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The family of a Marine veteran who died at a Veterans Affairs facility in Tomah, Wis., due to a toxic mixture of more than a dozen drugs, filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the U.S. government, the Associated Press reported late Monday. Jason Simcakoski died in 2014. His family is arguing the VA caregivers improperly prescribed and administered drugs. The suit also alleges the government agency did not provide sufficient...
Whole grain oats, peanuts and…pesticide? On Wednesday, three lawsuits were filed against General Mills' granola bar purveyor Nature Valley. The company’s snack bars are currently labeled as being made with “100% natural whole grain oats." But one lawsuit alleges that they actually contain small quantities of the pesticide glyphosate. According to the litigation, filed in District Courts in New York, California, and...
Metro police have dedicated extra resources to figuring out what's behind a man peering into the windows of homes in Franklin Township. No arrests have been made and police are uncertain a crime has even been committed. The video is clear. The man can be seen walking up to the house. at one point, barking dogs seem to scare him away. But another time, he looks into windows, comes back again and even tries the keypad. ...Click...
The FBI is probing whether any illegal activity led to the creation and passage of Indiana’s contentious new vaping law. State Sen. Phil Boots, a Crawfordsville Republican, told IBJ he spoke with an FBI agent about the law more than a month ago. And Evan McMahon, who runs an advocacy group that had opposed the law, also told IBJ he talked to an FBI agent “a week or so ago.” He said they had an in-depth conversation about the...
Celebrity hair stylist, Chaz Dean, creator of the popular Wen hair care products, and the products manufacturer, Guthy-Renker LLC, have proposed a $26.25 million settlement to end class action claims filed by women across the country who allege that the product, which is promoted as containing no harsh chemicals, left them with severe hair loss and bald spots. More than 200 women have joined the class since lead plaintiff, Amy...

Thomas E. Hastings

Thomas E.

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.

Bar Admissions:

  • 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

Professional Associations:

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