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Thomas M. Bond, Esq.

Thomas M. Bond, Esq. is a trial lawyer and proctor in admiralty who has specialized in litigation for over thirty-five years. His trial practice, includes Admiralty and Maritime Law, Construction, Product Liability, Automobile, Personal Injury and General Liability.

Mr. Bond, who regularly practices in federal and state court, has argued or briefed over twenty five cases before various courts of appeal, including the United States Supreme Court, the First Circuit Court of Appeals, and the Massachusetts Appeals Court.

He has earned an AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell the highest rating available in recognition of his attainment of the height of professional excellence and the highest levels of skill and integrity.

A frequent lecturer on Admiralty Law at Suffolk University Law School in Boston, Massachusetts, Mr. Bond has also lectured nationally before the Tulane Admiralty Law Institute in New Orleans and the American Association for Justice.

He is currently president-elect of the Massachusetts Bar Association, the only statewide bar association and an organization with nearly 10,000 members. He is a member of the Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys and a past Governor and member of its Executive Committee. Mr. Bond is also a member of the American and Massachusetts Bar Associations and the American Association for Justice and has degrees from Northeastern University (B.S., summa cum laude, 1982) and Suffolk University Law School (J.D., 1985).

Attorney Thomas M. Bond has achieved a Martindale Hubbell “AV” rating from his peers, which ranks him at the highest level of professional excellence and character. He has taught and lectured locally at Suffolk University and New England Law Schools, the Massachusetts and Boston Bar Associations, the Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys, and Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education. He has also presented nationally before the American Trial Association, the Tulane Admiralty Law Institute, and the American Association for Justice.

Attorney Bond lives in Middlesex County with his wife of 36 years and their rescue lab, Murphy.   (And now that their daughters have grown up and moved out of the house, Murphy now rules the house!)

Areas of Practice:

Admiralty and Maritime Law

Product Liability



Personal Injury

General Liability

Litigation Percentage:

100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions:

Massachusetts, 1985

U.S. Federal Courts, 1988

U.S. Court of Appeals 1st Circuit, 1988

U.S. Supreme Court, 1992


Suffolk University Law School, Boston, Massachusetts, 1985

Northeastern University, Boston, Massachusetts, 1982
Honors: Summa Cum Laude

Honors and Awards:

“AV” Rating, Martindale-Hubbell

Professional Associations and Memberships:

Massachusetts Bar Association Member

American Association for Justice Member

Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys (Former Governor and Member of Executive Council)

Massachusetts Bar Association President-Elect and Incoming President, September 2021.


Phi Kappa Phi

Teaching & Seminars

Attorney Tom Bond moderates the following “View from the Bench” seminars of the Massachusetts Bar Association:

National Presenter

  • Tulane University Admiralty Law Institute, 2005: “A Uniform definition of ‘Vessel’ under the Jones Act and LHWCA”
  • American Trial Lawyer’s Association, 2008: “The ISM Code”
  • American Association for Justice, 2017: The Seaman’s Protection “Whistleblower” Act
  • American Trial Lawyer’s Association, 2005: Stewart v. Dutra Construction (victory by Kaplan/Bond Group in United States Supreme Court)
Law Schools
  • Suffolk University Law School, 2003 – present: Maritime Injury Law
  • New England School of Law, 2016: Mediations
  • Tulane University Law School, Admiralty Law Institute 2005: “What is a Vessel?”
Bar Associations and Other Organizations
  • Tabor Academy, 2003: “Admiralty Law for the General Practitioner”
  • Newburyport Maritime Museum, 2016: “Maritime Plaintiffs: Seamen Harbor Workers, Longshoremen, and Recreational Workers
  • Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, 2013: “Maritime Law Welcome Aboard”
  • Suffolk University Law School, 2011: “Maritime Mishaps and Mistakes”
  • Mariner’s Club, 2016: “Maritime Plaintiff’s Lawyer’s Perspective”
  • Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys, 2012: “Preserving the Record for Appeal”
  • Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys, 2016: “Federal Forms & Filings: Fast Overview”
  • Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys, 2016: “The Federal Rules”
  • Massachusetts Defense Lawyers Association/Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys, 2015: “Preserving the Record for Appeal”
  • Boston Bar Association, 2016: “Changes to the Federal Rules”