Tom is an experienced litigator who has handled complex cases in federal and state courts around the country. He represents parties in all types of litigation ranging from business tort cases to contractual disputes to personal injury, including any necessary appeals. Tom also knows the ins-and-outs of several unique types of cases; specifically, Tom handles utility ratemaking cases, administrative law cases, and qui tam cases. He also represents plaintiffs in pharmaceutical and medical device cases, most of which are filed in federal court and assigned to respective Multidistrict Litigations (MDLs).
Mr. Gressette’s MDL experience is not limited to personal injury claims. In fact, Tom was actively involved in MDL 1358 in the Southern District of New York involving Methyl Tertiary Butyl Ether (MTBE). In those cases, Tom was appointed Special Counsel to the Attorney General of the State of New Jersey and represented the State of New Jersey as well as the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico regarding damages to the natural resources belonging to the citizens of New Jersey and Puerto Rico. Among the allegations were claims that MTBE leaked from underground gasoline storage tanks into groundwater then dissolved quickly and travelled through formerly pristine water supplies.
Tom’s experience in these cases managing and coordinating discovery involving multiple parties and across numerous government agencies allows him to identify then implement efficient and strategic discovery plans. Always with an eye toward trial and the necessary elements of proof, Tom’s approach to discovery is to streamline the pretrial exchanges of information necessary to protect his clients’ interests. He is AV-rated, the highest rating offered by Martindale-Hubbell®.
Originally from Florence, South Carolina, Tom has practiced law in Charleston for almost two decades. He is also a trained vocalist who has performed in a variety of venues, including as a soloist with the South Carolina’s Masterworks Choir and the Charleston Symphony Orchestra.