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The American Bar Association Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section (TIPS) is honoring attorney Thomas Anderson of Indio, Calif., with its Pursuit of Justice Award, which recognizes lawyers and judges who have shown outstanding merit and who excel in providing access to justice for all.
“Tom Anderson seems to make just about everyone’s list as one of the best trial lawyers in America ever to set foot in a courtroom,” said Fletcher D. Handley Jr., chair of the TIPS Plaintiffs’ Policy Task Force, who will present the award on behalf of TIPS. “We are honored to recognize his many years of achievement with the Pursuit of Justice Award.”
The award will be presented to Anderson during the TIPS Welcome, Diversity and Pursuit of Justice Award Reception Oct.11 at the TIPS Fall Leadership Meeting in La Quinta, Calif.
Anderson is a partner at The Law Offices of Thomas T. Anderson, P.C. with a practice that focuses on personal injury, auto accidents and wrongful death. He received his B.A. from the University of Oregon before going on to study law at the University of Willamette in Salem, Ore., and the University of San Francisco. In addition, Anderson was a commissioned officer in the U.S. Air Force and served as an agent in the Office of Special Investigations (OSI) from 1951 through 1953.
According to the National Law Journal, Anderson is one of the top 10 trial lawyers in the United States. Since 1989, he has been a member of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, which limits membership to the top 500 trial attorneys in the world. He has also been a member of the Inner Circle of Advocates, which is limited to the top 100 personal injury attorneys in the United States, since 1985. He has been selected by his peers to be included in The Best Trial Lawyers in America for the last 12 years. Anderson received the Marvin E. Lewis Award from the Consumer Trial Lawyer Association for his many years of service as a trial attorney. In addition, he has held an AV Rating in Martindale-Hubbell, a national listing of attorneys, for many years.
Anderson has also authored and co-authored numerous writings relating to the practice of law, including the Association of Trial Lawyers of America Basic Advocacy Manual.
He is a founder and past president of the California Trial Lawyers Association, now known as the Consumer Attorneys of California (CAOC), which is the largest and most influential plaintiff attorney group in California. Anderson is also a fellow in the International Society of Barristers and is listed in the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers. He is also a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates and a former member of the Judicial Council of the State of California.
The ABA Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section unites plaintiff, defense, insurance and corporate counsel to advance the civil justice system. TIPS is a national source of expertise in tort, trial and insurance practice and brings lawyers together to share information and speak out on issues of importance. The section has about 25,000 members and over 30 general committees that focus on substantive and procedural matters in areas across the broad spectrum of civil law and practice.
With nearly 400,000 members, the American Bar Association is the world’s largest voluntary professional membership organization. As the national voice of the legal profession, the ABA works to improve the administration of justice, promotes programs that assist lawyers and judges in their work, accredits law schools, provides continuing legal education, and works to build public understanding around the world of the importance of the rule of law.