Senior Associate

Tom has significant experience in high-profile litigation in Australia and the United States. He strives to litigate with rigour and determination, and is committed to vindicating the public interest.

Before joining Phi Finney McDonald, Tom was an associate at Kaplan Hecker & Fink LLP, an elite litigation boutique in New York City. His assignments included initiating a consumer-fraud class action against the Trump Organisation, prosecuting a civil-rights claim against white supremacists, and acting in several high-profile defamation cases arising from the #MeToo movement.

Previously, Tom was a litigation associate at an Australian top-tier firm. He acted for the plaintiff in Plaintiff S99/2016, a landmark case on the Commonwealth’s duty of care to offshore immigration detainees.

Tom served as a judicial associate to the Hon Justice Geoffrey Nettle AC at the High Court of Australia and the Hon Chief Justice Trevor Riley at the Supreme Court of the Northern Territory.


James Kent Scholar, Columbia Law School (2016-17)

Melbourne JD Award – Top Student (2012)

Melbourne Law School Scholarship (2010, 2011, 2012)

Howell’s List Award for First in Class in Evidence and Proof (2012)

First in Class for Cross-Border Litigation (2012)

Corrs Chambers Westgarth Prize for First in Class in Constitutional Law (2011)

Clayton Utz Price for First in Class in Dispute Resolution (2011)

John Madden Exhibition for the Jessup Moot (2011)


LLM, Columbia University

GDLP, Australian National University

JD, Melbourne Law School

BMus, Adelaide University