Thomas R. Peters

Location: Belleville, Illinois
Phone: 618-277-9000
Fax: 618-277-4594
Email: tpeters@boylebrasher.com

 

Narrative:

Thom is a co-founder of Boyle Brasher LLC. Thom is an aggressive, no nonsense trial attorney and litigator. He represents a major transportation company in asbestos litigation and other occupational exposure cases across the central and southern parts of the country from jurisdictions in Minnesota in the north to Mississippi in the south. He has tried numerous complex multi-party high dollar exposure inhalation cases to jury verdicts across the country. Thom also defends other attorneys who have chosen him to represent them in legal malpractice cases brought against them, a sure sign of the great respect he commands within the profession. Thom also handles products liability trials and appeals. Thom has an accounting degree. He has a keen eye for the discrepancies in the damage calculations of opposing damages experts in trials. Thom also has unique qualifications in municipal law including all forms of legislation, regulation and litigation involving municipalities or other governmental bodies. He also has expertise in handling administrative law matters before public agencies and regulatory bodies. Thom gained a lot of experience with governmental legal issues as a result of serving as an elected alderman on a city council. While serving on the city council Thom was chairman of the economic development committee.

Thom was born and raised in rural Wisconsin and remains a displaced Cheese Head and ultimate Green Bay Packer fan and stockholder. Thom and his family live in Belleville, Illinois.

Areas of Practice:

  • Legal Malpractice Defense
  • Litigation and Appeals
  • Products Liability Defense
  • Railroad Defense
  • Toxic Tort Defense
  • State, Local and Municipal Law and Legislation
  • Trucking Defense
  • Insurance Defense

Bar Admissions:

  • Illinois
  • Missouri
  • Tennessee
  • Kentucky
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court Central District of Illinois
  • U.S. Court of Appeals Seventh Circuit

Education:

  • University of Illinois College of Law, Champaign, Illinois
    • Juris Doctorate cum laude
  • University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh, Wisconsin
    • B.B.A. magna cum laude

Professional Associations and Memberships:

  • The St. Clair County Bar Association
  • The Illinois State Bar Association
  • The Missouri Bar Association
  • Missouri Organization of Defense Lawyers
  • Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel
  • National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel
  • The Bar Association of the Central and Southern Federal Districts of Illinois

Notable Cases:

Plaintiff Estate v. Railroad. Circuit Court of Shelby County, Memphis, Tennessee. Wrongful death case. Plaintiff’s decedent was an employee of a grain company who was fatally injured while moving grain cars. Mr. Peters and Ms. Reifers of Boyle Brasher LLC represented a railroad in the jury trial of this case. The railroad dropped off empty cars and picked up loaded cars at the grain company, but was not present at the time of the incident. The grain company instructed its employees including the deceased to move empty railcars with a front-end loader so the cars could be loaded with grain. During the movement, the decedent fell from one of the railcars and was fatally injured. Among other theories, Plaintiff argued that the railcars were defective in violation of the Federal Safety Appliance Act. Following a jury trial, the jury entered a verdict in favor of the railroad finding that the railroad was not at fault.

Plaintiff v. Railroad. Mr. Peters tried this wrongful death claim in Jackson, Tennessee in 2010. It involved a traumatic, fatal accident. Mr. Peters successfully obtained a verdict in favor of the defendant.

Plaintiff v. Manufacturer/Railroad Defendants. Mr. Peters successfully represented his railroad client in a case involving a plaintiff who suffered from mesothelioma as a result of exposure to asbestos. Mr. Peters obtained a verdict on behalf of his railroad defendant. The plaintiff received a verdict in excess of $21 million against the remaining defendants.

Plaintiff v. Manufacturer/Railroad Defendants. Mr. Peters successfully represented a railroad in another case involving a plaintiff who suffered from mesothelioma as a result of exposure to asbestos. Mr. Peters obtained a verdict on behalf of his defendant railroad. The plaintiff received a verdict in excess of $1 million against the other defendants.

Plaintiff v. Manufacturer/Railroad Defendants. Mr. Peters successfully represented a railroad in a case involving a plaintiff suffering from mesothelioma as a result of exposure to asbestos. Mr. Peters obtained a verdict on behalf of the Railroad. The plaintiff received a verdict of $74 million against remaining defendants.

Plaintiff v. Manufacturer/Railroad Defendant. Mr. Peters has tried other mesothelioma cases in which he obtained a jury verdict for his clients while verdicts for Plaintiff were in excess of $1 million and entered against the remaining defendants.

Plaintiff v. Railroad. FELA. Asbestos. Mesothelioma. Summary judgment granted in favor of Boyle Brasher LLC’s railroad client on plaintiff’s claim that her husband developed mesothelioma as a result of occupational exposure to asbestos. The court held that a prior release agreement barred the claim since the alleged possibility of developing mesothelioma in the future was a known risk the parties intended to originally release.

Plaintiff v. Railroad. After discovering that a plaintiff had died before filing a lawsuit against a railroad client, Boyle Brasher LLC successfully appealed a trial court order allowing substitution of the personal representative of the plaintiff’s estate. As a matter of first impression in the State of Tennessee, the Tennessee Court of Appeals held that a lawsuit filed by a deceased individual is a nullity subject to dismissal, and that such nullity may not be avoided through substitution of the parties.