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Thomas Strong

Founding Attorney

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 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 following associations:

  • Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys
  • Missouri Board of Law Examiners
  • Springfield Metropolitan Bar Association

He has also 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.

Board-Certified Representation Working For You

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. Learn more about Attorney Strong's book, "Strong Advocate," here.

  • Bachelors of Science Southwest Missouri State University - University
    Springfield , MO 1952
  • Juris Doctorate, Order of Coif University of Missouri Columbia School of Law - Graduate School
    Columbia , MO 1955


  • Civil Trial Advocate, Nat’l. Board of Trial Advocacy

Bar Admissions

  • Missouri, 1955
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Missouri, 1958
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit, 1959
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1982

Attorney Strong's Honors and Awards

  • Honorary Doctor of Public Affairs, Missouri State University, given by Missouri State University for significant contributions to society, 2015
  • Giants of the Community Award, is given "to recognize individuals that are involved in the community, give of their time, and contribute in many ways without public recognition.", 2014
  • Missourian Award, given to those who have "made an outstanding contribution to their state or nation in one of the following fields of endeavor: civics, business, arts or politics.", 2014
  • 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
    • Member
  • Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys, 1978 – Present
    • Member
  • Missouri Bar Association, 1955 – Present
    • Member
  • Greene County Bar Association, 1955 – Present
    • Member
  • Kiwanis Club of Springfield South, 1968
    • President
  • Southwest Missouri State University Alumni Association, 1965
    • President
  • YMCA, 1971
    • Board of Directors
  • Civil Voir Dire – Notes of a Trial Lawyer Journal of Missouri Bar 1978
  • Per Diem Argument – A Status Report Journal of Missouri Bar 1979
  • Products Experts for Plaintiff, Some Practical Suggestions Journal of Missouri Bar 1981

Litigation Percentage

  • 100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Representative Cases

  • 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)

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