Thomas Patrick Beck

Education:

Juris Doctor, Loyola Law School, 1977
Bachelor of Business Administration, Loyola Marymount University, 1973

Professional:

  • State Bar of California #81560
  • Martindale Hubbell, individual rating, AV (highest rating possible)
  • Thon Beck Vanni Callahan & Powell
    Formerly known as Thon & Beck; founding partner; this six-attorney AV-rated law firm limits its practice to representing seriously injured tort victims.
    1982 – current
  • Thon & Matz
    1978 – 1982

Accomplishments as a Trial Lawyer:

  • Selected as a Top 100 Attorney in Southern California by Los Angeles Magazine, 2012
  • Nominated three times for Los Angeles Trial Lawyers Association (now known as Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles) Trial Lawyer of the Year
  • Named one of the Top 100 Attorneys in Southern California by Super Lawyers publication, 2011, 2012 & 2013
  • Vetterani v. State of California, et al., represented multiple claimants; case resolved for $20,000,000.00 in 2011
  • Los Angeles Magazine, Super Lawyer 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 & 2013
  • Pasadena Magazine named as a TOP ATTORNEY in personal injury 2009, 2010, 2011 & 2012
  • Elected a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers 2008
  • Pasadena Star News featured article on $2,500,000.00 settlement in Sprinkel v. County of Los Angeles, May 25, 2006
  • Los Angeles Daily Journal Litigation Profile, February 2, 2004
  • Los Angeles Daily Journal Personal Profile, cover page case profile, February 8, 2002
  • Gibilisco v. Thomason, plaintiff jury verdict resulting in a recovery of $23,285,000.00 in 2001
  • Featured on the cover of Verdictum Juris 1992, 1994, 1996, 1999, 2001
  • According to Verdictum Juris (jury verdict reporting publication) one of only 16 attorneys in Southern California with three or more multi-million dollar verdicts during the 1990′s.
  • Pasadena Star News front page article on $2,000,000.00 jury verdict in Cheng v. UPS, July 29, 1999
  • Los Angeles Daily Journal Litigation Profile, November 1, 1996
  • American Board of Trial Advocates (membership limited to experienced trial lawyers), admitted May 1988

Record Jury Verdicts:

  • Grassi v. UDO Partners, $6,656,880.00, California’s highest jury verdict ever for a trip-and-fall accident, Los Angeles Times article, December 3, 2003
  • Proctor v. Newberg, California record jury verdict for loss of consortium non-paralyzed spouse, $750,000.00, total verdict $6,896,264.00 in 1994
  • Macias v. Drewry, San Bernardino County Record jury verdict for the wrongful death of a child, $2,000,000.00 in 1992

Bar Activities:

  • Frequent lecturer on legal/trial topics to attorneys
  • Member of Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles and Consumer Attorneys of California
  • Irish American Bar Association, President in 2003
  • Los Angeles Superior Court Bench and Committee, 1997 – 2001
  • Los Angeles Superior Court Settlement Officer, 1990 – 2012
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association, Board of Trustees, 1996 – 1998
  • Pasadena Bar Association, President, 1996 – 1997
  • Cowboy Lawyers Association, Founding Member, 1989

Publications:

  • “Lessons Learned: The Final Chapter”
    Advocate Magazine, Aug. 2012
  • “Structured Settlements: An Update”
    Advocate Magazine, Feb. 2012
  • “30 Years of Litigation, 27 Lessons Learned”
    Advocate Magazine, Nov. 2010
  • “Successful Handling of Wrongful Death Cases in California”
    Beck/Bigley/Moloney
    Published by Lorman Education Services, 2002
  • “Uninsured and Underinsured Motorist Law in California”
    Beck/Bigley
    Published by National Business Institute, 2000
  • “Auto Accident and Insurance Law Litigation in California”
    Beck/Pasarow/Senuty
    Published by Lorman Education Services, 1999
  • “The Brain Injured Client: Primer and Practice Pointers”
    Beck
    Published by Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles, 1997
  • “Personal Injury Settlement Alternatives”
    Beck/Schultz
    Published by Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles, 1996
  • “Use of Demonstrative Evidence”
    Beck
    Published by Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles, 1995
  • “Auto Insurance and Accident Litigation”
    Beck/Pasarow/Senuty
    Published by Lorman Education Services, 1994

Awards:

  • Irish American Bar Association
    Daniel O’Connell Award, 2012
  • Irish Legal 100
    Irish America Magazine 2009, 2010, 2011
  • Pasadena Bar Association
    Donald R. Wright Distinguished Service Award, 2008
  • Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles
    President’s Award of Merit, 2008
  • La Salle High School, De La Salle Medal, 2008
  • La Salle High School, Lasallian Volunteer of the Year Award, 2006

Community Activities:

  • HELPS International, Member of Medical Team to Guatemala 2008
  • Methodist Hospital of Southern California, Board of Directors 2008, Medical Ethics Committee 1994, 2002
  • Metro Gold Line Arcadia Station Art Committee 2005 to 2009
  • San Miguel Catholic School (Watts) Mentor to 7th and 8th graders 2004 to present
  • Arcadia Welfare & Thrift volunteer 2000 to present
  • YMCA Basketball Coach 1999 (two teams)
  • AYSO Region 2, Coach 1994, 1995, 1996
  • Foothill Middle School, Arcadia, California: Founding Chairman Great Scots parent volunteer group; Chairman 1994-95 and 1995-96
  • Santa Anita Little League, Manager or Coach of twelve teams between 1993 and 1999
  • Highland Oaks Elementary School, Arcadia, California: Founding Chairman Designing Dads parent volunteer group (chairman 1992-93 and 1993-94)
  • Santa Anita Homeowners Association, Architectural Review Board 1991 to 2012; Chairman 1996 and 1999
  • Tournament of Roses Committee, Pasadena, 1986-1992

Charitable Boards:

  • San Miguel School Board, Board Chairman 2009 – present
  • Mater Dolorosa Passionist Retreat Center Board of Directors 2009 – 2010
  • Loyola Marymount University, Board of Regents 2008 to present, Executive Committee 2011 to present
  • St. Thomas More Society of Los Angeles, Chairman of Executive Committee 2008 – 2011
  • Loyola Law School: Board of Overseers 2008 to present
  • Presentation Sisters of Watts Advisory Board 2005 to present
  • Methodist Hospital Foundation 2002 to 2010; Treasurer 2006; Board Chairman 2008
  • Stillpoint Resources Advisory Board 2001 to 2008
  • Loyola Marymount University Alumni Association Board of Directors 1998-99