On March 7, 2022, we lost our colleague and firm Member Thomas W. Tardy III. Tom, based in the firm’s Ridgeland, MS office, had a distinguished legal career that spanned nearly 50 years.

 

Tom joined the firm in 2015 and was instrumental in expanding the firm’s toxic tort practice’s national footprint. He retired in January 2022 and took on an Of Counsel role at Maron Marvel. During his remarkable career, Tom served as lead trial counsel, national counsel, MDL counsel, and local counsel for Fortune 100 companies to small local businesses. His clients routinely called on him to assist in some of their most challenging litigation and negotiations. His notable victories in mass tort litigation span nearly three decades and are marked as points of demarcation for the litigation, including landmark decisions like Mangialardi in Mississippi that led to substantive tort reform and his arguments and success for clients on the “bare metal defense.” Tom was also a pioneer and played a significant role in developing the national coordinating counsel model many firms use today.

 

Throughout his career, Tom received professional acclaim, including being named a Chambers USA Leading Individuals – Litigation, Top 50 Mississippi Super Lawyers®, Mid-South Super Lawyers®, The Best Lawyers in America®, a Benchmark Litigation Local Litigation Star and was rated Preeminent AV™ by Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review.

 

Tom served in the U.S. Army, where he was an Instructor, Officer’s Candidate School, Fort Benning, Georgia, and Reconnaissance Platoon Leader, Vietnam. He is survived by his wife Rebecca, his daughter Mary Margaret Tardy and his son Thomas Tardy.

 

Tom Tardy will be forever remembered at Maron Marvel Bradley Anderson & Tardy.

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Court admissions

U.S. Supreme Court
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
U.S. District Court for the Northern and Southern Districts of Mississippi
Supreme Court of the State of Mississippi

Professional Recognition
  • Martindale-Hubbell® Preeminent AV™ Peer Review Rated
  • Selected to Mid-South Super Lawyers for 2008 – 2021
  • Included in the 2017 edition of The Best Lawyers in America® for Commercial Litigation
  • Included in the 2012 edition of The Best Lawyers in America® for  Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants and Product Liability Litigation – Defendants
  • Included in the 2011 edition of The Best Lawyers in America® for Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions – Defendants
  • Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® publication since 2008
  • Chambers USA®
  • Benchmark Litigation
  • Top 50 Mississippi Super Lawyers
Published Articles/Speaking Engagements
  • “Insurance Company Roundtable”, Defense Asbestos Litigation Seminar (DALS) (New Orleans, LA, June 26-28, 2019)
  • “The Top Emerging Trends in Asbestos Litigation”  Perrin Conferences, Cutting-Edge Issues in Asbestos Litigation.  Conference (Beverly Hills, CA, March 6-7, 2017).
  • “2016 National Asbestos Litigation Trends” Perrin Conferences, Asbestos Defense Strategic Summit (New Orleans, LA, November 9, 2016).
  • “Developing Alternative Exposures” Perrin Conferences, Defense Asbestos Litigation Seminar (DALS) (Las Vegas, NV, June 8-10, 2016).
  • “The Top Emerging Trends in 2016 Asbestos Litigation” Perrin Conferences, Cutting-Edge Issues in Asbestos Litigation  Conference (Beverly Hills, CA, March 14-15, 2016).
  • Corporate Roundtable: “In-House Perspectives on Asbestos Litigation” Perrin Conferences, Asbestos Litigation Conference: A National Overview & Outlook (San Francisco, CA, September 28-30, 2015).
  • “Recent Verdicts” Perrin Conferences, Defense Asbestos Litigation Seminar (Las Vegas, NV, June 4-6, 2015).
  • “The Top Emerging Trends in 2015 Asbestos Litigation” Perrin Conferences, Cutting-Edge Issues in Asbestos Litigation Conference (Beverly Hills, CA, March 16-17, 2015).
  • “The Top Emerging Trends in 2014 Asbestos Litigation” Perrin Conferences, Cutting-Edge Issues in Asbestos Litigation Conference (Beverly Hills, CA, March 17-18, 2014).
  • “Insurance Perspective on Asbestos Litigation in 2013” Perrin Conferences, Asbestos Litigation Conference: A National Overview & Outlook (San Francisco, CA, September 16-18, 2013).
Organizations/Committee Memberships
  • The Mississippi Bar
  • State Bar of Texas
  • Capital Area Bar Association
  • Mississippi Defense Lawyers Association
  • International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC)
  • Defense Research  Institute (DRI)
Bar admissions

Mississippi
Texas

education

University of Mississippi School of Law (J.D., with distinction)

Mississippi State University (B.S. in Accounting)