- 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
Documents by this lawyer on Martindale.com
TCPA Best Practices: Consent, Compliance, Communication
Keith J. Barnett,Thomas M. Byrne,Ellen M. Dunn,Juan C. Garcia,Allegra J. Lawrence-Hardy, November 2, 2014
The Telephone Consumer Protection Act of 1991 (TCPA) protects consumers from unwanted telemarketing calls, prerecorded or autodialed calls, fax transmissions, and text messages.
Eleventh Circuit Reverses Outlier Decision on TCPA Prior Express Consent Standard
Keith J. Barnett,Thomas M. Byrne,Ellen M. Dunn,Juan C. Garcia,Allegra J. Lawrence-Hardy, October 9, 2014
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit has clarified the standard for “prior express consent” under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) in a September 29, 2014 decision reversing an outlier ruling by a lower court. In Mais v. Gulf Coast Collection Bureau, Inc.,...
CFPB Proposes to Examine and Directly Supervise Nonbank Auto Lenders
Keith J. Barnett,Thomas M. Byrne,B. Knox Dobbins,Cheryl L. Haas,Jason S. McCarter, September 25, 2014
On September 17, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) proposed to make nonbank automobile lenders subject to the examination and direct supervision of the Bureau. Under the proposed rule, the CFPB would include as a “larger participant” any company engaging in more than...
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