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Thomas W. Gallagher


THOMAS W. GALLAGHER, born in Chicago and graduated from Brother Rice High School. He received his B.S. degree in Economics from Xavier University and his J.D. degree from the Chase School of Law at Northern Kentucky University. He is admitted to the bar in Ohio; U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio; U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth District; the U.S. Supreme Court and the U.S. Court of Claims. He has served on the Toledo Bar Association’s Federal Court, Appeals Court, Common Pleas Court Committees and Bench Bar Committee. Tom has retired from the active practice of law in 2020, but remains Of Counsel to Lafferty Gallagher & Scott.

He is a member of the Ohio State and Lucas County Bar Associations, a sustaining member of The American Association for Justice, and is a past trustee of the Ohio Academy of Trial Lawyers. He has served on the Medical Malpractice Committee for the Ohio Academy of Trial Lawyers and lectures in the areas of medical malpractice, personal injury trial and insurance law. Tom has successfully tried and argued cases before the United States Supreme Court, the Ohio Supreme Court, United States Court of Appeals (6th Circuit), Ohio Courts of Appeal (6th and 3rd District) and numerous courts of general jurisdiction throughout Ohio.


  • Auto Accident
  • Truck Accident
  • Motorcycle Accident
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist Law
  • Personal Injury Law
  • Bad Faith Litigation
  • Products Liability
  • Swimming Pool Injuries
  • Boating Accident
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Wrongful Death


  • 100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation


  • Ohio, 1975
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Ohio, 1976
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit, 1977
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims, 1988
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1983


Representative Cases:

  • Pallas Shipping Agency, Ltd. v. Duris, 461 U.S. 529 (1983)
  • Mominee v. Scherbarth, 503 N.E.2d 717 (1986)
  • Amicus Curiae in Motorist Mutual Ins. Co. v. Andrews, 604 N.E.2d 142 (1992)
  • Newland v. Amin, 600 N.E.2d 357 (1991)
  • Fowler v. Williams County Commissioners, 682 N.E.2d 20 (1996)
  • Schuette v. Flora, No. 7-92-8, 1993 WL 93627, at *1 (Ohio App. 3 dist. 1993)
  • Aubry v. Univ. of Toledo Med. Ctr., 2012-Ohio-1313 (Ohio App. 10 Dist.)


  • Distinguished Service Award, 1993
  • The Academy Amicus Curiae Award, 1993
  • Selected by peers for inclusion in the 25th edition “Best Lawyers in America”
  • AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell


  • Ohio Association for Justice, 1987 – Present
    • Trustee – 1987-1993
  • Toledo Bar Association, 1974 – Present
    • Member, Various Committees
  • Ohio State Bar Association
    • Member
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America
    • Sustaining Member
  • Lucas County Bar Association
    • Member
  • Ohio Academy of Trial Lawyers, Medical Malpractice Committee
    • Member


  • Honorable James Carr
  • Honorable Ruth Franks
  • Honorable Richard Knepper
  • Honorable Jack Puffenberger
  • Signature Bank, Toledo, OH

Classes/Seminars Taught:

  • Lecturer, Personal Injury Areas, Ohio Academy of Trial Lawyers
  • Lecturer, Personal Injury Areas, Toledo Bar Association
  • Lecturer, Personal Injury Areas, Fornoff Lecture Series

Employment Positions:

  • Lafferty Gallagher & Scott, LLC, 2007-present
  • Williams, Jilek, Lafferty, Gallagher & Scott, LPA, 1990-2007
  • Huffman, Gallagher, Brier & Bryce, Attorney Personal Injury, 1987 – 1990
  • Cubbon and Associates, Personal Injury, 1978 – 1987
  • Royer and Gallagher, Personal Injury, 1976 – 1978
  • Toledo Trust Co., Attorney, Trust Dept., 1974 – 1976

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