University of Texas School of Law

Experienced • Creative • Professional

Ira Thomas "Tom" King

TOM KING has been described online by his peers and opponents as “skilled,” “knowledgeable,” “creative,” “resourceful,” “detail oriented,” “professional,” “ethical,” and a “man of his word.” He is a skilled and effective trial lawyer with over four decades of experience representing a multitude of clients in a variety of commonly litigated areas. Tom has been the owner since 1993 of a general civil trial practice with a focus on commercial and business litigation, personal injury litigation, and insurance defense litigation. He has lectured on trial tactics and settlement strategy and served as a Coach for the Southwestern University Mock Trial Team (2016-2017). He is also a trained, certified, and experienced mediator and arbitrator. Today, Tom continues to offer general civil litigation and dispute resolution services for individuals and businesses who can benefit from the breadth and depth of his significant experience and proven success in the courtroom.

Tom's state and federal court trial experience and his client legal representation include such noteworthy and high profile matters as toxic mold insurance claims, nursing home neglect/malpractice, Fen-Phen diet pill injury cases, Firestone tires, the retaining wall collapse at the Starplex Amphitheater in Fair Park in Dallas, defective construction at the Loews-Anatole Hotel in Dallas, defective construction at the Comanche Peak Nuclear Power Plant in Glen Rose, the explosion at the FINA Oil and Chemical Company Plant in Beaumont, the explosion at the IMC-operated ANGUS Chemical/Fertilizer Plant in Sterlington, Louisiana, a worker fatality during tunneling operations at the Superconducting Super Collider Project in Waxahachie, transfusion-transmitted HIV infection wrongful death trial against Wadley Blood Bank in Denton, and a barricade protection analysis for the 1991 shootings at the Luby’s Cafeteria in Killeen, Texas.

Tom is a member of the Texas Bar College, an honorary society committed to high ethical standards and improved training for all legal professionals.

Employment Experience

In addition to decades of owning his own law firm, Tom’s employment history includes experience as an associate attorney with two small but distinguished civil litigation law firms in Austin - Tom Long’s insurance defense firm and Doug Hearne’s commercial litigation firm. It also includes experience as a shareholder at a large Dallas civil litigation and insurance defense firm (Cowles & Thompson). While with the Dallas law firm, Tom’s shareholder duties included two years of service on the firm’s Executive and Fee Committees, one year as Chief of the Business Litigation Section, two years as Chief of the General Litigation Section, and two years as Director of Continuing Legal Education (where he established an in-house mock trial training program). He was one of three attorneys internally designated as “Class IV Trial Specialists" with responsibility for cases valued in excess of $2,000,000. 

Before moving to Dallas from Austin in 1988, Tom served for one year (1986-1987) with the Attorney General of Texas as a Special Prosecutor with the title of Chief of the Insurance Investigation and Rating Section (Special Project). During that time he was a member of the 1986 National Association of Attorneys General Task Force on the “Affordability and Availability of Insurance Crisis.” His work on the national task force provided the legal and factual basis for a subsequent antitrust lawsuit filed by the State of Texas against several large insurance companies which later resulted in a multi-million dollar settlement for the benefit of Texas. For his service to the State, Tom received the Texas Attorney General Outstanding Service Award in 1987.

Tom is an honorably discharged veteran of the United States Army (1967-1971) and is a member of The American Legion, a U. S. Veterans organization. He is also a Life Member of the United States Ju-Jitsu Federation (USJJF) and serves as legal advisor and attorney member of the USJJF Law and Legislative Committee.

Bar Admissions and Professional Associations

 College Education

Honors, Awards and Recognitions

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ADR Presentations and Papers

Litigation Presentations and Papers

Representative Legal Assignments

Representative Trial Results

Published Cases

Sullivan v. City of Fort Worth, 2011 Tex. App. LEXIS 3866, 2011 WL 1902018 (Tex. App. Fort Worth May 19, 2011); pet. denied, City of Fort Worth v. Sullivan, 2012 Tex. LEXIS 80 (Tex. Jan. 27, 2012). Horizon/CMS Healthcare Corp. v. Auld, 34 S.W.3d 887, 2000 Tex. LEXIS 88, 43 Tex. Sup. J. 1151 (Tex. 2000). Hotel Partners v. Craig, 993 S.W.2d 116, 1994 Tex. App. LEXIS 3336 (Tex. App. Dallas 1994). Dallas Mkt. Ctr. Hotel Co. v. Beran & Shelmire, 865 S.W.2d 145, 1993 Tex. App. LEXIS 2458 (Tex. App. Corpus Christi 1993).

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