J. Thomas Anderson
Tom Anderson was born and reared in Hammond, Louisiana. He graduated from
Hammond High School and Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond,
and Loyola Law School in New Orleans. Upon beginning his law practice
in Hammond, he was soon elected the state's youngest mayor. He retired
from politics at the age of 30 and has been representing injured folks
full time since then. For years he held the largest civil jury award that
he won for a slip and fall client in the very early years of his practice
in the 21st Judicial District and has the highest possible (AV) rating
in Martindale-Hubble (the most respected legal rating system). His passion
for taking the side of individuals against powerful insurance companies
has gained him the trust in his state as a champion for the rights of
the underdog. His peers elected him to lead his state trial lawyer association
( now Louisiana Association For Justice ) in 2000. Tom lives and practices
law in downtown Hammond. He is married to Donna Gay Borden of Hammond
and they both are members and elders in the First Presbyterian Church
in downtown Hammond.
As a Past-President of the Louisiana Trial Lawyers Association (now "LAJ),
Tom has been recognized as a leader in Louisiana in pursing the rights
of injured people and accepts referrals of traumatic brain injury cases
from all across the nation. Tom is a regular contributor to The Advocate,
a monthly publication for the Louisiana Association for Justice on various
topics involving traumatic brain injury. He is also a member of the North
American Brain Injury Society and speaker at its brain injury annual conferences
as well as being a member of the International Brian Injury Association.
He recently was invited to speak at the Washington Association For Justice
in December of 2014 in Seattle on the topic of air bag defects resulting
in traumatic brain injury.
Tom has authored numerous publications on the subject of traumatic brain
injury in state journals of trial lawyers throughout the U.S. including
our own state of La. as well as Colorado, Nevada, Idaho and Nebraska.
He has also presented papers and has spoken to many times with organizations
about TBI including the North American Brain Injury Society, The American
Association of Justice, and the Louisiana Association For Justice.
Practice Areas: Brain Injury especially; Back and Burn Injuries; Paralysis;
in Trial and Appellate Practice
Admitted: 1976, Louisiana and U.S. District Court, Eastern and Middle Districts
of Louisiana; U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
Law School: Loyola University, New Orleans, School of Law, J.D., 1976 ;
Member of Pi Gamma Mu International Honor Society
College: Southeastern Louisiana University, B.A., 1973 Phi Kappa Phi Honor
Fraternity; Circle K Service Organization; Dean's List all four years;
President of the Freshman and Sophomore classes; President of Delta Tau
- Past President Louisiana Association of Justice and life time member; past
executive board member and board of governors;
- Sustaining member of the American Association of Justice and section member
of Traumatic Brain Injury Litigation Group;
- North American Brain Injury Society and conference presenter at NABIS;
- 21st Judicial District Bar Association, Florida Parishes Inns of Court
and the Louisiana State Bar Association
- Biography in college: Phi Delta Phi Honor Fraternity; Instructor, Government
Studies, Southeastern Louisiana University, 1992-1998. Member, Appellate
Advocacy program at Loyola University, 1976. Mayor, City of Hammond, 1977-1981.
City Attorney, City of Hammond, 1994-1998.
- Reported Cases: Teri Dobson et al. v. LP&L, 567 So. 2d 569 (La. 1990);
- Corinne Nicholas v. Homelite Corporation, A Division of Textron, C.A. 5
(La. 1986), 780 Fed. 2nd 1150;
- Frank Core v. Winn-Dixie, 471 So. 2d 240 (La. App. 1 Cir. 1985);
- Patricia Ann Mistich et al. v. Volkswagen of Germany, Inc. et al., 703
So. 2d 624 (La. 1997).