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Tom graduated with honors (Order of the Coif) from the University of Missouri, Columbia, School of Law in 1955 and has practiced in Springfield since 1957. In 1976, he founded Strong, Garner, Bauer, P.C. He is admitted to practice before The Supreme Court of the United States and all courts in the state of Missouri.
Tom has served as president of the Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys, the Missouri Board of Law Examiners, and the Springfield Metropolitan Bar Association. He has been a Governor of the American Trial Lawyers Association, a member of the Missouri Appellate Judicial Commission, and has served as chairman and committee member of many Missouri Bar Association committees.
Tom is a member of The Inner Circle of Advocates, an exclusive organization consisting of 100 of the leading trial lawyers in the nation. It is common for members to have several multi-million dollar verdicts.
Tom has been board certified as a Civil Trial Advocate by The National Board of Trial Advocacy and is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates. He is a recipient of “The Order of Barristers” award from the University of Missouri which is presented to attorneys exhibiting excellence in the art of courtroom advocacy, the W. Oliver Rasch Award by the Journal of The Missouri Bar for the best article appearing in the Journal during 1991 and the Outstanding Alumnus Award by Southwest Missouri State University.
Tom has been listed in all editions of The Best Lawyers in America and Who’s Who in American Law. He also has been listed in Who’s Who in the Midwest, Personalities of the West and Mid-West, and Outstanding Young Men in America.
Tom recently wrote an autobiography about his life and trial experiences.
Year Joined Organization:
100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation
Civil Trial Advocate, Nat’l. Board of Trial Advocacy
U.S. District Court Western District of Missouri, 1958
U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit, 1959
U.S. Supreme Court, 1982
University of Missouri Columbia School of Law, Columbia, Missouri, 1955
Honors: Order of Coif
Southwest Missouri State University, Springfield, Missouri, 1952
Civil Voir Dire – Notes of a Trial Lawyer Journal of Missouri Bar, March, 1978
Per Diem Argument – A Status Report Journal of Missouri Bar, 1979
Products Experts for Plaintiff, Some Practical Suggestions Journal of Missouri Bar, July/Aug., 1981
Vanskike v. Union Pacific R. Co., 725 F.2d 1146 (C.A.8 (Mo.) 1984)
Vaughn v. Michelin Tire Corp., 756 S.W.2d 548 (Mo.App. S.D. 1988)
Johnson v. Pacific Intermountain Exp. Co., 662 S.W.2d 237 (Mo. 1983)
Ballinger v. Gascosage Elec. Co-op., 788 S.W.2d 506 (Mo. 1990)
Honors and Awards:
The Order of Barristers Award, University of Missouri, 1983
Outstanding Alumnus Award, Southwest Missouri State University, 1987
Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities
Professional Associations and Memberships:
Association of Trial Lawyers of America, 1963 – Present
Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys, 1978 – Present
Missouri Bar Association, 1955 – Present
Greene County Bar Association, 1955 – Present
Kiwanis Club of Springfield South, 1968
Southwest Missouri State University Alumni Association, 1965
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