Lawyers

Raleigh
421 Fayetteville Street
Suite 330
Raleigh, NC 27601


Education

J.D., University of California, Hastings College of the Law, 1982

  • Note Editor, Constitutional Law Quarterly

B.A., University of California at Los Angeles, 1979

Externship

Hon. Thelton E. Henderson U.S. District Court, Northern District of California

Honors

Who’s Who Legal: Product Liability Defense: 2016-2017 edition - Top Product Liability Defense Lawyers in the United States of America

Top Rated Lawyer-AV® Preeminent™, Martindale-Hubbell

Best Lawyers in America® distinction in Environmental Law (2016-2018)

Outstanding Chair of the Year Award as Chair of the DRI Medical Liability and Health Care Law Committee

Who’s Who Legal: Product Liability Defense 2017 - Top Five Product Liability Defense Lawyers in North Carolina

Who’s Who Legal California: Product Liability Defense Lawyers (2009-2010), “...a fabulous practitioner ...[who] has worked on cases involving drugs…”

Super Lawyers® distinction in Environmental Litigation; Professional Liability: Defense; and Personal Injury Defense: Products (2005-2016)

Expert Guide to U.S. Product Liability Lawyers, The Legal Media Group

Best Lawyers in North Carolina, Our State Magazine, (December 2015)

Mr. Packer handles product liability, environmental, professional liability and Directors, Officers and Shareholder matters, with his experience including lead defense counsel roles in jury trials and arbitrations. He has acted as national coordinating counsel in pharmaceutical, food contamination and dietary supplement litigation. He has defended matters involving drugs, toxic torts, silica and asbestos cases, groundwater contamination, food related litigation and professional liability cases, including health care and legal malpractice defense.

Mr. Packer is General Counsel to Gordon & Rees and in charge of the firm's risk management program.

Admissions

California
Oregon
North Carolina

Memberships

Food and Drug Law Institute
Defense Research Institute's National Board of Directors, 2003-2006
Chair of Defense Research Institute 2006 Annual Meeting
U.S. Chair of DRI - Europe, 2007-2009
Board of Directors of the Association of Defense Counsel of Northern California & Nevada, 1999-2002
MDL 875 Asbestos Litigation Defense Steering Committee  
Association of Professional Liability Lawyers
North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys (Chair, Product Liability Committee)

Community Involvement

Member of Rotary Club of Raleigh, NC

Former President of the Tiburon Peninsula Club.

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Contact

(984) 242-1787

tpacker@grsm.com


Offices

Raleigh

Education

J.D., University of California, Hastings College of the Law, 1982

  • Note Editor, Constitutional Law Quarterly

B.A., University of California at Los Angeles, 1979

Externship

Hon. Thelton E. Henderson U.S. District Court, Northern District of California

Honors

Who’s Who Legal: Product Liability Defense: 2016-2017 edition - Top Product Liability Defense Lawyers in the United States of America

Top Rated Lawyer-AV® Preeminent™, Martindale-Hubbell

Best Lawyers in America® distinction in Environmental Law (2016-2018)

Outstanding Chair of the Year Award as Chair of the DRI Medical Liability and Health Care Law Committee

Who’s Who Legal: Product Liability Defense 2017 - Top Five Product Liability Defense Lawyers in North Carolina

Who’s Who Legal California: Product Liability Defense Lawyers (2009-2010), “...a fabulous practitioner ...[who] has worked on cases involving drugs…”

Super Lawyers® distinction in Environmental Litigation; Professional Liability: Defense; and Personal Injury Defense: Products (2005-2016)

Expert Guide to U.S. Product Liability Lawyers, The Legal Media Group

Best Lawyers in North Carolina, Our State Magazine, (December 2015)

Thomas A. Packer

Office Managing Partner

Practices

Biography

Mr. Packer handles product liability, environmental, professional liability and Directors, Officers and Shareholder matters, with his experience including lead defense counsel roles in jury trials and arbitrations. He has acted as national coordinating counsel in pharmaceutical, food contamination and dietary supplement litigation. He has defended matters involving drugs, toxic torts, silica and asbestos cases, groundwater contamination, food related litigation and professional liability cases, including health care and legal malpractice defense.

Mr. Packer is General Counsel to Gordon & Rees and in charge of the firm's risk management program.

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Admissions

California
Oregon
North Carolina

Memberships

Food and Drug Law Institute
Defense Research Institute's National Board of Directors, 2003-2006
Chair of Defense Research Institute 2006 Annual Meeting
U.S. Chair of DRI - Europe, 2007-2009
Board of Directors of the Association of Defense Counsel of Northern California & Nevada, 1999-2002
MDL 875 Asbestos Litigation Defense Steering Committee  
Association of Professional Liability Lawyers
North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys (Chair, Product Liability Committee)

Community Involvement

Member of Rotary Club of Raleigh, NC

Former President of the Tiburon Peninsula Club.

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