Thomas Bezanson has more than three decades of experience in commercial arbitration, the defense of products liability, and other civil actions, representing both U.S. and European clients. Tom is recognized by the 2017 edition of the Best Lawyers in America in the Commercial Litigation category. He was awarded the title Empire State Counsel for pro bono representation yearly from 2006 – 2011, and in 2008 he was also awarded the first New York Lawyers for the Public Interest Pro Bono Leadership Award. He has been listed in The Legal 500 United States for litigation, Marquis Who’s Who in America, Marquis Who’s Who in Finance and Industry, and he has been recognized by New York Super Lawyers for Products: Defense each year since 2006, as well as in the Super Lawyers Corporate Counsel Edition. He has been in Law Business Research Limited’s The International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers and The International Who’s Who of Product Liability Defense Lawyers, as well as Marquis Who’s Who in American Law. Tom was “highly recommended” for dispute resolution in Global Counsel 3000, he was selected “Lawyer of the Week” by The Times of London, and he is rated “Preeminent” by Martindale Hubbell and “Superb” by AVVO.
Tom successfully represented the judges of the State of New York in Larabee v. Governor of the State of New York, in which the firm won summary judgment against the Governor, the State Legislature, and the State of New York for unconstitutionally failing to adjust judicial compensation. Tom also served as lead counsel in the firm's successful defense of the Larabee judgment on appeal to the Appellate Division, First Department, and the New York Court of Appeals.
Tom has served on the Duke University Law School Board of Visitors, the Board of the Legal Aid Society, the Board of New York Lawyers for the Public Interest, the Board of Directors of the Westchester Philharmonic, and on the University of Massachusetts College of Humanities and Fine Arts Advisory Board, as well as on the boards of numerous additional charitable organizations. Tom joined the firm from Chadbourne & Parke LLP.
Rutgers University School of Law (J.D. 1974. Managing Editor of Rutgers Law Review); Rutgers University (M.A. 1971); Grinnell College (B.A. 1967)
New York State; U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit; U.S. Supreme Court
Activities and Affiliations
Member, Executive Committee Federal Bar Council
President, Federal Bar Foundation (2013 - 2016)
Member, Board at the Federal Bar Foundation
Member, Federal Bar Council (Board of Trustees, 2007-2013)
Member, Emeritus Board, New York Lawyers for the Public Interest
Member, New York State Bar Association
Referee, Appellate Division First Department Disciplinary Committee
Former Member, New York State Commission on the Jury (2003-2004)