Biography

Tom Pender is a trial lawyer whose areas of concentration are product liability, premises liability, construction and transportation accidents, subrogation recovery claims, class actions and a broad range of commercial and contractual disputes. Companies retain Tom at the outset of “bet the company” litigation but also hire him at the eleventh hour to take over as lead trial counsel in catastrophic cases around the country. His practice is truly national in its scope and he has litigated cases in federal, state and appellate courts.

A graduate of Washington & Lee University School of Law (J.D. 1987), and Miami (OH) University (B.A. 1984), Tom is a member of the Illinois bar and has been admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for both the Northern District and Central District of Illinois and the Northern District of Indiana. Numerous states, including California, New Jersey, Indiana, New Mexico, Georgia, Texas, and Missouri, have admitted Tom to practice on a pro hac vice basis.

Tom has been a frequent contributor to the literature, with his research published by the Defense Research Institute and the Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel. He also authored and updated a chapter on the Illinois Survival Act for the Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education’s Wrongful Death and Survival Actions Handbook.

Credentials

Education

  • Washington & Lee University School of Law (J.D. 1987)
  • Miami (OH) University (B.A. 1984)

Admissions to Practice Law

  • Illinois Bar
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana
  • Pro hac vice admissions in many other states throughout the U.S.

Publications

  • Subrogation and Recovery of Property Losses Under Illinois Law; August 2007
  • Liability of Pharmacists and Other Third Parties, with William J. Cremer, Drug and Medical Device Litigation: Defense Perspectives, DRI Publication 1998
  • The Extent of Duty in Tort Owed by Voluntary Trade/Industry Associations, IDC Quarterly Third Quarter 1996
  • Pharmacist Liability: A Duty to Warn?, with William J. Cremer, For the Defense Magazine, DRI Publication June 1995
  • Research published by the Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel and the Defense Research Institute Chapter on the Illinois Survival Act in the Illinois Wrongful Death and Survival Actions Handbook

Memberships

  • Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel (IDC)
 
Representative Matters

Reported Cases

  • Bailey v. Edward Hines Lumber Co., 308 Ill. App. 3d 58, 719 N.E.2d 178 (1999) (dismissal of lumber trade association based on the fact that it did not owe a duty to carpenters)