Tom Killoren has a reputation for aggressive advocacy in court and compassionate counsel for his clients. He has been admitted to a number of bar associations, including South Carolina, North Carolina, Illinois and Georgia. A former member of the Board of Governors of the South Carolina Association for Justice (SCAJ), Tom is a current member of the SCAJ-PAC. Tom has received an AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating from Martindale-Hubbell for the past five years, and was selected to the 2019 South Carolina Super Lawyers List.
Tom applies a simple guiding principle to his daily practice at Harrison White: “Hard work gets good results.”
A native of Rockford, Illinois, Killoren got his J.D. at John Marshall Law School in Chicago in 1994 and then spent three years honing his trial skills as an assistant state’s attorney. He tried criminal felony cases and other matters in Winnebago County, Ill. before going into private practice at Corboy & Demetrio, a personal-injury plaintiff’s firm in Chicago. He worked in that firm for four years before heading to South Carolina.
Since settling here, Killoren has developed a reputation for his aggressive advocacy in court and his compassionate counsel for his clients. The results from his hard work in Spartanburg have included millions in settlements, including settlements of $3.2 million, $2.3 million, and $1.075 million, as well as numerous six-figure outcomes.
“What I like best about my practice are the people I work with,” he says. “I especially like working with clients, helping them build a case, getting a great result, and enjoying with them the fruits of our labor.”
Killoren places a high priority on maintaining contact with clients after cases are concluded.
He is fond of his adopted state and enjoys being active in community activities. A big basketball fan, Killoren has organized an annual “March Madness” fundraiser for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Spartanburg for the last five years. He also sponsors fund-raising tennis tournaments for the Habitat for Humanity, the Ellen Hines Smith Girls Home, and the St. Luke’s Free Medical Clinic. In addition, he coaches kids’ basketball in a church league.
He is active in several bar organizations and is on the board of the South Carolina Association for Justice. He received his first AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating in 2013 from Martindale-Hubbell, and has been rated consistently every year since.
Why did you become an attorney?
I became an attorney because my dad is an attorney, and I have great respect for him.
What do you like the most about the law?
I like working closely with my clients with their cases and getting to know them well. Most importantly, I like working extremely hard to achieve the best result I can for my client.
What are your favorite things about your job?
I enjoy trying new techniques to improve results in cases. I also like helping my clients achieve their individual goals.
Of all the firms in the Carolinas, why should someone come to Harrison White?
A client should choose our firm because we have longevity in our field. We also have successful and talented lawyers in all of our various practice areas who are committed to compassionately improving the lives of our clients.
What do people not know about you?
I love basketball! I love to both watch and play the game, and I especially enjoy playing basketball with my children.
South Carolina, 2001
U.S. District Court District of South Carolina, 2001
North Carolina, 2003
U.S. District Court Western District of North Carolina, 2009
Hamilton College, 1990 – B.A.
The University of Illinois Chicago’s John Marshall Law School, Chicago, Illinois, 1994 – J.D.
American Association for Justice – Trucking Litigation Member
American Bar Association – Member
Illinois State Bar Association – Member
Illinois Trial Lawyers Association – Member
North Carolina Advocates for Justice – Member
North Carolina Bar Association – Member
South Carolina Association for Justice – Member, Political Action Committee
South Carolina Association for Justice Board of Governors–Former Member
South Carolina Bar – Member
Spartanburg County Bar Association
Spartanburg Memorial Auditorium Board – Former Chairman of the Board
State Bar of Georgia – Member
AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating from Martindale-Hubbell, 2013 to present
Million Dollar Advocate – Member
South Carolina Super Lawyers List, 2019
Areas of Practice
Nursing Home Abuse and Negligence
Tractor Trailer Litigation
Speaker at the South Carolina Association for Justice 2019 Annual Convention. Topic: The Current State of Statutory Employees and Third Party Cases, Friday, August 2, 2019
In the News
Tom was quoted in The State newspaper on Sunday, January 27, 2019, regarding a South Carolina law that limits government payouts in lawsuits. You may read the article by clicking here.