Thomas J. Brandi

Thomas J. Brandi

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Products Liability Attorney in San Francisco, CA

The Brandi Law Firm
 | 354 Pine Street, Third Floor
San Francisco, CA 94104
Phone: 415-989-1800
Fax: 415-989-1801
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2004 - 2021
Licensed Since: 1972
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff (40%),
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (30%),
  • Class Action/Mass Torts: Plaintiff (10%),
  • Aviation and Aerospace (10%),
  • Elder Law (10%)
    Attorney Profile

    Thomas J. Brandi has tried cases in 17 California counties for families suffering injury or wrongful death in aviation, dangerous roads, defective drugs, unsafe products, and consumer class actions, obtaining 19 verdicts from $1 million to $1 billion and settled over 150 cases over $1 million. Best Lawyers named him Personal Injury Lawyer of the Year (2013) for Northern California. CAOC named Tom California Trial Lawyer of the Year in 2004, and he is a six time finalist for the SFTLA Trial Lawyer of the Year and a three-time finalist for CAOC Trial Lawyer of the Year. He has been on the Northern California Super Lawyers Top 100 list each year since 2004 and in the Top Ten in 2013, 2014, and 2017. In 2015 Tom was selected one of the Top 25 Plaintiff Attorneys in California by the Daily Journal. Tom has been listed in Best Lawyers since 1995. In 2016 Tom was inducted to the State Bar of California Litigation section Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame. He teaches Trial Practice at USF Law School where he was named Adjunct Professor of the Year. He has been selected for membership to the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, American College of Trial Lawyers, ABOTA, and the Litigation Counsel of America. Tom is past president of the Consumer Attorneys of California and the San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association.  The Brandi Law Firm represents people in California, Nevada, and Arizona in injury and wrongful death, drug and device cases, wage and hour actions, and consumer class actions. He is also a member of the Italian American Bar Association and is Honorary Consul for Slovenia.


    About Thomas Brandi

    Admitted: 1972, California

    Professional Webpage:


    • Named one of the top ten lawyers in Northern California, Top Ten Best Lawyers, Superlawyers, 2006
    • Named one of the top 500 lawyers in America as voted by peers, Top 500 Lawyers in America, Lawdragon, 2007
    • Named 2009 USF Law School Alumni of the Year
    • Award given for excellence in trial advocacy., Robert E. Cartwright Award, Consumer Attorneys of California, 2004
    • Named 2011 Person of The Year by Italian American Bar Association and received the "Golden Salami" Award.
    • CA State Bar Litigation Section Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame 2016
    • Award given to the outstanding trial lawyer in the state based on nomination and voting by the members of the organization., Trial Lawyer of the Year, Consumer Attorneys of California, 2004
    • Award given for continued excellence in advocacy on behalf of consumers and plaintiffs, Lifetime Achievement Award, San Francisco Trial Lawyers, 2005
    • 2011 Named Adjunct Profesor of the year by USF Law School Where he teaches Trial Practice
    • Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame, State Bar of Ca Litigation section, 2016

    Special Licenses/Certifications:

    •  BEST Lawyers Trial Lawyer of the Year Personal Injury 2013

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • President of the Consumer Attorneys of California, 2000
    • Member, Judicial Council Civil and Small Claims Advisory Committee, 2006
    • Elected Member, American College of Trial Lawyers
    • Director of Bar Association of San Francisco, 2002
    •  Elected Member, American Board of Trial Advocates
    • President of the San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association, 1998
    • Member, Commission for Access to Justice
    • Elected Member, International Academy of Trial Lawyers

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • Honorary Consul of Slovenia, 2006
    • National Brain Tumor Foundation

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • Trial practice professor, Adjunct Professor, University of San Francisco Law School


    • $29,277,391.12 verdict against the State of California for an action involving the absence of a median barrier on SR 12 (Hutchinson v. State of California, Solano County Superior Court, FCS030143). $15.2 million verdict in San Luis Obispo County for a brain injured teenager due to a defective road in Morro Bay (Donville v. North Coast Engineering, San Luis Obispo County Superior Court, CV980098). $15 million dollar verdict in San Francisco County for the wrongful death of a 44 year old woman and 4 children under 6 in a fire due to inadequate maintenance in a public housing unit (Evans v. San Francisco Housing Authority, San Francisco County Superior Court, 999850). $25 million dollar verdict on behalf of a college student who suffered serious brain injury (TC vs. State, Santa Clara County). $12 million dollar verdict for a young woman with serious internal injuries after establishing the State failed to meet its own design criteria in striping a transition area on SR 1 (Burkowski vs. State, san Mateo, CIV481154 consolidated) A San Francisco jury awarded a verdict of $1,382,000,000 in a class action against the Bank of America for misuse of Social Security benefits directly deposited for their checking account customers (Miller v. Bank of America, San Francisco County Superior Court No. 301917). In consumer actions, numerous courts have appointed me to lead counsel positions or leadership positions on the Plaintiffs committees. I have been court appointed in the following matters to serve on behalf of plaintiffs: Dalkon Shield class action matters in Virginia. The plaintiffs' Management Committee in the California Diet Drug Litigation (Fen-Phen). The Plaintiffs Management Committee in the Alaska Airlines crash litigation and the asbestos creditor’s claimants committee in the bankruptcy proceedings involving USG and W.R. Grace & Co. A Court appointed member on Executive Committees in Yaz, Fosamax, Actos, and Vioxx. I tried one of the two California Vioxx cases, the last Dalkon Shield case in the United States, a case in the Welding Rods Litigation, and a class action vs. Bank of America.  In 2010, Federal Magistrate Judge Bernard Zimmerman appointed me lead counsel for retail sales representatives of Hershey in an action that successfully resolved issues pertaining to their overtime compensation, a case that I repeated before Magistrate Hon. Kandis Westmore in Oakland. Also Judge Charles Breyer appointed me as lead counsel in a subsequent action involving Hershey and San Francisco Superior Court Judge Richard Kramer appointed me lead counsel in the Zicam litigation.  

    Other Outstanding Achievements:

    • Tom is a three time nominee for Trial Lawyer of the Year by the Consumer Attorneys of California (2002, 2004, 2012) and six time nominee for Trial Lawyer of the Year by the San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association (2000, 2002, 2004, 2012, 2016, 2017). He was also nominated as National Trial Lawyer of the Year by the Trial Lawyers for Public Justice (2004).
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    Office Location for Thomas J. Brandi

    354 Pine Street
    Third Floor
    San Francisco, CA 94104

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    Last Updated: 1/29/2021

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