Thomas S. Feher
Having been in practice for just over three years, Tom has worked on hundreds of cases and has accomplished more than some attorneys hope to over the course of their career. In 2014 alone, he has tried six cases to verdict and 13 cases total with The Simon Law Group, obtaining millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements. His practice focuses on all aspects of wrongful death and personal injury, helping those who've been injured in car, motorcycle, bus, bicycle, slip and fall, and pedestrian incidents. Tom has a tremendous passion for helping his clients and advocating on their behalf.
Tom is graduate of the renowned Gerry Spence's Trial Lawyers College and regularly volunteers his time to other trial lawyers by helping them with story development, jury selection, witness preparation, opening statements, and closing arguments. He is actively involved in the legal community through the Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles (CAALA), Consumer Attorneys of California (CAOC), Los Angeles County Bar Association and Beverly Hills Bar Association. Tom's work has not gone unnoticed in the legal community, he's been nominated for CAALA's "New Trial Lawyer of the Year" award and CAOC's "Street Fighter of the Year" trial award.
Prior to law school, Tom attended the University of California, Santa Cruz where he received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Political Science, and Philosophy. He studied at the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom where he focused on international politics, world history, and counter intelligence. During his college years, he also worked for United States Congressman Sam Farr in Washington D.C. helping people with their concerns and assisting lawmakers.
Having attended Pepperdine School of Law, Tom earned his Juris Doctorate degree and Certificate in Dispute Resolution in 2010. He was a member of both Pepperdine's Trial Advocacy and Negotiation Teams where he was a nationally recognized negotiator. Upon graduation, he returned to Pepperdine to help coach their negotiation team to the regional finals.
Tom is admitted to practice in California state courts as well as federal district courts in Central District of California.
Tom is a first generation Los Angeles native. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his friends and family, watching his favorite L.A. sports team, and cooking delicious meals with his girlfriend, especially his 10-hour braised short ribs.
Notable verdicts and settlements:
- $1.2 Million Verdict for Man who Lost his Life in Trucking Incident
Represented the family of a security guard who was killed when he stepped in front of a moving truck that should not have been moving. Defendant trucking company blamed the entire incident on the security guard and refused to accept responsibility hiring several experts to fight the case. Silva et. al. vs. C.V. Fruits
- $616,140.23 Jury Verdict for Man Who Tripped and Fell in Target Store
Represented an elderly man who tripped over a floor display while shopping at a Target store in Pacoima, CA. The plaintiff had recently gone through a cataract surgery, was wearing dark sun glasses, and did not notice the low-tier shelving, which contributed to his fall. He suffered facial lacerations and ongoing headaches and back pain. After a four day jury trial, the jury found in favor of the plaintiff, awarding him $616,140.23 in damages with no comparative fault. This was a substantial verdict considering the plaintiff's medical bills were only $18,140.23. Florencio Balderas v. Target Corporation
- $390,000 for Woman who Slipped and Fell in 99 Cents Store
Represented a woman who slipped and fell due to water on the ground in a 99 Cents Only Store, sustaining major injuries to her knee. The store conveniently had no working video cameras at the time of the incident. The firm was able to secure a key witness to attest to the hazardous floor condition which led to a $390,000 recovery on behalf of the plaintiff. Hernandez v. 99 Cents Only Store, Inc.
- $120,000 Jury Verdict for Man Injured in Rear-End Collision
Represented the plaintiff whose car was hit by the driver of another vehicle while at a dead stop before entering the intersection. The defendant was driving a vehicle associated with his landscaping business at the time of the incident. The impact of the crash pushed the plaintiff's vehicle through the intersection. The plaintiff sustained injuries to his elbow and suffered a herniated disc, lateral epicondylitis and a torn triangular fibrocartilage complex. The jury awarded the plaintiff $120,000. Mark Epstein v. Kevin Rhoads
- $49,900 Jury Verdict for Woman Injured in Car Crash
Represented a woman who suffered soft tissue injuries as a result of an automobile crash. The insurance company for the defense was only offering $15,000 when the plaintiff had approximately $17,000 in total medical expenses, forcing the firm to take the case to trial. Castaneda v. Grady.
- "Minor Impacts, Major Injuries: Winning the Credibility Battle in Trial" , Published: Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles' Advocate magazine, February 2013
- "Wrong-Way Bicyclists" , Published: Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles' Advocate magazine, August 2012
- "How to Give an Effective Closing Argument", Published: Consumer Attorneys of California's Forum magazine, July/August 2012
Areas of Practice
- Wrongful death
- Personal injury
- U.S. District Court Central District of California
- Pepperdine University School of Law, Malibu, California
- J.D. - 2010
- Honors: Certificate in Dispute Resolution
- Gerry Spence’s Trial Lawyers College
- University of California, Santa Cruz
- Major: Psychology
- Major: Political Science
- Major: Philosophy
- University of Cambridge, United Kingdom
- Honors: Worked for United States Congressman Sam Farr in Washington D.C.
- Major: International Politics
- Major: World History
- Major: Counter Intelligence
- “Minor Impacts, Major Injuries: Winning the Credibility Battle in Trial” , Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles’ Advocate magazine, February, 2013
- “Wrong-Way Bicyclists” , Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles’ Advocate magazine, August, 2012
- “How to Give an Effective Closing Argument”, Consumer Attorneys of California’s Forum magazine, July/August, 2012
- Silva et. al. vs. C.V. Fruits
- Florencio Balderas v. Target Corporation
- Hernandez v. 99 Cents Only Store, Inc.
- Mark Epstein v. Kevin Rhoads
- Castaneda v. Grady
Honors and Awards
- CAALA’s “New Trial Lawyer of the Year” Award
- CAOC’s “Street Fighter of the Year” Trial Award
Professional Associations and Memberships
- Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles (CAALA)
- Consumer Attorneys of California (CAOC)
- Los Angeles County Bar Association
- Beverly Hills Bar Association
- Pepperdine’s Trial Advocacy and Negotiation Teams, Member