- 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)
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Inherited IRAs Are Not Bankruptcy-Exempt as “Retirement Funds”
Thomas M. Byrne,Brenna Clark,Adam B. Cohen,Nikola R. Djuric,B. Knox Dobbins, June 23, 2014
On June 12, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously held in Clark v. Rameker that an inherited individual retirement account (IRA) does not qualify for the “retirement funds” exemption in the Bankruptcy Code and is not excluded from a bankruptcy estate on that basis. That exemption...
TCPA Hot Issues: If Consent is Not Forever, What Constitutes Revocation?
Wilson G. Barmeyer,Thomas M. Byrne,Amanda R. Callais,Ellen M. Dunn,Lewis S. Wiener, May 27, 2014
One of the hot issues in pending litigation under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) is whether a consumer can revoke consent to receive calls on a cell phone. A number of courts have recently held that a consumer can revoke consent to be contacted by cell phone. Generally, the TCPA...
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