As a trial lawyer with more than 30 years of experience, Thomas Dutton has tried cases involving a variety of subject matters. He has first-chair jury trial, bench trial and ADR experience in class action and mass action toxic tort litigation, securities cases, post-acquisition disputes, product liability cases and fraud claims. From 2008 to 2016, he taught Trial Advocacy at the University of Chicago Law School.
At Greenberg Traurig, Tom’s practice focuses on complex commercial and tort litigation. He is currently involved in arbitrations with 20 states seeking to recover money under the Master Settlement Agreement between 46 states and the tobacco companies. He recently defended the nation’s largest third-party property management company and its principals in multi-jurisdiction claims for RICO, fraud and breach of fiduciary duty at privatized military housing projects in California, Virginia and Georgia. In 2012, after winning a dismissal of Fiat S.p.A., Tom resolved all claims against Fiat’s subsidiaries – CNH North America LLC, Fiat-Allis North America LLC, and CNH Global N.V. – for personal injuries and property damage allegedly caused by exposure to contaminants in the drinking water and groundwater near CNH manufacturing facilities in Grand Island, Nebraska.
At his former firm, Tom played a major role in the May 2001 jury trial victory profiled by The National Law Journal in "Motorola Defeats Huge Property Damage Claim." That victory was later named The National Law Journal’s Defense Win of the Month for May 2001. In a related matter, he played a major role in the 1998 evidentiary hearing that resulted in the preclusion of plaintiffs’ expert witnesses on medical causation and summary judgment for Motorola against more than 70 plaintiffs claiming personal injuries from exposure to industrial solvents.