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  • Tom has litigated and tried to verdict or judgment over 100 matters in the fields of business law, construction law, employment law, environmental law, and real estate law.

  • Tom has co-authored and authored four recognized legal texts and numerous journal articles.

  • Tom has spoken before the American Bar Association, California Continuing Education of the Bar, Building Industry Association, AEHS and numerous other organizations.

  • Tom has served as an adjunct professor at University of California - Irvine

  • Tom is a member of the California, District of Columbia, Missouri and U.S. Supreme Court Bars

  • Tom is a former prosecuting attorney and city attorney.


Practice areas


  1. Real Estate: 34%
  2. Environmental and Natural Resources: 33%
  3. Employment & Labor: 33%


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Contact info

Bois & Macdonald

2030 Main St #660
Irvine, CA, 92614


DCActive 199305/24/2015
MOGood Standing, Active198201/08/2013
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2013
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Managing PartnerBois & Macdonald2001 - Present
PartnerSedgwick Detert Moran & Arnold1995 - 2001
PartnerMeserve, Mumper & Hughes, LLP1989 - 1995
Association namePosition nameDuration
Society for Human Resource ManagementSenior Professional in Human Resources2013 - Present
Professionals In Human Resources Association (PIHRA)Instructor2013 - Present
Association of Workplace Investigators (AWI)Member2013 - Present
National Institute for Trial AdvocacyFaculty - Trial Advocacy & Deposition Skills2009 - Present
National Institute for Trial AdvocacyMaster Advocate2006 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
First San Diego Properties v. Exxon Co. (S.D.Cal.,1994) 859 F.Supp. 1313Won on appeal.
Sachs v. Exxon Co., U.S.A. (1992) 9 Cal.App.4th 1491, 12 Cal.Rptr.2d 237Won on appeal.
Laguna Beach Water Dist., Petitioner, v. Superior Court (Woodhouse) (2004) 124 Cal. App. 4th 1453Compelled settlement by opposing party.
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Publication nameTitleDate
Thomson ReutersExpert Witnesses: Environmental Cases2013
Thomson ReutersEnvironmental Liability Allocation: Law and Practice2009
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
St Louis Univ SOLBusiness, Labor & Property LawJD - Juris Doctor1981
St Michael's CollPolitical Science & Historyundergraduate1977
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
EDR WebinarFive Pillars of Risk Management2014
Continuing Legal EducationCurrent Issues in Storm Water Management2012