Thomas V. “Tom” Girardi, a partner of the law firm Girardi | Keese in Los Angeles, California, served as the 2015 President of the Litigation Counsel of America.
Mr. Girardi specializes in commercial litigation, product liability law, toxic torts, and bad faith cases. He is an associate professor for Loyola Law School, and was the youngest member to ever be admitted to the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, an organization limited to 500 lawyers in the world. He was President of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers in 2005-2006. Among Mr. Girardi’s other associations, he is a member of the Inner Circle of Advocates, an organization limited to 100 lawyers in the country who have obtained the largest verdicts in the United States. In 2010, he was honored as a “Compassionate Gladiator,” as one of only three lawyers in the United States. He is a Past President of the American Board of Trial Advocates. He has been listed in the Best Lawyers in America for 20 years and has been included in the Daily Journal’s “Top Lawyers in California” since the list was first printed. In 2002, he was honored by the Los Angeles Business Journal as one of the “Most Powerful Attorneys in Los Angeles.”
Mr. Girardi was inducted into the Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame by the California State Bar in 2003. With this presentation, he joined eleven other lawyers in the state having been so honored since the award was first presented. He was also awarded for his outstanding public support for the Association for Los Angeles Deputy Sheriffs in 2003. He is the recipient of the 2004 Ted Horn Memorial Award from the Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles and was inducted into its Hall of Fame in 2008. He was listed Benchmark’s America’s “Leading Litigation Firms & Attorneys” in 2008. In a recent survey of 65,000 lawyers to determine the finest lawyer in California, Mr. Girardi received the most votes. He was appointed by Chief Justice Ronald M. George to the Judicial Council of California, and was the first trial lawyer to be so honored. He is the recipient of the Irish American Bar Association’s Daniel O’Connell Award and the Italian American Lawyers’ Association’s Champion of Justice Award. He is on the Dean’s Advisory Council at the University of California, Irvine School of Law.
Mr. Girardi served as a member of the Beverly Hills Bar Association’s Order of Distinguished Attorneys from 2008-2009. He served as a trustee for the National Judicial College from 2008-2012, currently serves on the Library of Congress Trust Fund Board, was a 2010 National Advisory Board Member of the Association of the Plaintiff Interstate Trucking Lawyers of America, and the 2011 President of the Italian American Lawyers’ Association. He was the 2012 recipient of the Beverly Hills Bar Association’s Excellence in Advocacy Award. Loyola Law School dedicated the Chair in Consumer Protection Law to Mr. Girardi in May of 2012. In 2013, he was named as one of the “Top 100 Most Influential Lawyers” in the nation by the National Law Journal, was a recipient of the Hall of Fame Award by the Association of Southern California Defense Counsel (an award given to the plaintiffs’ lawyer feared the most), and was the recipient of the Los Angeles Police Department’s Jack Webb Award in 2013.
Mr. Girardi received his B.A. from Loyola Marymount University, his J.D. from Loyola Law School, and his L.L.M. from New York University School of Law.