Every lawyer wants to win their client’s lawsuit. More than that, though, I’m intellectually curious about my client’s business, and I structure my litigation approach to what is most likely to lead to the client’s long-term success. Often that means I deploy my go-to litigation style, one of controlled aggression. Other times, my calculations tell me to hit harder, which I do if it advances my clients’ interests.
With a practice in complex litigation and class actions centered in Texas but extending across the nation, Thomas “Tom” M. Hanson represents clients in consumer financial services, mortgage lending, real estate, reverse mortgage lending, and an array of other industries. Tom counsels clients on matters involving consumer finance laws, mortgage fraud, land use and zoning, products liability, design defect, consumer protection, and business torts.
Tom’s practice encompasses all aspects of civil litigation at the trial and appellate levels, including multidistrict litigation and alternative dispute resolution. Because he represents both defendants and plaintiffs, Tom gains valuable insight into the strategies of each side, enhancing his ability to outmaneuver opposing counsel in what are often high-stakes cases that take many twists and turns.
Tom advocates for litigants in a wide range of jurisdictions, which gives him a broad understanding of the dynamics of these various court systems. Clients benefit from this geographically diverse experience.
Recognizing the business pressures and budgetary constraints clients face, Tom always keeps close watch on their legal spend and works efficiently and collaboratively. In addition, because he knows clients worry about regulatory uncertainty, he stays abreast of proposed changes in Congress, the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau (CFPB), and other federal and state agencies. This allows him to help clients make the right moves to stay ahead of new laws, rules, and regulations that might affect them.
Tom is co-editor of Consumer Financial Services Answer Book, published annually since 2011. It provides practitioners with a core understanding of the laws governing consumer financial services and the latest developments in the field. It also helps keep Tom current on regulatory changes in this ever-evolving area.