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The Life and Career of Thomas M. Dempsey, The Law Offices of Thomas M. Dempsey and President of the Trial Lawyers for Public Justice Foundation, Los Angeles, CA

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When Dempsey enrolled in the University of Oregon School of Law, he envisioned his future as a country lawyer in a small town somewhere outside Eugene, OR. It was the late 1960s, and Dempsey was an idealist. He saw the law as a way he could "change the world."

Then he took a class in trial law and was hooked on the process. He never did become a country lawyer, but he's still an idealist.

"In my last year of law school, we had a trial practice class, which was fairly rare at that time," he said. "We went through an entire semester of preparation for trial and conducted a trial, and I got bitten by that bug."

Dempsey moved back to his hometown of Los Angeles and worked as a prosecutor before transitioning to personal injury defense work and eventually plaintiff's law. Dempsey now specializes in professional negligence, products liability, and premises liability, with an emphasis on traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries. He's also Of Counsel with Mazursky, Schwartz, Daniels & Bradley, but intends to work through another firm soon, mainly because of geography (Los Angeles' traffic is so bad that he wants to work with a firm closer to his home in Santa Monica).

He has been active with the Trial Lawyers for Public Justice for several years and has been on the foundation's executive committee since 2000. Dempsey said he became involved with Trial Lawyers for Public Justice when he was president of the Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles in the early '90s.

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