As a full-time, dedicated Trial Lawyer since 1980, Tom Beach has tried over 150 jury trials to conclusion in State and Federal Courts throughout California, Washington, Texas, Nevada and Oregon. In recognition of his successes in trial, he was elected to the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) in 1987 and later elevated to the highest ranking of Diplomate in 2012. His awards and recognition include: American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) – Diplomate; ABOTA Trial Lawyer of the Year – nominee 2013, 2015; Ventura County Trial Lawyer of the Year – nominee 2008, 2011 and 2012; Southern California “Super Lawyer” (Medical Malpractice 2010-2018); and “A-V Preeminent” (highest possible rating) by Martindale Hubbell for both Legal Ability and Ethical Standards.
Since 1980, Tom has been at the forefront in the defense of health care and human services providers, non-profit organizations and public entities. His practice focuses on the defense of health care and human services providers, including hospitals, physicians, skilled nursing, long-term care, rehabilitation and Managed Care providers. Since the passage of the Elder Abuse and Dependent Adult Civil Protection Act (EADACPA), he has litigated, tried and participated in appeals of hundreds of cases involving allegations of elder abuse and medical injuries to dependent adults.
Mr. Beach has authored numerous practice-related publications, including: Constructing the Defense of an Elder Abuse Case (Mealey’s Long Term Care Conference 2003); Trends in Long Term Care Litigation (2002); Selected Issues in Nursing Home Litigation (1998); Conference on Long-Term Care, Clearwater, Florida; A Guide to the Elder Abuse Laws (1998); A Short History of Insurance Coverage for Sexual Abuse Torts (1987); and The Guide to Reviewing Claims Against Non-Profit Organizations (2015). He has been a frequent lecturer and program presenter on health care litigation, long-term care and elder abuse litigation for numerous organizations, including the Defense Research Institute (DRI), Mealey’s Publications, California Medical Association, The Cooperative of American Physician Trust, the California Association of Health Facilities (CAHF) and the State Bar of California
Mr. Beach received his undergraduate degree from the University of Southern California and his Juris Doctorate from Pepperdine University School of Law. He is admitted to practice in the United States District Court for California’s Southern, Central and Northern Districts.
Publications And Reported Cases
A few of his reported opinions include Doe v. Los Angeles County Department of Children & Family Services (2019) 37 Cal. App. 5th 675; Lisa M. v. Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital (1995) 12 Cal.4th 291; Regency Health Services, Inc. v. Superior Court (1998) 64 Cal.App.4th 1496; Goliger v. AMS Properties (2004) 123 Cal.App.4th 374; Accardi v. Superior Court (1993) 17 Cal.App.4th 341; and Klean W. Hollywood v. Superior Court (2018) C.C.A. B283816. He was lead trial counsel for the Mariner defendants in the trial of Covenant Care v. Superior Court (Inclan) litigation, which was named as one of the Top 10 Defense Verdicts of 2008 by the Los Angeles Daily Journal.
Mr. Beach has two grown children and enjoys living in Camarillo with his wife. An avid cyclist, he can be found most weekends riding with local bike clubs near his home.