Attorneys Profiles

C. Thomas Schweizer

Position: Member

Address: Herzfeld & Rubin, P.C.
125 Broad Street, New York, NY, 10004

Phone: (212) 471-8522

Fax: (212) 344-3333



Thomas Schweizer is an experienced litigator who has been directly involved in the defense of Products Liability and technical aspects of commercial lawsuits from inception through investigation, discovery, trial and the appellate process. He has represented some of the world’s largest manufacturing companies in complex vehicle (automobile and truck), marine engines (ocean-going ships and pleasure craft) litigation and has successfully developed substantial defenses in multi-million dollar cases against nationally recognized opposing counsel. In commercial matters Thomas is often called upon to participate in the technical aspects of lawsuits such as a matter involving software simulation of a missile guidance system.

He has worked closely with experts and consultants in developing defenses in a broad variety of disciplines including design, warnings, manufacture, accident reconstruction, automotive safety, bio-mechanics, injury causation, state of the art, materials science, product testing, computer software and electronics.

Thomas has received Martindale Hubbell's highest peer review rating of “Preeminent™ 5.0 out of 5.”

Bar Admissions:
State of New York, 1977
U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, 1980
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York, 1983
U.S Supreme Court, 1983

Lake Forest College, Lake Forest, Illinois 1961 B.A. Physics, Mathematics & Chemistry
Long Island University, C.W. Post University, Brookville, New York, 1971 M.S. Management Engineering
St. John’s Law School, Queens, New York, 1976 J.D.

Pro Bono Activities:
Served as Counsel, Finance Chairperson and as a member of the Board of Trustees for a Religious organization.

Representative Cases:
Volkswagen A.G. v. Falzon, 461 U.S. 1303 (1983)
(fatal vehicle collision);

Jugle v. Volkswagen of America, Inc.
955 F. Supp. 576 (D. Vt. 1997)
(fatal vehicle fire, defense verdict);

Moisenko v. Volkswagen Aktiengesellschaft,
100 F. Supp 2d 489 (W.D. Mich. 2000)
(fatal ejection, from vehicle, summary judgment granted);

Volkswagen of America v. Ramirez, 159 S.W. 3d 897(Tex. 2004)
(fatal vehicle collision, defense result);

Garayan v. Volkswagen A.G.,
Superior Court, Los Angeles, CA (2002)
(vehicle rollover, quadriplegic, defense verdict);

Milne v. Volkswagen A.G., U.S. District Court,
Burlington VT (2009)
(vehicle rollover, quadriplegic, defense verdict).

Professional Associations and Memberships:
New York State Bar Association
American Bar Association

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