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J. Thomas Anderson
Tom Anderson was born and reared in Hammond, Louisiana.   He graduated from Hammond High School and Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond, and Loyola Law School in New Orleans.  Upon beginning his law practice in Hammond, he was soon elected the state's youngest mayor.  He retired from politics at the age of 30 and has been representing injured folks full time since then.  For years he held the largest civil jury award in the 21st Judicial District and has the highest possible (AV) rating in Martindale-Hubble (the most respected legal rating system).  His passion for taking the side of individuals against powerful insurance companies has gained him the trust in his state as a champion for the rights of the underdog. Tom lives and practices law in downtown Hammond.  He is married to Donna Gay Borden of Hammond and they both are members and elders in the First Presbyterian Church in downtown Hammond.

As a Past-President of the Louisiana Trial Lawyers Association (now "LAJ), Tom has been recognized as a leader in Louisiana in pursing the rights of injured people and accepts referrals of traumatic brain injury cases from all over the nation.  Tom is a regular contributor to The Advocate, a monthly publication for the Louisiana Association for Justice on various topics involving traumatic brain injury. He is also a member of the North American Brain Injury Society and speaker at its brain injury annual conferences.

He has numerous publications on the subject of traumatic brain injury in state journals of trial lawyers throughout the U.S. including our own state of La. as well as Colorado, Nevada, Idaho and Nebraska. He has also presented papers and has spoken to many times with organizations about TBI including the North American Brain Injury Society, The American Association of Justice, and the Louisiana Association For Justice.

Practice Areas: Brain Injury especially; Back and Burn Injuries; Paralysis; in Trial and Appellate Practice

Admitted: 1976, Louisiana and U.S. District Court, Eastern and Middle Districts of Louisiana; U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit

Law School: Loyola University, New Orleans, School of Law, J.D., 1976

College: Southeastern Louisiana University, B.A., 1973 Phi Kappa Phi

Member: 
Past President Louisiana Association of Justice and life time member; past executive board member and board of governors; 
Sustaining member of the American Association of Justice and section member of Traumatic Brain Injury Litigation Group;
North American Brain Injury Society and conference presenter at NABIS;
21st Judicial District Bar Association, Florida Parishes Inns of Court and the Louisiana State Bar Association


Biography: Phi Delta Phi. Instructor, Government Studies, Southeastern Louisiana University, 1992-1998. Member, Appellate Advocacy program at Loyola University, 1976. Mayor, City of Hammond, 1977-1981. City Attorney, City of Hammond, 1994-1998.

Reported Cases: Teri Dobson et al. v. LP&L, 567 So. 2d 569 (La. 1990); 
Corinne Nicholas v. Homelite Corporation, A Division of Textron, C.A. 5 (La. 1986), 780 Fed. 2nd 1150;
Frank Core v. Winn-Dixie, 471 So. 2d 240 (La. App. 1 Cir. 1985);
Patricia Ann Mistich et al. v. Volkswagen of Germany, Inc. et al., 703 So. 2d 624 (La. 1997).


Gary N. Boutwell, II
Gary Boutwell was born in Plaquemines Parish while his father worked offshore in the oilfield industry.  He grew up in North Louisiana just outside Monroe and attended LSU as an undergraduate and Loyola Law School in New Orleans.  He now lives in Hammond and handles cases all over the State of Louisiana.  He and his wife, Dana, live in downtown Hammond and take pride in renovating classic old homes so that they last for generations into the future.

Practice Areas: Traumatic Brain Injury, 18-wheeler Crashes, Wrongful Death, Personal Injury; Negligence; Products Liability; Appellate Practice; Back Injury and Paralysis; Burn Injury; Medical Malpractice

Admitted: 1994, Louisiana and U.S. District Courts for the Eastern and Middle Districts of Louisiana

Executive Board Member of the American Academy of Pediatric Neuropsychology; Board Chair of the Advocacy and Training Committee of the American Academy of Pediatric Neuropsychology; Appointed by the Supreme Court of Louisiana as a member of the Judiciary Commission from 1999 to 2003, which investigates judicial misconduct and makes recommendations of discipline to the Louisiana Supreme Court;
Vice-Chair of Judiciary Commission from June 16, 2001 to June 15, 2002;
Chairman of Judiciary Commission from June 16, 2002 to January 6, 2003
Former ​Technology Section Chair, Louisiana Trial Lawyers Association (now "LAJ);

Law School: Loyola University, New Orleans, School of Law, J.D., 1993, Member of the National Moot Court Team for 1993
College: Louisiana State University, B.A., 1990

Member: Louisiana State and American Bar Associations; American Association for Justice and section member of Traumatic Brain Injury Litigation Group; North American Brain Injury Society; 21st Judicial District Bar Association.
About Anderson & Boutwell
With nearly 50 years of legal experience, Tom Anderson and Gary Boutwell dedicate their entire practice to helping injured people get what they deserve from the insurance companies. We NEVER represent insurance companies! We know this case is your only one and we treat it like it is our own. We are small enough to give you the personal attention you are entitled to and we are large enough to get the resources required in big cases that enable us to obtain exceptional outcomes for our clients. 
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