Thomas Girardi Biography / Thomas V Girardi
Thomas Girardi (Thomas Vincent Girardi) is an American attorney and a founding partner of Girardi & Keese, a downtown Los Angeles law firm.
Thomas Girardi Age
He was born on June 3, 1939 in Denver, Colorado, United States. He is 83 years old as of 2022.
Thomas Girardi Height
Girardi stands at a height of 5 feet 5 inches tall.
Thomas Girardi Family
He likes to keep his personal life private hence there is no any news or information about his parents or siblings.
Thomas Girardi Wife / Erika Jayne Thomas Girardi
Thomas married his first wife Karen Weitzul but she later filed for a divorce in October 1983. In September 1993 he got married to a second wife but she later filed for a divorce in January 1998.
In 2000 Girardi married the singer and actress Erika Girardi. Erika is best known for starring on the television series The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. Girardi has appeared in several episodes of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills alongside his wife. Later in November 2020, she filed for a divorce.
Thomas Girardi Children / Does Thomas Girardi Have Children?
Girardi has a step-son called Thomas Zizzo, Jr. He is the son of Erika Jayne from her first marriage to Thomas Zizzo. Thomas Zizzo Jr also known as Tommy is a police officer by profession.
Thomas Girardi Net Worth / How Much Is Thomas Girardi Worth?
Girardi’s net worth has not yet been disclosed to the public. However, his wife has an estimated net worth of $5 million.
Thomas Girardi Education
Girardi attended Loyola High School (Los Angeles) where he graduated in 1957. He received his undergraduate degree in 1961 from Loyola Marymount University, his law degree from Loyola Law School in 1964, and an LLM from New York University in 1965.
Thomas Girardi Career
In 1970, Thomas Girardi became the first attorney in the state of California to win a $1 million-plus award for a medical malpractice case. He has handled major cases against the former Lockheed Corp (now the Lockheed Martin Corp.), Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Pacific Gas & Electric Co, and Hollywood’s seven major movie studios.
In one of Girardi’s better known cases against Pacific Gas & Electric, the utility company agreed to pay $460 million to 650 residents of the desert community of Hinkley, California. The residents blamed incidents of cancer and other diseases on contaminated water leaked from a gas pumping station. This case was the inspiration for the film Erin Brockovich (2000) which stared Julia Roberts. “That particular case revolutionized people’s thinking about all the toxic things they are exposed to,” he told Attorney at Law magazine. Thomas Girardi also served as an adviser on the film.
In 2003, Girardi received the honor of being inducted into the Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame by the California State Bar. According to his website, Girardi is a Member of the Board of Directors and former President of the prestigious International Academy of Trial Lawyers, an invitation-only worldwide organization, limited to 500 trial lawyers.
He is also the first trial lawyer to be appointed to the California Judicial Council, the policymaking body of the state courts.
In another high-profile matter, Thomas Girardi was among a group of lawyers who attempted to enforce in U.S. courts a $489 million default judgment entered by a court in Nicaragua, allegedly against Dole Food and Shell Chemicals based on the effects of the pesticide, DBCP, upon exposed workers.
The U.S. courts found that Girardi and others had submitted a translation of the pertinent Nicaraguan documents that was flawed in crucial respects. Girardi and others were formally reprimanded and their law firm was fined for violation of their duty of candor to the courts.
Thomas Girardi House
Thomas and Erika Girardi’s mansion went into foreclosure after the price was cut for the fifth time, the mansion was initially listed for $13 million then $17million in May 2022. The price of the mansion had to lower after it sat on the market for close to an year with no offers. The mansion is now priced at $8.2 million from $10.6 million.
Thomas Girardi Lawsuit
Girardi’s former law firm, Girardi Keese, allegedly has over 500 claims filed against it that total more than $517 million according to the court documents. The claims include; $363 million in unsecured claims, $17 million in priority claims, $137 million in secured claims and $250,000 in administrative claims.
Tom’s legal problems were brought to light after his estranged wife Erika was accused of embezzling $2 million in settlement funds from plane crash victims but the case was later dismissed.
Thomas Girardi Divorce
Erika Jayne annouced that she wanted a divorce from Tom Girardi in November 2020 after 21 years of marriage, the RHOBH fans were shocked to learn the what they thought was the strongest couple was splitting up. Sources later revealed the reason to be, “Erika and Tom had an unconventional marriage, spending a lot of time apart.”
Thomas Girardi Condition/ Illness
Girardi started having short term memory loss in February 2021, he was then placed in a conservatorship. In March 2021 he was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease and in August 2021 he was placed in a memory care facility.