Tom is a first generation American and was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. He grew up playing ice hockey, basketball, baseball, and soccer from the age of five and attended Notre Dame High School where he played football, performed in a number of plays, and was a member of the school’s improvisational group.
After High School, Tom attended the University of California, Santa Cruz where he received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Political Science, and Philosophy. He studied abroad at theUniversity of Cambridge in the United Kingdom focusing on international politics, history, and counter intelligence. In addition, Tom worked for United States Congressman Sam Farr in Washington D.C. as a legislative intern helping constituents with their concerns and assisting with legislative tasks.
He then earned his Juris Doctorate degree and Certificate in Dispute Resolution from Pepperdine School of Law in Malibu, California in 2010, where he was a member of both Pepperdine’s Trial Advocacy and Negotiation Team. He successfully competed in several tournaments and earned the honor of being a nationally recognized negotiator by the American Bar Association two years in a row. Tom was a legal extern for Federal Judge Richard M. Neiter and worked for the Long Beach District Attorneys Office where he assisted with all aspects of trial and trial preparation. After graduating, he returned to Pepperdine to help coach the school’s Negotiation team to the ABA Regional Finals and worked as a law clerk for Bisnar | Chase on cases involving personal injury, catastrophic injury, wrongful death, product liability, class actions, and elder abuse.
Tom is admitted to practice in California state courts as well as federal district courts in Central District of California. He is also an active member of the Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles (CAALA), Los Angeles County Bar Association (LACBA) and Beverly Hills Bar Association (BHBA). In his free time, Tom likes to spend time with his friends and family and watch his favorite team play, the Los Angeles Lakers.