- Restructuring & Creditors' Rights
- Complex Business Litigation
- Class Action Defense
- 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 (2008-2014), litigation - real estate (2012-2014) and litigation - banking & finance (2012-2014)
Selected for inclusion in Georgia Super Lawyers (2005-2006, 2008-2013)
Documents by this lawyer on Martindale.com
TCPA Hot Issues: Is the Scope of Consent Unlimited?
Keith J. Barnett,Thomas M. Byrne,Ellen M. Dunn,Juan C. Garcia,Allegra J. Lawrence-Hardy, September 11, 2014
What constitutes valid consent under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act? A hot issue in TCPA litigation is the scope of consent necessary to place automated calls to consumers where the consumer has provided a cell phone number to a company in connection with a specific transaction or...
For Whom the Ring Tones: TCPA Litigation and the Insurance Industry
Thomas M. Byrne,Thomas W. Curvin,Ellen M. Dunn,Juan C. Garcia,Cheryl L. Haas, August 28, 2014
Insurance companies are increasingly the subject of Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) lawsuits. Any insurance company that communicates with its customers, job applicants, and others by phone or text using an automated telephone dialing system—or that has independent or...
Multi-Million Dollar Settlements Prompt Record Filing of TCPA Lawsuits
Wilson G. Barmeyer,Thomas M. Byrne,Ellen M. Dunn,Allegra J. Lawrence-Hardy,Lewis S. Wiener, August 18, 2014
High-dollar settlements of class actions filed under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act appear to have prompted the filing of a record number of new TCPA cases in federal courts nationwide. In the largest TCPA settlement announced to date, on July 29, 2014, a federal court in Illinois...
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