Thomas G. Wilkinson concentrates his practice in the areas of business litigation, business torts, appellate, complex insurance coverage and professional responsibility matters. He also has substantial experience in advising lawyers and law firms on risk management and professional liability issues. He has been retained and accepted as an expert witness in attorney professional liability cases in state and federal courts, and has been appointed as a neutral mediator and discovery master.
Tom is a frequent lecturer and author on civil litigation and professional responsibility topics. He is the co-editor of the Pennsylvania Ethics Handbook, a comprehensive review of the rules of conduct governing lawyers, with extensive citations to case decisions and ethics opinions addressing all aspects of lawyer-client relationship. He is co-author (with Cozen O’Connor attorney Dan Harrington) of the chapter on "Conflicts of Interest" in the Pennsylvania Ethics Handbook. Tom has testified as an expert witness in state and federal proceedings concerning lawyer professional liability, standard of care and professional responsibility matters.
Tom is a past president of the Pennsylvania Bar Association (PBA), and a past president of the Pennsylvania Bar Institute. He is a master of the Villanova Law J. Willard O'Brien American Inn of Court and has been a lecturer in law on professional responsibility at Villanova University School of Law. He is a member of the American Bar Association’s House of Delegates and has been appointed by the ABA President to serve a three-year term on the ABA Standing Committee on Professionalism. He also has served on the ABA Task Force on International Trade in Legal Services and as co-chair of the conflicts of interest subcommittee for the Section of Litigation's Ethics and Professionalism Committee. Tom is a past member of the Philadelphia Bar Association Board of Governors and past co-chair of its State Civil Litigation Section and Rules and Procedure Committee. He is also the chair of the Defense Research Institute Lawyer's Professionalism and Ethics Committee. He is a frequent author and lecturer on civil litigation and professional responsibility topics.
He is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of New Hampshire in 1978 and received his law degree in 1981 from Villanova University Law School, where he was managing editor of the Villanova Law Review.
The ABAs Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility has issued recent formal guidance that is important to all practitioners. In June of 2019, the ABA issued Formal Opinion 487 concerning the division of fees in contingency fee case...