Thomas A. Rector


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    333 Bush Street
    Suite 1100
    San Francisco, CA 94104

Tom Rector is a partner in the San Francisco office of Lewis Brisbois and head of the office Complex Business & Commercial Litigation Practice. Mr. Rector's practice focuses primarily on commercial disputes and complex torts, products liability, and environmental matters. He has handled class actions, multi-plaintiff suits, multi-district cases, and other complex litigation arising throughout the United States and abroad, including Iraq, Singapore, Indonesia, Brazil, Egypt, Liberia, Ecuador, and Nigeria. He has tried eight cases as lead counsel and two as secondary counsel. He has had considerable success defeating class certification and winning cases through dispositive motions.

  • Commercial Disputes
  • Class Actions
  • Complex Torts
  • Environmental Matters

Mr. Rector represented a rubber manufacturer in a federal class action arising out of alleged forced labor and child labor at a rubber manufacturing facility in Liberia. The court granted partial dismissal, denied class certification, and dismissed the case on summary judgment. (Flomo v. Bridgestone Americas Holding, Inc.)

He represented an oil company in a federal environmental class action arising out of production activities in Ecuador. The court dismissed the class claims, issued terminating sanctions against certain plaintiffs for false cancer claims, issued monetary sanctions against plaintiffs' counsel, and granted summary judgment on the remaining claims. (Gonzales v. Texaco Inc.)

He represented an oil company in multi-district antitrust litigation concerning compensation and benefits information sharing. The court denied class certification twice and granted summary judgment. (In Re Managerial, Professional, and Technical Employees Antitrust Litigation).

He represented a government contractor in a multi-plaintiff wrongful death action arising out of an al-Qaeda attack on military jet fuel delivery convoy in Iraq. The court dismissed the claims on summary judgment. (Fisher v. Halliburton Inc.)

He represented a parts manufacturer federal litigation arising out of the crash of Flash Airlines Flight 604. The court dismissed the claims on forum non conveniens grounds. (Gambra v. International Lease Fin. Corp.)

He represented a parts manufacturer in multi-district federal and state court litigation arising out of the crash of Silk Air Flight 185. (In re Air Crash Disaster Near Palembang, Indonesia)

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University of California, Hastings College of the Law

Juris Doctor, 1998

University of California, Los Angeles

Bachelor of Arts, 1994

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