Prior to entering private practice, he spent six years with the Cook County State's Attorney's Office, and served as a supervisor in the Public Integrity Unit under then-State's Attorney Richard M. Daley. Early in his career, Tom clerked for Judge John F. Grady in the U.S. District Court, and worked at Sidley & Austin (now Sidley Austin Brown & Wood) and McBride Baker & Coles (now Holland & Knight).
Tom serves as an Adjunct Professor of Trial Advocacy at Northwestern University School of Law, and has taught as a guest instructor at other schools. He is a past president of the South Suburban Bar Association and a former Trustee of both the Village of Glenwood and Prairie State Community College. He is presently a member a town plan commission and a school board member for a high school.
- Member, Million Dollar Advocates Forum
Membership in the Million Dollar Advocates Forum is limited to trial lawyers who have demonstrated exceptional skill, experience and excellence in advocacy by achieving a trial verdict, award or settlement in the amount of $1 million or more (see Case Highlights)
- Selected Illinois Super Lawyer in 2007 chosen by peers to be one of the top lawyers in his practice area.
- Teacher of Trial Lawyers
Adjunct Professor, Northwestern University School of Law; certified trial instructor, National Institute of Trial Advocacy; former supervisor of trial lawyers, Cook County State's Attorney's Office; guest instructor at various Chicago area law schools.
Watch Tom giving a classroom presentation on injury cases
President (2001), Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer and Director, South Suburban Bar Association
Trustee, Village of Glenwood (Chairman of Police, Judicial and Building Committees), 1985-1994
Trustee, Prairie State College, 1981-1993 (Chairman, 1984-1989)
- Published Author
Articles published in Chicago Tribune, Screen Magazine, American Bar Association Journal, Association of Community College Trustee Quarterly, and Southland Chamber of Commerce Magazine.
Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Criminal Law & Criminology; author: "Consent to Search in Response to Police Threat to Seek or Obtain Search Warrant: Some Alternatives," 71 J. Crim. L. & Criminology 175 (1980).