Tom is an adjunct professor of law at the University of Akron School of Law where each year since 1996 he has taught a seminar in the Law of Workers’ Compensation. He is a past-President of the University of Akron Law Alumni Association, having served on the LAA Board of Trustees from 1994 to 2007. He has also served as a member of the National Board of Trustees of the University of Akron Alumni Association.
In August, 2008, Tom was honored to be appointed by Governor Ted Strickland to the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation Board of Directors. During his three year term, Tom will be representing the interests of all Ohio employees.
Serving the legal community, Tom is the immediate past-President of the Summit County Association for Justice (formerly the Summit County Trial Lawyers’ Association). He is a member of the Ohio Association for Justice (formerly the Ohio Academy of Trial Lawyers) where he most recently served as Chairperson of the Workers’ Compensation Committee. He serves on the Workers’ Compensation and Lawyers’ Assistance Committees of the American Association for Justice (formerly the American Trial Lawyers Association) and the Workers’ Compensation Committee of the Ohio State Bar Association. He also belongs to the Workers’ Injury Law & Advocacy Group. Tom is a former Trustee of the Akron Bar Association and has participated on many of the Akron Bar’s Committees. He is presently active on the Workers’ Compensation Committee, where he is the Chairperson, and Lawyers’ Assistance Committee. Tom frequently speaks at Continuing Legal Education programs on the subjects of Workers’ Compensation law and assistance to persons impaired by alcoholism and drug addiction.
Tom’s active service in the Marine Corps resulted in him receiving the National Defense Service Ribbon, the Good Conduct Medal, the Presidential Unit Citation, the Vietnam Service Ribbon with multiple stars and the Vietnamese Campaign medal with multiple stars. Tom has served as a Summit County, Ohio, Veterans’ Service Commissioner and became President of the Ohio State Association of Veterans’ Service Commissioners.
In his personal time, Tom enjoys being with his wife and grandchildren, reading mystery novels, playing golf, and building and maintaining computers.