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Thomas W. Pirtle

Founding Partner

Tom Pirtle is a nationally acclaimed trial lawyer renowned for his groundbreaking achievements in personal injury, wrongful death, defective product, and commercial dispute cases. With an exceptional track record in the courtroom, Tom has secured numerous landmark verdicts. Additionally, he has displayed his commitment to representing the rights of injured individuals through leadership positions in significant multi-district litigations, including:

  • Executive Committee
    MDL No. 2885: In re: 3M Combat Arms Earplug Products Liability Litigation, United States District Court for the Northern District of Florida.
  • Discovery Subcommittee
    Case No. 4:23-cv-00242: In re: East Palestine Train Derailment, United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio.
  • Executive Committee; Chairman, Settlement Subcommittee 
    MDL No. 3081: In re: Bard Implanted Port Catheter Products Liability Litigation, United States District Court for the District of Arizona 

Tom graduated with honors, receiving a Bachelor of Science degree from Stephen F. Austin University in 1987, where he was awarded Most Outstanding Graduate by the Board of Regents. He went on to graduate from South Texas College of Law in 1990.

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"Representative government and trial by jury are the heart and lungs of liberty." 

-John Adams

Areas of Practice

During his tenure at the renowned law firm of O'Quinn, Laminack & Pirtle from 1990 to 2006, Tom held the position of senior litigator in the firm's mass tort division, managing a diverse range of complex cases involving medical devices and pharmaceuticals. Tom established himself as a respected authority in corporate liability, particularly in high-profile litigations concerning silicone breast implant and diet drug cases.

Tom played a pivotal role in obtaining some of the first jury verdicts awarding damages to women harmed by silicone breast implants. Furthermore, he achieved a record-setting verdict on behalf of a family affected by the tragic consequences of the "fen-phen" diet drug combination.

Tom Pirtle's exceptional legal prowess and unwavering dedication have solidified his reputation as a trailblazing trial lawyer, tirelessly advocating for the rights of his clients and leaving an indelible mark on the field of law.

Tom's Courts:

  • State Courts of Texas
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
  • United States Court of Federal Claims

Professional Memberships:

  • American Association for Justice

Awards:

  • Texas Super Lawyers (2010-2012, 2017-2023)
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