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Thomas G. Vaughan

Senior Counsel
Wall Street Plaza
88 Pine Street, 21st Floor
New York, NY 10005
(212) 376-6473
(212) 376-6490 - Fax
TGVaughan@mdwcg.com

Thomas has 40 years of trial experience in a diverse range of practice areas.  He has defended  manufacturers of both consumer and industrial products in design defect and strict liability cases.  Tom has defended commercial trucking operators in truck/ auto and truck/ pedestrian accident cases. He also has experience defending building contractors in property damage claims due to construction negligence. In his practice, Tom has defended physicians and hospitals in malpractice cases specifically those involving "brain damage" in utero.

Tom has, for many years, been involved with the defense of contractors and property owners in the defense of statutory liability claims brought pursuant to the New York Labor Law.  He also has experience in mass- tort litigation, the defense of private businesses in false arrest and malicious prosecution claims, and civil fraudulent conversion cases.

Tom began his legal career as an Assistant District Attorney in the Office of Frank Hogan, the legendary District Attorney of Manhattan, where he quickly began trying cases under the tutelage of seasoned and skilled prosecutors.  He was hired by American Express Company to oversee and manage its defense of lawsuits involving fraudulent Traveler's Check refund claims and thereafter worked at Jones Hirsch Connors Miller & Bull for 34 years where he primarily defended negligence claims at trial, many of them involving catastrophic injuries.

Tom practices mainly in the New York City metropolitan area but he has tried a number of cases in both northern and central New York.  He has commenced hundreds of jury trials and has taken almost 100 verdicts.  His rate of success over the years has been remarkable with a very high percentage of defense verdicts.

Significant Representative Matters

  • Defense verdict for a hospital in Queens, NY  in a case involving an allegedly brain damaged infant where the mother was concededly given demarol during the last trimester of her pregnancy.

  • Defense verdict for major supplier and distributor of heating oil in a truck/pedestrian accident in Manhattan involving severe crush injuries and permanent disability.

  • Defense verdict for master rigger in a highly publicized case of immense cast iron sculptures falling in a Soho (Manhattan) art gallery and causing massive structural damage to the building.

  • Achieved most favorable nuisance value settlement for large insurance carrier in San Juan Dupont Hotel Fire Litigation. [MDL 721]

  • Dismissal during trial in a case of an industrial grinding wheel disintegrating during work operation at a Nassau County print shop that disfiguried the machine operator.

  • Directed verdict in a case of industrial cut - off wheel which disintegrated during usage in a construction project in Queens County resulting in the death of the operator.

  • Defense verdict in a case of conceded failure of a fueling device at the fuel truck loading facility in Brooklyn which resulted in a truck operator's fall and consequent serious injuries to the lower body.

Education

  • University of Pennsylvania Law School, Philadelphia, PA (J.D., 1973)

  • St. Lawrence University, Canton, NY (B.A., 1969)

Education

  • University of Pennsylvania Law School (J.D., 1973)
  • St. Lawrence University (B.A., 1969)

Bar Admissions

  • New York, 1974
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of New York, 1974
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of New York, 2004
  • Puerto Rico
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 1st Circuit

Year Joined Organization: 2014

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