Thomas M. Beshere


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  • University of Virginia School of Law, JD, Order of the Coif, Member; Editorial Board and Articles Review Board, Virginia Law Review, 1997
  • Duke University, BS, cum laude, 1994
  • Virginia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia

Member, Section of Business Law, American Bar Association

Member, Richmond Bar Association

Tom's practice focuses primarily on complex commercial and business litigation, with a focus on the banking and financial services industries.  He has advised and represented a major national bank in litigation over mortgage foreclosure practices, trust administration, check fraud, and two attempted class actions over check-cashing fees.  He also has represented an automotive finance company in litigation to recover amounts due under a floorplan financing agreement.

Tom’s experience also includes work for clients in multiple other industries, including chemicals and synthetics manufacturing, information and technology consulting, accounting, utilities, telecommunications, Internet service providers, and agriculture. He has served in lead and key supporting roles in a variety of cases in state and federal courts at both the trial and appellate level, including corporate governance matters, shareholder derivative actions, trade secret litigation, borrower/lender and guarantor litigation, contract disputes, deceptive business practice claims, commercial tort claims, and environmental litigation.

Tom also works with the firm's Government Investigations and White Collar Litigation Department, helping to represent and advise businesses and individuals facing inquiries, investigations and enforcement actions by state and federal government agencies, including the U.S. Department of Justice. He has worked on civil and criminal matters involving allegations of export control violations, RICO violations, securities and accounting fraud, and federal program fraud. His experience includes assisting with internal investigations, coordinating and preparing responses to government subpoenas and information requests, and participating in negotiations of deferred prosecution agreements.

Before joining McGuireWoods, Tom served for two years as a law clerk for Judge Patrick Michael Duffy of the U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina.

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Thomas M Beshere
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Advised a major national bank as national oversight counsel in connection with mortgage foreclosure litigation.

Representation of a major national bank in defense of claims alleging trust mismanagement.

Representation of a major national bank in litigation arising from massive check fraud by an account holder’s employee.

Served on the trial team that obtained a verdict of over $919 million on behalf of a Fortune 100 company in a trade secret misappropriation case in Virginia federal court.

Lead counsel in representation of a medical laboratory testing company in a contract dispute in Virginia state court.

Representation of a Fortune 100 company in a trade secret misappropriation case in Virginia federal court.

Representation of a government contractor in litigation involving shareholder derivative claims and corporate governance matters.

Representation of a major national bank in defense against a pair of attempted class actions challenging the assessment of check-cashing fees, resulting in dismissal of all claims against the client.

Representation of a large international conglomerate in multi-district securities litigation related to corporate governance issues.

Lead attorney in representation of an automotive financing company in successful claims against a dealership and its guarantors for breaches of financing agreements and misappropriation of auto sale proceeds (obtained summary judgment for the full amount of compensatory damages sought, plus pre-judgment interest and attorney's fees).

Representation of a government contractor in a federal investigation of alleged violations of export control laws, resulting in a deferred prosecution agreement.

Representation of a Big Four accounting firm in litigation matters and government inquiries related to a large, high-profile corporate bankruptcy.

Multi-year representation of a major Internet service provider in a federal investigation of alleged securities and accounting fraud (substantial involvement in coordination and oversight of large-scale document collection, review and production to the U.S. Department of Justice and Securities and Exchange Commission).

Representation of a major chemical and synthetics company in a pair of related lawsuits, resulting in recovery for the client of the full amount sought in a contract claim and the successful defense of a commercial defamation claim against the client.

Author, "When to Share Work Product in Government Investigations," Corporate Counsel, April 3, 2013
Co-author, "Second Circuit Affirms Dismissal of Securities Fraud Claims Against PricewaterhouseCoopers in Doral Litigation," Professional Liability Litigation Committee of the ABA Section on Litigation, January 2010
Author, "Questions For International Accounting Firm Networks," Law360, August 20, 2009
Presenter, "Trade Secrets and Lessons Learned from DuPont v. Kolon Industries," 23rd Annual Employment Law Update, Virginia CLE, May 2014