Thomas Blaylock
Of Counsel

Thomas Blaylock practice focuses on complex civil litigation and motion practice with a view toward preserving appellate issues. Thomas is especially skilled at how to present cases to the Court after working for 12 years in Los Angeles Superior Court. Thomas worked almost 5 years in the United States District in the Central District of California. Thomas recently worked at the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals assisting in the disposition of appeals through the preparation of legal memoranda and draft opinions. Cases handled include: direct criminal appeals; pro se appeals including collateral attacks on criminal convictions by state and federal prisoners; civil rights suits under 42 U.S.C. § 1983; employment discrimination cases; immigration cases; and social security appeals. Thomas has represented corporate and individual clients, as plaintiffs and defendants, in mass torts, products liability, intellectual property, and commercial matters. His experience includes litigating in state and federal courts, as well as before administrative bodies.
After graduating from law school, he served as a the sole law clerk two judicial officers, each presiding over high-volume, direct-calendar civil courtrooms with daily motion calendars in the Superior Court of California. Thomas then worked conducting legal research and analysis concerning a variety of procedural and substantive matters for United States District Court Judge, the Honorable George H. Wu, in the Central District of California, one of the busiest judicial districts in the country. He also prepared bench memoranda and drafted proposed decisions, as well as, discussed and analyzed pending cases with the Court.

  • Represents businesses in various sectors in diverse and complex commercial litigation matters at both the trial and appellate levels in federal and state courts and in arbitrations and mediations
  • Defends clients in white collar criminal matters, and performs internal investigations for entities facing potential civil or criminal action by the government
  • Advises clients in the telecommunications, retail, information technology, and pharmaceutical industries on avoiding statutory violations under various sections of the Federal Trade Commission Act and meeting compliance requirements

Thomas Blaylock has over a decade of legal experience and is a member of the firm’s Discovery Center, Arthur W. Leach’s solution for providing high quality, cost-effective and centralized discovery services.  His practice has focused on electronic discovery issues across a wide array of practice areas and cases, including Product Liability, Antitrust, Government Investigations and Commercial Litigation.  Mr. Blaylock provides advice and counsel prior to beginning document review to limit the scope and cost of the document review, including protocols, best practices and vendor selection, as well as early case assessment and key word development.  He has extensive knowledge of electronic discovery vendors and manages them to ensure the consistency and quality of the document review process.  He also has vast experience preparing cost-effective discovery budget and staffing plans, including alternative fee arrangements.  Mr. Blaylock has handled all phases of e-Discovery. Mr. Blaylock has extensive experience in organizing discovery matters from their initial stages and has supervised document collections, managed review teams and coordinated document productions.  Due to Mr. Blaylock’s involvement in these projects, he has experience coordinating and supervising the selection of vendors.  He also has experience creating project plans and developing protocols for objective coding, imaging, scanning and printing.

Law School Attended

Loyola Law School, Loyola Marymount University
Doctor of Law (J.D.), Top 10%; Order of the Coif & cum laude
2002 – 2006 Activities and Societies: Loyola Law Review, Chief Symposium Editor (2005-2006); St. Thomas More Honor Society
•    UCLA/U.C. Berkeley

Thomas Blaylock