Thomas E. Hastings
The founder of The Hastings Law Firm, Tom Hastings was born and raised in Indianapolis, Indiana. He came from a large family. Tom’s father was an Indianapolis police officer for the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department for many years and his mother was a homemaker. Tom graduated from Lawrence Central High School in 1976, Wabash College in 1980, and Indiana University School of Law, Indianapolis in 1983.
Tom passed the Indiana Bar Exam and was admitted to the Indiana Bar in 1983 and admitted to the Southern and Northern District Federal Courts of Indiana in 1983 the Seventh Circuit U. S. Court of Appeals in 1992. In 2012, Tom was admitted to the New Mexico Bar.
Throughout his career, Tom has tried over 190 jury trials and handled approximately 30 appeals. Tom’s law practice is focused on those who have sustained severe injuries and families of victims who have lost loved ones to wrongful death. Most of these injuries and deaths were caused in fire and explosions and construction accidents. In recent years, some of the more serious cases have been representing families whose children have been killed, injured or abused. Because of his trial experience, many cases are referred by clients and other attorneys.
Tom is a member of many professional associations, most specifically the Indiana Trial Lawyers Association (ITLA) and The American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA). He has been a member of ITLA since 1985 and recently served as the Secretary on the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee. Tom is also Past President of the Indiana ABOTA Chapter and a National Board Member. ABOTA is dedicated to preservation of the 7th Amendment right to jury trial and attorney civility. Tom has lectured and presented on various legal topics at numerous seminars and conferences during his career, with his primary topic being that of civility.
Tom no longer represents clients in his of-counsel position. He currently works as an advisor to the firm attorneys, most especially in the areas of burn and explosion, wrongful death and personal injury.
- Indiana State Bar, 1983
- U.S. District Court Northern District of Indiana, 1983
- U.S. District Court Southern District of Indiana, 1983
- Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, 1997
- New Mexico State Bar, 2012
- Indiana University School of Law – Indianapolis, J.D. 1983
- Wabash College, B.A. 1980