Thomas N. Vanderford, Jr. Esq.

Hyundai Motor America

Thomas N. Vanderford, Jr. is the Associate General Counsel and Executive Director of Litigation for Hyundai Motor America, located in Costa Mesa, California. He has practiced law at Hyundai Motor America since 1992. Mr. Vanderford oversees Hyundai's litigation throughout the U.S. and its territories. He has participated in trials and appeals across the U.S. and in Canada.

Mr. Vanderford is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation. He is a member of the Product Liability Advisory Council, International Association of Defense Counsel, the Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel and Defense Research Institute.

After law school, Mr. Vanderford joined the litigation section of Pillsbury, Madison and Sutro, where he defended manufacturers in many types of product liability actions, including chemical, drug, firearm, tobacco and automotive cases.

Mr. Vanderford earned his B.A. from the University of California, Los Angeles and his J.D., cum laude, from Loyola Law School.