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J. Thomas Anderson

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Tom Anderson was born and reared in Hammond, Louisiana. Upon beginning his law practice in Hammond, after graduating with his Juris Doctorate from Loyola Law School in New Orleans, he was soon elected the state's youngest mayor. He retired from politics at the age of 30 and has been representing injured folks full time since then.

For years he held the largest civil jury award that he won for a slip and fall client in the very early years of his practice in the 21st Judicial District and has the highest possible (AV) rating in Martindale-Hubble (the most respected legal rating system). His passion for taking the side of individuals against powerful insurance companies has gained him the trust in his state as a champion for the rights of the underdog.

Tom has been recognized as a leader in Louisiana in pursuing the rights of injured people and accepts referrals of traumatic brain injury cases from all across the nation. Tom is a regular contributor to The Advocate, a monthly publication for the Louisiana Association for Justice on various topics involving a traumatic brain injury.

Tom has authored numerous publications on the subject of traumatic brain injury in state journals of trial lawyers throughout the U.S. including our own state of LA, as well as Colorado, Nevada, Idaho, and Nebraska. He has also presented papers and has spoken to many times with organizations about TBI including the North American Brain Injury Society, The American Association of Justice, and the Louisiana Association For Justice.

Tom lives and practices law in downtown Hammond. He is married to Donna Gay Borden of Hammond and they both are members and elders in the First Presbyterian Church in downtown Hammond.

Bar Admissions

  • Louisiana, 1976
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern and Middle Districts of Louisiana, 1976
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit


  • Loyola University, New Orleans, School of Law, J.D., 1976
    • Member of Pi Gamma Mu International Honor Society
  • Southeastern Louisiana University, B.A., 1973
    • Phi Kappa Phi Honor Fraternity
    • Circle K Service Organization
    • Dean's List all four years
    • President of the Freshman and Sophomore classes
    • President of Delta Tau Delta Fraternity
    • Phi Delta Phi Honor Fraternity

Previous Experience

  • Member, Appellate Advocacy program at Loyola University, 1976
  • Mayor, City of Hammond, 1977-1981
  • Instructor, Government Studies, Southeastern Louisiana University, 1992-1998
  • City Attorney, City of Hammond, 1994-1998
  • Washington Association For Justice, Speaker (December of 2014)
    • Topic: Air Bag Defects Resulting in Traumatic Brain Injury

Reported Cases

  • Teri Dobson et al. v. LP&L, 567 So. 2d 569 (La. 1990)
  • Corinne Nicholas v. Homelite Corporation, A Division of Textron, C.A. 5 (La. 1986), 780 Fed. 2nd 1150
  • Frank Core v. Winn-Dixie, 471 So. 2d 240 (La. App. 1 Cir. 1985)
  • Patricia Ann Mistich et al. v. Volkswagen of Germany, Inc. et al., 703 So. 2d 624 (La. 1997)
  • North American Brain Injury Society, Member & Speaker
  • International Brain Injury Association, Member
  • Louisiana Association of Justice, Past President (2000), lifetime member, Past Executive Board Member and Board of Governors
  • American Association of Justice, Member
  • Traumatic Brain Injury Litigation Group, Section Member
  • North American Brain Injury Society
  • NABIS, Conference Presenter
  • 21st Judicial District Bar Association
  • Florida Parishes Inns of Court
  • Louisiana State Bar Association

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