Tom Blumenthal currently concentrates on his Dispute Resolution practice, including arbitration, mediation, and early neutral evaluation, and on supervising much of the Firm’s business litigation and ethics compliance. He also participates in the Firm’s appellate work in both drafting and strategic assessment.Tom has been advocating for clients in courtrooms, appellate courts, mediations, and arbitrations for over 40 years, in St. Louis and in many other parts of the country. He has tried and won complex jury and court-tried cases and taken cases to appellate courts including the Missouri Supreme Court and the United States Supreme Court. He has mediated and served as arbitrator on commercial, intellectual property, real estate, construction, and employment cases since 1995.

Tom taught arbitration at the Washington University School of Law from 2006 through 2010, having developed the syllabus and curriculum, and is on national and international arbitration and mediation panels with the American Arbitration Association and other provider organizations.

Tom believes in the responsibility of the Bar to help those in need. He volunteers as a facilitator to the Missouri Bar Dispute Resolution Program, working on disputes between attorneys and their clients. He has represented the poor, the marginalized, and the exploited of society in their quest for justice and fair treatment under the Constitution, first as a Reginald Heber Smith Community Lawyer Fellow, then as a Legal Aid attorney, and for years as a co-operating attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union.

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Areas of Practice

Legal Certifications

  • Approved Mediator, Federal and State Courts, American Arbitration Association
  • Certified Mediator, International Mediation Institute

Bar Admissions

  • Missouri, 1976
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Missouri, 1977
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Missouri, 1977
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit, 1985
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1988

Education

  • University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law, Columbia, Missouri
    • J.D. – 1976
  • Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri
    • B.A. – 1973
    • Major: English Literature

Published Works

  • Civil Rules Practice, Rules 77 to 84, Missouri Practice Series, Vol. 17, 2nd Edition
  • The Equal Protection Clause Applied to the Rights of School Children, Vol. XXXIV, St. Louis Bar Journal, No. 3, pp. 15-20, 1988
  • Judicial Activism – The Politicization of the Right of Privacy, St. Louis University Public Law Review, Vo. XI, No. 2, 1992
  • The Absence of Penological Rationale in the Restrictions on the Rights of Incarcerated Women, (Co-Author with Kelly M. Brunie), The Ben J. Altheimer Symposium, University of Arkansas at Little Rock Law Review, Vol. 32, No. 4, Summer, 2010

Classes/Seminars

  • Arbitration Theory and Practice, Washington University School of Law, 2006 – 2010
  • Pre-Trial Practice and Procedure, Washington University School of Law, 1979 – 1983

Honors and Awards

  • Best Lawyers in America 2018 St. Louis Mediation Lawyer of the Year
  • Best Lawyers, “Lawyer of the Year,” 2017—Arbitration – St. Louis.
  • Best Lawyers in America 2016 St. Louis Mediation Lawyer of the Year
  • Best Lawyers in America 2012 St. Louis Arbitration Lawyer of the Year
  • Civil Liberties Award, American Civil Liberties Union of Eastern Missouri, 2011
  • Best Lawyers in America, Alternate Dispute Resolution, 2007 – Present
  • Missouri/Kansas Super Lawyers, Alternate Dispute Resolution, 2006 – Present

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Association of Attorney Mediators, Member
  • American Arbitration Association, Arbitrator, Mediator

Past Employment Positions

  • Reginald Heber Smith Community Lawyer Fellowship, Fellow, 1976 – 1978
  • Washington University School of Law, Clinical Law Teacher, 1979 – 1983

Pro Bono Activities

  • President, American Civil Liberties Union of Eastern Missouri, 1989-1992; 2007 – 2010
  • Dispute Resolution Facilitator, Missouri Bar