Cases & Deals
Thomas M. Goutman Partner
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Tom Goutman has a national reputation in the defense of corporations in product liability, toxic tort and class actions, as well as the representation of plaintiffs and defendants in complex commercial litigation. He has been at the forefront of making new law and testing new legal theories on behalf of his clients.
Tom’s notable accomplishments include the first successful medical monitoring jury trial, one of the first successful stigma property damage jury trials, and one of the first successful attacks on junk science in toxic tort litigation. Over the years, he has successfully defended manufacturers of chemicals, drugs, medical devices, industrial equipment, household products and motor vehicles in high stakes, complex cases involving serious injury or death. He has also defended corporations in national class actions involving claims brought under consumer protection, insurance and antitrust statutes. Tom's commercial practice encompasses all forms of business disputes, intellectual property, construction and employment.
In addition to his trial practice, Tom is actively involved in the Defense Research Institute, where he was chair of the Mass Tort Subcommittee. He has been published extensively on many subjects, including mass torts, class actions, medical monitoring, Daubert challenges, trial tactics, and has submitted briefs amicus curiae in a number of landmark cases.
Tom has been invited to lecture on the areas of products liability, toxic torts and trial advocacy by many organizations including The American Bar Association, The Defense Research Institute, The Georgetown University Mass Tort Institute, The Chemical Manufacturer's Association, The Institute for Law and Science and the Pennsylvania Defense Institute.
Recognition & Involvement
Since 2005, Tom has been selected in a survey of his peers as a Pennsylvania "Super Lawyer" and he is AV® rated by the Martindale-Hubbell peer review rating system.
- May 18, 2018
- November 11, 2017
- October 18, 2016
- October 21, 2015
- October 22, 2014
- May 25, 2011
- June 23, 2009
- March 25, 2009
- Litigation Magazine, Volume 34, Number 2Winter 2008
- Summer 2007
- July 2005
- August 2001
Cases & Deals
Bar and Court Admissions
Supreme Court of Pennsylvania
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
Georgetown University Law School, JD, 1979
George Washington University, BA, 1976
American Bar Association
American Board of Trial Advocates
Pennsylvania Defense Institute
Philadelphia Association of Defense Counsel
Philadelphia Bar Association