Tom Dargan’s practice focuses on the representation of commercial clients in transportation law and complex civil litigation. He defends numerous corporate and commercial clients in state and federal courts involving commercial litigation and casualty defense litigation, including catastrophic trucking accidents, construction accidents, employment matters, products liability, dram shop actions, sexual molestation, asbestos/toxic tort and premises security. Tom is a member of the Lewis Johs Catastrophic Loss Response Team.
Tom represents self-insured trucking companies and transportation companies directly and through their insurance carriers. He advises commercial specialty units of several insurance carriers with respect to topics including first and third party claims, personal injury and negligent security claims, regulatory compliance issues, environmental concerns, long-haul trucking claims, cargo and product liability matters. He is experienced in assisting clients during the critical early hours of trucking accident investigations. He developed the Catastrophic Loss Response Manual for the benefit of the firm’s clients.
Tom has lectured to corporate clients and insurance organizations on a variety of topics, including transportation losses, employment law, crisis communications planning and investigation procedures for significant casualties. Additionally, he acts as regional counsel to an international insurer for the trucking industry as part of their catastrophic loss response team. Tom specializes in counseling the firm’s clients with respect to crisis management and communications strategies.
Tom was admitted to practice law in the State of New York in 1997 and the United States District Court for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York in 1998. He is an executive committee member of the Primerus Transportation Practice Group and he frequently speaks at the Primerus Transportation Law conference. He is a member of the Transportation Lawyers Association and the Defense Research Institute (“DRI”). He is a member of DRI’s Trucking Committee. Tom is active with the Three Village Chamber of Commerce. He performs pro bono work on behalf of the Baldwin Union Free School District and the New York School Bus Contractors Association. His articles have been published both in the Nassau Lawyer and Suffolk Lawyer publications.
In March 2013, Tom was named and featured in Long Island Pulse Magazine’s 2013 Top Legal Eagles List for his exceptional results and experience in the field of commercial litigation. Additionally, he has been selected for inclusion in Super Lawyers New York Metro Area in 2013 and 2014. Tom’s legal article entitled “School Bus Safety: What Can Our Schools Do To Protect Our Children?” was published in the December 2014 volume of The Transportation Lawyer. The Transportation Lawyer is a monthly publication of the Transportation Lawyers Association.
In 1996, Tom Dargan received his Juris Doctor degree from Hofstra University School of Law, where he served as the Research Editor of the Hofstra Labor Law Journal. In 1993, he earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree, cum laude, in English Literature from Providence College.