Over the past 19 years of practice, Tom Selby has concentrated his practice in two (usually) distinct areas: patent and licensing litigation and professional liability defense. He serves as Co-Head of the firm’s Patent Litigation practice group working on patent and licensing litigation, and at the same time represents accounting firms in major regulatory and trial matters.
Tom has represented clients in intellectual property disputes over software, biotech, pharmaceutical, medical device, and communications technologies. His clients have included Dropbox, Pfizer, Intel, Danaher, Medtronic, and many other smaller companies. He recently served as lead counsel in an international patent licensing arbitration in which W&C’s client prevailed on all issues. Tom was lead counsel for ACell, Inc. in successful inter partes interference proceedings, that followed successful federal court litigation. Tom has been recognized in the 2014-2018 editions of Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers Magazine under the category of Intellectual Property Litigation and has been listed as a “Life Science Star” in the 2015-2017 editions of LMG Life Sciences.
The other major focus of his practice is accountants’ liability: for more than a decade, Tom has represented a national audit and accounting firm in over 35 litigation and regulatory matters. Tom served as co-lead defending accountants in litigation over the Madoff fraud, and in the collapse of the Sentinel investment firm, in which the principal was convicted in what prosecutors called one of the largest criminal fraud cases ever to come out of Chicago. Although the vast bulk of these accounting matters involved GAAP and GAAS disputes, Tom has also handled litigation involving tax services, securities, non-competition, and employment/whistleblower issues. Tom has represented accountants and auditors in investigations by state and federal regulators, the Department of Justice, and the federal Office of Inspector General.
In his pro bono practice, in Tom currently represents immigrants targeted in the “zero tolerance” program that separated families. He previously was lead defense counsel in a felony criminal trial in the District of Columbia in which the jury returned a not guilty verdict on all counts. He represents a client on Louisiana’s death row in post-conviction proceedings, and has also handled matters through the firm’s partnership with the Montgomery County Public Defender’s office, including an additional criminal jury trial.
Last updated october 2018