Thomas R. BradfordFounding Partner

    Thomas R. Bradford is a skilled trial attorney who advocates for hundreds of clients from many disciplines and industries throughout California facing tort liability claims with a special emphasis on medical, dental, health facilities, products liability, and complicated government tort claims.

    As a former foster parent, Mr. Bradford also dedicates a considerable amount of time leading the firm’s pro bono child advocacy program, which centers on adoption and foster care and serves as assigned Minor’s Counsel for both the Los Angeles and Orange County Superior Courts.

    Having gained considerable experience as a former healthcare administrator, Mr. Bradford has carved out a niche for himself and his practice, which deals primarily with administrative hearings and defending licensed health care providers in disciplinary proceedings brought by medical staffs, peer review bodies, and licensing actions instituted by the various State licensing boards.

    Due to his impressive record of success achieving economic resolution of disputed claims in highly sensitive and emotionally charged cases, he has become known as one of Southern California’s preeminent legal counsels for administrative matters and is often requested to serve as a hearing officer for medical staff proceedings.

    Mr. Bradford is designated as a senior fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America—a distinction shared by less than one-half of 1 percent of all U.S. lawyers. He is a vetted member of the American Board of Trial Advocates with Advocate status and a State Bar Board Certified Specialist in both Civil Trial Advocacy and Medical Malpractice. Mr. Bradford is licensed to practice before the United States Supreme Court, United States District Court, and United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit.

    Mr. Bradford graduated from Villanova University in 1972 with dual bachelor degrees in Biology and Humanities.  He earned his Master of Arts Degree in Health Care Administration in 1975 from George Washington University.  In 1982, he received his Juris Doctor Degree from Southwestern University School of Law and was admitted to the California State Bar in 1983. In 2004, he co-founded what is now Peterson · Bradford · Burkwitz with attorney George E. Peterson.

    With Mr. Bradford’s vast legal and medical field experience, he brings a unique perspective and understanding to his clients.  He also regularly shares his knowledge through seminars, panels, and other presentations geared toward hospital administrators, health care associations, volunteer agencies, universities, risk managers, and other professional organizations.