Thomas Girardi Biography / Thomas V Girardi
Thomas Girardi (Thomas Vincent Girardi) is an American attorney and a founding partner of Girardi & Keese, a downtown Los Angeles law firm.
Thomas Girardi Education
Girardi attended Loyola High School (Los Angeles) where he graduated in 1957. He received his undergraduate degree in 1961 from Loyola Marymount University, his law degree from Loyola Law School in 1964, and an LLM from New York University in 1965.
Thomas Girardi Career
In 1970, Thomas Girardi became the first attorney in the state of California to win a $1 million-plus award for a medical malpractice case. He has handled major cases against the former Lockheed Corp (now the Lockheed Martin Corp.), Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Pacific Gas & Electric Co, and Hollywood’s seven major movie studios.
In one of Girardi’s better known cases against Pacific Gas & Electric, the utility company agreed to pay $460 million to 650 residents of the desert community of Hinkley, California. The residents blamed incidents of cancer and other diseases on contaminated water leaked from a gas pumping station. This case was the inspiration for the film Erin Brockovich (2000) which stared Julia Roberts. “That particular case revolutionized people’s thinking about all the toxic things they are exposed to,” he told Attorney at Law magazine. Thomas Girardi also served as an adviser on the film.
In 2003, Girardi received the honor of being inducted into the Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame by the California State Bar. According to his website, Girardi is a Member of the Board of Directors and former President of the prestigious International Academy of Trial Lawyers, an invitation-only worldwide organization, limited to 500 trial lawyers.
He is also the first trial lawyer to be appointed to the California Judicial Council, the policymaking body of the state courts.
In another high-profile matter, Thomas Girardi was among a group of lawyers who attempted to enforce in U.S. courts a $489 million default judgment entered by a court in Nicaragua, allegedly against Dole Food and Shell Chemicals based on the effects of the pesticide, DBCP, upon exposed workers.
The U.S. courts found that Girardi and others had submitted a translation of the pertinent Nicaraguan documents that was flawed in crucial respects. Girardi and others were formally reprimanded and their law firm was fined for violation of their duty of candor to the courts.
Thomas Girardi Age
He was born on June 3, 1939 in Denver, Colorado, United States. He is 79 years old as of 2018.
Thomas Girardi Family
He likes to keep his personal life private hence there is no any news or information about his parents or siblings.
Thomas Girardi Wife / Erika Jayne Thomas Girardi
Girardi is married to singer and actress Erika Girardi since 1999. Erika is best known for starring on the television series The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. Girardi has appeared in several episodes of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills alongside his wife.
Thomas Girardi Children / Does Thomas Girardi Have Children?
Girardi has a step-son called Thomas Zizzo, Jr. He is the son of Erika Jayne from her first marriage to Thomas Zizzo. Thomas Zizzo Jr also known as Tommy is a police officer by profession.
Thomas Girardi Net Worth / How Much Is Thomas Girardi Worth?
Girardi’s net worth has not yet been disclosed to the public. However, his wife has an estimated net worth of $5 million.
Thomas Girardi House
Thomas Girardi Lawsuit
Thomas Girardi, is facing a $15 million lawsuit for allegedly failing to repay loans that totaled the same amount.
The BlastOpens a New Window. reported on Friday, January 18, that Law Finance Group is suing Girardi and his law firm, Girardi Keese, after the company gave the 79-year-old $15 million to fund his business. According to court documents obtained by the website, he allegedly did not pay back the loans.
Instead, Law Finance Group claims the loans, which were allegedly initiated in 2015, were “used to maintain Mr. Girardi’s lavish lifestyle and keep his prominent law firm financially afloat.”
Girardi also allegedly refused to complete a repayment plan that the two parties agreed on in August 2018, according to the documents. The Blast reported that Girardi was supposed to make monthly payments by the end of October, along with a $5 million payment by January 1, 2019.
The lender alleges in the suit that Girardi said he would use his home, legal fees and the proceeds of his law firm as collateral. According to The Blast, Law Finance Group is seeking $15,151,989 — the amount the defendants allegedly owe — plus damages.
While the documents cite Girardi as a “prominent and well-known” lawyer, the papers also allege, “It is now apparent that Mr. Girardi’s reputation is exceeded only by the lavish nature of his lifestyle.”
Jayne, 47, wed Girardi in January 1999. She jetted off to France with costars Lisa Rinna, Kyle Richards, Teddi Mellencamp and Dorit Kemsley in November 2018 while filming The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. Lisa Vanderpump and Denise Richards skipped the trip amid drama with the cast and the California wildfires.
The singer told Us Weekly later that month of the getaway, “[It was] probably the most luxurious trip that Housewives has ever taken.”