Cozen O’Connor: Regan, Thomas M.

Thomas M. Regan

Member

San Diego

(619) 685-1757

(619) 234-7831

Thomas M. Regan is the managing partner of the San Diego Office. Tom has successfully litigated a wide array of civil cases in the areas of catastrophic property claims from floods and wildfires, inverse condemnation, energy/utilities, mining, products liability, construction claims, and public entity liability. Tom's litigation experiences include multi-party mediation, arbitrations, and trials on half of insurance companies, self-insureds, and individuals. Tom practices in state and federal courts in Utah and California. He has received  AV Preeminent rating in Martindale-Hubbell.

Tom has authored numerous articles on subrogation and presented seminars to many insurance companies and organizations throughout the United States including Property & Liability Resource Bureau (PLRB) Claims Conference, National Association of Subrogation Professionals (NASP), and the Wildland Fire Litigation Conference.

In addition to his current management responsibilities, Tom previously served as the western region subrogation department chair, where he oversaw lawyers handling matters in California, Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico, and Utah.

Tom has worked on a number of pro bono matters for San Diego Volunteer Lawyers Program-Guardianship Clinic and Teen Court. Tom also volunteers his time at the Ronald McDonald House and Catholic Charities.

Tom earned his Bachelor of Arts at the University of California at San Diego in 1979 and his law degree at the McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific in 1983. Tom enjoys surfing, backpacking, hiking, and now snowboarding in his free time. Tom is a native San Diegan.

News

126 Cozen O’Connor Attorneys Named to the Best Lawyers in America

August 22, 2018

One hundred twenty-six Cozen O’Connor lawyers from 20 of the firm’s national offices have been selected for inclusion in the 2018 edition of The Best Lawyers in America.

100 Cozen O’Connor Lawyers Named to the Best Lawyers in America

August 23, 2017

Lawyers were selected for inclusion in the 2018 edition based on a rigorous peer-review that has been developed and defined for more than 30 years.

Publications

Update on California Fires [Alert]

November 12, 2018

Howard Maycon, Kevin Bush, David Brisco, Phil Berens, Tom Regan and Peter Lynch provide an update on the Woolsey, Hill, and Camp fires in California.

California Fire Alert

November 09, 2018

Howard Maycon, Kevin Bush, David Brisco, Mark Roth, and Peter Lynch discuss the Woolsey, Hill, and Camp fires currently burning in California.

Utah - Filing Suit in Name of Carrier Confirmed [Subrogation & Recovery Law Blog]

January 12, 2018

In July of 2016 Leslie Hulburt and I reported that the Utah Appellate Court recently issued a decision, if read out of context, could be used to suggest that a subrogation case in Utah must be brought in the name of the insured. See Wilson v. Educators Mut. Ins. Ass’n., 2016 UT App 38.  The Wilson...

Utah Supreme Court to Rule on Named Plaintiff in Subrogation [Subrogation & Recovery Law Blog]

July 06, 2016

The Utah Appellate Court recently issued an opinion in a medical subrogation case that contained broad language regarding subrogation law in Utah. See Wilson v. Educators Mut. Ins. Ass’n., 2016 UT App 38. The decision, read out of context, can be used to suggest that a subrogation case in Utah must...

Additional California Rulings on Right to Repair Act Defense [Subrogation & Recovery Law Blog]

March 13, 2014

In August 2013, we reported that Christmas had come early for the California subrogation community due to a recent decision from the Court of Appeals which found that the “Right to Repair Act” (SB 800) did not apply to cases in which a property owner had suffered actual damages. Prior to the Liberty...

GE Dishwashers - Recall and Investigation by CPSC [Subrogation and Recovery Alert!]

August 27, 2012

GE Dishwashers - Recall and Investigation by CPSC - Subrogation and Recovery Alert! - The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) issued a recall of GE dishwashers. The CPSC recall affects about 1,300,000 dishwashers for the Brands GE, GE Adora, GE Eterna, GE Profile and Hotpoint.

New Discovery Rules in Utah may Streamline Your Subrogation Case [Subrogation & Recovery Law Blog]

January 27, 2012

The Utah Supreme Court recently approved a number of amendments to the Utah Rules of Civil Procedure which limit discovery in civil actions. The amendments became effective for all cases filed after November 1, 2011. The purpose of the amendments are to allow discovery in proportion to: needs of the...

Statues of Repose [Cozen O'Connor Whitepaper]

December 16, 2010

Statues of Repose - Cozen O'Connor Whitepaper - Statutes of repose generally bar a cause of action after a specified time period, regardless of whether or not any property damage has occurred within that period. Statutes of repose typically begin to run on the date of a causative event (such as defective construction or negligent manufacture), rather than the date the damages occur. The statute of repose differs from a statute of limitations because a statute

Fall 2009 [Subrogation and Recovery Observer]

October 01, 2009

Fall 2009 - Subrogation and Recovery Observer - Welcome to the Fall 2009 issue of the Cozen O'Connor Subrogation and Recovery Observer. In this issue, we report on our recent trial victories, notable settlements, and other newsworthy developments in subrogation issues

2008 Southern California Wildfires: Analysis of Recovery Issues [Cozen O'Connor Whitepaper]

January 09, 2009

2008 Southern California Wildfires: Analysis of Recovery Issues - Cozen O'Connor Whitepaper - As many of you are aware, Cozen O’Connor is one of the lead counsel in the pending litigation involving the 2007 Southern California Wildfires. We have created an additional task force to research recovery issues arising out of the 2008 wildfires. We are pleased to present Cozen O’Connor’s Subrogation White Paper, 2008 Southern California Wildfires: Analysis of Recovery Issues.

Subrogation and Recovery - Articles and Papers [Subrogation and Recovery Theories of Liability - The Product Liability Torts]

January 13, 2006

Subrogation and Recovery - Articles and Papers - Subrogation and Recovery Theories of Liability - The Product Liability Torts -

Events & Seminars

Past Events

2015 California Learn & Burn

September 10, 2015 -

Industry Sectors

Education

  • University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, J.D., 1983
  • Univ. of California–San Diego, B.A., 1979

Awards & Honors

Best Lawyers in America 2018 and 2020

  • California
  • Utah
  • U.S. District Court -- Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court -- Eastern District of California
  • U.S. District Court -- Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court -- Southern District of California
  • American Bar Association
  • American Trial Lawyers Association
  • California Bar Association
  • San Diego County Bar Association