California Fellow Thomas J. Brandi is the 2016 inductee into the State Bar of California’s Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame. Since the mid-1990s, the Litigation section of the State Bar has inducted one or more attorneys who have excelled as trial lawyers and whose careers exemplify the highest of values and professional attainment.
Past recipients include Justice Clinton W. White, 2015 LCA President Thomas Girardi, Mary Alexander, Mark Robinson, John Keker, Joseph Cotchett, and Judge Rudi M. Brewster.
For over 35 years, Thomas Brandi has tried personal injury cases and complex consumer class actions, resulting in 19 trial verdicts and 200 settlements of one million dollars or more. His career highlights include a $1.38 billion dollar jury verdict against Bank of America for misuse of Social Security benefits, as well as mass tort litigation involving the Dalkon Shield and the diet drug Fen-Phen. In the personal injury arena, he has secured a $29 million verdict in an action involving the absence of a highway median barrier and a $15 million wrongful death verdict due to inadequate maintenance of a public housing unit.
Mr. Brandi has received numerous awards and recognition for his work, including resolutions from the California State Senate and Assembly, the Robert E. Cartwright Award for excellence in trial advocacy from the Consumer Attorneys of California, and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association.
Mr. Brandi also gives back to the Bay Area community that has been his home for more than 50 years. Since 2003, he has taught trial practice at the University of San Francisco School of Law and was named Professor of the Year in 2010. He has also been appointed as a panelist on the Judicial Council Civil Litigation and Small Claims Committee and served on the Blue Ribbon Panel of Experts on the Fair and Efficient Administration of Civil Cases for the Administrative Office of the Court of the Judicial Council of California.
The dinner and ceremony in his honor took place at the San Francisco Italian Athletic Club in San Francisco on Saturday, October 22, 2016.