As a lawyer for almost two decades, Tom’s competency in advocacy, counseling, and litigation traverses a broad spectrum of subject matters. He has successfully tried a significant number of cases to verdict before both the bench and juries. He also has effectively resolved matters through alternative dispute resolution, including arbitration and mediation. Tom has represented individuals, businesses and municipalities in matters involving personal injury, licensing and regulatory issues, dram shop, construction defects, contract disputes, mechanics liens, product liability, land use and planning, and transportation. Additionally, Tom is a prosecutor for the Village of Oak Lawn and the Village of Tinley Park. Tom attributes his successes to his upbringing and life experiences.
Tom was born and raised in Morgan Park. He attended St. Cajetan Grammar School and Saint Ignatius College Prep. At a very early age, Tom learned the importance of hard work and developing a strong work ethic when he began delivering the Wednesday and Sunday editions of the Southtown Economist. As a high school student, he not only focused on his studies and athletics, but also worked nights and weekends as a member of Local 881 of the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union at Dominick’s Finer Foods. As a student at the University of Iowa, Tom was a member of the Gamma Nu Chapter of Pi Kappa Alpha in which he held various leadership positions. In order to support himself through college, Tom worked various jobs from telemarketing to painting. He enjoyed connecting with people and learning from others
After graduation, Tom worked full time for Waste Management at one of the sorting facilities. Each day he worked alongside of people that sorted through garbage to retrieve recyclable materials. During the five years that Tom worked with them, he learned to appreciate the impact and value of education and opportunity. Many of the workers were ex-offenders that were given a chance. They worked hard, showed up on time, and worked with pride. The experience has taught Tom that compassion and direction go a long way and it is those principles that motivated him while he attended DePaul University College of Law in the evening.
While Tom has worked countless hours on his career and spent time supporting local communities, he has also been a devoted husband to his wife, Elizabeth, and the proud father of Trip, Lauren and Liam. He is past member of the St. Barnabas School Board, has coached his children athletics, been a leader of YMCA affiliated groups, a member of the St. Ignatius Law Society and a committee member of the St. Ignatius Golf Classic for Tuition Assistance.
Tom is committed to impartiality, committed to justice, cognizant of people’s sensitivities, and possesses common sense, all of the things that embody the qualities of a good judge.