Thomas J. McDermott Jr. (1931-2021)
It is with a heavy heart that we share the passing of our esteemed Board member, Thomas McDermott. Tom was an accomplished lawyer, practicing for over fifty-two years across and beyond the state of California, recognized for his outstanding service to the legal field with several awards. In 2009, he was the recipient of the Ninth Circuit’s John Frank Award. Mr. McDermott helped found and was president of the Association of Business Trial Lawyers (ABTL), where he was the first editor of its Bulletin. He was President of the UCLA Law Alumni Association, chair of the Ninth Circuit Advisory Board, chair of the Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference, chair of the Lawyer Representatives Coordinating Committee of the Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference, and chair of the Litigation Section of the State Bar of California.
He will be greatly missed by all at the NJCHS.