Meet Attorney Thomas J. Foley III
Tom Foley III was the lead attorney for the Foley Law Firm team in a Monroe County wrongful death case which settled in 2017 for over $4 million. The case was filed in the Monroe County Court of Common Pleas, and arose from a catastrophic collision in a highway construction work zone. A construction dump truck negligently pulled out from a median crossover on Interstate 80 in Pocono Township, Monroe County, Pennsylvania in front of a private passenger van, causing the van to violently rear-end the dump truck, killing the passenger van’s driver. On behalf of the widow of the van driver, Tom and his firm aggressively and successfully pursued the lawsuit not only against the dump truck driver for bad driving, but against the highway construction company for poor construction traffic management.
Tom also was lead attorney for the Foley Law Firm team’s 2019 case resulting in the 4th highest jury verdict in Pennsylvania in a motor vehicle accident (it was the highest such verdict in Northeastern Pennsylvania in 2019.). That case filed in the Monroe County Court of Common Pleas yielded a jury verdict of over $1 million for a pedestrian seriously injured in a crash by an out of control SUV in a supermarket parking lot in Blakeslee, Monroe County, Pennsylvania. He and the Foley Law Firm team also obtained a separate settlement in that same case, just before jury selection, for over $500,000 for another pedestrian injured in the same accident.
In an unusual case, Tom Foley III successfully represented a client in the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas, in a lawsuit over ownership of a $4.4 million Pennsylvania Lottery jackpot. The winning lottery ticket had been jointly purchased by Tom's client and another person, but the other person claimed the lottery ticket and $4.4 million jackpot were his alone. After a five day jury trial, the jury awarded Tom's client one half of the jackpot, or $2.2 million, plus interest and casts of suit.
Tom has been recognized by his peers for his excellence in wrongful death and personal injury litigation, resulting in him being honored in leading law industry ratings publications, including Best Lawyers in America, for Pennsylvania Personal Injury Litigation: in Super Lawyers, for Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiff; and in Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory, where he has an AV rating, the highest available rating.
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Tom Foley III has been a member of the Board of Governors of the Pennsylvania Association for Justice (the Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association) since 2009, and has served on its Executive Committee. He is a member of the Pennsylvania Association for Justice's Amicus Curiae Committee, and was the Vice-Chair and then Chair of that Committee between 2011 and 2015. Members of the Amicus Committee represent the Association in cases of great significance in the appellate courts for the purpose of the advocating for the unfettered right to trial by jury, full and just compensation for innocent victims, and the maintenance of a free and independent judiciary.
Tom has practiced law in the federal courts in Pennsylvania and other states. These courts include the United States District Courts for the Eastern and Middle Districts of Pennsylvania, the United States Third Circuit Court of Appeals, and the Supreme Court of The United States. He has briefed and argued cases before the Pennsylvania state appellate courts, including the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania, the Superior Court of Pennsylvania, and the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania. He has done so not only on behalf of the clients of the Foley Law Firm, but also for those of other law firms, acting as pro bono counsel for the Pennsylvania Association for Justice, seeking to uphold the rights of the citizens Pennsylvania to obtain full and just compensation for wrongful deaths and serious injuries caused by the negligent and tortious conduct of others. Tom has authored articles which have appeared in legal publications defending Pennsylvanian’s Constitutional right to trial by jury.
Prior to being admitted to the Pennsylvania bar in 1982, Tom Foley III graduated from the American University in Washington D.C., and then from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. After law school, Tom served for two years as a Judicial Law Clerk, first to President Judge James C. Crumlish, Jr., of the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania, and then to Justice Nicholas P. Papadakos of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. He then joined the Dilworth Paxson Law Firm in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and became a partner in that firm. Tom thereafter returned to his native Northeastern Pennsylvania to join his father and brothers in the Foley Law Firm, which maintains offices in Scranton, Lackawanna County, and in Stroudsburg, Monroe County, Pennsylvania.
Tom Foley III is a member of the Monroe and Lackawanna County Bar Associations, as well as the Pennsylvania Bar Association. He is also a member of leading trial lawyers organizations, including the American Association for Justice (Section Memberships: Motor Vehicle Collision, Highway, and Premises Liability; Insurance Law), and the Pennsylvania Association for Justice (Section Memberships: Auto Insurance, Insurance Bad Faith, Medical Malpractice).