Washington, DC – The Members of telecommunications, media, and technology law firm Fletcher, Heald & Hildreth, PLC are proud to announce that they have elected Thomas F. Urban II as a Member of the Firm effective immediately. Joining the firm in January 2020, Mr. Urban had an impactful first year with his active litigation practice, especially in response to COVID-19. Not only has Mr. Urban continued to have a substantial hearing and deposition schedule (remotely); he has even written on the effect of the COVID pandemic on contract law and is in the process of authoring a piece on the proposed adoption of class actions in Virginia.
“It is an honor to join the membership at FHH,” said Mr. Urban. “I am looking forward to bolstering the firm’s already outstanding litigation practice for many years to come.”
Mr. Urban is an experienced class action litigator, as well as a veteran trial lawyer in both federal and Virginia state courts, with particular knowledge in serving as local counsel in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. Thomas F. Urban II began his career as an attorney for the large national law firms of Williams & Connolly and King & Spalding, defending international corporations such as General Electric Aircraft Engines, Novartis Pharmaceuticals, and USAA Insurance Company. Since he began practicing law in 1991, Mr. Urban has engaged in high-stakes litigation across the United States.
Mr. Urban’s practice has included a wide variety of civil litigation, previously including matters involving class actions, RICO cases, complex civil fraud lawsuits, trade secret litigation, and computer crime proceedings, as well as complex commercial and product liability cases. In the past, Mr. Urban has served as national coordinating counsel for a drug company in products liability litigation, successfully defending a corporate client in a jury trial in Galveston, Texas, and has prevailed in several jury trials in D.C. and Virginia, as well as a complex appeal before the Supreme Court of Virginia. His other representations have included issues involving antitrust, qui tam, sex and race discrimination, Americans with Disabilities, attorney ethics, and First Amendment disputes.
In addition, Mr. Urban has maintained a substantial pro bono practice, representing children with autism in Northern Virginia, pursuing a prisoners’ rights case before the D.C. Court of Appeals, filing an opposition to a petition for certiorari in a highly publicized case for the Southern Poverty Law Center in the U.S. Supreme Court, and representing TransAfrica protestors in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. He has also served as an attorney in the Special Litigation section of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division.
He holds a J.D. from Georgetown University where he graduated magna cum laude, as well as a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from Texas A&M University.
We welcome Tom to the membership.