Senior Trial Partner Thomas A. Mobilia has defended major teaching hospitals, medical practices and individual physicians for 32 years in high exposure medical malpractice lawsuits. He has focused his practice on defending neurosurgery, obstetrics, radiology, cardiothoracic surgery, and ophthalmology actions, amongst other complex areas of medical litigation. Thomas has also represented pharmaceutical manufacturers in products liability actions involving generic drugs. Most recently, he also heads the Firm’s COVID-19 litigation group.
Thomas has served as Co-Chair of the Healthcare Professionals Committee of the New York State Bar Association. He represents physicians and healthcare professionals in disciplinary proceedings brought by the New York State Department of Health, Office of Professional Medical Conduct, and by the Office of Professional Discipline. Thomas has also defended physicians and group practices in Federal False Claims Act litigation, Federal and State investigations, and audits by the Centers of Medicare & Medicaid Services. He has served as legal advisor to one of the largest Independent Practice Associations in New York State.
A highly respected and experienced litigator, Thomas has authored numerous articles on medical malpractice litigation, as well as healthcare law, that have been published in MD News, Case and Comment, PIAA: Inside Medical Liability, Cataract & Refractive Surgery Today, and MLMIC Dateline. He is a co-author of the Legal Manual for New York Physicians, Third, Fourth and Fifth Editions, published by the New York State Bar Association and the Medical Society of the State of New York.
Thomas is AV Preeminent® rated by Martindale-Hubbell®, their highest rating. Notable awards and accolades throughout his career include the 2015 Martindale-Hubbell Client Distinction Award®, and the Martindale-Hubbell Platinum Client Champion Award® consecutively from 2017 to 2022. Less than 1% of all attorneys have qualified to receive these awards. In 2020, he received the America’s Most Honored Lawyer’s Award. Since 2010, he has been selected to New York Super Lawyers. Thomas is also a Fellow of the prestigious Litigation Counsel of America, The Trial Lawyer Honor Society.™
As a frequently requested speaker, Thomas has lectured to various medical, surgical and nursing departments of major medical centers in New York. He has been a Course Instructor on Ophthalmology Malpractice Defense at the 2012 Annual Joint Meeting of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the Asia-Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology, and the 2013-2017 Annual Meetings of the American Academy of Ophthalmology. Thomas is an active Continuing Legal Education Lecturer on Medical Malpractice Defense and Litigation, and an Invited Speaker at Continuing Medical Education Programs. He is also a Faculty Member of Lawline.com.
Thomas serves on Martin Clearwater & Bell <span class="text-llp">LLP</span>'s three partner Executive Committee. He is admitted to practice before the New York State Courts and the United States District Court, Southern and Eastern Districts of New York. He is a member of the American Bar Association, the New York State Bar Association, the New York State Medical Defense Bar Association, the American Health Lawyers Association and the Defense Research Institute.