Thomas M. Byrne

Thomas M. Byrne: Attorney with Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP


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 five 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 Eversheds Sutherland (US) 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.

Client Tools

•CFPA Guide
•Eleventh Circuit Business Blog


•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

Selected Experience

Argued and won Bullock v. BankChampaign, N.A. (2013) in the U.S. Supreme Court, which established the meaning of the defalcation exception to a bankruptcy discharge.
Served as lead counsel for the nation's largest auto lender in a series of fair lending class actions, including the only such case to be tried.
Defended vehicle financiers and lessors in practically every type of litigation brought against them over the last three decades, in 25 states, e.g., Schlenk v. Ford Motor Credit Co., 308 F.3d 619 (6th Cir. 2002) (opposed by Richard Cordray).

Awards and Rankings

Recognized by the National Law Journal as Appellate Lawyer of the Week (2013)

Named to The Best Lawyers in America in the areas of commercial litigation (2008-2018), litigation - real estate (2012-2018) and litigation - banking & finance (2012-2018)

Selected as a Georgia Local Litigation Star by Benchmark Litigation (2015-2017)

Areas of Practice (13)

  • Litigation
  • Appellate
  • Bankruptcy
  • Restructuring & Creditors' Rights
  • Complex Business Litigation
  • Class Action Defense
  • Consumer Financial Services
  • Automotive
  • Director & Officer Liability
  • Financial Services Litigation
  • Distressed Real Estate
  • Insurance
  • Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA)

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
University Attended:
University of Notre Dame, A.B., cum laude
Law School Attended:
University of Notre Dame Law School, J.D., magna cum laude, Articles Editor, Notre Dame Law Review
Year of First admission:
1981, 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
Advisory Member, Legal Committee, Association of Consumer Vehicle Lessors
fellow, Lawyers Foundation of Georgia
Member, Lawyers Club of Atlanta

Birth Information:
Troy, New York, August 19, 1956

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