Tom Brennan represents individuals and corporations in business disputes and for state and federal regulatory investigations. Tom has experience representing his clients in every stage of litigation, from state trial court proceedings to Ninth Circuit appeals to alternative dispute resolution.
Tom litigates his clients' claims in a wide variety of corporate, real estate, contractor, and vendor breach of contract, fraud, and misrepresentation claims. His matters range from domestic LLC disputes to disagreements over complex international business transactions.
Past cases include the successful prosecution of a multimillion dollar fraud claim related to the acquisition of a Chinese pharmaceutical entity, the defense of a company accused of fraudulently billing the Department of Defense, the settlement of a dispute regarding the dissociation terms of a LLC, the negotiation of a division of corporate assets, and the defense of a corporate entity accused of wrongful employment termination and the withholding of wages.
Having worked in federal government, Tom assists clients when responding to federal and state agencies. Whether a matter involves compliance issues or the prospect of civil monetary penalties, Tom is uniquely qualified to represent clients interacting with the government. Threatened with a shutdown of business operations, Tom has represented a business forced to explain manufacturing processes to a federal oversight agency and a business required to explain its billing practices to another federal agency. Tom has defended clients accused of violating federal acquisition regulations and prosecuted cases against federal agencies under the Administrative Procedure Act and Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). He also has obtained monetary penalties and judgment for clients seeking records from local municipalities under the Washington State Public Records Act.
Tom also practices in the area of federal constitutional law, including First Amendment free speech litigation and Fourth Amendment search and seizure law. Tom has successfully defended federal employees accused of constitutional torts under federal Bivens law, and he has challenged the legality of use of force by local law enforcement agencies.
Tom and McKay Chadwell are uniquely qualified to serve as officers of the court, and in the past Tom served as counsel for a court-appointed Receiver on one of the largest Ponzi investment frauds committed in Washington State (S.E.C. v. Zidar, et al., U.S. Dist. Ct., W.D. WA., C00-823). John Wayne Zidar and his co-conspirators bilked $75,000,000.00 from 6,000 individuals. Tom managed the receivership that liquidated and distributed $25,444,089.30 in assets back to the investor victims.
Before law school, Tom worked as a Legislative Assistant for United States Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) and advised Senator Murray on the Banking Committee, the Budget Committee, and other key legislative issues, including budget, tax, small business, and encryption policy.
Tom also worked at Kamer-Singer & Associates in San Francisco where he helped coordinate the communications strategy for DeBartolo Entertainment’s successful bid to win voter-approval of a new San Francisco 49er football stadium on behalf of the NFL franchise.