Thomas R. Peters

Thomas R. Peters

Belleville, Illinois

Tom Peters is an aggressive, no nonsense trial attorney and litigator.  He is a co-founder of Boyle Brasher LLC. He represents a major transportation company in asbestos litigation and other occupational exposure cases across the central and southern parts of the country from jurisdictions in Minnesota in the north to Mississippi in the south. He has tried numerous complex multi-party high dollar exposure inhalation cases to jury verdicts across the country.  Tom also defends other attorneys who have chosen him to represent them in legal malpractice cases brought against them, a sure sign of the great respect he commands within the profession. Tom also handles products liability trials and appeals. Tom has an accounting degree.  He has a keen eye for the discrepancies in the damage calculations of opposing damages experts in trials.  Tom also has unique qualifications in municipal law including all forms of legislation, regulation and litigation involving municipalities or other governmental bodies.  He also has expertise in handling administrative law matters before public agencies and regulatory bodies.  Tom gained a lot of experience with governmental legal issues as a result of serving as an elected alderman on a city council.  While serving on the city council Tom was chairman of the economic development committee. 

Tom was born and grew up in rural Wisconsin and remains a displaced Cheese Head and ultimate Green Bay Packer fan and stockholder. Tom and his family live in Belleville, Illinois. 

Areas of Practice

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

Bar Admissions

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


  • University of Illinois College of Law, Champaign, Illinois
    • Juris Doctorate cum laude
  • University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh, Wisconsin
    • B.B.A. magna cum laude

Professional Associations and Memberships

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