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Thomas P. Routh is a partner at the Chicago plaintiffs’ law firm Nolan Law Group. As a trial lawyer, Tom represents victims and victims’ families of catastrophic personal injury and wrongful death resulting from aviation disasters. Tom has successfully handled cases against many of the world’s largest insurance companies and corporations at the pretrial, trial and appellate levels throughout the United States of America. Tom has secured for his clients more than 40 settlements and verdicts of more than one million dollars for a total of more than $160 million dollars. In addition to his aviation practice, Tom also concentrates his litigation practice in the area of catastrophic traumatic brain injury resulting from product liability, construction and transportation negligence.


A graduate of Michigan State University and DePaul University College of Law, Tom was a member of the DePaul Law Review and the DePaul University College of Law National Moot Court Society while working full time as a law clerk at Nolan Law Group.


Tom is a Board Member of the Brain Injury Association of Illinois, member of the Brain Injury Association of America, and is an active member of several bar associations.  Tom also volunteers in his off-work hours with the Catholic Charities Archdiocese of Chicago Legal Assistance and Resource Center, Misericordia Heart of Mercy and St. Ignatius Parish in Rogers Park. 


Practice areas


  1. Aviation: 50%
    18 years
  2. Wrongful Death: 25%
    18 years
  3. Brain Injury: 25%
    18 years



Contingent (33%)

Attorney endorsements

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  • Paul Martin McMahon

    I endorse this lawyer. Tom Routh is simply the top aviation lawyer in the world right now. He has led the litigation teams in almost every major aircrash worldwide for the past 10 years. He should write the book on Aviation Law if he hasn't already.


    Paul McMahon Personal Injury Attorney
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  • James Michael Urtis

    Tom Routh is a high end injury litigator - competent and professional in all respects. He handles catastrophic and complex injury matters and I highly endorse him. Great Lawyer!


    James Urtis Litigation Attorney
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Contact info

20 N. Clark Street 30th Floor
Chicago, IL, 60602-5094


ILActive And Authorized To Practice Law199611/12/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Trial Lawyer Excellence AwardLaw Bulletin Publishing Company2011
Best Brief AwardChicago Bar Association1996
Cali Award -- Trial AdvocacyCALI1996
DePaul Law Review MemberDePaul University College of Law1996
Moot Court Society National CompetitorDePaul University College of Law1996
Cali Award--Pretrial Litigation StrategyCALI1995
DePaul Law ReviewDePaul University College Of Law1995
DePaul Moot Court SocietyDePaul University Collge Of Law1995
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerNolan Law Group1996 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
Illinois Brain Injury AssociationExecutive Board Member2014 - Present
United States District Court for the Northern District of IllinoisN/A1996 - Present
United States Court of Appeals For the Seventh CircuitN/A1996 - Present
American Bar Association;N/AN/A
Illinois Trial Lawyers AssociationN/AN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
In re Cessna 208 Crash Near Naches WASettled For Confidential Sum
In re Cessna 172 Crash Near Martha's Vineyard, MAConfidential settlement after 3 weeks of trial
In re Medical Helicopter Crash Near Aurora, ILConfidential Settlement
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Publication nameTitleDate
Martha's Vineyard GazetteDramatic Plane Crash Trial Ends Abruptly With Settlements2012
Jewish Deaf Community CenterPilot Settles Vineyard Plane Crash Trial2012
Chicago Daily Law BulletinIn Circuit Court2008
Chicago Daily Law BulletinIn Circuit Court2005
Verdict Search IllinoisCases of Note2005
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
DePaul University College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1996
Michigan State UniversityN/AN/A1991
East Grand Rapids H.S.N/AN/A1986
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
SMU Aviation SymposiumLegal Ethics In Aviation Disaster Representation2015
SMU Air Law SymposiumRules of Conduct and the Aviation Practitioner: What Flies and What Does Not2015
The Brain Injury Association Of Illinois 2014 Annual ConferenceCurrent Application Of Medications for Cognitive Issues and Chronic Pain2014
NBC National Nightly NewsLegal Issues Of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH172014
The Brain Injury Association Of Illinois 2013 Annual ConferenceLate Effects of Traumatic Brain Injury: Conundrums in Assessment and Management from a Clinical and Legal Perspective"2013
CBA Aviation Section CLECurrent Issues Attorney-Client Agreements in Aviation Litigation2013
AAJ Brain Injury Litigation GroupThe Life Care Plan Understanding the Full Extent of Daily Needs2010
ITLA Insurance Liens and SettlementsMedicare Lien Issues2009
Illinois Brain Injury Association 2009 ConferenceLegal Considerations Of Brain Injury Survivors2009