Tom Draths has a natural ability to manage risk, identify issues and solve problems. He understands that his clients are asked to “do more with less” in today’s legal climate. As a second-generation attorney, he has an instinct for evaluating risk accurately and shaping creative strategies to defend his clients’ interests with increased efficiency.
Tom advocates for his clients in courts of law and in the courts of public opinion. A thorough investigator and fearless cross-examiner, he approaches each case with the mindset of a trial lawyer.
With the understanding that the value of a case may be impacted at any point in the development of a lawsuit, Tom capitalizes on opportunities to expose inconsistencies in his opponent’s theories to drive down their overall expectations. When cases are approached with this mindset, the results are more favorable and less costly. In addition to becoming a partner with the firm early in his career, Tom has been recognized as a Rising Star and as an Emerging Lawyer in multiple areas of defense litigation. His critical thinking, deposition approach, and legal writing skills rival those of attorneys of similar ages and experience levels in the Chicago legal community.
Tom’s practice is diverse and includes defending individuals, businesses, product manufacturers, and health-care facilities in all phases of personal injury and wrongful death litigation. From automobile accidents to trip-and-falls, to complex product and medical liability claims, he defends his clients’ reputation and resources with enthusiasm.
Defending local municipalities and their employees also comprises a significant focus for Tom. He leads a team of attorneys that represents a public transit entity in its defense of personal injury, premises liability, and wrongful death matters throughout the greater Chicago area.
Tom also defends non-medical professionals when they are sued by their clients for professional malpractice. Tom has successfully defended cases against attorneys, accountants, insurance producers and real estate brokers in state and federal courts.
Besides his general and professional defense practice, Tom has extensive experience representing non-profit organizations in commercial litigation, employment disputes, and civil litigation. With these types of clients, he understands that civil claims for money damages can threaten the organization’s ability to carry on its day-to-day operations. Therefore, he takes the time to counsel his clients on managing risk, since avoiding a claim is just as critical as defending one successfully.
Tom and his family live in the near northwest suburbs, close to the communities where he and his wife both grew up. Outside of the firm, Tom serves on the Board of Directors of Notre Dame College Prep in Niles, Illinois, which is currently the largest, single-sex private school in the State of Illinois.
- Loyola University Chicago School of Law, J.D. 2010
- University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, B.A. 2007
- United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois