Thomas M. Byrne: Lawyer with Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP

Thomas M. Byrne

Thomas M. Byrne

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Practice Areas

  • Litigation
  • Appellate
  • Bankruptcy
  • Restructuring & Creditors' Rights
  • Complex Business Litigation
  • Class Action Defense
  • Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA)
  • Consumer Financial Services
  • Automotive
  • Director & Officer Liability
  • Financial Services Litigation
  • Distressed Real Estate
  • Insurance
Contact InfoTelephone: 404.853.8026
University University of Notre Dame, A.B., cum laude
Law SchoolUniversity of Notre Dame Law School, J.D., magna cum laude Articles Editor, Notre Dame Law Review
Admitted1981, Georgia

Professional Activities
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

BornTroy, 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.

Selected Experience

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 (2008-2016), litigation - real estate (2012-2016) and litigation - banking & finance (2012-2016)

Selected as a Georgia Local Litigation Star by Benchmark Litigation (2015-2016)

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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Party Line: Third Circuit Issues Expansive Interpretation of Right to Sue Under the TCPA
Thomas M. Byrne,Juan C. Garcia,Allegra J. Lawrence-Hardy,Phillip E. Stano,Rocco E. Testani, October 26, 2015
Interpreting broadly the scope of standing to bring suit under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit has held that even an unintended recipient of an automated call is within “the zone of interests protected by the law” and has...

Invalidation of Georgia Garnishment Statute - Now What?
Thomas M. Byrne,Rocco E. Testani, October 13, 2015
On September 8, 2015, a federal district court invalidated a portion of the Georgia post-judgment garnishment statute in Strickland v. Alexander, No. 1:12-CV-02735-MHS (N.D. Ga.).

A Band-Aid Remedy?: New TCPA Rules for the Healthcare Industry
Thomas M. Byrne,Juan C. Garcia,Allegra J. Lawrence-Hardy,Rocco E. Testani,Lewis S. Wiener, August 12, 2015
Companies in the healthcare industry, along with virtually every consumer-facing business, are adjusting to the impacts of the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) July 10, 2015 Order resolving more than 20 petitions seeking clarification of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA)....

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Thomas M. Byrne

999 Peachtree Street, N.E.
AtlantaGA 30309-3996


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