After leading in-house legal departments at two major insurance companies, Tom has significant experience in general litigation and transactional matters and a long track record of success as a trial lawyer.
As senior chief legal counsel, executive vice president and secretary of OneAmerica Financial Group, Tom oversaw a broad range of legal issues, including mergers and acquisition activity, Sarbanes-Oxley compliance, class action defense, ERISA litigation, and general commercial dispute resolution. Over the past 15 years, Tom managed more than 300 lawsuits in federal and state courts across the country, and successfully resolved two nationwide class actions that challenged the company’s core business practices. He also led the purchase and sale of numerous businesses and OneAmerica ventures. While serving as president of AULRMS, OneAmerica’s reinsurance management subsidiary, Tom was responsible for evaluating all institutional reinsurance risk to OneAmerica and its subsidiary companies.
Previously, Tom was general counsel at American General Life Companies (now AIG), where he was responsible for dispute resolution of all reinsurance and general coverage issues, regulatory and compliance matters, due diligence, and corporate responsibility. Tom, a skilled arbitrator, is among few lawyers in the country focused on life insurance-based arbitration, having rendered verdicts in more than 10 arbitrations primarily in the life insurance industry.
In addition to practicing law at Schiff Hardin, Tom also serves as president and CEO of Sargasso Mutual Insurance Company, an offshore D&O company representing the largest mutual financial services companies in the United States.