MICHAEL TOM, ESQ.
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Michael D. Tom was born in Hawaii and graduated from Saint Louis High School in 1963. He is a graduate of the University of Santa Clara with a Bachelor’s in Civil Engineering. He received the George L. Sullivan award for engineering excellence and was elected to Tau Beta Pi, the national engineering academic society. He received a Master’s degree in Structural Engineering from Stanford University and a Law degree from the Hastings College of Law where he was elected to the Order of the Coif, the national legal academic society.
Mr. Tom has worked as a civil and structural engineer in Hawaii, California and Washington, D. C. and served in the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers. He has also worked in a family owned construction company.
Because of his training and education, Mr. Tom’s legal practice focuses upon all aspects of the construction industry, product liability litigation, professional malpractice defense on behalf of design, legal, medical and real estate professionals, real property disputes, insurance, wrongful death and personal injury disputes. He has been involved in negotiating and drafting contracts for major building projects in Hawaii, the mainland United States and the United Kingdom and has been involved in over 250 major construction lawsuits for owners, design professionals, general contractors, subcontractors, suppliers, sureties and lenders. He has also represented real estate professionals, physicians, dentists, hospitals, insurance companies and manufacturers.
Mr. Tom serves as an arbitrator in the fields of construction, real estate, insurance and medical malpractice and is an arbitrator for the Hawaii Supreme Court program. Mr. Tom is the author of Hawaiian Beach Access: a Customary Right, a contributor to the Digest of Commercial Laws of the World, State Variation of Commercial Law, and co-author of Architect-Engineer Liability Under Hawaii Law(Cambridge Institute 1991). While on a working sabbatical, Mr. Tom served as a consultant for Cabinet Sefrioui, a French law firm in Paris, France on construction and international arbitration matters and also edited an article on the enforceability of foreign arbitral awards.
Mr. Tom has been selected as one of the Best Lawyers in Hawaii in Construction law, Litigation – Construction Law and Litigation – Land Use and Zoning, Super Lawyer in Construction Litigation. He is a Charter Fellow of the Construction Lawyers Society of America and a Senior Fellow of Litigation Counsel of America.