Coffey was initially employed as a journeyman printer with both the London Free Press and Daily Western Advertiser; eventually he advanced through their ranks and eventually rose to become foreman of their Composing Room, and then Superintendent of their Job Department.
He also wrote or collaborated on books such as “Agony at Easter,” covering the Irish Easter Rising, and “Decision Over Schweinfurt,” detailing American bombing strategy during World War II.
Early Life and Education
Coffey was born and raised in Madison, Wisconsin. For much of his early career he worked as a reporter and political columnist for both the Milwaukee Journal and later Chicago Tribune newspapers.
After graduating law school, Coffey was admitted to practice both state and federal courts. He has extensive litigation experience across an array of matters including commercial disputes, bankruptcy and creditor rights litigation.
Coffey has also published numerous military history books. His most well-known titles are ‘Lion by the Tail: Irish Easter Rebellion” and “Hap”, covering General Henry H. Hap Arnold and Air Force Chief of Staff Gen Curtis LeMay respectively. Furthermore, Coffey has published articles related to international law.
Thomas Coffey is a partner at the Firm where he practices commercial dispute and insurance defense law. He is highly adept in managing complex litigation matters in both state and federal courts from pre-suit planning through fact and expert discovery, depositions, motion practice and trial.
As soon as he arrived at Thomas More College, Coffey began making changes. He immediately instituted restructured Summer Sessions, established a Marketing Division to promote and market the college, continued the campus land development program, and created a life advising center that provided wholistic counseling and co-op advice to students.
Coffey did not enjoy a strong working relationship with faculty or students despite his achievements; for instance, one former student paper, Utopian, published an underground edition critical of him due to his authoritarian personality.
Achievement and Honors
Coffey was an esteemed contributor to professional journals, with his work on superconductivity being frequently referenced. Additionally, he frequently spoke at radio and television programs as a guest expert.
Politics was his true calling and he proudly extolled Sir Wilfrid Laurier at every opportunity. He served in the Senate for 11 years presenting petitions and bills and sitting on two committees.
His firm collaborated with leading Raleigh architects such as A. G. Nelson and Thomas W. Cooper; their work can be seen in the Coffey Family Papers at NCSU Libraries Special Collections Research Center; here you’ll find blueprints for various residences with Queen Anne and Colonial Revival elements.
Coffey was one of Mayor Harold Washington’s key advisers, helping form Haymarket Public Strategies as one of his strategies against white aldermen who opposed him with racist rhetoric and actions.
Tom was a man of his word who never took anything for granted. A dedicated member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church, he enjoyed working alongside his brothers on their farm while sailing and fishing were passions of his. Tom was soft-spoken but had an irrepressibly delightful sense of humor – something many can learn from watching him interact with people and work alongside his siblings on farms across New Hampshire and Massachusetts.
After graduating law school, Coffey joined Kirkland & Ellis law firm in Chicago’s Loop. Specializing in antitrust litigation and working for political activists such as Harold Washington, Al Raby and Wayne Whalen he gained invaluable experience as a practitioner.
He has extensive experience handling all aspects of civil litigation, from pre-suit planning and discovery through depositions, motion practice and trial. His areas of specialty include commercial disputes, professional liability defense and general insurance defense for both large corporate entities as well as individual clients.
Thomas Coffey is an experienced trial lawyer, representing debtors, creditors and parties in interest before bankruptcy courts and federal district courts across the country. Additionally, his practice encompasses various civil litigation matters, such as premises liability claims, product liability disputes and professional liability defense of engineers, architects and lawyers.
Coffey was awarded $351,774 last year – making him the highest-paying member of his Troop F unit, which patrols Logan Airport. That figure represents an increase from 2014, when he took home $286,584.
The Court determined that Judge Gindin’s finding that Coffey knew about numerous inaccuracies in LCSDI’s financial statements prior to providing them to Kool Mann was supported by evidence in the record and thus, that Moore’s personal guaranty is discharged was proper.