Thomas A. Mars

Litigation

Senior Counsel

  • (501) 370-1524
  • tmars@fridayfirm.com
  • (501) 244-5354

Biography

Thomas A. Mars is a highly experienced Arkansas trial lawyer who served for seven years as General Counsel of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. and four years as Chief Administrative Officer of Walmart U.S. In his role as General Counsel, Tom was responsible for an enormous portfolio of legal matters, which included thousands of lawsuits and dozens of class actions. In his role as CAO of Walmart U.S., Tom was responsible for real estate, financial services, human resources, labor relations, external relations, and compliance. Before joining Walmart, Tom served as Director of the Arkansas State Police.

The breadth and depth of Tom’s experience makes him uniquely qualified to represent individual and corporate clients in virtually any type of significant litigation, to counsel business clients in times of crisis, and to represent clients in matters that involve enforcement actions by government agencies. In the litigation arena, Tom’s accomplishments have included a number of seven-figure jury verdicts and eight-figure settlements and the successful defense of corporate defendants in high-stakes, complex litigation. His private practice experience includes business torts and contract disputes, class actions, RICO, defamation, civil rights, medical malpractice, FOIA, administrative law claims and the representation of clients in federal criminal and civil investigations.


Key Matters

Fisher Trucking v. Fleet Lease (Washington County Circuit Court)

  • Lead counsel for plaintiff in breach of contract action
  • $1 million jury verdict

Sanford v. Crittenden Memorial Hospital (U.S. District Court, E.D. Ark.)

  • Lead counsel for plaintiff in malpractice action
  • $2 million jury verdict

Pavlik v. Cargill (U.S. District Court, W.D. Ark.)

  • Lead counsel for defendant in RICO action
  • Jury verdict for defendant

Fowler v. Arkla, Inc. (Ark. Public Service Commission)

  • Lead counsel for class of utility ratepayers
  • Following partial $5.8 million settlement during trial, PSC ruled that ratepayers were entitled to an additional $17.1 million refund

Ozark Egg v. Latco (Washington County Circuit Court)

  • Lead counsel for plaintiff alleging fraud and breach of contract
  • $400,000 jury verdict

ADDvantage Media v. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (U.S. District Court, W.D. Ark.)

  • Lead counsel for public company alleging breach of contract
  • $23.5 million settlement

R.A.M. Environmental v. Taylor et al. (U.S. District Court, E.D. Ark.)

  • Lead counsel for defendants in breach of contract action
  • Jury verdict for defendant and award of damages for plaintiffs on counterclaim

Jenkins v. Doc Murdock’s (U.S. District Court, W.D. Ark.)

  • Lead counsel for individual African American plaintiffs in civil rights action
  • Jury verdict for actual and punitive damages, plus award of attorneys’ fees

Thompson v. Edward D. Jones

  • Co-class counsel in securities fraud class action
  • $15 million class settlement

Burrow v. First Commercial Trust Co. (Pulaski County Circuit Court)

  • Co-class counsel in securities fraud class action
  • $7.5 million class settlement

Education

  • J.D., University of Arkansas School of Law
    • Graduated first in class
    • Editor-in-Chief of the Law Review
    • Top score on Arkansas Bar Exam
  • B.A., Criminology, Arkansas State University

Noteworthy

  • American Bar Association “Spirit of Excellence Award”
  • Inside Counsel magazine established “Thomas Mars Transformative Leadership Award”
  • Minority Corporate Counsel Association “Diversity Award”
  • National Asian Pacific American Bar Association “President’s Award”
  • National Association of Women Lawyers “President’s Award”
  • National Action Network (Rev. Al Sharpton) “Corporate Citizen Award”

Admissions

Arkansas 1986