Tom Gressette - Walker Gressette Freeman & Linton
Tom Gressette is an experienced litigator who has handled complex cases in federal and state courts around the country.
Tom is an experienced litigator who has handled complex cases in federal and state courts around the country. He represents parties in all types of litigation ranging from business tort cases to contractual disputes to personal injury, including any necessary appeals. Tom also knows the ins-and-outs of several unique types of cases; specifically, Tom handles utility ratemaking cases, administrative law cases, and qui tam cases. He also represents plaintiffs in pharmaceutical and medical device cases, most of which are filed in federal court and assigned to respective Multidistrict Litigations (MDLs).
Mr. Gressette’s MDL experience is not limited to personal injury claims. In fact, Tom was actively involved in MDL 1358 in the Southern District of New York involving Methyl Tertiary Butyl Ether (MTBE). In those cases, Tom was appointed Special Counsel to the Attorney General of the State of New Jersey and represented the State of New Jersey as well as the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico regarding damages to the natural resources belonging to the citizens of New Jersey and Puerto Rico. Among the allegations were claims that MTBE leaked from underground gasoline storage tanks into groundwater then dissolved quickly and travelled through formerly pristine water supplies.
Tom’s experience in these cases managing and coordinating discovery involving multiple parties and across numerous government agencies allows him to identify then implement efficient and strategic discovery plans. Always with an eye toward trial and the necessary elements of proof, Tom’s approach to discovery is to streamline the pretrial exchanges of information necessary to protect his clients’ interests. He is AV-rated, the highest rating offered by Martindale-Hubbell®.
Originally from Florence, South Carolina, Tom has practiced law in Charleston for almost two decades. He is also a trained vocalist who has performed in a variety of venues, including as a soloist with the South Carolina’s Masterworks Choir and the Charleston Symphony Orchestra.
Commercial Litigation, Business and Contract Litigation, Utility Ratemaking, Administrative Law Proceedings, Condemnation, Multi-District Litigation (MDLs), Products Liability, Personal Injury Litigation, Toxic Exposure, Professional Liability, Business Torts, Broker-Dealer Liability, Mediator, Arbitrator, Special Referee
MEDIATION + ARBITRATION + SPECIAL REFEREE:
Tom believes in the power of Alternative Dispute Resolution and is a certified mediator. He also works as a special referee pursuant to agreement of the parties to a case or by referral of a case from the presiding judge.
Clemson University, cum laude, 1993
University of South Carolina School of Law, J.D., 1997
The Honorable C. Weston Houck, United States District Court Judge, District of South Carolina
United States Virgin Islands
United States District Court for the District of South Carolina
United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
United States Supreme Court
South Carolina Council of Mediation and Alternative Dispute Resolution (certified mediator)
John R. Holland Scholarship for Outstanding Commitment to Leadership and Extracurricular Activities
Outstanding Pro Bono Service Award
University of South Carolina School of Law “Compleat Lawyer” Award
LEGAL + COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES:
Federal Bar Association
SC Chapter Board Member 2016 – present
National Professional Ethics Committee, 2010 – present
Fourth Circuit Vice President, 2008 – 2010
SC Chapter President 2007-2008
South Carolina Bar
Trial and Appellate Advocacy Section Board, 2015 – present
Bar H.E.L.P. Task Force, 2008 – 2010
Lawyers Helping Lawyers Committee, 2000 – 2001
Quality of Life Committee, 2000 – 2001
Inaugural Member, James L. Petigru Inn of Court, Charleston School of Law
Director of Programming, 2011 – 2012
Former Adjunct Professor, Charleston School of Law
Federal Pleadings and Practice
The Heightened Pleading Standard of Bell Atlantic Corp. v. Twombly and Ashcroft v. Iqbal, 58 Drake Law Review 401.
Teaching Privacy in the Age of Octomom, co-authored with Constance Anastopoulo, 44 Valparaiso University Law Review 391.