Tom Eastmond is a veteran litigator with broad-ranging experience in business and public law. Tom has handled cases involving contract claims, real estate disputes, intra-corporate contests, trade secrets, bankruptcy (representing creditors, trustees, and Chapter 11 corporate debtors), constitutional claims, public contracting (including False Claims Act and bid protest proceedings), as well as public and private construction matters.
Tom has extensive experience managing appeals, with a success rate of approximately 85% before the California Courts of Appeal and Ninth Circuit Bankruptcy Appellate Panel, and of 66% as the appellant.
Tom was a Newport Beach lifeguard for nine summers, logging approximately 300 rescues, and remains a passionate surfer, diver and mountain biker. He is fluent in Icelandic, conversant in German, and knows just enough French and Spanish to get into trouble.
Tom was a member of the winning trial team in Western Riverside Council of Governments v. City of Beaumont, recognized by the Los Angeles Daily Journal as one of the Top Plaintiff’s Verdicts by Impact of 2014. In this case the City of Beaumont was ordered to pay approximately $57 million for having misapplied development fees and several Beaumont city staff (whom Mr. Eastmond deposed) and subsequently pleaded guilty to felony corruption charges.
Tom graduated from the University of Southern California Gould School of Law, where he was a member of the Interdisciplinary Law Journal.