Widely regarded by his peers as one of the nation's top trial lawyers and with nearly fifty years of experience representing victims, Thomas V. Girardi has obtained numerous multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements, handling claims involving wrongful death, commercial litigation, products liability, bad faith insurance, and toxic torts. In 2003, he received the most prestigious honor of being inducted into the Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame by the California State Bar. Mr. Girardi is a Member of the Board of Directors and former President of the prestigious International Academy of Trial Lawyers, an invitation-only worldwide organization, limited to 500 trial lawyers. Mr. Girardi is also the first trial lawyer to be appointed to the California Judicial Council, the policymaking body of the state courts.
VERDICTS AND SETTLEMENTS:
Mr. Girardi has obtained more than 30 verdicts of $1 million or more and has handled more than 100 settlements of $1 million or more. He has tried more than 100 jury cases, winning the first California medical malpractice verdict of $1 million or more, back in the 1970s.
Settlement, $4.85 billion – with pharmaceutical giant Merck for personal injuries to consumers of the drug Vioxx.
In Re Vioxx Coordinated Cases, JCCP Case No. 4247
Settlement, $1.9 billion – for California consumers were defrauded by the manipulation of natural gas prices.
Natural Gas Antitrust Cases, JCCP Case Nos. 4221, 4224, 4226, 4228
Settlement, $1.7 billion – for California consumers were defrauded by the manipulation of natural gas prices.
State of California v. El Paso Gas
Verdict, $785 million – for Toxic Tort personal injuries suffered by employees in Lockheed's Skunkworks facilities
Arnold v. Ashland Chemical Co. JCCP No. 2967
Settlement, $333 million – for 650 residents of Hinkley, California in the toxic tort case made famous by the film Erin Brokovich.
Anderson v. Pacific Gas & Electric, BCV00822.
Settlement, $300 million – for second group of toxic tort cases brought by the residents of Hinkley against PG&E.
Citizens of Hinkley v. Pacific Gas & Electric
Settlement, $200 million, bad faith insurance lawsuit against Farmers Insurance for homeowners whose property was damaged in the Northridge Earthquake
In Re Northridge Earthquake Cases
Settlement, $68 million, with pharmaceutical giant Pfizer for personal injuries to consumers of the drug Rezulin.
In Re Rezulin Cases, LASC Case BC 304262
Verdict, $45.5 Million – against Ford Motor Company for defective seatbelt which caused 6 year old child to become paralyzed.
Karlsson v. Ford Motor Company, LASC Case PC 0019980
- California, 1964
- U.S. Federal Courts, 1965
- New York University School of Law, New York, New York
- L.L.M. - 1965
- Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, California
- J.D. - 1964
- Honors: "Distinguished Alumnus Award" - 1997
- Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, California
- B.A. - 1961
- Honors: Outstanding Professional Achievement Award - 1992