Thomas McDermott

Thomas McDermott


Thomas McDermott specializes in litigation, often representing employers and insurers in maritime matters. He also handles business disputes, employment claims and general litigation. Thomas represents professionals before state licensing boards, and in legal and accounting malpractice claims.

Since joining Lindsay Hart in 1976, Thomas accumulated more than 45 years of trial experience in federal and state courts and other administrative forums.

He also shines in the pro bono arena, sharing his legal talents by representing adoption reform advocates. He worked to uphold the landmark Measure 58, which allows adult adoptees in Oregon to obtain their original birth certificates. He stuck with the case from the trial court to the U.S. Supreme Court.

“It was a civil rights issue,” he said. “More than 6,000 adoptees have accessed their original birth certificates, and there’s not been a single reported bad outcome.”

He is a member of the Oregon State Bar and U.S. District Court, District of Oregon. He is also a member of the Multnomah Bar Association, Maritime Law Association and Best Lawyers in America.

Thomas received his law degree from Hastings College of Law at the University of California and clerked for the Honorable Frank K. Richardson, California Supreme Court. He is a graduate of Villanova University and served for four years in the U.S. Navy before law school, including as an Admiral’s Aide.

Thomas was selected as the Maritime Lawyer of the Year in 2022 by Best Lawyers in America.

AV® Peer Review Rated by Martindale—Hubbell

We are passionate advocates for our clients. I work collaboratively with them, especially in the arena of professional licensing. State agencies have a lot of power to revoke a professional’s ability to earn a living, be it a physician, psychologist, chiropractor or other licensed professional.

– Thomas McDermott

Practice Areas

  • Commercial Litigation
  • Corporate / Business Law
  • Employment Law
  • Health Law
  • Healthcare Licensing & Board Matters
  • Insurance Law
  • Maritime & Longshore
  • Professional Liability Defense


  • J.D. – University of California Hastings
  • B.S. – Villanova University

  • Maritime Maladies and Mortalities: A Survey of Recent Personal Injury and Death Damages, Pacific Admiralty Seminar, October 2008

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