Since beginning to serve as a neutral in 1997, Tom has become a well-regarded mediator and arbitrator who has provided services to attorneys in state and federal courts throughout Pennsylvania. He has served as a neutral in excess of 2500 cases. With over forty years of experience as a judge and trial lawyer, Tom understands the complexities and risks of litigation and has a sense of what the parties can expect if the case proceeds to trial.
Currently practicing under the "Of Counsel" title, he has been taking mediation cases on a limited basis, depending on his availability, focusing in the areas of commercial and business disputes, oil and gas, estate, medical malpractice and other negligence, products liability, employment issyes and personal injury matters.
As a judge for the Mercer County Court of Common Pleas for ten years, Tom presided over hundreds of jury trials and conciliated and resolved many more. As an advocate, Tom has secured preliminary injunctions stopping the theft of customer lists, enforced contract provisions for natural gas producers, and successfully represented his clients in Pittsburgh and throughout western Pennsylvania in state and federal court. His litigation practice has included representation of businesses, nursing homes, oil and gas companies, financial institutions, a title insurance company and injured individuals. He has also litigated complex estate cases.
In addition to his experience serving as a neutral, Tom has enhanced his mediation skills by successfully completing forty-hour mediation certification training at Duke University, as presented by Beason & Ellis Conflict Resolution, LLC. This training is also in compliance with the requirements for the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania's alternative dispute resolution program. Tom conducts mediations primarily in the firm's North Hills location.
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