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Thomas M. Kennaday

Of Counsel | Columbia, SC |

tkennaday@turnerpadget.com   |   vcard   |   803-227-4290


Tom Kennaday has practiced law in South Carolina since 1999 when he earned his law degree and IMBA.  He practices in the areas of toxic torts and product liability. Tom currently represents asbestos defendants, automobile manufacturers, chemical companies, building products companies as a litigator, advisor and negotiator. Always learning, in 2008, Tom enhanced his skills of negotiation and persuasion by completing the training to become a certified circuit court mediator. 

Although not a native South Carolinian, Tom has been a resident since 1991 and holds two graduate degrees from the University of South Carolina. Appreciative of what the state has done for him, Tom has given back by serving as a subcommittee chair on the Governor’s Commission on Management, Accountability and Performance in 2003, and he currently serves on the board of advisors of the University of South Carolina’s Business Partnership Foundation. Tom has also become a member of South Carolina’s golf community, having twice finished in the top five of the South Carolina State Amateur Championship. Tom also gives back to the golf community as the Chairman of the Board of Advisors for the First Tee of Columbia.

Representative Matters

  • Tom currently represents several pump manufacturers and other defendants in asbestos related personal injury litigation brought in state and federal court, chemical companies in benzene personal injury litigation, and major automobile manufacturers.  Tom has taken countless depositions of plaintiffs, coworkers and experts for these toxic tort clients, and has argued dispositive and evidentiary motions, negotiated settlements, and participated in trial for these clients.
  • In addition, Tom currently represents automobile manufacturers, for whom he has defended product liability claims alleging defects in handling and stability, restraints, airbags, door latches and heat shielding.  As part of this practice, Tom has deposed numerous fact and expert witnesses, prepared company witnesses for 30(b)(6) depositions about automotive engineering and claims handling, argued discovery motions, evidentiary motions, and dispositive motions, and served as second chair at a trial in which plaintiffs’ counsel demanded $12,000,000 from the jury.

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