A veteran courtroom lawyer described as “really tenacious” by a national legal publication [Chambers 2013], Tom Alleman is at home in trial and appellate courts throughout the United States. Tom’s multidimensional practice focuses on litigation, regulatory proceedings and advice involving complex environmental and toxic tort issues, commercial insurance coverage questions, and problems of financial institutions, as well as defense of class actions and large lawsuits and development of enterprise risk management programs. His extensive experience enables him to step in on short notice when necessary to assist clients in resolving problems or trying cases.
Environmental and Toxic Tort Matters
In the environmental arena, there is little Tom hasn’t seen. Tom has been involved in environmental litigation since the first wave of Superfund litigation in the 1980s, and since that time has had active hands-on experience with environmental and toxic tort matters including coal combustion products and fly ash, upstream and midstream oil and gas products and waste including saline substances, underground resources and pollution buyback endorsements, pipeline releases, NORM, chemicals, asbestos, MTBE, chlorinated solvents, D-NAPLs, and insecticides. Tom also assists clients with environmental regulatory issues relating to air, water and solid waste permitting and enforcement and environmental audits under Texas and federal law.
Banks and Financial Institutions
For banks and other financial institutions, Tom provides advice and litigation support in several developing areas, including insurance coverage for cyberliability and data breach issues, flood insurance compliance, director and officer liability, including liability for participation on non-board committees, and bond claims. Tom has represented community and regional banks in many class actions based on alleged ATM non-compliance checking account overdraft claims. In addition, Tom is a long time adviser to the Mortgage Bankers Association of America, in which he has been actively involved in issues relating to lender liability after foreclosure, mold, insurance, certificates of insurance and other matters vital to real estate owners, lenders and servicers.
In this area, Tom’s focus experience is exceptionally broad. He has been involved in hundreds of cases involving insurance coverage issues, including CGL, D&O, E&O, OCIPs, CCIPs, umbrella and excess policies, reinsurance disputes and commercial property policies. In addition to wide-ranging litigation experience, Tom assists clients in avoiding pitfalls that can lurk in transactional documents, risk management programs insurance policies and indemnification agreements.
Improving the Justice System
Tom also plays a role in improving the justice system, having served as chairman of the Court Advisory Committee and Merit Selection Panel for the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas, and the Dallas Bar Association Task Force on Racial and Ethnic Bias in the Courts. Tom has lectured at the Washington University Schools of Law and Engineering, is the author of publications on insurance issues for lenders and servicers, a textbook on tort law and numerous other articles and publications. He is a frequent speaker for industry and professional groups.
PROFESSIONAL AND COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES
- U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas, Court Advisory Committee, Chairman, 2000-2007
- U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas, Merit Selection Panel for Selection of United States Magistrate Judges, Chairman, 2001-present
- Mortgage Bankers Association Loan Origination Committee, Co-Chair, 2005-present
- Dallas Bar Association, Chair, Dallas Bar Association Task Force on Racial and Ethnic Bias in the Courts, 2004-2006
- MBA Mold Task Force, Environmental Insurance Working Group and ACORD 28 Task Force
- Martindale-Hubbell® AV® PreeminentTM Peer Review Rating
- Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America®, 2006-2014
- Chambers USA, Leader in their Field, 2011-2014
- Selected for inclusion as a "Texas Super Lawyer," Law and Politics Magazine, 2008-2013
- "Texas Super Lawyer," Insurance Coverage Law, Texas Monthly, 2014
- Dallas Press Association "Katie Award," 2005, Winner Excellence in Writing
- Law Journal "Green Bag’s Exemplary Legal Writing," 2006 Finalist
- Washington University in St. Louis School of Law, J.D., Senior Editor, Washington University Law Quarterly; United States Law Week Award for Academic Distinction in the Third Year, 1977
- Williams College, B.A., 1974
Admitted to Practice
- Supreme Court of the United States
- United States District Court Northern, Southern, Western and Eastern Districts of Texas
- United States District Court Western District of Missouri
- United States Court of Appeals Fourth Circuit
- United States Court of Appeals Fifth Circuit
- United States Court of Appeals Eighth Circuit
- United States Court of Appeals Tenth Circuit
- United States Court of Appeals District of Columbia Circuit
- Missouri, 1977
- Texas, 1988