Tom Burns is an accomplished litigator whose practice is focused on trying product liability, mass tort, environmental, and toxic tort cases. He has successfully tried cases to verdict on behalf of defendants involved in these types of cases in more than a dozen states.
An authority on tort law, environmental law, and lung disease, Tom has tried more than 100 mesothelioma cases to verdict since 2002. In New York, he first-chaired the Meyer and Pride cases at trial, on appeal, and at the retrial, and established the remitter protocol for New York County asbestos litigation cases. In Virginia, Tom first-chaired the Hardick case at trial and on appeal and eliminated non-pecuniary damages for family members in Maritime Law cases in Virginia. In Maryland, he first-chaired the Kaiser, Koepper, and Edwards cases, which are three of only seven defense verdicts in that jurisdiction since 1998.
In addition to his trial practice, Tom represents clients in general business and commercial transactions. He also has product liability experience involving cannabis concentrates, chemical solvents, and bottles.
Tom has tried dozens of asbestos personal injury cases to verdict as first-chair trial attorney since 2001. He currently represents a major industrial equipment maker in a significant asbestos litigation docket. He has obtained trial victories for a manufacturer of gaskets and packing; various manufacturers of pumps and valves; boiler manufacturers; a manufacturer of phenolic molding compounds; a manufacturer of joint compound; and a wholesaler of asbestos fiber.
Loyola University School of Law, 1996, J.D., CALI Am Jur Award, Financial Institutions, 1995; CALI Am Jur Award, Torts, 1994
John Carroll University, 1993, B.A., National Political Science Honor Society (1991–1993)
US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
US District Court for the Southern District of Illinois