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A 1972 graduate of Villanova University with bachelor degrees in both biology and humanities, Mr. Bradford then received his Master’s Degree in Health Care Administration in 1975 from the George Washington University School of Government and Business Administration in our nation’s capital.  It was at this time that the seeds of interest in the law were sewn. 


Mr. Bradford was born and raised on the East Coast but when he was flown to Southern California in December of 1974 for an interview with a major medical center, he was sold not only on the job but on Southern California.  He packed up his car, drove cross country, and has been living and working in Southern California since January of 1975.  Mr. Bradford had a distinguished career in hospital administration for ten years, with the last five at the level of chief executive officer. 


His professional demands as a healthcare administrator aside, Mr. Bradford embarked on the challenge of night law school at Southwestern University School of Law in August of 1978.  He graduated in December of 1982 in the top 10% of his class.  He became a member of the California bar in 1983 and was later admitted to the bars for the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court.


Mr. Bradford made his career switch in 1985, joining a small but well regarded firm in the San Fernando Valley that specialized in medical malpractice defense work. 


Mr. Bradford’s outside interests are as diverse as his professional background.  He and his wife Kathy are licensed foster parents for the County of Ventura.  They have added, via adoption, to their existing family unit of son Tommy and daughter Kelly, the twin toddler duo of Molly and Robbie, two of their former foster care children.


Tom and Kathy Bradford are active in the Ventura County foster circles, giving advice and guidance to new and prospective foster parents.  Tom is also an active member of the American Youth Soccer Organization, having run the 1500 kid strong program in his hometown for 4 years.  He continues to coach and referee.






Practice areas


  1. Medical Malpractice: 70%
    32 years
  2. Licensing: 10%
    22 years
  3. Health Care: 5%
    32 years
  4. Administrative Law: 5%
    32 years
  5. Other: 9%
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Contact info

Peterson Bradford Burkwitz

100 North First Street
Suite 300
Burbank, CA, 91502-1845


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Southern California’s preeminent legal counselSuper Lawyers2008
Board Certified in Civil Trial AdvocavyState Bar of California2006
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerPeterson & Bradford, LLP2004 - Present
ShareholderBonne Bridges Mueller O'Keefe & Nichols1990 - 2004
Trial AttorneyOmansky, Bradford, & Clark1985 - 1990
Chief Executive OfficerLos Altos Hospital1983 - 1984
Chief Executve OfficerBeverly Hills Medical Center1981 - 1983
Associate Executive DirectorWestminster Community Hospital1979 - 1980
Association namePosition nameDuration
Professional Liability Underwriting SocietyMember2008 - Present
National Board of Trial AdvocacyMember2006 - Present
American Society of Law, Medicine and EthicsMember2004 - Present
American Board of Trial AdvocatesMember2000 - Present
Association of Southern California Defense CounselMember1990 - Present
Association of Trial Lawyers of AmericaMember1990 - Present
Los Angeles County Bar AssociationMember1985 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember1985 - Present
American College of Healthcare ExecutivesMember1975 - 1985
Publication nameTitleDate
M.D. NewsProfessional Licensing Matters2008
M.D. NewsMedical Staff and Other Peer Review Proceedings2007
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Southwestern University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1982
George Washington UniversityHealth Care AdministrationMasters of Arts1975
Villanova UniversityBiologyBS - Bachelor of Science1972
Villanova UniversityHumanitiesBA - Bachelor of Arts1972