 100î ñ 2002.
  • Texas Bar Journal, ìSee You in Dallas!î ñ 2002.
  • California Law Business, ìThe Top 100î ñ 1999.
  • California Law Business, ìPaybackî ñ 1999.
  • The National Law Journal, Verdicts ñ 1999.
  • Los Angeles Business Journal, ìTop 50 Trial Attorneysî ñ 1999.
  • New Times Los Angeles, ìThe Firmî ñ 1998.
  • The National Law Journal, Feature ñ 1998.

  • California Law Business, “The Top 100” ñ 1998.
  • Los Angeles Daily Journal, ìOn a Rollî ñ 1998.
  • Los Angeles Daily Journal, ìTechnology Captured Star Role in Entertainment Lawî ñ 1996.
  • California Law Business, ìDead Man Suingî ñ 1996.

VERDICTS AND SETTLEMENTS:

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.

Settlement, $4.85 billion ñ with pharmaceutical giant Merck for personal injuries to consumers of the drug Vioxx. In Re Vioxx Coordinated Cases, JCCP Case No. 4247

Settlement, $1.9 billion ñ for California consumers were defrauded by the manipulation of natural gas prices. Natural Gas Antitrust Cases, JCCP Case Nos. 4221, 4224, 4226, 4228.

Settlement, $1.7 billion ñ for California consumers were defrauded by the manipulation of natural gas prices. State of California v. El Paso Gas

Verdict, $785 million ñ for Toxic Tort personal injuries suffered by employees in Lockheed’s Skunkworks facilities. Arnold v. Ashland Chemical Co. JCCP No. 2967

Settlement, $333 million ñ for 650 residents of Hinkley, California in the toxic tort case made famous by the film Erin Brokovich. Anderson v. Pacific Gas & Electric, BCV00822.

Settlement, $300 million ñ for second group of toxic tort cases brought by the residents of Hinkley against PG&E. Citizens of Hinkley v. Pacific Gas & Electric

Settlement, $200 million, bad faith insurance lawsuit against Farmers Insurance for homeowners whose property was damaged in the Northridge Earthquake
In Re Northridge Earthquake Cases.

Settlement, $68 million, with pharmaceutical giant Pfizer for personal injuries to consumers of the drug Rezulin. In Re Rezulin Cases, LASC Case BC 304262

Verdict, $45.5 Million ñ against Ford Motor Company for defective seatbelt which caused 6 year old child to become paralyzed. Karlsson v. Ford Motor Company, LASC Case PC 0019980