Thomas “Tommy” Gayle graduated from Loyola University Chicago School of Law in 2007 after earning a B.S. in business management from Louisiana State University. While in law school he served as a summer extern with the Office of the Cook County Public Defender, and he was a member of the Loyola Health Law Society.
Mr. Gayle began his career with one of Illinois’s largest petitioner/employee focused workers’ compensation law firms where he practiced for eight years and achieved partner status. In early 2016 he accepted an opportunity to represent corporate and institutional employers in the defense of Illinois workers’ compensation claims. Through this combined experience Mr. Gayle has attained exceptional knowledge of medical conditions associated with injury. He has handled thousands of claims giving him vast experience in medical expert depositions, Illinois workers’ compensation bench trials, and civil appeals. Additionally, he has frequently advocated for his clients before the Illinois Appellate Court.
Mr. Gayle’s experience and expertise earned his recognition as a Rising Star by Illinois Super Lawyers in 2016, 2017, and 2018. He served as chairman of the young lawyers section of the Workers’ Compensation Lawyers Association (WCLA), an Illinois bar organization. He has presented continuing legal education lectures in an auditorium setting before the WCLA membership, and has presented several topics as a guest lecturer at a prominent Chicago law school.
Mr. Gayle joined the law firm of Atkinson, Haskins, Nellis, Brittingham, Gladd & Fiasco in early 2018 where his practice is focused in the area of civil litigation. He is admitted to practice law in Illinois and Louisiana, and has filed in Oklahoma a motion for admission on reciprocity; admission expected mid-2018.