Philadelphia, PA, November 1, 2010 — On November 1, Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC added preeminent white collar defense lawyer Tom Bergstrom to its White Collar Defense and Investigations Practice Group. Bergstrom, who is known for his handling of many high-profile cases, including the Pier 31 case as well as two other highly publicized homicide cases, has been a sole practitioner for most of his 40- year legal career.
Buchanan's Philadelphia-based white collar criminal defense practice was ranked in Tier 1 among the Nation's Best Law Firms, published in U.S. News and World Report. With the addition of Bergstrom, Buchanan's White Collar Defense and Investigations Practice Group will include three lawyers who are also listed in the Chambers USA Directory of America's Leading Lawyers for Business, and who are perennially rated by their peers as "Super Lawyers" and "Best Lawyers in America. "
Bergstrom has defended hundreds of businesses, professionals and individuals in all stages of state and federal government enforcement proceedings. He has also conducted internal corporate investigations. He has substantial experience in antitrust, securities, tax, fraud and environmental criminal cases. He regularly represents medical, legal and accounting professionals as well as public figures in high profile criminal investigations, trials and appeals. Bergstrom frequently lectures on white collar topics and serves as a panel member in criminal symposia sponsored by state and federal bar associations. Bergstrom is a fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers and the International Academy of Trial Lawyers.
Bergstrom received his B.A. degree from the University of Iowa in 1962 and his law degree from the University of Iowa School of Law in 1966. Upon graduation from law school, Bergstrom spent four years as a Judge Advocate Officer in the United States Marine Corps with two years' service in Viet Nam. Between 1970 and 1975 he was an Assistant United States Attorney in the Western and Eastern Districts of Pennsylvania. After two years with a major Philadelphia law firm he started his own practice limited to the defense of white collar criminal investigations and cases.
He is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court and the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, the United States Courts of Appeals for the Third, Fourth, Fifth and Eleventh Circuits and the United States District Courts for the Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of Pennsylvania and the District of New Jersey. He lives in Malvern, Pennsylvania and has four children. His wife of 40 years, Dee Bergstrom, passed away in October, 2009.