Thomas Penfield has significant experience in personal injury, business litigation, pharmaceutical and other products liability, class actions, civil and environmental litigation. Mr. Penfield has handled several multi-million dollar cases during his tenure with our firm. In one case, he served as co-counsel in a jury trial, representing H&H Cerritos against U.S. Mineral Products, Inc., and obtained a $14.1 million jury verdict.
A high profile settlement saw Mr. Penfield successfully represent thirteen Honda dealers as plaintiffs in a civil proceedings arising from a case the U.S. Attorney described as "the largest commercial bribery case in U.S. history." More recently, Mr. Penfield generated significant interest with his jury trial result in a difficult "Slip and Fall" case, which resulted in a jury verdict of $261,000.
Mr. Penfield is an active member of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America; the State Bar of California; San Diego County Bar Association (Chairman: Criminal Justice Committee, 1984; Juvenile Law Committee, 1983-88); the Bar Association of North San Diego County, the Consumer Attorneys of California; and the Consumer Attorneys of San Diego. In 1996, Mr. Penfield was the proud recipient of the Environmental Lawyer of the Year Award from the Sierra Club's San Diego Chapter. In 2003, he was awarded the President's Award by the Consumer Attorneys of San Diego.
A graduate of California Western School of Law (J.D. 1974), Mr. Penfield worked as a supervising trial lawyer with the Defenders Program of San Diego, and then as a full-time clinical Professor of Law at the University of San Diego School of Law before joining the firm. He periodically continues to serve as an Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of San Diego Law School.
As part of his personal commitment to public service, Mr. Penfield has served as Chairman and Member of the San Diego County Juvenile Justice Commission and pro tem Judge, Juvenile Court. He has also served as an Arbitrator for the San Diego Superior Court. He is a current Board Member of the Kiwanis Foundation of San Diego as well.
In his spare time, Mr. Penfield enjoys photography, jogging, and singing and playing the guitar in a popular local rock band.