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Thomas F Urban II

Litigation Attorney at Arlington, VA

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Whether you are a company who has been sued in federal or state court in Virginia or DC or are looking to pursue an action against another company, Tom Urban is on your side, with aggressive, personalized service.  Over the past 25 years, Tom has represented large corporations such as USAA, Novartis Pharmaceuticals and GE Aircraft Engines, but has also fought big multinational conglomerates such as Monsanto, Dow Chemical, Union Carbide, American Airlines, and Hewlett-Packard.  No matter how big or small the opponent, Tom Urban is available to his clients 24/7.  

DISCLAIMER - CASE RESULTS DEPEND ON A VARIETY OF FACTORS UNIQUE TO EACH CASE. CASE RESULTS DO NOT GUARANTEE OR PREDICT A SIMILAR RESULT IN ANY CASE UNDERTAKEN BY A LAWYER.

Tom Urban has represented numerous large corporations, small business owners, and even individuals in disputes in federal local courts in Northern Virginia and the District of Columbia, aggressively ensuring that they obtain a just result against their adversaries.  Tom has especially assisted many parties in the United States Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, ascting as both lead and local counsel in that court. 

For almost 10 years, Mr. Urban litigated against the Monsanto Company and its teams of lawyers to try to make them pay fair compensation for contaminating a town in West Virginia with toxic doxins, taking the case all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court.  Tom Urban can bring that same dedication to assist you in defending or bringing a lawsuit against someone with whom you have a dispute, whether they are a huge corporation, a smaller business, or even a business partner.  

Tom successfully argued a complex procedural property case before the Supreme Court of Virginia, obtaining a complete reversal of the major portion of a decision from a trial court.  In doing so, he defeated an established insurance firm with deep ties in Virginia.

Mr. Urban won a jury verdict in the District of Columbia against a South Carolina business owner who had defrauded a D.C. entrepreneur regarding a loan to a coffee shop and then successfully defended that verdict in the D.C. Court of Appeals.  The jury pierced the corporate veil in that case, making sure that the person who benefitted from the fraud was found liable to compensate Urban's client. 

Similarly, Tom Urban won a verdict in Fairfax County Circuit Court in a case where his client was awarded approximately $850,000 in compensatory damages, attorneys fees, and punitive damages.  Mr. Urban, the sole counsel for plaintiff in that case, convinced the jury to find the defendant liable for fraud and pierced the corporate veil between the defendant and the company that he used to commit fraud.  Based on information developed during that case that Urban provided to the FBI, the defendant in that case is serving time in a federal prison.

Mr. Urban's practice has included a wide variety of civil litigation, previously including matters involving computer crimes and the information superhighway, as well as complex commercial and products liability cases.  Formerly an attorney with the law firms of Williams & Connolly and King & Spalding, Mr. Urban has engaged in high-stakes litigation in all parts of the United States.

Presently, Mr. Urban represents various clients in class action cases, business disputes, defective products, RICO actions, and complex mortgage fraud cases.  In the past, Mr. Urban has served as national coordinating counsel for a drug company in products liability litigation, successfully defending his client in a jury trial in Galveston, Texas, and prevailing in a summary judgment motion on Daubert grounds in Austin, Texas.  His other representations have included issues involving antitrust, qui tam, automobile dealer-distributor, sex and race discrimination, Americans with Disabilities, attorney ethics, and First Amendment disputes.  In addition, Mr. Urban has maintained a substantial pro bono practice, representing preschool children with autism in Northern Virginia, pursuing a prisoners' rights case before the D.C. Court of Appeals, filing an opposition to a petition for certiorari in a highly publicized case for the Southern Poverty Law Center in the U.S. Supreme Court, and representing TransAfrica protestors in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

Mr. Urban received his bachelor's degree in Aerospace Engineering from Texas A&M University in 1985 and, in 1990, graduated magna cum laude from Georgetown University Law Center, having served as associate editor of the Georgetown Law Journal and being elected to the Order of the Coif.  He clerked for Judge Carolyn D. King, formerly chief judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.

Mr. Urban is a member of the U.S. Supreme Court bar, the bars of the District of Columbia and Virginia; he is inactive in Texas and West Virginia.  Mr. Urban is a member of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, and the U.S. District Courts for the District of Columbia and the Eastern District of Virginia, as well as the U.S. Court of Federal Claims.

Mr. Urban has co-authored several articles regarding computer crime and computer law, including a March 25, 1996 article in the National Law Journal regarding the protection of businesses on the information superhighway.  In addition, he was the author of the computer crimes chapter of Business and Legal Guide to Online and Internet Law (Glasser LegalWorks 1997).  Most recently, Tom presented a webinar regarding "Writing Contracts in the Post-Covid World" and is working on a presentation regarding class actions in the Eastern District of Virginia and the proposed class action law in Virginia state courts.

Licensed for 32 years
State VA
Status Authorized to Practice Law
Acquired 1996
Updated 10/01/2022
State DC
Status Good Standing
Acquired 1992
Updated 06/08/2022
State TX
Status Eligible to Practice in Texas
Acquired 1990
Updated 10/23/2022
State WV
Status Inactive
Acquired 2007
Updated 11/29/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

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Fletcher Heald & Hildreth, PLC
1300 N. 17th Street Suite 1100
Arlington, VA, 22320

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Posted by Chris | March 13, 2011
The truth about Tom Urban
The characterization of Tom by "Tony" bears no resemblance to the diligent and hard-working attorney who represented the company I co-founded in several disputes, including a contentious and difficult litigation, ultimately negotiating a favorable settlement. Tom puts in the hours and put our minds at ease about the judicial proceedings. He combines the aggressiveness you want in your lawyer with the intelligence in crafting arguments and making complex strategy calls.+ The highest praise I could give is that, were I or my business facing a new legal dispute, his number would be the first one I would dial.
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 450-600 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 8.0 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Member
  • Fletcher, Heald & Hildreth
  • 2020 - Present
  • Owner
  • Law Firm of Urban & Falk, PLLC
  • 2007 - 2019
  • Attorney - Civil Rights Division
  • U.S. Department of Justice
  • 2002 - 2003
  • Counsel
  • KING & SPALDING
  • 1998 - 2002
  • Attorney
  • Williams & Connolly
  • 1991 - 1996
  • Law Clerk
  • U.S. Fifth Circuit - Judge Carolyn D. King
  • 1990 - 1991
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Education

  • Georgetown University Law Center
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1990
  • Texas A&M University
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1985

Legal Cases

  • Chung v. Blaylock
  • Jury verdict, settlement
  • Lewis Settlement Group v. Mirza
  • Favorable jury verdict; affirmed on appeal.
  • Bibb v. Monsanto
  • Settled by class counsel; insufficient result for clients

Associations

  • United States Supreme Court Bar
  • Member
  • N/A

Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

Awards

  • Above and Beyond Award
  • Autism Society of Northern Virginia
  • 2003
  • Order of the Coif
  • Georgetown University Law Center
  • 1990

Publications

  • Business and Legal Guide to Online and Internet Law (Glasser LegalWorks 1997)
  • Computer Crimes chapter (co-author)
  • 1997

Speaking Engagements

  • CommLaw Webinar
  • Writing Contracts in the Post-Covid World
  • 2021
  • Springfield (VA) Rotary Club Weekly Lunch
  • Autism Advocacy
  • 2009
  • Ask the Advocate Workshop
  • Special Education Advocacy
  • 2008

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