Tom Dutton is one of the founding partners of the firm. He was born in Birmingham, Alabama and attended college at the University of Alabama at Birmingham where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in 1973. He earned his J.D. Degree with honors (cum laude) in 1976 from Cumberland School of Law at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama and was admitted to practice law in the State of Alabama in 1976 and the State of Mississippi in 1977.
Tom’s primary practice is in the areas of litigation involving medical malpractice, defective medical devices and equipment, nursing home malpractice and pharmaceutical mass torts. He represents injured clients not only in the State of Alabama but throughout the entire country.
Tom is admitted to practice before the Alabama Supreme Court, the 11th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals as well as the United States District Courts. He is a member of the Alabama Bar Association, Mississippi Bar Association, Birmingham Bar Association, Alabama Association for Justice and American Association for Justice. His published legal works include Potential Tort Liability of Alabama Law Enforcement Officials 7 Cumberland Law Review 107, 1976 as well as Representing the Victim of Medical Malpractice Alabama Trial Lawyers Association Journal, 1983.
He has been selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America for over ten years. The selection process is based upon an exhaustive, detailed evaluation including peer review surveys. Best Lawyers has been regarded by both the profession and the public as the definitive guide to legal excellence in the United States.
Tom has also been selected to Alabama Super Lawyers every year since 2008. Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The selection process is multi-phased and includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations. In May of 2011, Tom was recognized by the American Registry as a Top Attorney in Alabama.
In May of 2012, he was awarded among America’s Most Honored Professionals. Only ten percent of recognized professionals qualify for the honor. It is a cross industry recognition, which means he ranked among the top CEO's, doctors, lawyers, local business owners, and Internet entrepreneurs of America.
2012 marks the 25th Anniversary year of Tom receiving the highest possible professional rating from the most knowledgeable critics. The AV® Preeminent™ rating is the pinnacle of excellence earned through a strenuous Peer Review Rating™ process that is managed and monitored by the world's most trusted legal resource - Martindale-Hubbell®.
Additionally, he has been listed as one of Birmingham’s Top Lawyers in both The Birmingham Magazine and B-Metro, The Magazine of Birmingham Living.
In 2013, he was selected by Martindale-Hubbell™ as a ‘2013 Top Rated Lawyer in Health Care’.