Tom R. Pabst

Tom R. Pabst

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Civil Rights Attorney in Flint, MI

Tom R. Pabst, PC
 | 2503 South Linden Road, Suite 185
Flint, MI 48532
Phone: 810-732-6792
Fax: 810-732-8430
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2019
Licensed Since: 1977
Practice Areas:
  • Civil Rights (30%),
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (30%),
  • Employment Litigation: Plaintiff (30%),
  • General Litigation (10%)
Attorney Profile

          Tom R. Pabst has dedicated his legal career to obtaining justice for the underdog, the weak, the powerless and those without a voice.

            Attorney Tom R. Pabst has been practicing law since November, 1977, having both a law degree and a master’s in tax degree (with an all-A average) from Wayne State University.

            Trial experience includes over 80 major trials with substantial verdicts in the following areas of law:  wrongful discharge, civil rights, Whistleblower Protection Act, Federal Constitutional rights, personal injury, medical malpractice and commercial litigation (such as fire loss, minority shareholder oppression and contract disputes).  

            Awards include being recognized as a 2011 “Leader in the Law” in Michigan and a Michigan “Super Lawyer” since 2007.

            Notable positions include being the President of the Genesee County Bar Association (1994-95), the President of the Flint Trial Lawyers Association (1991-1994) and a Chairperson of the Bench and Bar Committee.

           Articles written by Tom R. Pabst include: "Increased Protection for Whistleblowers of Michigan", Michigan State Bar Journal.

            Tom R. Pabst is also a decorated combat veteran, receiving a Purple Heart and Combat Infantry Badge.  Additionally, he was the Chairman of the Grand Blanc, Michigan American Legion Post.

About Tom Pabst

Admitted: 1977, Michigan

Professional Webpage:



  • Art Van pays $1.375 million to end lawsuit against deceased father -----Type of Action: Wrongful Death (automobile accident) Description of Case:We understand that  no amount of money can bring this loved son, brother, father and friend back.  We hope that the proper questions are asked of the parties involved and that the family finally finds closure. Lonnie Moore, Plaintiff, and his fiancée had just started a new chapter in their lives. Lonnie had a new job and they just had their first baby together five months prior. After months at home with just the baby, Lonnie decided they both needed just one night away from it all to celebrate their good fortune, future and new family. So, on the night of June 30, 2013, Lonnie and his fiancée set out for an evening in downtown Detroit. The evening was going great per Lonnie's brother, who was last person to talk to Lonnie, who received a phone call after the evening was underway and said he hadn't heard that much joy in his brother’s voice in months. On their way back, their car experienced mechanical problems which affected some of the exterior lights, so they put on their hazards and continued at a reduced speed. The rest of what is known comes from a crucially important eyewitness, Steven Mildge, who was also a Border Patrol Officer and 15-year veteran truck driver who was traveling one lane over from Lonnie and Defendant Art Van’s tractor trailer rig. He said Lonnie's car was there to be seen, "plain as day", and that Defendant Art Van Truck Driver had "ample time to avoid what happened" and he did not understand why the truck did not simply switch lanes to avoid it. In fact, Eyewitness Mildge testified that he had enough time to think over and over and over again in his mind, “Why isn’t the Art Van truck taking evasive action? Why isn’t he pulling over? Why isn’t he doing something to avoid the crash?”, until finally, the eyewitness had to look away. After the terrible rear-end collision by a huge Art Van semi-truck that killed the Art Van Driver claimed he had no recollection of even hitting the car. After Defendant's driver admitted he wasn't paying attention while driving, Defendants then resorted to attempting to intimidate Lonnie's surviving family members, including his mom, the Personal Representative, by going on an all-out smear campaign against him. Specifically, Defendants deposed Lonnie’s ex-wife and ex-girlfriends and even their relatives, including Lonnie's 18 year-old daughter from his first marriage, to try to find someone who would say that Lonnie was a worthless person, a bad father. In other words, that Lonnie was someone a jury should not consider worthy and whose life didn't matter much. However, everybody testified the same way, namely, that Lonnie was a good and caring man, a great father, and their best friend. This case settled through an Oakland County ADR panel for $1,375,000. Injuries Alleged: Lost future income, death, mental anguish, emotional distress Name of Case: Moore v. Art Van, et al Court: Oakland County Circuit Court Case No: 14-139524-NI  Name of Judge: Patrick O'Brien ADR/Settlement: $1,375,000, 2014
  • GRANDBLANCRACQUETBALL & FITNESSCOURTCENTERFIRE LOSS SETTLEMENT (2008, Genesee County) $1,200,000+ fire loss settlement. Social Significance: While television and newspapers sullied the insured’s business owner’s good name and reputation by raising suspicion of “arson”, it was not arson, as the settlement proves. The insurance company was made to pay in accordance with its written promises, which it was paid significant money to make. The insurance settlement was published in the newspapers, and vindicated the business owner’s honor and “cleared his name”, to the extent that was possible given the previous bad press and television coverage. It also gave him a new start in life, as he was a young businessman proud to be a member of the business community.  Michigan Lawyers Weekly Write-Up
  • SZIKSZAY V SZIKSZAY FAMILY FARMS, INC. (Jan. 2007, Berrien County Circuit Court).  $1,102,500 settlement for Plaintiff Wayne Szikszay, a minority shareholder, who had his rights vindicated.  The defendant was a family-owned corporation, Szikszay Family Farms, Inc., and the majority shareholders were the plaintiff’s brothers.  Minority Shareholder Oppression gives any shareholders powerful weapons to protect their interests, including a right to obtain corporation papers, and even dissolution of the company. The plaintiff also brought causes of action under Michigan law for: common law fraud, conversion, and breach of fiduciary duties .  Michigan Lawyers Weekly Write-Up: "Minority shareholder action settles for $1.1M – Family-owned business set brothers against each other"
  • HOFFMEYER V KANG, ET AL (2008, Genesee County, Judge Fullerton) $100,000 verdict. 58-year old woman Bonnie Hoffmeyer had her appendix removed—twice! Dr. Kang’s inept 1st surgery left Bonnie with a gangrenous infection which required a 2nd surgery to remove the rest of the appendix Dr. Kang hadn’t removed. Social Significance: Enforced our right to proper medical care and brought to light doctors who make mistakes and do not want to admit or correct them.
  • SABO V TONEY (2007, Genesee County, Judge Yuille) $122,500 verdict. Mike Sabo’s hand and arm became badly infected when his sister’s cat, “Randy,” bit him. He spent 2 weeks in the hospital and 2 ½ months lost work. Social Significance: Vietnam veteran rights vindicated when hurt by pets gone wild.  Michigan Lawyers Weekly Write-Up Article: "Ill-tempered cat bite worth more than $122,000" --- USA Today Article: "Michigan man gets $122K for cat bite"
  • GOINS V CONNERLY (1984, Genesee County) $535,000 verdict. Young woman whose car was t-boned by a tractor trailer rig, and she suffered severe and substantial injuries. Social Significance: Enforced our traffic safety laws, and got monetary justice for this young woman.
  • BROWN V THYGESEN (2000, Genesee County) $815,000 verdict, reduced to $520,000 because of comparative negligence. Young 21 year old mother suffered severe and substantial injuries when her car was t-boned by a speeding truck. Social Significance: Enforced our traffic safety laws and got private monetary justice for severely injured young mother.
  • STEVENS, ET AL V CITY OF FLINT (2006, Genesee County, Judge Fullerton) $1,200,000 verdict in trespass nuisance case when the City of Flint caused raw sewage to back up into 7 Plaintiffs’ homes, destroying their property. Social Significance: When they could not get justice from the City, they got it from a Genesee County jury.   Michigan Lawyers Weekly Write-Up
  • GARVIN V. DETROIT PUBLIC SCHOOLS (April, 2010, Wayne County, Judge Gillis). $750,000 verdict. Former teacher Beverly Garvin’s good name and reputation cleared. Fired for reporting sexual abuse of students. Social Significance: Teachers who protect and stand up for the rights for students being sexually abused at home and at school will themselves be protected.  Michigan Lawyers Weekly Write-Up
  • WHITMAN V MAYOR SMILEY & CITY OF BURTON (2009, Genesee County, Judge Neithercut) $232,500 verdict. Police Chief Bruce Whitman’s name is cleared. He was fired for doing his job and enforcing a law Defendant Mayor wanted to violate. Social Significance: You can fight City Hall and win! --On May 1, 2013 the Michigan Supreme Court found in Police Chief Whitman's favor after hearing arguments from the attorneys --More Details--
  • HANCOCK V WESTWOODHEIGHTSSCHOOL DISTRICT (2008, Genesee County, Judge Fullerton) $300,000 verdict. 20-year teacher/administrator Mark Hancock and alum of Westwood Heights was a victim of reverse gender discrimination, in that women less qualified than him were promoted, while he was demoted. Social Significance: Enforced our civil rights law prohibiting reverse gender discrimination and vindicated long-time employee’s, and alum’s, honor.  Michigan Lawyers Weekly Write-Up
  • POLICE CHIEF TERRY VANKEUREN V ARGENTINE TWP. (2008, Genesee County) $655,000 settlement. Chief of Police of Argentine Township unjustly fired for refusing to cover up/go along with exposing women motorists to sexual abuse dangers. Social Significance: Enforced our civil rights law, protected women motorists, vindicated the Chief’s honor and “cleared his name” and gave him a clean slate to seek other employment given his numerous skills and professionalism.  Michigan Lawyers Weekly Write-Up
  • POLICE CHIEF JOEL DOBIS V CITY OF ZILWAUKEE (2005, Saginaw County) (Confidentiality Agreement against disclosing dollar amount). 22-year Chief of Police of Zilwaukee, with two silver stars in the line of duty as a Zilwaukee police officer, unjustly fired for “cell phone abuse”! Social Significance: Enforced our civil rights law, vindicated the Chief’s honor and “cleared his name”, as well as purged his personnel file of bogus charges against him, and gave him a new start in life (who was 44 years old).
  • LEONARD V RADIO STATION (1999, Genesee County) $550,000 verdict. Whistleblower Protection Act claim of good citizen and Samaritan Robert Leonard, whose radio show was going to blow the whistle on a local bar serving alcohol to minors, many of whom later were seriously injured. Bar was big $$ sponsor of the radio station. Social Significance: Enforced Whistleblower Protection Act, and vindicated the honor and good name of Robert Leonard, former premier prosecuting attorney for Genesee County for many years.  Michigan Lawyers Weekly Write-Up
  • FILLMORE V CITIZENS BANK (2004, Genesee County) $715,000 verdict. White supervisor of bank policy which resulted in black customers being singled out for thumb printing, but not white customers, protested unfairness of policy to bank. Bank fired the supervisor, then made up a cover story that the supervisor was a “thief” and “Simon Legree” supervisor to his employees. Citizens further tried to “blackball” the supervisor from getting bank repo work when supervisor tried to develop private repo business. Social Significance: Enforced our discrimination laws against a powerful bank, and “cleared name” of innocent supervisor who had been branded a “thief” and “Simon Legree boss” unfairly.  Michigan Lawyers Weekly Write-Up
  • WOJAHN V VIENNATOWNSHIPAND ANTHONY McKERCHIE (2007, Federal Court, Judge Denise Page Hood) $687,750 verdict based on First Amendment retaliation. Social Significance: You can fight City Hall and win!Michigan Lawyers Weekly Write-Up
  • HASKIN V GERACE CONSTRUCTION COMPANY (1997, Midland County—co-tried with Attorney John van Benschoten) $2,100,000 verdict. Midland jury awarded victim of handicap discrimination $2,100,000 for loss of job. Haskin, the company star superintendent, wanted to come back to work after suffering a low back injury, but the company refused to let him do his old job. Social Significance: Enforced our discrimination law, and forced company to change its policies. Michigan Lawyers Weekly Write-Up

Other Outstanding Achievements:

  • Flint Trial Lawyers Association's Advocate of the Year Award, 2013
  • Michigan Lawyers Weekly's Leaders in the Law, 2011
  • Genesee County Bar Association President
  • President Flint Trial Lawyers

Educational Background:

  • Wayne State UniversityMaster's degree in Taxation (with an all "A" avg.), 1980
  • Wayne State University Law SchoolDoctor of Law (J.D.), 1977
  • University of Michigan - Flint Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), 1974
Office Location for Tom R. Pabst

2503 South Linden Road
Suite 185
Flint, MI 48532

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Last Updated: 4/4/2019

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