A Partner in the Adams and Reese Baton Rouge office, Tom’s practice focuses on insurance regulatory law and dispute resolution, state procurement and contract dispute resolution, complex commercial litigation, executive and legislative branch governmental relations and filmed entertainment representation.
Throughout his career, Tom has represented entities ranging in size from Fortune 500 companies down to locally owned sole proprietorships, providing results oriented representation.
In the insurance arena, Tom has been an active participant in the legislative and administrative process in the formulation and interpretation of laws and regulations, which impact insuring entities, managing general agents, administrative service companies, self-insurance funds, intermediaries and producers in obtaining regulatory consents and approvals.
In procurement and public contract matters, Tom has represented both successful proposers and those adversely impacted by agency determinations in large procurements, as well as worked to achieve mutually acceptable resolutions of contractual disputes involving public contracts.
- Favorably resolved a multimillion dollar industry wide regulatory dispute that arose from an ambiguity in the law through a coordinated negotiation with the Commissioner of Insurance and the Office of Motor Vehicles to pass corrective legislation while utilizing administrative litigation to protect client’s interests resulting in a clarified law and fair and enforceable regulatory scheme.
- Successfully secured the rescission of multimillion dollar procurement contract awards arising from noncompliance or irregularities in the award process.
Throughout his career, Tom has been an active advisor, board member and supporter of numerous community organizations, events, and economic development endeavors. In 2014, he was elected Chair of The Committee of 100 for Economic Development, Inc., a statewide private nonprofit, non-partisan organization formed to provide leadership and resources to effect positive change by supporting efforts to improve the economy, government, education and workforce development and to thereby improve the quality of life for all the people of Louisiana.
In 2016, Governor John Bel Edwards named Tom as his sole appointee to the 13-member Task Force on Structural Changes in Budget and Tax Policy. The Task Force was created by the Louisiana Legislature in the 2016 Extraordinary Session as the body charged with conducting a comprehensive review of Louisiana’s tax and budgeting laws and practices for the purpose of recommending long term initiatives for structural reform to the Governor.