Thomas V. Girardi

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Top Rated Business Litigation Attorney in Los Angeles, CA

Girardi | Keese
 | 1126 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90017
Phone: 213-977-0211
Fax: 213-481-1554
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2004 - 2020
Licensed Since: 1965
Practice Areas:
  • Business Litigation (50%),
  • Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff (30%),
  • Class Action/Mass Torts: Plaintiff (20%)
Attorney Profile

Thomas V. Girardi, a partner in Girardi | Keese, is widely regarded by his peers as one of the nation's top trial lawyers, with experience spanning decades as he has been representing victims since 1965. Mr. Girardi specializes in commercial litigation, product liability law, toxic torts and bad faith cases. He has obtained more than 30 verdicts and more than 100 settlements of $1 million or more and has tried more than 100 jury cases, winning the first California medical malpractice verdict of $1 million or more in the 1970s.

Mr. Girardi is an associate professor at Loyola Law School and was the youngest member to ever be admitted to the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, an organization limited to 500 lawyers. He was president of the academy from 2005 to 2006. Mr. Girardi is also a member of the Inner Circle of Advocates, an organization limited to 100 lawyers who have obtained the largest verdicts in the United States. In 2010, he was honored as a "Compassionate Gladiator," one of three in the United States. He is a past national president of the American Board of Trial Advocates and has been listed in the "Best Lawyers in America" for 20 years and the Daily Journal's top lawyers in California since the list was first printed.

In 2002, Mr. Girardi was honored by the Los Angeles Business Journal as one of the "Most Powerful Attorneys" in Los Angeles. He was inducted into the Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame by the California State Bar in 2003. With this presentation, he joined 11 other lawyers in the state who have been so honored since the award was first presented. He was awarded for his outstanding public support for the Association for Los Angeles Deputy Sheriffs in 2003. He is the recipient of the 2004 Ted Horn Memorial Award from the Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles and was just inducted into their 2008 Hall of Fame. He is listed in 2008 Benchmark's America's Leading Litigation Firms & Attorneys.

In a recent survey of 65,000 lawyers to determine the finest lawyer in California, Mr. Girardi received the most votes. He has been appointed to the Judicial Council of California by Chief Justice Ronald M. George and is the recipient of the Irish American Bar Association's Daniel O'Connell Award and the Italian American Bar Association's Champion of Justice Award. He's on the Dean's Advisory Council at the University of California-Irvine, School of Law. At the Litigation Counsel of America's Fall Conference 2008, he was inducted as a fellow. Fellowship in this organization is highly selective and by invitation only. He is a member of the 2008-2009 Order of Distinguished Attorneys of the Beverly Hills Bar Association. He is currently a trustee of the National Judicial College and serves on the Library of Congress Trust Fund Board, and in 2010 he was a National Advisory Board member of the Association of the Plaintiff Interstate Trucking Lawyers of America.

Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Business Litigation (50%)

Personal Injury - Products (30%)

Class Action/Mass Torts (20%)


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Super Lawyers: 2004 - 2020

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About Thomas Girardi

Admitted: 1965, California

Professional Webpage:


  • Los Angeles Trial Lawyers, "Trial Lawyer of the Year", 1995 - 1996
  • Best Lawyers publication, "Best Lawyers in America", 1987 - Present
  • Los Angeles Daily Journal, "Top 100: California's Leading Lawyers", 2007
  • Loyola Law School, "Champion of Justice", 2005
  • Lawyers for Public Justice, "Trial Lawyer of the Year", 1996
  • Los Angeles Daily Journal, "Top 100 Lawyers in California", 2008 - Present
  • Best Lawyers, "The Los Angeles Area's Best Lawyers", 2006
  • Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles, Ted Horn Memorial Award, 2004
  • American Board of Trial Advocates, "Cal-ABOTA Trial Lawyer of the Year", 1996
  • "AV" Peer Review Rating by Martindale-Hubbell ('s Highest Rating)
  • Los Angeles Magazine, "Southern California Super Lawyer", Highest Vote-Getter in California, 2004 - 2008
  • Los Angeles Daily Journal, "Top 100: California's Leading Lawyers", 2006
  • California State Bar, Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame, 2003

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • President, International Academy of Trial Lawyers, 2005
  • Loyola Law School, Associate Professor, 1976 - Present
  • Member, International Society of Barristers
  • Member, California Judicial Council, 2005 - Present
  • President, American Board of Trial Advocates, 1999
  • Member, American Board of Professional Liability Lawyers
  • Member, Consumer Attorneys of California
  • U.S. Federal Courts, 1965
  • Member, International Academy of Trial Lawyers, Board of Directors
  • Member, Inner Circle of Advocates
  • Member, Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles
  • California, 1964

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • "The Top 100", California Law Business, 1999
  • "Payback", California Law Business, 1999
  • Verdicts, The National Law Journal, 1999
  • "Top 50 Trial Attorneys", Los Angeles Business Journal, 1999
  • "The Firm", New Times Los Angeles, 1998
  • Feature, The National Law Journal, 1998
  • "The Top 100", California Law Business, 1998
  • "On a Roll", Los Angeles Daily Journal, 1998
  • "Technology Captured Star Role in Entertainment Law", Los Angeles Daily Journal, 1996
  • "Dead Man Suing", California Law Business, 1996
  • "Champions of Justice" radio show on KRLA 870 AM in Southern California, 2006 - Present
  • Los Angeles Daily Journal, "Making Rain in the Golden State", 2005
  • Metropolitan News Enterprise, "Tom Girardi Named to Judicial Council", 2005
  • "The baron of billions slams home record verdicts and settlements..." , Lawdragon Magazine, 2007
  • "This Powerbroker Moves Legal Mountains . . .", Lawdragon Magazine, October, 2006
  • "No defendant can intimidate this hero of the plaintiffs' bar . . .", Lawdragon Magazine, March, 2006
  • "The leading trial lawyer in America today . . .", Lawdragon Magazine, 2005
  • "Tom Girardi Named to Judicial Council"., Metropolitan News Enterprise, 2005
  • "Two Attorneys Join State Judicial Council", Los Angeles Daily Journal, 2005
  • "Girardi Honored by his Peers", Los Angeles Daily Journal, 2005
  • "Girardi Gives $1 Million to Loyola High School" , Los Angeles Daily Journal, 2004
  • "Top 100 Taking the Moment and Making it Matter", Los Angeles Daily Journal, 2004
  • "Top Verdicts of 2003", The National Law Journal, 2004
  • "State's Most Influential Lawyers", Los Angeles Daily Journal, 2003
  • "Class Action Demands Ford Recalls", Los Angeles Daily Journal, 2003
  • "Jury Awards $45 Million to Boy Paralyzed in Minivan Accident", Los Angeles Daily Journal, 2003
  • "Paraplegic Boy Awarded $45 Million", Los Angeles Daily News, 2003
  • "$45 Million in Lap Belt Suit", The National Law Journal, 2003
  • "Winning Hall of Fame", The National Law Journal, 2003
  • "Top 100", Los Angeles Daily Journal, 2002
  • "See You in Dallas!", Texas Bar Journal, 2002


  • Arnold v. Ashland Chemical Co. JCCP No. 2967
  • Settlement, $300 million
  • Settlement, $68 million
  • Settlement, $4.85 billion
  • Karlsson v. Ford Motor Company, LASC Case PC 0019980
  • Natural Gas Antitrust Cases, JCCP Case Nos. 4221, 4224, 4226, 4228
  • Verdict, $785 million
  • Anderson v. Pacific Gas & Electric, BCV00822
  • Settlement, $200 million
  • Mr. Girardi has Obtained more than 30 verdicts of $1 Million or more and has handled more than 100 settlements of $1 million or more. He has tried more than 100 jury cases, Winning The First California Medical Malpractice Verdict of $1 million or more, back in the 1970s.
  • Verdict, $45.5 Million
  • Settlement, $1.9 billion
  • State of California v. El Paso Gas
  • Settlement, $333 million
  • Citizens of Hinkley v. Pacific Gas & Electric
  • In Re Rezulin Cases, LASC Case BC 304262
  • In Re Vioxx Coordinated Cases, JCCP Case No. 4247
  • Settlement, $1.7 billion

Educational Background:

  • Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, California, B.A., Outstanding Professional Achievement Award, 1992, 1961
  • New York University School of Law, New York, New York, L.L.M., 1965
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1126 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90017

Phone: 213-977-0211

Fax: 213-481-1554

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