Pierre Tismo

Litigation Managing Partner

Location: Dayton, Ohio
Phone: 937-340-1524, 800-223-8897
Fax: 937-223-0127
Email: Email Me

Trial Attorney Pierre Tismo is highly experienced in complex catastrophic injury and wrongful death cases. He joined Dyer, Garofalo, Mann & Schultz in 2005 after trying cases for 7 years as a prosecutor in Chicago and after medical negligence and wrongful death litigation in Cincinnati and Kentucky for another 7 years. Since joining Dyer, Garofalo, Mann & Schultz from 2005 through May 2015, Pierre has resolved cases for the injured in excess of $55 million.  $33.5 million involved commercial vehicle crashes and $15 million involved wrongful death cases.  He has resolved 12 cases of $1 million or more and 19 cases between $500,000 and $1 million.  His highest individual award is $8.5 million. As a prosecutor, he tried cases such as first degree murder, attempted murder, aggravated criminal sexual assault and other violent crimes to jury verdict. He used that training to defend individuals charged with first degree murder, cocaine and marijuana trafficking and other violent crimes. He now only uses that trial experience to be the voice for the injured.

This litigation expertise has led to Pierre spearheading the Firm’s prosecution of Federal Multidistrict Litigation class action cases involving securities fraud and defective pharmaceuticals. He has been appointed Special Counsel to the Ohio Attorney General in the BP Securities Fraud Litigation pending in Federal Court in Houston, TX due to the 2010 explosion in the Gulf of Mexico.

Pierre has spoken to the Ohio Association for Justice, on “Focus Groups on a Shoe String Budget” (formerly the Ohio Academy of Trial Lawyers—OATL), the Kentucky Justice Association on jury selection (formerly the Kentucky Academy of Trial Attorneys—KATA), the Kentucky Bar Association (KBA) during the new lawyers program and the Northern Kentucky Bar Association (NKBA) on trial tactics & advocacy. He chaired and moderated several annual personal injury seminars for the NKBA and served for several elected terms on the KATA Board of Governors. As an adjunct faculty member at The Salmon P. Chase College of Law at Northern Kentucky University, Pierre taught trial advocacy classes and coached several trial teams.

He is admitted to practice in Ohio, Kentucky, Illinois and several U.S. District Courts and the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.

While as a law student at the University of Dayton School of Law, Pierre received the Banks-Baldwin Clinical Program Book Award for the outstanding clinical program student at the University of Dayton Law Clinic. Pierre was also awarded the 1990 American Jurisprudence Book Award for being the outstanding student in Civil Trial Practice.

Some Settlements and Verdicts

$8.5 million commercial vehicle crash
$4 million commercial vehicle crash
$3.3 million premise liability
$3,064,362.11 medical negligence, wrongful death jury verdict
$2.5 million medical negligence, wrongful death
$1.6 million commercial vehicle crash, wrongful death
$1.5 million commercial vehicle crash involving falsified truck driver log books
$1.45 million commercial vehicle crash involving falsified truck driver log books
$1.3 million commercial vehicle crash involving drunk driver
$1.2 million commercial vehicle crash
$1.15 million commercial vehicle crash, wrongful death
$1 million commercial vehicle crash litigated in South Carolina Federal Court
$1 million commercial vehicle crash, wrongful death
$932,500.00 medical negligence
$923,161.02 commercial vehicle jury verdict in Butler County, Ohio
$875,000.00 commercial vehicle crash
$825,000.00 pedestrian struck by vehicle
$750,000.00 involving a drunk driver
$500,000.00 premise liability for a child who fell out of a Ferris wheel located in one state into another state
$500,000.00 premise liability for a child who drowned in a pool
$500,000.00 commercial vehicle crash litigated in Indiana State Court
$495,000.00 commercial vehicle crash
$420,000.00 bicyclist struck by a vehicle
$300,400.00 commercial vehicle crash litigated in Indiana Federal Court
$400,000.00 medical negligence failure to prevent suicide
$350,000.00 medical negligence, wrongful death of an unborn baby during childbirth
$775,000.00 medical negligence, wrongful death of an unborn baby during childbirth
$800,000.00 medical negligence, wrongful death of an unborn baby during childbirth
$225,000.00 settlement reached on second day of trial after a denial of liability

Areas of Practice

  • Wrongful Death
  • Personal Injury
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Securities Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois, 1991
  • Ohio, 1997
  • Kentucky, 1997
  • U.S. District Court, 1997
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Kentucky, 1997
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit, 2000

Education

  • University of Dayton School of Law, Dayton, Ohio
    • J.D. – 1991
  • University of Dayton
    • B.A. – 1988

Honors and Awards

  • Banks-Baldwin Clinical Program Book Award
  • 1990 American Jurisprudence Book Award
  • Ohio Super Lawyer

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Association for Justice
  • Dayton Bar Association
  • Kentucky Bar Association
  • Kentucky Justice Association
  • Ohio Association for Justice
  • Ohio State Bar Association

Pro Bono Activities

  • Greater Dayton Volunteer Lawyers Project