Thomas Hall is co-head of Chadbourne's commercial litigation practice and one of the firm’s leading trial attorneys (over 40 trials to verdict and arbitrations to award). Mr. Hall has extensive experience in a broad range of complex commercial litigation matters, including environmental, banking, securities, intellectual property, energy, project finance, construction, real estate, insurance, corporate governance, partnership and contract disputes. He has handled all aspects of litigation and alternative dispute resolution throughout the United States and abroad.
Benchmark’s Guide to America’s Leading Litigators recognizes Mr. Hall as among the leading litigators in the country. The Legal 500 states that he "stands out in his approachability, frankness and sound judgment" and is "exceptionally user-friendly."
- Commercial Litigation: In the commercial litigation arena, Mr. Hall has handled high-profile cases involving merger and acquisition agreements, licensing arrangements, major commercial leases, shareholder and partner agreements, restrictive covenants, letters of credit, construction contracts and guarantees. He defeated a US$34 million arbitration claim brought against ORBCOMM, the owner and operator of a worldwide satellite system, by its Asian licensee for breach of contract and fraud, and obtained an award of legal fees for his client. He obtained a defense verdict in New York federal court for the insurance broker Aon, which was accused of failing to secure requested insurance coverage for a Caribbean oil refinery that thereafter sustained hurricane damage. On behalf of the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network (“MASN”), majority owned and controlled of the Baltimore Orioles, he recently was successful in obtaining judicial vacatur of an arbitration ruling of a Committee of Major League Baseball establishing the amounts of telecast rights fees MASN must pay to the Washington Nationals, on the ground that the award was the product of evident partiality.
- Banking Litigation: In the creditors’ rights area, he has recovered hundreds of millions of dollars for lenders on defaulted financings, and has successfully defended financial institutions against dozens of lender liability claims. He achieved a substantial settlement in litigation to recover on a US$75 million loan to LJM2, one of the Enron-related partnerships, which was managed by Andrew Fastow, Enron’s CFO. He is currently representing the secured lenders in the TOUSA, Inc. bankruptcy, defending fraudulent conveyance claims involving a US$500 million financing.
- Latin American Litigation: Working with Chadbourne’s Latin American Practice Group, he has worked extensively representing Latin American companies, including those in the airline, energy, oil and gas, mining, and financial service industries, in litigation and arbitration. He currently is representing YPF S.A., a major Argentinean oil and gas producer, in several disputes, including the defense of litigation brought by the State of New Jersey and Occidental Chemical Corporation involving claims of fraudulent conveyance and piercing the corporate veil.
- Energy Litigation: He has litigated extensively in the energy and project finance areas and, on behalf of one power project developer, he achieved a mid-trial settlement of US$29 million, the largest settlement ever in a lawsuit against the State of New York.
- Corporate Governance: He has defended corporate officers and directors in a variety of lawsuits, including claims for securities fraud, breach of fiduciary duty and corporate waste, and has handled coverage disputes under directors’ and officers’ (D&O) insurance policies. He won a summary judgment for the directors of Integrated Health Services, Inc. on a US$90 million D&O policy claim. He defended Richard Scrushy, former CEO of HealthSouth Corporation, in shareholder litigation seeking disgorgement of bonuses following discovery of a massive accounting fraud. He recently represented GLG Partners, Inc. in defending shareholder derivative litigation in Delaware and New York arising from its US$1.6 billion Merger Agreement with Man Group.
- Environmental Litigation: Mr. Hall is representing YPF, the major Argentinean oil and gas producer, in an action brought by the State of New Jersey and Occidental Chemical Corporation in connection with one of the United States' largest environmental litigations. The multi-billion dollar claims, which stem from allegations relating to the pollution of the Passaic River in Newark, New Jersey, also involve issues of fraudulent conveyance and piercing the corporate veil. Following a favorable settlement with the State, Chadbourne achieved dismissal of seven of the eleven cross-claims brought against YPF by co-defendant Occidental Chemical Corp. Mr. Hall is also currently representing Johnson Controls, a Fortune 100 leader in building efficiency services and solutions, in defending them against federal and state lawsuits alleging that a former industrial site polluted a neighborhood in Goshen, Indiana.
- Intellectual Property: Mr. Hall has tried several intellectual property cases to verdict, including trademark cases in the fashion industry. In the patent area, he has partnered with the firm’s patent litigators to field formidable jury trial teams. He prevailed at trial in New York federal court in obtaining a determination for the worldwide owner of the Gloria Vanderbilt trademarks that the GLO trademarks were associated with the Gloria Vanderbilt trademarks for purposes of a royalty agreement.
- International Asset Recovery: In the international asset arena, Mr. Hall has handled a number of issues and cases for clients, including in the mid-1990s, when he represented the State of Qatar in litigation seeking the recovery of a portion of the billions of dollars in state funds allegedly misappropriated by its deposed former Emir.
Mr. Hall is recognized in The Legal 500 US 2015-2017 as a “recommended lawyer” for commercial litigation. The Best Lawyers in America 2014-2017 lists Mr. Hall in the specialty of commercial litigation. He is also recognized in Benchmark Litigation 2009-2017 as a National Star in the area of bankruptcy litigation and as a “New York Local Litigation Star.” Mr. Hall has been cited in New York Super Lawyers 2006-2017 for business litigation and in New York Super Lawyers - Corporate Counsel Edition 2007-2017. In December 2013, he received the New York County Lawyers' Association's Boris Kostelanetz President's Medal in recognition of his extraordinary record of dedication to the Association and distinguished service to the legal profession.
Activities and affiliations
- Member: New York State Bar Association (Litigation and International Committees; Member, Committee on Civil Practice Law and Rules); American Bar Association (Commercial and Banking Litigation Committee, International Litigation Committee; International Law Section); International Bar Association (Litigation Section); Federal Bar Council; The Real Estate Board of New York, Inc.
- Judge: National Moot Court Competition
- Board of Trustees, Somos Familia Program, Inc., a not for profit corporation providing charitable services in Mexico and elsewhere.