Thomas Girardi, Founding Partner of Girardi & Keese, selected as “Top Attorney of the Year” for 2016 by the International Association of Top Professionals (IAOTP)!

LOS ANGELES, CA – 19 Aug, 2016 – Thomas Vincent Girardi, Attorney and Founding Partner of Girardi & Keese has been selected as “Top Attorney of the Year” for 2016-2017 by the International Association of Top Professionals (IAOTP).

While inclusion with the International Association of Top Professionals is an honor in itself, only a few members in each discipline are chosen for this distinction. These special honorees are distinguished based on their professional accomplishments, academic achievements, leadership abilities, longevity in the field, other affiliations and contributions to their communities.  All honorees are invited to attend the IAOTP’s annual award gala at the end of this year for a night to honor their achievements.

With over 50 years of professional experience as a practicing attorney, Thomas Vincent Girardi has certainly proved himself as an accomplished professional and expert litigator who has become a household name.  From being the trial lawyer on the famous Erin Brockovich case to his solid victories against Vioxx, Merck and the Los Angeles Dodgers, Mr. Girardi is regarded by his peers as one of the nation’s top trial lawyers of all time.  He has obtained more than 30 verdicts of $1 million or more and has handled more than 100 settlements of $1 million or more. He has tried more than 100 jury cases, winning the first California medical malpractice verdict of $1 million or more, back in the 1970s. Mr. Girardi is constantly wowing over the public every step of the way with his career achievements and he has been very exciting to watch.  His areas of practice include Wrongful Death, Commercial Litigation, Products Liability, Bad Faith Insurance and Toxic Torts.

Mr. Girardi knew from a very young age that he wanted to be a lawyer.  He describes having the gift of persuasion.  At age 5 he would persuade his mom to stay up late; at age 16 convinced his dad to give him the keys to his car; and later on convinced Julie to go to the drive in theater with him. He attended Loyola Law School and graduated in 1964.  He then enrolled in a master’s program at NYU receiving his LLM in 1965. Girardi states that he enrolled for his Master’s degree because of the Vietnam War.  At that time the draft board did not consider a law degree as an advanced degree.   In addition to running the firm, he has also been an Associate Professor at Loyola Law School from 1976 to the Present and was recipient of the “Distinguished Alumnus Award in 1997 and in 2005 named “Champion of Justice” from the law school.

Thomas Vincent Girardi has been active in his community and recognized worldwide for his outstanding leadership and commitment to the legal profession. He has received many awards, accolades’ and has been featured in numerous publications and magazines. In 2003, he received the most prestigious honor of being inducted into the Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame by the California State Bar. Mr. Girardi is also the first trial lawyer to be appointed to the California Judicial Council, the policymaking body of the state courts. From 2006 to the present Mr. Girardi is a radio show host called “Champions of Justice” on KRLA 870AM in Southern California, which is a radio show that discusses relevant legal issues facing Americans today.  He has been featured in Lawdragon Magazine, Los Angeles Daily Journal, The National Law Journal, ICE Magazine, Texas Bar Journal, California Law Business, and New Times Los Angeles, just to name a few. Mr. Girardi is a Member of the Board of Directors and former President of the prestigious International Academy of Trial Lawyers, an invitation-only worldwide organization, limited to 500 trial lawyers.  He is President of the Litigation Counsel of America, member of the Inner Circle of Advocates, American Board of Professional Liability Lawyers, Consumer Attorneys of California, and the International Society of Barristers.  He has an AV preeminent rating with Martindale Hubble and has been selected as “Top Attorney of the Year,” “Top Attorney of the Month,” “SuperLawyers”, “Best Lawyers in America,” “Top 100 Lawyers in California,” “Trial Lawyer of the Year” with many organizations for multiple years in a row.

Looking back, Mr. Girardi attributes his success to his experience, mentors he has had along the way and staying true to his “Work Hard, Live Large” work ethic.  He says “growing up from Westchester I got to rub elbows with children from Hancock Park who came from wealthy backgrounds, and I was exposed at a young age to see the way they lived.  It didn’t make me money hungry, but it did inspire me and make me wonder, that if I worked really hard then maybe one day I can have some of the nice things these people in Hancock Park have.”  50 years later and Girardi has certainly obtained that, now rubbing elbows and dining with Former President Clinton, Tom Hanks, Julia Roberts etc.  Girardi says he has been blessed, he loves doing what he is doing, and feels this is just the beginning.  In his personal life, his wife Erika Jayne is the “light of his life and he couldn’t be more proud of her.”  They have been together now for 16 years and she is very supportive of his illustrious career. 

For the future, Mr. Girardi will continue to work hard, serve and fight for his personal injury and wrongful death victims, in helping them receive the compensation for their injuries, and he will continue to seek justice and make a difference in people’s lives.

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The International Association of Top Professionals (IAOTP) is an international boutique networking organization who handpicks the world’s finest, most prestigious top professionals from different industries.  These top professionals are given an opportunity to collaborate, share their ideas, be keynote speakers and to help influence others in their fields. This organization is not a membership that anyone can join.  You have to be asked by the President or be nominated by a distinguished honorary member after a brief interview. 

IAOTP’s experts have given thousands of top prestigious professionals around the world, the recognition and credibility that they deserve and have helped in building their branding empires.  IAOTP prides itself to be a one of a kind boutique networking organization that hand picks only the best of the best and creates a networking platform that connects and brings these top professionals to one place.

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