Thomas W. Seiler is a leading commercial litigation and personal injury lawyer based in Provo, Utah. Over the course of his forty-year career, Mr. Seiler has earned a prestigious reputation throughout the Utah legal community as a diligent, experienced and knowledgeable advocate. He is currently a partner with the law firm Robinson, Seiler & Anderson, LC, where he has earned the prestigious AV® rating from Martindale-Hubbell® and was recently named one of the top 100 Mountain States Attorneys by Super Lawyers Magazine in their 2013 edition, among many other honors.
Looking back, Mr. Seiler recalls his decision to go into law as a young boy growing up in a small ranching town in Northern California:
I've never wanted to do anything else. I realized I wanted to be a lawyer when I was twelve years old. I went to school with twins whose dad was a lawyer, and he was very active in the community. Everybody liked him and respected him. So I came back from school one day and told my mom that I was going to be a lawyer and she went to the local librarian to get some books for me that she thought a boy my age that was going to be a lawyer ought to read. I read them and really never changed my mind.
Mr. Seiler earned his Bachelor of Science in 1972 from Brigham Young University and went on to serve in the JAG Corps in the U.S. military for two years. He returned to Brigham Young’s J. Reuben Clark Law School where he earned his Juris Doctor in 1977.
Since beginning his law career, Mr. Seiler has garnered extensive experience in a broad range of personal injury, commercial, and civil litigation, including cases involving banking and finance and employment law. He has also undertaken a significant amount of appellate work.
In addition to representing numerous corporate and individual clients, Mr. Seiler has long been committed to advancing the legal profession and serving the civic and community life of Provo and the state of Utah. Since 1991, he has served on the Advisory Committee to the Utah Supreme Court on the Rules of Evidence. He also has served as an Examiner in Torts for the Utah State Bar since 1994 and has served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Utah Association for Justice since 1997. Additionally, Mr. Seiler is a Co-Founder of Law Help, a program which provides legal assistance to low-income residents of Utah.
This position of prominence gives Mr. Seiler a unique vantage point from which to follow prevailing trends in his area of practice. In particular, he has been paying close attention to the decreasing number of jury trials, a development he notes is of great concern to him:
A few years ago, we were trying around five percent of civil cases at the federal level, and now we’re that number is only about one percent. That's bad for many reasons: it doesn't give enough time or enough cases to create precedents, it doesn't allow people to have their day in court, and it’s not a good way to gauge the value of a case. When you settle a case, as opposed to litigating it in court, you don't have as many verdicts to look at, and so it’s hard to reach a consensus.
After more than four decades of successful practice behind him, Mr. Seiler looks forward to continuing to represent clients with quality legal services. “That’s been both my short and long-term goal for the last forty years,” he notes, “and that’s my goal for however long I stay in practice.” Additionally, he plans to mentor some of the younger attorneys that recently joined his firm.
AV® Preeminent™, Martindale-Hubbell® • Mountain States Super Lawyers® (2007, 2012) • Top 100 Mountain States Attorneys, Super Lawyers Magazine (2013) • America’s Top 100 Attorneys • The Global Directory of Who’s Who, Top Lawyer (2016) • Master of the Bench, American Inns of Court (1990-present) • National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Trial Lawyers: Utah (2012) • Utah Legal Elite – Civil Litigation, Utah Business Magazine (2011) • Top Lawyers Named By Their Peers, Utah Business Magazine (2010) • Top 100 Personal Injury Litigators in Utah, Utah Business Magazine (2005) • Top 100 Commercial Litigators in Utah, Utah Business Magazine, (2005)
Brigham Young University, J. Reuben Clark Law School, Provo, Utah, J.D., 1977 • Brigham Young University, B.S., 1972
Utah • U.S. Supreme Court of The United States
President, Central Utah Bar Association (1992-present) • Advisory Committee, Utah Supreme Court (1991-present) • Examiner in Torts, Bar Commissioner, Utah State Bar (1994-present) • Board of Directors, Utah Association for Justice (1997-present) • National Trial Lawyers Associations (2010-present) • Utah State Representative, Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals Advisory Board, American Inns of Court • Co-Founder, Law Help