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R. Thomas Warburton

R. Thomas Warburton

Partner

Bradley Arant Boult Cummings, LLP
Alabama, U.S.A.

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Tom Warburton has appeared in state and federal courts across the country, and has tried antitrust, business, construction, civil rights, insurance, mineral rights, negligence, product liability, land use, real property, tax, and wrongful termination cases to verdict or final judgment. He has significant arbitration experience as well as first chair trial experience in both state and federal court, and has been recognized by Alabama Super Lawyers, Benchmark Litigation, The Best Lawyers in America®, B-Metro Magazine, and Who’s Who Legal. He has tried cases and arbitrated representing both those asserting claims, as well as the parties defending against them, and has prevailed on behalf of both.

Tom handles cases across the country, and has litigated and arbitrated in dozens of venues from Alabama to Arizona. He has also litigated international disputes.

Tom and other members of the firm serve as regional counsel for Cooper Tire & Rubber Company, defending product liability cases for the company in multiple states.

While he has litigated and tried cases to successful result for clients in a number of industries, his practice has concentrated in recent years on cases relating to product design and manufacture (product liability), commercial and business disputes, litigation relating to natural resources (coal, oil and gas, and timber), and real property (landowner use rights, ownership disputes, construction, and property taxation).

By virtue of his experience litigating natural resources disputes, Tom is familiar with coal and natural gas extraction, and the regulatory framework governing these industries. He participates as a member of the Alabama Coal Association on behalf of the firm.

His product liability experience has primarily related to tire and vehicle defect litigation, resulting in his familiarity with the engineering work associated with product design and manufacture, as well as vehicle dynamics and accident reconstruction.

Additionally, he is experienced in the following:

  • Trade secrets and protective order issues
  • Expert witness development and challenges
  • Corporate witness preparation, presentation, and examination
  • Depositions and witness interviews and development
  • Management of a regional portfolios of cases
  • Coordination of cases with nationwide counsel

Bar Admissions

  • Alabama
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Missouri
  • Tennessee

Court Admissions
  • United States Court of Appeals, 5th Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit
  • United States District Court, Middle District of Alabama
  • United States District Court, Northern District of Alabama
  • United States District Court, Southern District of Alabama
  • United States District Court, Eastern District of Arkansas
  • United States District Court, Western District of Arkansas
  • United States District Court, Northern District of Florida
  • United States District Court, Middle District of Florida
  • United States District Court, Southern District of Florida
  • United States District Court, Middle District of Georgia
  • United States District Court, Northern District of Georgia
  • United States District Court, Southern District of Georgia
  • United States District Court, Eastern District of Missouri
  • United States District Court, Northern District of Ohio
  • United States District Court, Middle District of Tennessee
  • United States District Court, Western District of Tennessee

Education

  • University of Virginia School of Law, J.D., 2001
  • Virginia Military Institute, B.A., 1998, Graduated First in Class
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Blogs

BuildSmart
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings, LLP 

Significant issues can arise during the three phases of the design and construction process. Effective planning, performance and completion are critical to the success of any construction project. So is informed counsel that addresses a variety of business issues, including mergers and...

Declassified
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings, LLP 

The Declassified blog offers commentary and insights on the latest class action suits, significant class action opinions, relevant changes to laws and rules, and important class action trends. Declassified covers topics ranging from significant Supreme Court and appellate court decisions regarding...

Family Business Advocates
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Bradley’s Family Business Advocates Blog is a resource for family business owners and advisors. All business owners must plan ahead, think strategically and manage risk in order for their businesses to thrive. Family business owners must also manage family dynamics in the business, build...

Patent 213
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Patent law, like most things in life, is subject to change. Changes to patent laws not only impact investment in your existing IP, but directly shape strategies to protect your freedom to operate. The Patent 213 blog provides up-to-date, insightful analysis of the evolution in the written...

Tennessee Appellate Review
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings, LLP 

A successful appeal depends on counsel’s substantive understanding of appellate rules, procedures, and strategies. The Tennessee Appellate Review blog is a resource for commentary and insights on the latest state and federal appellate news. Join the conversation as we analyze decisions from the...

The Law of Order
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings, LLP 

Bradley’s The Law of Order blog serves as a general parliamentary procedure resource, providing information about creation and revision of governing documents (constitutions, bylaws, or rules), application of Robert’s Rules of Order and other procedural authorities in a variety of contexts (such as...

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