Maron Marvel Mourns Passing of Thomas W. Tardy III
March 8, 2022
It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of our Member and colleague Thomas W. Tardy III, who passed away on March 7, 2022. Tom, based in the firm's Ridgeland, MS office, had a distinguished legal career that spanned nearly 50 years.
"It's an especially sad day for us at Maron Marvel as we grieve the loss of a man whose leadership and vision helped build the success and culture of our firm," commented Jack McCants, Managing Member of the firm's Ridgeland, MS office. "For those of us fortunate enough to have worked with Tom, his mentorship, expertise in client relationships, and encouragement were integral to the success of our legal careers."
Tardy 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.
We offer our sincerest condolences to his family, as well as to the many friends and colleagues he had. Tom Tardy will be forever remembered at Maron Marvel Bradley Anderson & Tardy.