Tom Gilbertsen is a trial and appellate attorney solving competition (antitrust, unfair trade, intellectual property) and consumer protection (privacy, false advertising, and deceptive practices) challenges for leading financial institutions and consumer product companies in state and federal courts across the country. Tom also represents clients pursuing internal investigations, and vigorously defends clients responding to enforcement actions by the Federal Trade Commission, United States Department of Justice, International Trade Commission, and various state attorneys general.
Tom’s recent matters present cutting-edge issues under FIRREA, the Sherman Act, state and federal privacy statutes, civil RICO, Electronics Fund Transfer Act, Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, state D&O liability statutes, as well as state consumer protection and trade secret laws, whistleblower statutes, and the law governing professional responsibility.
Tom works with clients in a range of businesses including community and national banking, payment systems, advertising and web analytics, consumer goods and services, telemarketing, advertising/publishing, agribusiness, and private equity. Many of Tom’s recent matters also arose in the context of intra-corporate disputes, restructuring, and financially-distressed entities.
Prior to joining Pierce Atwood, Tom was a litigation partner at Howrey LLP and Venable LLP, both in Washington, DC.
Honors & Distinctions
- Washington DC "Super Lawyer" for Class Actions and Mass Torts (2013-present)
- Benjamin R. Civiletti Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year (2014)
- Legal 500, Marketing & Advertising (2011 edition)
American Bar Association: Antitrust Section (Consumer Protection, Privacy, Private Advertising, and Litigation Committees); Business Law Section
District of Columbia Court of Appeals Board on Professional Responsibility (hearing committee)
Tom has successfully prosecuted a number of pro bono class actions on behalf of homeless and disadvantaged citizens pursuing institutional reform and vindicating constitutional rights. Tom also regularly represents students and their parents seeking free appropriate public education under the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.
Tom is active in Cornell Law School Alumni Association activities and is a past member of its Board of Directors.