Biography

As a trial lawyer, Tom Mayhew has represented an broad range of clients in every form of high-stakes dispute, in federal and state courts, domestic and international arbitrations, SEC administrative proceedings, and criminal cases.

Tom’s clients hire him for judgment and creativity, not because he specializes in any one area of business litigation. He becomes a specialist in the facts and law of their particular situation, and then leverages his particular strengths in strategy and pragmatic problem-solving, and coming up with the best solution for a client’s current issue or case, rather than applying a playbook or cookie cutter approach. His intellectual curiosity means he loves learning the complexities of different business contexts, so that he can crystallize and teach the concepts to decision-makers in language that is simple, relatable, and understandable.

Tom represents a number of leading consumer brands, ranging from bottled water to cosmetics to appliances to premium chocolate, wine, and alcoholic beverages. He serves as lead counsel in consumer class action litigation across the country – especially in California, New Jersey, and New York, where so many of these cases are brought – and has litigated over 30 class actions involving claims of false advertising or labeling, pricing/antitrust violations, and other allegedly “unfair’ and “unlawful” business practices.  When the situation requires it, he is as comfortable on offense as defense, representing companies in business-vs.-business claims involving product or technology development, supply chain disruption, and co-manufacturing problems, or in investment or internal corporate disputes and interactions with regulators.

Distinctions

  • Best Lawyers in America in the area of Commercial Litigation
  • State Litigation Star Benchmark Litigation (2019)
  • Super Lawyers

Memberships and Affiliations

  • President of the Northern California Chapter of the Association of Business Trial Lawyers (2017)

Firm Highlights

News

Linda Sobczynski Accepted Into 2019 Clean Energy Leadership Institute Fellowship Program

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Emerging Contaminants: Coming to an NRD Site Near You!

What Are Emerging Contaminants? Emerging contaminants are chemicals in the environment for which the health risks—both human and ecological—remain unknown. They are also sometimes called contaminants of emerging concern, since the chemicals, or products...

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Advancing the Careers of Women in the Environmental Practice: Obstacles & Opportunities

Sandra Edwards, Speaker, Advancing the Careers of Women in the Environmental Practice: Obstacles & Opportunities Join ELI-WELL for an inclusive conversation with women leaders in the environmental practice, exploring the unique challenges and opportunities women...

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Prior Litigation Can Impact Coverage in Future Disputes

GlobeSt.com March 6, 2019 "Prior Litigation Can Impact Coverage in Future Disputes" Insurance Recovery Senior Associate Shanti Eagle discusses how positions taken by insureds in prior litigation can impact or foreclose coverage in subsequent disputes...

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CWA Regulation of Discharges to Groundwater: Permitting Uncertainty in Light of Circuit Court Split

Sarah Bell will speak on the Strafford live webinar, "CWA Regulation of Discharges to Groundwater: Permitting Uncertainty in Light of Circuit Court Split." This CLE webinar will discuss the "indirect discharge" theory of Clean...

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Ninth Circuit Asks the California Supreme Court to Interpret the Scope of Personal Injury Coverage

On January 15, 2019, the Ninth Circuit certified the following question to the California Supreme Court: Does a commercial liability policy that covers “personal injury,” defined as “injury… arising out of… [o]ral or written...

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Identifying and Preparing Expert Witnesses for Trial

How do you identify the key experts you need for trial? Once you have them, what are the best practices for preparing them for trial? How do these practices vary depending on your venue, and...

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Farella Braun + Martel Wins Benchmark Litigation 2019 San Francisco Firm of the Year Award

SAN FRANCISCO, March 15, 2019: Farella Braun + Martel announces it has been named “San Francisco Firm of the Year” by Benchmark Litigation . Farella Partner Douglas Young accepted the award on behalf of...

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The Uncertain Future of California’s Vehicle Emission Standards

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CBD in Foods and Beverages? Not Quite Yet

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