Thomas E. Drendel

Thomas E. Drendel

Of Counsel
Location:
Reno, Nevada
Phone:
775-525-9164
866-639-1032
Fax:
775-335-9993
Email:

Thomas E. Drendel has successfully tried to jury verdict and bench trial cases involving professional malpractice, medical malpractice, automobile injury, premises liability, insurance bad faith and wrongful termination. He has been selected by his peers for inclusion in the 2008-2014 editions of Best Lawyers in America and Super Lawyers for the Mountain States, 2011-2014. He is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, an Associate of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), a member of the Litigation Counsel of America and is included in the Top 100 Trial Lawyers of the American Trial Lawyers Association.  In June 2014, Mr. Drendel received the Lifetime Achievement Award from his peers at The Nevada Justice Association--Nevada's premier trial lawyers and consumer advocates association.

Mr. Drendel has been lead counsel in cases as diverse as traumatic brain injury cases, trucking collisions, bad faith insurance, automobile collisions, toxic environmental contamination, forest fires, product liability, medical malpractice, will contests, worker’s rights, and sexual abuse by psychologists, psychiatrists, and members of the religious clergy.

Mr. Drendel has also been extremely active during his career as an advocate on behalf of injured individuals at the Nevada Supreme Court as the Chairman of the Amicus Curiae Committee of the Nevada Trial Lawyers Association, where he served from 1990 until 2006. For 15 years he coordinated strategy for over 25 precedent setting cases at the Nevada Supreme Court on behalf of injured victims in a variety of cases involving insurance, medical malpractice, products liability, construction defects, admissibility of evidence, and other diverse matters in landmark cases. Mr. Drendel also served on the Board of Governors of the Nevada Trial Lawyers Association for several years, and for five years was the editor of the Nevada Trial Lawyers Association magazine, THE ADVOCATE. During his tenure he wrote over 20 articles on various legal topics. Throughout his career he has written and served as a lecturer and moderator at seminars on a variety of legal topics concerning personal injury matters for the State Bar of Nevada, the Nevada Trial Lawyers Association, the Professional Education Society of America, the Nevada Orthopedic Society, the Peoples Law School, and other local business organizations and schools. He has also lobbied on several bills at the Nevada State Legislature regarding rights of Nevada consumers. Mr. Drendel is currently an active member of the State Bar of Nevada, American Bar Association, Nevada Justice Association and American Association of Justice.

Mr. Drendel is a Nevada native, and after graduation from the University of Nevada-Reno and McGeorge Pacific School of Law, was admitted to the Nevada bar in 1983, the U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit in 1992, and the U.S. Supreme Court in 1998.

Areas of Practice

  • Personal Injury Law on behalf of injured plaintiffs

Litigation Percentage

  • 100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Nevada, 1983
  • U.S. District Court District of Nevada, 1983
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 1983
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1988

Education

  • McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific, Sacramento, California
    • J.D. - 1983
  • University of Nevada, Reno, Nevada
    • B.A. - 1978
    • Honors: Dean's List
    • Major: History

Published Works

  • The Advocate, A Monthly Publication of the Nevada Trial Lawyers Association (Editor)

Classes/Seminars

  • Peoples Law School (Personal Injury Law), Nevada Trial Lawyers Association, 1994 - 1995
  • Bridging the Gap (Personal Injury Law), Nevada State Bar Association

Honors and Awards

  • Civility Award (American Board of Trial Advocates - Reno Chapter)
  • Badger Award (Nevada Trial Lawyers Association)

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers
  • American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), Associate, 2008 - Present
  • Litigation Counsel of America, Member, 2012 - Present
  • American Justice Association, Member, 1983 - Present
  • Nevada Justice Association, Member, 1983 - Present
  • American Trial Lawyers Association, Member, 2008 - Present
  • State Bar of Nevada, Member, 1983 - Present
  • Washoe County Bar Association, Member, 1983 - Present

Pro Bono Activities

  • Lawyer in the Library, 1990 - 1995
  • Nevada Foundation for Consumer Education, 2005 - Present