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Thomas M. Goutman Partner

 
Philadelphia, PA | Direct 215.864.7057Fax 215.789.7557
goutmant@whiteandwilliams.com
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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.    

   

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

Education

Georgetown University Law School, JD, 1979

George Washington University, BA, 1976

Memberships

American Bar Association

American Board of Trial Advocates

Pennsylvania Defense Institute

Philadelphia Association of Defense Counsel

Philadelphia Bar Association

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