Over the past 30 years Tom has successfully tried cases, including intellectual property, breach of contract, torts, fraud and other complex commercial matters, in federal and state courts across the country. Regardless of where the case is, Tom is a go-to lawyer for some of the nation’s top companies from California to Texas to the Carolinas.
Notable victories achieved for Tom’s clients include a resounding jury verdict in 2021 on behalf of Clayton Homes -- one of the nation’s largest homebuilders and a division of Berkshire Hathaway -- in a major trademark infringement suit in North Carolina federal court; a jury verdict in favor of Tyson Foods in a grower lawsuit alleging multiple tort claims; a successful jury verdict in favor of an individual defendant being sued for millions of dollars and punitive damages on allegations of fraud; and successful defense of a jury trial in south Texas alleging violations of RICO against a division of Berkshire Hathaway.
In 2015 Tom served as co-counsel defending McWane, Inc., a manufacturer of ductile iron pipe, in an enforcement proceeding before the FTC. The eight-week administrative trial involved over 2,000 exhibits and 53 witnesses, culminating in a 464-page decision - possibly the longest FTC decision in history. Ultimately, Maynard’s team convinced the FTC to rule against its own complaint, something the FTC had not done in 20 years.
Tom’s extensive courtroom experience includes leading numerous jury trials, bench trials, and arbitrations in various courts and venues in Alabama, North Carolina, Texas, and the District of Columbia. His appellate work includes handling appeals in the Third, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Eighth, and Eleventh Circuits, the Alabama Supreme Court, the Texas Supreme Court, multiple Texas Courts of Appeals and the Florida District Court of Appeals. The geographic breadth of Tom’s experience includes representations of clients in matters pending in Alabama, Arkansas, California, the District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, New Jersey, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, and West Virginia.
Tom's reputation as a skilled trial and appellate lawyer and litigator has been widely recognized by numerous legal industry publications and organizations. He is distinguished by Chambers USA as a Leading Individual in the area of Commercial Litigation. Best Lawyers® named Tom "Lawyer of the Year" in 2014, 2016, 2017, 2020, 2021, and 2022. BTI named Tom a Client Service Allstar in 2020, and in 2022, Benchmark named him one of the Preeminent Litigation Practitioners in the United States. He has also been recognized in Mid-South Super Lawyers since 2011 in the area of Business Litigation. Law360.com named Tom a "Legal Lion" in 2014.
Tom is also actively engaged in managing the firm as a Member of Maynard’s Board of Directors and as a former Co-Chair of the Firm's Litigation Practice. Tom’s experience spans a range of complex litigation matters including: class actions; business litigation; financial services litigation; antitrust; intellectual property, trademark and trade secrets litigation; mergers & acquisitions litigation; and scientific research misconduct litigation. He also has extensive experience defending multi-district litigation, consolidated class actions, and mass tort litigation. He served as court-appointed Liaison Counsel for one of two defendant groups in the FEMA Formaldehyde MDL pending in the Eastern District of Louisiana.
Tom also serves on the Editorial Board and co-authored Chapter 21: "Arbitrations & Class Actions" for the American Bar Association's two-volume treatise A Practitioner's Guide to Class Actions.
"He has one of the highest litigation IQs of anyone I've known."
"Tom is a very skilled trial attorney and has the ability to handle a wide range of subject matters."
"He is a solid defense lawyer."