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 four years, and regularly gives seminars on personal injury law through the National Business Institute.
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.
John Marshall Law School, Chicago, Illinois, 1994 – J.D.
Illinois State Bar Association – Member
North Carolina Bar Association – Member
Spartanburg County Bar Association
American Bar Association – Member
South Carolina Bar – Member
North Carolina State Bar – Member
NC Advocates for Justice – Member
American Association for Justice – Member
State Bar of Georgia – Member
Illinois Trial Lawyers Association – Member
South Carolina Association for Justice – Member
The Association of Trial Lawyers of America – Member
South Carolina Trial Lawyers Board of Governors – Member
Spartanburg Memorial Auditorium Board – Member
Million Dollar Advocate – Member
AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating from Martindale-Hubbell, 2013 to present
Areas of Practice
Nursing Home Abuse and Negligence