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Thomas V. Girardi

The International Academy of Trial Lawyers is an invitation-only organization, which is limited to only 500 trial lawyers. Thomas V. Girardi, of Girardi & Keese Attorneys, was selected to the academy in 2003 in recognition of his outstanding work in the legal profession. Girardi is recognized by Continental Who’s Who as a Leading Lawyer, as a result of 50 years of Industry Excellence.

His professional title is Attorney and Senior Managing Partner at Girardi & Keese. With practice areas of Personal Injury, Defective Products, Environmental & Toxic Torts, Employment & Business Law and Aviation Law, Girardi & Keese’s “attorneys have the honor of being awarded (at both the state and national levels) for their dedication to defending the rights of people damaged by the harmful acts of others,” according to its website. “The attorneys at Girardi & Keese have recovered more than $10 billion in verdicts and settlements for clients who have been injured or killed because of someone else’s actions.”

The firm is home to 22 attorneys, 11 of whom are certified members of the American Board of Trial Advocates. “We believe in speaking for wronged people, developing winning cases, working with lawyer referrals, assuring our future, serving the community and changing the law,” the website continues. “Girardi & Keese lawyers have an extraordinary depth of experience. We work hard, but we enjoy every minute of it.” Girardi has worked multiple cases leading to multi-million dollar verdicts as well as claims involving wrongful death, commercial litigation, products liability, bad faith insurance and toxic torts. In addition, he has tried over 100 jury cases and won the first California medical malpractice verdict that resulted in a settlement of over $1 million.

His list of credited cases does not end there as he has handled major cases against the former Lockheed Company, the Los Angeles Metropolitan Transportation Authority and Hollywood’s seven major movie studios. “I am dedicated to ensuring that each case gets the resources it needs,” Girardi said. “I will work for what is legally and morally right — fair compensation for every client.” Girardi’s most famous case became the inspiration for the film Erin Brockovich — the case of Pacific Gas & Electric. The aforementioned utility company agreed to pay $333 million to 650 residents as a result of increased incidents of cancer – and other diseases – that allegedly came from contaminated water from a gas pumping station.

In recognition of his impressive law career, Girardi has been awarded countless honors in addition to his induction into the Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame. Some of his honors include an “AV” Peer Review Rating by Martindale-Hubble; a listing in Best Lawyers in America from 1987-Present; a listing in the Los Angeles Daily Journal’s Top 100 Lawyers in California from 2008-Present; and a listing in Los Angeles Magazine’s Southern California Super Lawyer as the highest vote-getter in California from 2004-2008 — to name a few. Girardi earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Loyola Marymount University. He then went on to earn his Juris Doctor from Loyola Law School, followed by his L.L.M. degree from the New York University School of Law.


To further his professional development, Girardi is a member of several professional associations – the California Judicial Council, the Inner Circle of Advocates, the International Society of Barristers, the Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles and the Consumer Attorneys of California. In addition, Girardi serves as President of the Litigation Counsel of America, President of the American Board of Trial Advocates and on the Board of Directors of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers. For more information, visit