Thomas N. Barefoot
Tom has been in the private practice of environmental and toxic tort law for over thirty years, located first in North Carolina and since 2006 in Maryland. He attended Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, N.C, where he received his Bachelor of Arts in 1973 and Juris Doctor in 1977. In law school, he was a member of the Law Review and the National Moot Court team, and during his 3rd year worked in the office of the U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of North Carolina under a work/study grant. Following graduation, he clerked for Justice I. Beverly Lake, Sr. of the North Carolina Supreme Court.
Tom is licensed in Maryland and North Carolina and admitted to practice in the state and federal courts of those states in addition to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and the Supreme Court of the United States.
Tom has served as lead counsel in both defending and prosecuting environmental and toxic tort matters, including complex, multi-party litigation involving federal and state environmental laws and state common law actions for property damage and personal injuries due to exposure to toxic substances. He also has advised clients on environmental issues in business and real estate transactions. Tom has represented a wide range of clients, including major manufacturers, financial institutions, municipalities, universities, small businesses, citizen groups, communities and individuals.
Tom has resolved cases favorably through alternative dispute resolution, tried cases to judgment and handled appeals in state and federal appellate courts, recently (2013) having successfully opposed a Petition for Writ of Certiorari in the U.S. Supreme Court.
Since establishing his own firm in 1994, Tom has been committed to the protection of the rights of individuals, citizen groups, small businesses and others, whose persons or property have been injured or damaged by environmental contamination. He is committed to the preservation of our natural resources, remediation of contamination and restoration of contaminated property to an environmentally safe and economically productive condition.
Prior to forming his firm, Tom was partner at a large North Carolina law firm where he was head of environmental litigation, primarily representing major corporate clients in environmental and toxic tort actions. He also provided environmental counsel in business and real estate transactions.
Tom enjoys an “AV” rating, which is the highest rating for competence and ethics as determined by peer surveys conducted by Martindale-Hubbell.
Tom currently resides in Annapolis, Maryland within five minutes of the Chesapeake Bay. He enjoys kayaking, taking long walks in nature and spending time with his family.