Tom was born in Sydney, Cape Breton Island in Nova Scotia. He attended Sydney Academy and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, with a double major in philosophy and political science. He earned his law degree form Dalhousie Law School in 1977 and then moved to the West Coast.
While putting himself through university Tom worked in an oil refinery and as a tradesman. In those days he had a passion for motorcycles, and rode his Norton Commando from one coast of Canada to the other.
Tom has been a trial lawyer with a practice restricted to personal injuries since 1984. He was in-house counsel at ICBC for 14 years, and acquired training and experience defending brain injury cases during that time.
His years as a defence lawyer have given him the insight to view his clients’ cases from both sides. It allows him to provide realistic, reasoned advice to his clients and effectively advance their claims.
Tom is married, has two teenage children and a large dog. His interests include travel, running, acoustic guitar and “things Scottish”.
- Tom has conducted personal injury trials, before both jury and judge alone, in the Supreme Court of BC and has appeared in the BC Court of Appeal.
- Counsel in cases involving spinal cord injuries, mild to severe brain injury, fatalities, burns and orthopedic injuries.
- Experience working with clients from many occupations, including doctors, lawyers, nurses, tradesmen and musicians.
- Experience handling the injury claims of cyclists, pedestrians, and motorcyclists.
- Dalhousie University, BA ( philosophy and political science)
- Dalhousie Law School, LLB 1977