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Lake Charles, LA





Tom was born in New Eagle, PA and raised in the Monongahela Valley near Pittsburgh. He graduated from Duquesne University in 1972 with a BA. He attended LSU law school, graduating in 1975. Tom was anxious to defend those who most needed help. Never was this more true than in the area of capital cases where lawyers who never tried a case were being appointed and paid the princely sum of $1,000, which included any expenses they may have! Although in private practice, Tom handled nearly 50 capital cases, with no death verdicts. In addition, Tom represented lawyers to bring about judicial and legislative reform of funding indigent defense and was instrumental in creating public interest law firms to provide cutting edge capital defense (Louisiana Capital Assistance Center) and the closure of abusive juvenile prisons with long term reform of the juvenile justice system (Juvenile Justice Project of Louisiana). Tom's professional accomplishments have been recognized by numerous organizations. He is a Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers, was named the Distinguished Louisiana Attorney in 2007 by the Louisiana State Bar Foundation, was awarded the 2007 David Hamilton Lifetime Achievement Award by the Louisiana State Bar Association, Justice Albert Tate, Jr. Award in 2003 by the Louisiana Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and its Sam Dalton Capital Defense Advocacy Award in 2000, the 2006 Professionalism Award by the Judge Albert Tate American Inn of Court, and been named to Best Lawyers in America and Super Lawyers. Tom is a long time member of the LSBA House of Delegates, served on the Board of Governors and currently serves on the Legislative Committee of the Louisiana Bar Association. Tom also serves on the LA Law Institute Committees on the Code of Criminal Procedure and Bail Bond Reform. Tom is a member of the Louisiana and National Cattleman's Association.

Areas Of Practice

  • Criminal Law
  • White Collar Crimes

Bar Admissions

  • Louisiana, 1975
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Louisiana, 1976
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Louisiana, 1978
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Louisiana, 1993
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Alabama, 1997
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit, 1984
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1987


  • Louisiana State University Law Center, Baton Rouge, Louisiana
    • J.D. - 1975
  • Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
    • B.A. - 1972
    • Major: Political Science

Representative Cases

  • U.S. v. Katz, 178 F.3d 368, 1999, United States Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit, 1999141128
  • State v. Wigley, 624 So.2d 425, 1993, Supreme Court of Louisiana, 1993174437
  • State v. Smith, 600 So.2d 1319, 1992, Supreme Court of Louisiana, 1992098354
  • State v. Velez, Vasquez and Quintero-Cruz, 588 So.2d 116, 1991, Court of Appeal of Louisiana, Third Circuit, 1991165423

Honors and Awards

  • Louisiana State Bar Association Pro Bono Award, 1992
  • LA Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Sam Dalton Capital Advocacy Award, 2000
  • LA Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Justice Albert Tate Jr. Award, 2003
  • Judge Albert Tate American Inn of Court Professionalism Award, 2006
  • LA. State Bar Association David A. Hamilton Lifetime Achievement Award, 2007
  • LA Bar Foundation Distinguished Attorney Award, 2007

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American College of Trial Lawyers, Fellow, 2002 - Present
  • Louisiana Law Institute, Member, Bail Reform Committee, 1992 - Present
  • Code of Criminal Procedure, Member, 1992 - Present
  • Mental Illness and Criminal Law, Member, Louisiana Legislative Committee, 1992 to 1994
  • Louisiana State, Member, House of Delegates, 1986 to 1994
  • Louisiana State, Member, House of Delegates, 1996 - Present
  • Louisiana State, Board of Governors, 1999 to 2000
  • Louisiana State, Criminal Law Section, Chair, 1996 to 1996
  • American Bar Association, Member
  • Louisiana Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, President, 1992 to 1992
  • Louisiana Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Member, Board of Directors, 1985 - Present
  • Louisiana Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Chairman, Amicus Committee, 1998 to 1998
  • Louisiana Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Profile/Pretext Highway Stop Committee, 1987 to 1989
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Member
  • American Inns of Court, Master, 1996 to 1999

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