Thomas E. Marrs

Thomas E. Marrs

Counsel

Thomas E. Marrs

Counsel

Tom Marrs draws from his business experience to efficiently resolve legal disputes for clients throughout California.  Known for his practical approach, Tom skillfully advances his clients’ interests resulting in a successful and timely resolution.

Tom’s practice caters to nationally-recognized and regional businesses as well as individuals.  He relies on his negotiation skills to assist clients in resolving disputes outside of court.  When a lawsuit is inevitable, Tom utilizes his extensive litigation experience to achieve the best possible outcome for his clients in both federal and state courts.   

Based on peer nominations, Super Lawyers magazine recognized Tom as a “Rising Star” in Northern California in the area of general litigation.  Prior to law school, Tom worked in the biotechnology/pharmaceutical industry.

Experience

Representative Trial Experience
  • Along with one other lawyer, following a three week trial where opposing parties vigorously contested liability and damages, Tom obtained a unanimous $1.7 million jury verdict for his clients whose husband and father perished in a helicopter crash. After trial, the jury praised Tom’s work, and VerdictSearch publication selected the result as California’s “verdict of the week.”
Representative Business Litigation Experience
  • Along with several other attorneys at the firm, Tom successfully defended a lumber manufacturer in complex high-stakes litigation arising from one of the largest wildfires in California’s history. Tom took and defended depositions, was extensively involved in all aspects of expert discovery, drafted successful motions in limine, and advanced one of the key arguments that caused the court to dismiss all of the remaining claims against his client at a pre-trial hearing, effectively ending the lawsuit in his client’s favor on the eve of trial. The court then awarded Tom’s client millions of dollars in fees and costs. The plaintiffs' appeal is pending.    
  • Tom represented two members of a limited liability company in a lawsuit against the manager who misappropriated patents owned by the company, successfully removed the manager from control, and settled the case on favorable terms for his clients.  
Representative Environmental & Energy Experience
  • Tom represented the seller of land in an environmental contamination lawsuit, obtained key evidence in a deposition, filed a motion for summary judgment based on that evidence, and then settled the lawsuit on favorable terms for his client.
  • Along with another attorney at the firm, Tom currently represents the owner and operator of a hydroelectric dam pursuant to a license from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in several lawsuits.  Tom obtained summary judgment on behalf of the client in one case, and settled five others on favorable terms for the client.   
Representative Real Estate Experience
  • While representing a borrower on a secured note, Tom successfully briefed and argued several motions, all resulting in favorable rulings for his client, followed by a favorable settlement.
  • While representing a mortgage lender, Tom successfully briefed and argued a motion to abstain from hearing an adversary complaint in a federal bankruptcy proceeding initiated by the borrower, allowing his client to foreclose on the property.
  • Tom drafted a successful motion to expunge a lis pendens placed on his client’s real property and obtained an attorney’s fees award for his client.

Professional, Community And Pro Bono Involvement

  • Graduate, Leadership Sacramento, Sacramento Metro Chamber of Commerce, Class of 2015
  • Member, Sacramento Metro EDGE
  • Member, Sacramento County Bar Association, 2011-present
  • Member, Federal Bar Association, Sacramento Chapter, 2013-present
  • Visiting Lecturer, Food & Agriculture Law, UC Davis School of Law
  • Member, American Bar Association, 2007-2013
  • President, Federalist Society, University of San Francisco School of Law chapter, 2005-2006

Honors And Rankings

  • Northern California Rising Star - General Litigation, 2013-2016
  • Member, McAuliffe Honor Society
  • National semi-finalist in American Intellectual Property Law Association moot court competition, Washington, D.C., 2007

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