E. Thomas McCarthy, Jr. of Grand Rapids, Michigan, is a seasoned trial lawyer with a well-earned reputation for achieving justice for his clients. Tom joined Smith Haughey in 1978 and, with the exception of three years during which he worked with a small plaintiff firm, has been an important part of Smith Haughey's litigation team ever since. Over the years, Tom has handled and tried a wide variety of civil and criminal cases, for both plaintiffs and defendants. The focus of his practice now is the representation of seriously injured people. Tom maintains a statewide practice representing people and families whose lives have been damaged through the negligent or wrongful conduct of others, securing compensation for trauma survivors and other victims of personal injury and wrongful death. Tom has helped clients recover millions in settlements and verdicts, and was named by Best Lawyers as "Grand Rapids Personal Injury Litigator of the Year" for 2009 and 2013. He serves as Co-Chair of the firm's Plaintiff Personal Injury Practice Group.