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  • Education
    • J.D., University of Denver Sturm College of Law, 2006, Order of St. Ives
    • B.S./B.A., University of Montana, 2002, with honors
  • Court Admissions
    • Supreme Court of Colorado, 2006
    • U.S. District Court, District of Colorado, 2006
    • U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit, 2006

Tom resolves disputes for clients in the securities, fintech, banking, private equity, insurance and construction industries. He handles trials, arbitrations and regulatory enforcement matters for large and small companies involving all manner of industry and consumer claims. Tom’s legal skills, industry knowledge, and understanding of client goals help him obtain cost-effective resolutions to complex legal problems. 

Tom has successfully resolved disputes involving: 

  • Unfair competition
  • Breach of fiduciary duty
  • Breach of contract
  • Securities fraud
  • Federal and state consumer protection statutes
  • Fraud and business divorce

In addition to pursuing and defending litigation and arbitration claims for securities, fintech and financial services industries clients, Tom defends clients in enforcement actions by the Federal Trade Commission, Securities and Exchange Commission, and state regulators. He has also represented real estate developers and construction companies in commercial disputes.

Tom knows that litigation surrounding consumer protection and unfair competition sometimes calls for nuance and perception, not pure aggression. He applies an analytical approach backed by a deep understanding of the laws that affect his clients. Whether in court, arbitration, mediation or another forum, Tom uses persuasive writing and succinct oral advocacy to obtain results. 

Prior to joining Polsinelli, Tom clerked for U.S. District Judge Christine Arguello at the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado and worked for two large Denver law firms, where he represented national brokerage warehouses, hospital systems and pharmaceutical manufacturers in litigation matters.
  • Successfully defended an online cryptocurrency exchange against consumer claims relating to alleged defects in the trading platform and security.
  • Defended investment bank against fraudulent transfer claims by bankruptcy trustee in connection with restructuring of failed bank during the 2008-2009 financial crisis.
  • Acted as national coordinating counsel for debt-purchaser client and successfully defended multiple FDCPA cases resulting in low settlements and reduction in case volume for client.
  • Defended local oil and gas supply company against $9 million fraud and breach of contract claims arising from defunct joint venture.
  • Obtained dismissal of multimillion dollar fraud and breach of contract claims against regional supplier of municipal waterworks supplies and recovered $640,000 in damages.
  • Obtained favorable verdict in five-day, multimillion dollar trial against legal services firm stemming from failed private equity investment.