When companies and individuals face high-risk, high-stakes, high-profile litigation in Texas, they call Tom Fee. A fearless, aggressive advocate, Tom knows what it takes to win and how to negotiate even amidst media noise and political pressure.
For more than three decades, Tom has represented clients in Texas federal and state courts and in venues throughout the United States. At the forefront of trial strategy and the evolution of catastrophic injury law in Texas, Tom understands the risks and rewards of the new hundred-million-dollar verdicts facing litigants in Texas and throughout the United States.
Tom is one of a select few lawyers who get hired when everything is on the line, and he’s just fine with that. He understands the difference between a trial lawyer and a litigator. Clients choose Tom because of the magnitude of the trials he has won, the high-profile/high-exposure nature of the cases he routinely handles, and the notable resolutions he earns on behalf of his clients.
As lead trial counsel in more than 75 jury trials in multiple state and federal venues, Tom’s trial experience allows him to accurately evaluate outcomes and recommend alternative dispute mechanisms when warranted. He routinely litigates matters arising from major commercial transportation accidents involving allegations of Federal Motor Carriers Safety Regulations violations, construction accidents involving allegations of OSHA violations, road construction accidents concerning the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices, and accidents arising from the installation and operation of various private and public utilities, including electric, gas, and water. Tom has litigated numerous large exposure cases across Texas involving product defects, professional liability, and premise liability matters. He is board certified in Personal Injury Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.
Tom represents national and international transportation companies, major highway and building construction contractors and subcontractors, professional services companies, commercial hospitality business entities as well as high-net-worth individuals and small business owners. He is regularly retained by clients who are either self-insured or maintain high self-insured retention to protect their interests in high-profile and high-stakes litigation. Due to his courtroom experience, Tom is regularly retained as lead trial counsel for several of Fee Smith’s corporate clients, representing them in various commercial business disputes. He is known for his ability to accurately assess the value of a case in the early stages, implement efficient and incisive litigation strategies, and force settlement when warranted.
A strong leader who knows how to read a room and relate to any juror, Tom also knows how to get the best out of his team. Tom built Fee Smith’s three-office Texas presence with an eye toward efficiency and aggressive representation. Whether your matter is in a major metropolitan area or in a rural Texas county, Fee Smith’s team of attorneys knows the players and how to navigate the field deftly, bringing subject matter expertise and geographic-specific experience to every engagement.
Tom likes to say he’s never met a stranger. It’s not surprising that numerous professional peers and colleagues have recognized Tom’s work. In 2013, Tom was elected a Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation, a distinction reserved for 1/3 of 1% of all Texas attorneys, one of the highest honors that can be bestowed upon a member of the State Bar of Texas. He is rated an AV Preeminent attorney by Martindale-Hubbell, and for the past 18 years, he has been designated a “Texas Super Lawyer” by Thomson Reuters. He was voted “Best Lawyer” by D Magazine in 2013, 2014, and 2023. Tom is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) and the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum. Tom is a recent past chair of USLAW’S Complex Tort and Products Liability Practice Group.