Michigan Super Lawyer 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
GCBA President 1994-1995
President Flint Trial Lawyers 1991-1994
Lawyers Weekly Leader of the Law 2011
Tom R. Pabst
As a trial attorney, Tom R. Pabst is recognized by Judges as being in the top 5% of attorneys in Michigan. Trial experience includes over 80 major trials with substantial verdicts in the following areas of law: wrongful discharge, civil rights, Whistleblower Protection Act, Federal Constitutional rights, personal injury, medical malpractice and commercial litigation (such as fire loss, minority shareholder oppression and contract disputes). See “Our Cases” section for more details.
Tom R. Pabst has dedicated his legal career to obtaining justice for the underdog, the weak, the powerless and those without a voice.
Attorney Tom R. Pabst has been practicing law since November, 1977, having both a law degree and a master’s in tax degree (with an all-A average) from Wayne State University.
Awards include being recognized as a 2011 “Leader in the Law” in Michigan (see Michigan Lawyers Weekly issue 25 Mich L.W. 411 and Article "Tom R. Pabst - Leaders in the Law 2011" by Douglas Levy), and a Michigan “Super Lawyer” for the past six straight years (see superlawyers.com bio).
Notable positions include being the President of the Genesee County Bar Association (1994-95), the President of the Flint Trial Lawyers Association (1991-1994) and a Chairperson of the Bench and Bar Committee.
Articles written by Tom R. Pabst include: "Increased Protection for Whistleblowers of Michigan", Michigan State Bar Journal; ""Motive Counts in WPA Cases" - Court of Appeals (2011) -- "No It Doesn't" - Michigan Supreme Court (2013)", BarBeat May/June 2013.
For more information, see Tom R. Pabst's C.V.
Attorney Michael A. Kowalko of Tom R. Pabst, P.C. has been practicing law since 1984. He is a graduate of Northern Michigan University (1980) and the Detroit College of Law (1984).
Notable positions include being the 2011-2012 President of the Flint Trial Lawyers Association and a member of the Board of Directors of the Genesee County Bar Association (2011-2014).
Career highlights include being a guest attorney on the Phil Donahue Show (1992) and being invited, and giving a seminar, to the Michigan Trial Lawyers Association concerning “Presenting Aggravation of Injury Cases to a Jury” (2001).
Trial experience includes approximately 25 jury trials in Federal District Court, State Circuit Court and State District Court. Additionally, he has successfully tried numerous social security disability and workers compensation claims in administrative hearings.
Appellate experience includes appellate briefs and oral arguments in the Michigan Court of Appeals, the Michigan Supreme Court and the Federal Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.
Notable published cases include being lead trial and appellate counsel in Warden v Fenton Lanes, Inc., 197 Mich App 618 (1992), appeal den’d 444 Mich 940 (1994), the leading Michigan case on the effect of the collateral source statute, MCLA 600.6303(1), on MCR 2.405 Offers of Judgment.
Michael A. Kowalko joined the law firm of Tom R. Pabst, P.C. in 1996 and proudly works with the Tom R. Pabst team of attorneys to obtain justice for their clients.
Jarrett M. Pabst
Attorney Jarrett M. Pabst has been practicing law since 2010. He is a graduate from Michigan State University (2004) and Cooley Law School (2009). Like the other firm attorneys, Jarrett is a member of the Genesee County Bar Association, the Saginaw County Bar Association, the Shiawassee County Bar Association, the Michigan Association for Justice and the Flint Trial Lawyers Association.
In keeping with family tradition, Jarrett has a passion for helping the "average man" obtain well-deserved justice, and stopping big business in its tracks. Jarrett is well versed in civil statutes, especially the Whistleblower Protection Act and the Elliot Larson Civil Rights Act. Though only a few years into his career, Jarrett has assisted in preparations for several trials, including: Jones, et al v. City of Flint Schools, et al, Lang v. Noyce, and Garvin v Williams, et al, all of which are recent victories.
He has also assisted in legal research for Michigan Supreme Court briefs, including: Whitman v. City of Burton, et al, and State of Michigan Court of Appeals briefs, including Garvin v. Detroit Public Schools, et al.