Skip To The Main Content
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
 
Thomas C. Rice
Of Counsel
 
425 Lexington Avenue
New York, NY 10017 
 
Email:
Phone: +1-212-455-3040
Fax: +1-212-455-2502

Tom Rice is Of Counsel at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP. As a prominent commercial trial lawyer with more than 35 years at the Firm, he has extensive experience in a wide variety of complex disputes, including securities, antitrust, bankruptcy litigation, ERISA and professional malpractice. Tom Co-Chairs the Board of Directors of My Sisters’ Place, an organization working to end domestic violence. He has been consistently recognized as a leader in his field by Chambers USA, The Legal 500 and Euromoney’s Benchmark Litigation.

Read Full Biography...

Accolades
  • Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business
  • The Legal 500 U.S., "Leading Lawyer"
  • Euromoney’s Benchmark Litigation, "Top 100 Trial Lawyers"
  • Euromoney’s Benchmark Litigation, Litigation Star
  • International Who’s Who of Commercial Litigators
Education
  • St. John’s University School of Law, 1981 J.D.
    St. John's Law Review, Senior Notes and Comments Editor (1980–1981)
  • St. John’s University, 1978 B.A.
    magna cum laude
Associations
  • New York State Bar Association, Litigation Section
  • American Bar Association, Litigation Section
  • Federal Bar Council
  • Board of Directors and Executive Committee, New York Lawyers for the Public Interest
  • Board of Directors and Executive Committee, My Sisters’ Place
  • The New York City Bar
Admissions
  • New York 1982
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York 1982
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of New York 1982
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Texas 1987
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of New York 2000
  • U.S. District Court Western District of New York 2000
  • U.S. District Court District of Colorado 2001
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Oklahoma 2001
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 2nd Circuit 1988
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit 2001
  • U.S. Supreme Court 1993
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit 2003
  • U.S. Court of Appeals District of Columbia Circuit 2011

Thomas C. Rice is Of Counsel at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP. As a prominent commercial trial lawyer with more than 35 years at the Firm, he has extensive experience in a wide variety of complex litigations, including securities, antitrust, bankruptcy litigation, ERISA and professional malpractice. Tom has handled many of the Firm’s most important litigations, and served in many leadership roles at the Firm, including as Co-Chair of the Firm’s Litigation Department and long-time member of the Firm’s Executive Committee.

Tom has received a variety of professional recognitions, and has been consistently recognized as a leader in his field by Chambers USAThe Legal 500 and Euromoney's Benchmark Litigation. Chambers’ sources say that Tom is “universally regarded as a very effective advocate” and “a very honorable guy”; and “When it comes to complex financial services-related litigation there are few better than him.” The Legal 500 has recognized Tom as a “Leading Lawyer,” acknowledging Tom for his work in the Firm’s “exceptionally responsive” Financial Services group; as Co-Chair of “a practice which has a big pool of multi-talented litigators, who are trained to try cases”; and identifying him as “a strong analytical mind”; a “consummate professional”; praised for his “great litigation skills”; “an excellent advocate” among a group of “top-class” attorneys, and “tactically skilled” and “hardworking.” Euromoney’s Benchmark Litigation has recognized Tom as one of the nation’s “Top 100 Trial Lawyers” as well as a National “Litigation Star” and a “New York Star.” In addition, Tom has been recognized as one of a small group of New York lawyers in The International Who’s Who of Commercial Litigators.

Tom is the author of articles on a variety of topics, including Litigation Resulting from the Credit Crunch: a Comparative Study, PLC Cross-Border (July–September 2009 issue); The Evolving Examiner: Different Role Has Emerged,” (co-author Lillian E. Kraemer) New York Law Journal, p. 7, col. 6 (February 3, 1997); “Loan Participation Issues in Bankruptcy and Workouts,” 10 Rev. of Banking and Financial Services 11 (January 26, 1994); and Lender Liability,” (co-authored with Melvin Cantor and John J. Kerr, Jr.) Lender Liability Litigation 1989 Recent Developments, 321 (New York: Practising Law Institute, 1989).   

Tom joined Simpson Thacher in 1981 and became a Partner in 1989. He is admitted to the New York Bar and in a number of federal trial and appellate courts across the United States. Tom Co-Chairs the Board of Directors of My Sisters’ Place and is a member of the Emeritus Board of New York Lawyers for the Public Interest.

News & Events

    Publications

      Industries
      Offices
      Spotlight on
      Thomas C. Rice Receives the Saint Thomas More Award from the Inner-City Scholarship Fund
      Spotlight on
      Thomas C. Rice Named to Euromoney’s Benchmark Litigation 2018 “Top 100 Trial Lawyers”