- Restructuring & Creditors' Rights
- Complex Business Litigation
- Class Action Defense
- Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA)
- Consumer Financial Services
- Director & Officer Liability
- Financial Services Litigation
- Distressed Real Estate
|Contact Info||Telephone: 404.853.8026|
|University ||University of Notre Dame, A.B., cum laude|
|Law School||University of Notre Dame Law School, J.D., magna cum laude Articles Editor, Notre Dame Law Review|
Chair, Evidence Study Committee - State Bar of Georgia (2008-2011)
Vice Chair, Evidence Study Committee - State Bar of Georgia (2003-2007)
Member, Governing Committee, Conference on Consumer Finance Law
fellow, Lawyers Foundation of Georgia
Member, Lawyers Club of Atlanta
Member, Legal Committee, Association of Consumer Vehicle Lessors
|Born||Troy, New York, August 19, 1956|
Tom Byrne litigates complex business disputes, with a primary focus on the defense of consumer and policyholder class actions and creditors' rights litigation. His experience ranges from arguing in the Supreme Court of the United States to first chairing jury trials in four states. He served as lead counsel in more than 100 putative class actions. Tom regularly represents secured lenders and other parties in Chapter 11 bankruptcies and related litigation.
Tom joined Sutherland in 1982 after completing clerkships with the Honorable Robert A. Ainsworth, Jr. of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit; and the Honorable Morey L. Sear of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana.
Sutherland client prevails in U.S. Supreme Court.
Sutherland defends auto lender in fair lending class actions.
Sutherland successfully defends insurer in “gap coverage” case.
Awards and Rankings
National Law Journal Appellate Lawyer of the Week (May 28, 2013)
Named to The Best Lawyers in America in the areas of commercial litigation (2008-2015), litigation - real estate (2012-2015) and litigation - banking & finance (2012-2015)
Selected as a Georgia Local Litigation Star by Benchmark Litigation (2015)
Selected for inclusion in Georgia Super Lawyers (2005-2006, 2008-2013)
•Honorable Robert A. Ainsworth Jr., U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
•Honorable Morey L. Sear, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana
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Ringing in the New Year: TCPA Hot Issues for 2015
Keith J. Barnett,Thomas M. Byrne,Ellen M. Dunn,Juan C. Garcia,Allegra J. Lawrence-Hardy, February 13, 2015
The year 2014 saw a surge in class action filings under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA). Record-setting class action settlements captured the headlines. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) provided guidance on some issues, but unsettled law in other areas placed a compliance...
Supreme Court Simplifies Removal from State Courts
Thomas M. Byrne,Valerie Strong Sanders,Phillip E. Stano,Steuart H. Thomsen, January 14, 2015
The Supreme Court today relieved decades of uncertainty concerning the filing requirements for removal of cases to federal court from state court by holding that a defendant is required only to file “a short and plain statement” containing a “plausible allegation” that the...
TCPA Class Action Against Insurance Agent Not Covered by Professional Liability Insurance
Keith J. Barnett,Thomas M. Byrne,Ellen M. Dunn,Juan C. Garcia,Allegra J. Lawrence-Hardy, January 14, 2015
As class action filings under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) have continued to rise, so too have the number of disputes with commercial liability insurers over coverage for their insureds’ alleged TCPA violations. Whether TCPA defendants can seek coverage from liability insurers...
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