THOMAS J. HAYEK
Tom provides counsel in professional negligence cases, product liability claims, aviation litigation, and general personal injury cases. He has tried numerous cases to verdict in Illinois and Missouri, and has argued multiple appeals before the state appellate courts in Illinois and Missouri, as well as the United States Courts of Appeal for the 7th and 8th Circuits. Tom has been admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court. In addition, Tom has represented aviation professionals before the National Transportation Safety Board.
In 2015, Tom retired after 30 years of service in the United States Air Force, both active duty and with the Air National Guard, achieving the rank of Colonel. His last assignment was as the Commander of the 231st Civil Engineer Flight, a unit of degreed engineers providing design and construction management services for military personnel across the globe. He served tours of duty in Afghanistan and Iraq. Tom was awarded the Legion of Merit for his career achievements, as well as the Bronze Star for his service as the Officer-In-Charge of Detachment 14, 732nd Expeditionary Civil Engineer Squadron in Al Asad, Iraq from December 2007 – June 2008. He was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal and the Army Commendation Medal for his service in Afghanistan from December 2004 through June 2005.
Tom has been asked to speak to the Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel, the St. Louis Association of Healthcare Risk Managers, client hospitals and aviation organizations concerning current issues in healthcare and aviation litigation. In order to assist our clients due to the rapidly increasing use of drones in business, Tom recently obtained from the FAA his Remote Pilot Certificate for Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems. He previously obtained his Commercial Pilot’s Certificate, with Multi-Engine and Instrument Ratings, having accumulated 700+ flying hours.
Tom obtained his Bachelor of Science degree Electrical Engineering from the University of Missouri-Columbia, and his Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Washington University where he concentrated his study in Biomedical Engineering. After working for a local hospital group, Tom attended law school at St. Louis University where he received the Everett Hullverson Award for Excellence in Trial Advocacy, and obtained his Juris Doctorate.
Tom, his wife Catherine, and their two children Ellen (25) and Tommy (23) enjoy running, hiking, outdoor activities, and are active in their church.