Thomas G. Pletz has substantial experience in civil litigation areas of complex product liability cases, special remedies, religious dioceses, parishes and educational entities, as well as TV and radio defamation law. He has mediated legal matters for many years. He has been an acting Judge in Sylvania Municipal Court since 1990, where he has written decisions on a wide variety of civil and criminal law subjects.
Tom has extensive experience in electronic media defamation and public records matters. He has represented individuals, large and small companies, churches, schools, TV and radio stations and non-profit organizations in litigation at the trial and appellate levels in state and federal courts. He has litigated all types of cases for schools, religious organizations and educational foundations. He has handled many varied complex product liability cases, including machinery, vehicles, civilian and military aviation crashes and building construction system failures.
Tom has been admitted to the Supreme Court of the United States and is a Life Member of the U. S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals Judicial Conference. He served on the Ohio Board of Bar Examiners for ten years, and as its Chair (1996-1999), when the Board raised the exam pass standard and added the Multi-State Performance Test. He served 26 years in the U.S. Naval Reserve as a Surface Warfare Officer.
•Who's Who in America
•Who's Who in American Law
•Who's Who in the World
•Best Lawyers in America, 2009 - 2016
•AV Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
•University of Toledo Distinguished Attorney Award, 2011
08.19.2015 Shumaker Lawyers Recognized in The Best Lawyers In America 2016
06.04.2015 Thomas G. Pletz Spoke at Lourdes University on Private vs. Public Education Law
08.21.2014 83 Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP Lawyers Selected for Inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2015
08.15.2013 83 Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP Lawyers Selected for Inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2014
07.10.2013 Thomas G. Pletz Spoke at Lourdes University
05.21.2013 Thomas G. Pletz Presented at Toledo Women's Bar Association Luncheon
08.28.2012 81 Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP Lawyers Selected for Inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2013
12.01.2011 Thomas G. Pletz Spoke at University of Toledo College of Law Student Mentoring Kick-Off Program
09.07.2011 70 Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP Attorneys Selected for Inclusion in The Best Lawyers In America 2012
05.10.2011 Thomas G. Pletz Recipient of “Distinguished Toledo Lawyer” Award
09.29.2010 Thomas G. Pletz Speaks at Toledo Bar Association CLE Seminar
08.12.2010 70 Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP Attorneys Selected for Inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2011
Events and Presentations
05.20.2015 Church-State Relations in Public and Non-Public Schools
07.10.2013 Church-State Relations in Public and Non-Public Schools