Thomas M. Bond

Top rated Personal Injury attorney in Boston, Massachusetts

The Kaplan/Bond Group
Thomas M. Bond
The Kaplan/Bond Group

Practice Areas: Personal Injury, Transportation & Maritime; view more

Licensed in Massachusetts since: 1985

Education: Suffolk University Law School

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2014 - 2023

The Kaplan/Bond Group

265 Franklin St
Suite 1702
Boston, MA 02110 Visit website


Attorney Thomas M. Bond is a partner with The Kaplan/Bond Group in Boston, Massachusetts. A nationally ranked trial lawyer with more than 36 years of total legal experience, Mr. Bond provides invaluable counsel and support to a diverse range of clients throughout Essex, Norfolk, Suffolk, Middlesex, Plymouth, Bristol, Barnstable, Yarmouth and Worcester counties and the rest of the state who have legal needs involving any of the following:

  • Admiralty and maritime law
  • Personal injury – plaintiff

Over the course of his legal career, Mr. Bond has gained a reputation as an authority in admiralty and maritime law, and he has achieved remarkable success advocating on behalf of his plaintiff clients who have suffered a serious injury or lost a loved one as a result of a preventable accident. Along with admiralty claims, he also handles claims involving construction defects, defective products, automobile defects and accidents and other tortious claims.

From his efforts, Mr. Bond has secured millions of dollars in total compensation for his plaintiff clients, and he has published articles and conducted lectures and seminars on a variety of topics. Along with his extensive trial experience, he also has considerable experience handling appeals, and he has successfully argued more than 25 cases before various appeals courts.

Honored for his outstanding professionalism and service, Mr. Bond has earned an AV Preeminent* peer review rating from Martindale-Hubbell along with many other top rankings and endorsements from his peers. He has also received many five-star reviews from his clients as well as countless testimonials and referrals from those he has served.

A 1982 summa cum laude graduate of Northeastern University, Mr. Bond obtained his Juris Doctor in 1985 from Suffolk University Law School. He is admitted to practice before all federal courts in Massachusetts as well as the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 1st Circuit and the U.S. Supreme Court.

Mr. Bond is an active member of the American Association for Justice, the Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys and the Massachusetts Bar Association, where he was the president for 2021.

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories - legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice areas

Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff, Transportation/Maritime

Focus areas

Admiralty & Maritime Law, Construction Accident, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff

  • 80% Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
  • 20% Transportation/Maritime

First Admitted: 1985, Massachusetts

Professional Webpage:

Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Massachusetts Bar Association President-Elect and Incoming President, September 2021
  • Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys (Former Governor and Member of Executive Council)
  • American Association for Justice, Member
  • Massachusetts Bar Association, Member
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1992
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 1st Circuit, 1988
  • U.S. Federal Courts, 1988
  • Massachusetts, 1985
Educational Background:
  • Northeastern University, Boston, Massachusetts, Honors: Summa Cum Laude, 1982
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Have lectured and/or presented before the American Trial Lawyers Association, the Tulane Admiralty Law Institute, Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys, primarily on the topic of maritime law personal injury., AAJ; Tulane Admiralty Law Institute; MATA; MCLE, 2003
  • Boston Bar Association, 2016: “Changes to the Federal Rules”
  • Massachusetts Defense Lawyers Association/Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys, 2015: “Preserving the Record for Appeal”
  • Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys, 2016: “The Federal Rules”
  • Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys, 2016: “Federal Forms & Filings: Fast Overview”
  • Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys, 2012: “Preserving the Record for Appeal”
  • Mariner’s Club, 2016: “Maritime Plaintiff’s Lawyer’s Perspective”
  • Suffolk University Law School, 2011: “Maritime Mishaps and Mistakes”
  • Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, 2013: “Maritime Law Welcome Aboard”
  • Newburyport Maritime Museum, 2016: “Maritime Plaintiffs: Seamen Harbor Workers, Longshoremen, and Recreational Workers
  • Tabor Academy, 2003: “Admiralty Law for the General Practitioner”
  • American Trial Lawyer’s Association, 2005: Stewart v. Dutra Construction (victory by Kaplan/Bond Group in United States Supreme Court)
  • American Association for Justice, 2017: The Seaman’s Protection “Whistleblower” Act
  • American Trial Lawyer’s Association, 2008: “The ISM Code”
  • Tulane University Admiralty Law Institute, 2005: “A Uniform definition of ‘Vessel’ under the Jones Act and LHWCA”
  • The New and Proposed Superior Court Rules, June 2017
  • Final Trial Conferences and Motions in Limine, November 2016
  • Secrets to Moving your Case Quickly, September 2015
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • AS an officer in the Hopkinton Community Housing Task Force, we passed an affordable housing bylaw in the Town of Hopkinton, Massachusetts. Known as the "village housing bylaw," it increased the allowable density of housing to be built on parcels of land in town. We were commended on the floor of the Massachusetts State House for so doing. I also was an incorporator, fonder and officer of the Hopkinton Community Housing Task Force, Inc., an non-profit and 501(c)(3) corporation formed to promote and make housing available to persons of low or moderate income pursuant to state housing guidelines and in compliance with the Fair Housing Act., 2003
  • Recognized for being part of a team that successfully led the efforts to successfully oppose the proposed changes to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure., President's Award, Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys, 2014
  • “AV” Rating, Martindale-Hubbell
Industry Groups:
  • Commercial Fishermen
  • Construction Workers
  • injured undocumented workers
  • Waterfront workers

Office location for Thomas M. Bond

265 Franklin St
Suite 1702
Boston, MA 02110

Phone: 617-261-0080


10 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2014 - 2023

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Top 100: Massachusetts Super Lawyers: 2020

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