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Biography

Tom Aycock is a defense lawyer in Grand Rapids, Michigan with extensive experience defending clients before judges and juries around the country. He represents clients in the areas of corporate insurance litigation, insurance coverage, defense, corporate litigation, professional liability, and personal civil litigation. Tom’s past and present clients include international corporations, national, regional and local business entities, and insurance companies throughout North America and Europe.

Trial Experience

Tom has achieved successful results for his clients in high damage cases including dismissals and favorable settlements in areas such as first and third party no-fault litigation, premises liability, breach of contract, noncompete agreement disputes, general negligence, and insurance coverage actions. He has participated in multiple jury trials, bench trials, mediations, and hundreds of depositions. Prior to joining Smith Haughey, Tom was a trial defense attorney in Baton Rouge and New Orleans, Louisiana in the practice of defending corporations, their executive officers and insurers in complex asbestos and silica exposure personal injury suits. In addition, Tom regularly provides customized, in-house seminars for his organizational clients.

"My practice revolves around three main standards: setting goals, achieving those goals, and building successful relationships. Each standard is set with an individual client and their unique challenge in mind. In order to achieve mutual success, I work to get to the heart of the problem, then continue to work to overcome every unique challenge and to acquire a cost-effective resolution in their favor." -Tom Aycock

Leadership

Tom currently serves as a co-chair for the firm’s Diversity Committee and is involved in the Associate Development Committee, Hiring Committee and Intern/Extern Committee. He is very active in his community with the Caledonia Sportsman's Club, American Legion Post 311 and Ducks Unlimited. Additionally, Tom was appointed by the Board of Directors for the Caledonia Sportsman's Club as the organization's general counsel. 

Tom joined Smith Haughey after relocating to Michigan following Hurricane Katrina. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his wife, their daughter and Chesapeake Bay Retriever, Star.


Previous Experience

Attorney – Crawford Lewis, PLLC, New Orleans, LA

Legal Specialist – United States Army

Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
  • State Bar of Michigan
  • Louisiana State Bar Association
  • Grand Rapids Bar Association
  • Michigan Defense Trial Counsel (Former Chairperson, General Litigation Department)
  • Tri-Rivers Chapter Committee, Ducks Unlimited
  • American Legion
  • Caledonia Sportsman's Club

Education

  • University of Louisiana Lafayette (B.A., 1998)
  • Southern University Law Center (J.D., 2001), Louisiana State Bar Association’s Corporate Law Section Scholarship recipient

Admitted

  • Louisiana State Bar Association, 2001
  • State Bar of Michigan, 2006
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern/Middle/Western Districts of Louisiana, 2002
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit, 2004
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan, 2006
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan, 2016
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit, 2006

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