Tom focuses on plaintiff litigation involving personal injury accidents, workers compensation claims, medical malpractice issues, will contests, business and shareholder disputes, securities litigation and FINRA security arbitration. He is a member of the Iowa Academy of Trial lawyers.

Tom represents clients who serve our country in the armed forces in various military legal issues. He is a retired Army Reserve JAG Colonel.



  • Member, Whitfield & Eddy, P.L.C. Management Committee, 1998—2007
  • Member Attorney, Whitfield & Eddy, P.L.C., 1995—present
  • Commander, Eighth Military Law Center in Kansas City, Missouri
  • Attorney, Reavely Law Firm, 1982—1994
  • Adjunct Professor, Iowa Wesleyan College, 1978—1981
  • City Attorney, City of Mount Pleasant, Iowa, 1978—1981
  • City Attorney, City of Donnellson, Iowa, 1978—1981
  • Attorney in private practice, 1977—1981
  • Attorney, Whitfield, Musgrave, Selvy, Kelly & Eddy (now Whitfield & Eddy, P.L.C.), 1973—1977
  • Judicial Clerk, Iowa Supreme Court Justice David Harris, 1973
  • Legal Counsel, Iowa State Senate, 1972

Activities and Affiliations

  • American Bar Association (Sections: Law Practice Management; Litigation; Tort, Trial & Insurance Practice)
  • American Inns of Court (Bencher: Blackstone Inn of Court)
  • Federal Bar Association (President: Iowa Chapter, 1980—1981; Eighth Circuit Second Vice-President, 1981—1982; Eighth Circuit First Vice-President, 1982—1983)
  • Fellow of the Iowa Academy of Trial Lawyers
  • Iowa State Bar Association (Sections: Litigation; Workers’ Compensation)
  • Iowa Trial Lawyers Association
  • Phi Delta Phi International Legal Fraternity
  • Polk County Bar Association
  • Virginia State Bar


  • Iowa Academy of Trial Lawyers 59th Annual Seminar, February 2021
  • Iowa Academy of Trial Lawyers Seminar, February 2020
  • Iowa Academy of Trial Lawyers Seminar, February 2019
  • Iowa Academy of Trial Lawyers Seminar, February 2018
  • Practising Law Institute Securities Arbitration Seminar, New York City, NY 

News & Events

Events & Speaking Engagements

Honors & Recognitions

Honors & Recognitions

  • AV Preeminent rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Selected for inclusion in the Best Lawyers in America as a top-ranked attorney in Personal Injury Litigation-Plaintiffs (2013—2020)
  • Selected for inclusion in the Great Plains Super Lawyers in the area of Personal Injury General: Plaintiff (2013—2020)

Cases & Presentations

Cases & Presentations

Published Cases

  • National Parcel Servs. V. J. H. Hunt Logistics, 150 F.3d 970 (8th Cir. Ct. App.)
  • Tonelli v. United States, 60 F.3d 492 (8th Cir. Ct. App.)
  • Hlebichuk v. Amway Corp., 46 F.3d 1135 (8th Cir. Ct. App.)
  • Merchants Mut. Bonding Co. v. Appalachian Ins. Co., 556 F.2d 889 (8th Cir. Ct. App.)
  • Nedved v. Welch, 585 N.W.2d 238 (Sup. Ct. Iowa)
  • Klipp v. Iowa Grain Indem. Fund Bd., 502 N.W.2d 9 (Sup. Ct. Iowa)
  • Sankey v. Richenberger, 456 N.W.2d 206 (Sup. Ct. Iowa)
  • Citizens State Bank v. Hansen, 449 N.W.2d 338 (Sup. Ct. Iowa)
  • Farm-Fuel Products Corp. v. Grain Processing Corp., 429 N.W.2d 153 (Sup. Ct. Iowa)
  • In re Girdler, 357 N.W.2d 595 (Sup. Ct. Iowa)
  • Barrett v. Bryant, 290 N.W.2d 917 (Sup. Ct. Iowa)
  • Koll v. Manatt’s Transp. Co., 235 N.W.3d 265 (Sup. Ct. Iowa)
  • Davis v. Hansen, 224 N.W.2d 4 (Sup. Ct. Iowa)
  • Hansen-Friedrichsen, Inc. v. Citizens State Bank, 490 N.W.2d (Iowa Ct. App.)
  • Corporate Center Assoc. v. Total Group Service, Inc., 462 N.W.2d 713 (Iowa Ct. App.)
  • Allied Mut. Ins. Co. v. Colby Dev. Co., 2003 Iowa App. LEXIS 545, June 2003 (Iowa Ct. App.)
  • Lenzini v. Gomez, June 2010 (Iowa Ct. App.)
  • Vickers v. Great River Medical Center, 753 N.W.2d 570 (Iowa Ct. App.)

Selected Presentations

  • Presenter with Zach Hermsen, "Litigating Vaccine Injury Claims in the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program," Iowa Academy of Trial Lawyers, 2016.
  • Presenter, “Medical Malpractice Issues and Updates in Iowa,” Des Moines University
  • Presenter, “Handling the Automobile Injury Claim in Iowa,” National Business Institute, Inc.
  • Presenter, “Uninsured and Underinsured Motorists Law in Iowa,” National Business Institute, Inc.
  • Presenter, “Personal Injury Settlements in Iowa; Practical Methods for Perfecting the Settlement of a Claim,” National Business Institute, Inc.


College of William and Mary School of Law, J.D., 1971

College of William and Mary, B.A., 1968.

  • Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Honor Society
  • ROTC Commissioned 2nd Lieutenant


  • Iowa
    U.S. District Court - Southern District of Iowa
    U.S. District Court - Northern District of Iowa
    U.S. Court of Federal Claims
    U.S. Supreme Court