Thom Peters


Belleville, Illinois
Phone: 618-277-9000 Ext. 2244
Fax: 618-277-4594

Thom Peters is an aggressive, no nonsense trial attorney and litigator.  He is a co-founder of Boyle Brasher LLC. He represents companies in the railroad industry in asbestos litigation and other occupational exposure cases across the central and southern parts of the U.S.  He has practiced in jurisdictions from Minnesota in the North to Mississippi in the South. Thom has tried numerous, complex, multi-party, high dollar exposure lawsuits to jury verdicts in jurisdictions across the country. As a result of the respect paid to Thom within the legal profession, his practice also includes advising and defending other attorneys who have selected Thom to represent them in legal malpractice suits brought against them.  Thom also is experienced at handling products liability trials and appeals.

Thom has an accounting degree and has a keen eye for the discrepancies in the damage calculations often made by opposing counsel and their "hired gun" damages experts.

Thom has unique qualifications in municipal law including all forms of legislation, regulation and litigation involving municipalities or other governmental bodies. He has expertise in handling administrative law matters before public agencies and regulatory bodies. Thom learned about local government legal issues while serving in the trenches as a respected elected alderman on a city council. While serving on the city council Thom was chairman of the economic development committee.

Thom was born, raised and grew up in rural Wisconsin not far from Green Bay.  As a displaced cheesehead Thom is the ultimate Green Bay Packer fan to the point that he has joined thousands of other Packer fans as stockholders in the team. Thom and his family live in Belleville, Illinois.

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Areas of Practice

  • Railroad Defense
  • Toxic Tort Defense
  • Products Liability Defense
  • Legal Malpractice Defense
  • State, Local and Municipal Law and Legislation
  • Trucking Defense
  • Insurance Defense
  • Litigation and Appeals

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois
  • Missouri
  • Tennessee
  • Kentucky
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Central District of Illinois
  • U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals 7th Circuit


  • University of Illinois College of Law, Champaign, Illinois
    • Juris Doctorate (Cum Laude)
  • University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh, Wisconsin
    • Bachelor of Business Administration (Magna Cum Laude)

Professional Association and Memberships

  • The St. Clair County Bar Association
  • The Illinois Bar Association
  • The Missouri Bar Association
  • Missouri Organization of Defense Lawyers, Member
  • Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel
  • National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel
  • The Bar Association of the Central and Southern Federal Districts of Illinois