Litigation Managing Partner
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.