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Thomas V. Girardi

Thomas Girardi

Girardi | Keese
1126 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90017
Phone 213-977-0211
Fax 213-481-1554


Selected To Super Lawyers: 2004 - 2015

Selected to Super Lawyers for 12 years bottom-image

Practice Areas

Business Litigation

Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff

Class Action/Mass Torts

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Thomas V. Girardi, a partner in Girardi | Keese, is widely regarded by his peers as one of the nation's top trial lawyers, with experience spanning decades as he has been representing victims since 1965. Mr. Girardi specializes in commercial litigation, product liability law, toxic torts and bad faith cases. He has obtained more than 30 verdicts and more than 100 settlements of $1 million or more and has tried more than 100 jury cases, winning the first California medical malpractice verdict of $1 million or more in the 1970s.

Mr. Girardi is an associate professor at 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. He was president of the academy from 2005 to 2006. Mr. Girardi is also a member of the Inner Circle of Advocates, an organization limited to 100 lawyers who have obtained the largest verdicts in the United States. In 2010, he was honored as a "Compassionate Gladiator," one of three in the United States. He is a past national president of the American Board of Trial Advocates and has been listed in the "Best Lawyers in America" for 20 years and the Daily Journal's top lawyers in California since the list was first printed.

In 2002, Mr. Girardi was honored by the Los Angeles Business Journal as one of the "Most Powerful Attorneys" in Los Angeles. He was inducted into the Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame by the California State Bar in 2003. With this presentation, he joined 11 other lawyers in the state who have been so honored since the award was first presented. He was 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 just inducted into their 2008 Hall of Fame. He is listed in 2008 Benchmark's America's Leading Litigation Firms & Attorneys.

In a recent survey of 65,000 lawyers to determine the finest lawyer in California, Mr. Girardi received the most votes. He has been appointed to the Judicial Council of California by Chief Justice Ronald M. George and is the recipient of the Irish American Bar Association's Daniel O'Connell Award and the Italian American Bar Association's Champion of Justice Award. He's on the Dean's Advisory Council at the University of California-Irvine, School of Law. At the Litigation Counsel of America's Fall Conference 2008, he was inducted as a fellow. Fellowship in this organization is highly selective and by invitation only. He is a member of the 2008-2009 Order of Distinguished Attorneys of the Beverly Hills Bar Association. He is currently a trustee of the National Judicial College and serves on the Library of Congress Trust Fund Board, and in 2010 he was a National Advisory Board member of the Association of the Plaintiff Interstate Trucking Lawyers of America.

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Certifications and Credentials

About Thomas Girardi

Law School: Loyola Law School Los Angeles

Admitted: 1965, California

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Honors and Awards:

  • Los Angeles Trial Lawyers, "Trial Lawyer of the Year", 1995 - 1996
  • American Board of Trial Advocates, "Cal-ABOTA Trial Lawyer of the Year", 1996
  • Lawyers for Public Justice, "Trial Lawyer of the Year", 1996
  • California State Bar, Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame, 2003
  • Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles, Ted Horn Memorial Award, 2004
  • Loyola Law School, "Champion of Justice", 2005
  • Los Angeles Daily Journal, "Top 100: California's Leading Lawyers", 2006
  • Best Lawyers, "The Los Angeles Area's Best Lawyers", 2006
  • Los Angeles Daily Journal, "Top 100: California's Leading Lawyers", 2007
  • Los Angeles Magazine, "Southern California Super Lawyer", Highest Vote-Getter in California, 2004 - 2008
  • Los Angeles Daily Journal, "Top 100 Lawyers in California", 2008 - Present
  • Best Lawyers publication, "Best Lawyers in America", 1987 - Present
  • "AV" Peer Review Rating by Martindale-Hubbell ('s Highest Rating)

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Member, Consumer Attorneys of California
  • Member, Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles
  • Member, International Society of Barristers
  • Member, American Board of Professional Liability Lawyers
  • Member, Inner Circle of Advocates
  • Loyola Law School, Associate Professor, 1976 - Present
  • President, American Board of Trial Advocates, 1999
  • Member, International Academy of Trial Lawyers, Board of Directors
  • President, International Academy of Trial Lawyers, 2005
  • Member, California Judicial Council, 2005 - Present
  • U.S. Federal Courts, 1965
  • California, 1964

Scholarly Lectures and Writings:

  • Metropolitan News Enterprise, "Tom Girardi Named to Judicial Council", 2005
  • Los Angeles Daily Journal, "Making Rain in the Golden State", 2005
  • "Champions of Justice" radio show on KRLA 870 AM in Southern California, 2006 - Present
  • "Dead Man Suing", California Law Business, 1996
  • "Technology Captured Star Role in Entertainment Law", Los Angeles Daily Journal, 1996
  • "On a Roll", Los Angeles Daily Journal, 1998
  • "The Top 100", California Law Business, 1998
  • Feature, The National Law Journal, 1998
  • "The Firm", New Times Los Angeles, 1998
  • "Top 50 Trial Attorneys", Los Angeles Business Journal, 1999
  • Verdicts, The National Law Journal, 1999
  • "Payback", California Law Business, 1999
  • "The Top 100", California Law Business, 1999
  • "See You in Dallas!", Texas Bar Journal, 2002
  • "Top 100", Los Angeles Daily Journal, 2002
  • "Winning Hall of Fame", The National Law Journal, 2003
  • "$45 Million in Lap Belt Suit", The National Law Journal, 2003
  • "Paraplegic Boy Awarded $45 Million", Los Angeles Daily News, 2003
  • "Jury Awards $45 Million to Boy Paralyzed in Minivan Accident", Los Angeles Daily Journal, 2003
  • "Class Action Demands Ford Recalls", Los Angeles Daily Journal, 2003
  • "State's Most Influential Lawyers", Los Angeles Daily Journal, 2003
  • "Top Verdicts of 2003", The National Law Journal, 2004
  • "Top 100 Taking the Moment and Making it Matter", Los Angeles Daily Journal, 2004
  • "Girardi Gives $1 Million to Loyola High School" , Los Angeles Daily Journal, 2004
  • "Girardi Honored by his Peers", Los Angeles Daily Journal, 2005
  • "Two Attorneys Join State Judicial Council", Los Angeles Daily Journal, 2005
  • "Tom Girardi Named to Judicial Council"., Metropolitan News Enterprise, 2005
  • "The leading trial lawyer in America today . . .", Lawdragon Magazine, 2005
  • "No defendant can intimidate this hero of the plaintiffs' bar . . .", Lawdragon Magazine, March, 2006
  • "This Powerbroker Moves Legal Mountains . . .", Lawdragon Magazine, October, 2006
  • "The baron of billions slams home record verdicts and settlements..." , Lawdragon Magazine, 2007

Verdicts and Settlements:

  • Karlsson v. Ford Motor Company, LASC Case PC 0019980
  • Verdict, $45.5 Million
  • In Re Rezulin Cases, LASC Case BC 304262
  • Settlement, $68 million
  • Settlement, $200 million
  • Citizens of Hinkley v. Pacific Gas & Electric
  • Settlement, $300 million
  • Anderson v. Pacific Gas & Electric, BCV00822
  • Settlement, $333 million
  • Arnold v. Ashland Chemical Co. JCCP No. 2967
  • Verdict, $785 million
  • State of California v. El Paso Gas
  • Settlement, $1.7 billion
  • Natural Gas Antitrust Cases, JCCP Case Nos. 4221, 4224, 4226, 4228
  • Settlement, $1.9 billion
  • In Re Vioxx Coordinated Cases, JCCP Case No. 4247
  • Settlement, $4.85 billion
  • 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.

Educational Background:

  • Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, California, B.A., Outstanding Professional Achievement Award, 1992, 1961
  • New York University School of Law, New York, New York, L.L.M., 1965
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