Tom Gottshall is a trial lawyer engaged in environmental and products liability (medical device, machinery, pharmaceutical and toxic tort) issues.
He has served as chair of the Products Committee of the Trial Torts & Insurance Practice Section of the American Bar Association.
Mr. Gottshall is a speaker on products liability and environmental litigation issues and author of the monograph “Protecting the Corporate Executive from Deposition.”
- In the environmental area, he has represented many clients involved with Superfund sites. He has litigated CERCLA cases, and been involved in more than 15 contribution and cost-recovery actions. Mr. Gottshall has also been involved in the negotiation of numerous consent decrees with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. He has conducted extensive negotiations regarding the allocation of CERCLA responsibility and has utilized insurance proceeds to assist clients in resolving environmental liabilities.
- For pharmaceutical companies, he has crafted favorable settlements in actions arising out of alleged adverse reactions to drugs.
- In the toxic tort area, he has tried cases involving exposure to various industrial chemicals.
- In the products area, he has handled many cases involving medical devices and machinery.
Mr. Gottshall is active in many parts of the Columbia community. He is a long-time board member and immediate past president of the South Carolina Philharmonic and is a member of the board of the S.C. Humanities Council. He is also an advisory board member for the Atlantic Legal Foundation and chairman of the Yale Schools Committee for central South Carolina. Reflecting his lifelong interest in history, Mr. Gottshall frequently speaks to groups on historical topics.