Thomas W. Wilson Jr. Partner




Tom Wilson leads Wilson Elser’s Program Management team, acting as coordinating claim and litigation management counsel to U.S., London and Bermuda-based carriers, in addition to his role as a co-chair of the firm’s Cybersecurity & Data Privacy Practice. Tom has extensive national experience handling claims, monitoring litigation and implementing and executing quality assurance processes on behalf of managing agents, underwriters and insurers in connection with a broad range of specialty and professional lines programs. Such programs include various MPL, LPL, A&E, miscellaneous medical, EPL, D&O, financial institutions, cyber and property coverage programs. With a deep understanding of all aspects of the insurance business, Tom also helps clients build and launch new programs and establish risk management and loss prevention procedures.

Prior to his legal career, Tom worked as an insurance broker. He was seconded as a young attorney to a London-based insurance syndicate and to the U.S. operations of a Japan-based insurance company. In both capacities, he focused on specialty lines program management, including claims handling, policy drafting, and underwriting and regulatory issues. He currently is on the board of directors of Target Markets Program Administrators Association, the mission of which is to assist program administrators and their carrier partners in conducting their business more efficiently and profitably.

In keeping with this mission, Tom and his team strive to expediently resolve claims for clients in a cost-effective manner that recognizes the balance between indemnity and expense by providing a speedy claims and litigation assessment and coverage determination, prompt and professional communication with insureds, and accurate reporting and reserve recommendations.

Areas of Focus

Speciality and Professional Lines
Tom has supervised and handled complex claims and manages national insurance programs arising from professional liability errors and omissions, miscellaneous professional liability, directors and officers, employment practices, fidelity bond, allied healthcare, and property insurance policies. He has served as claims, coverage and monitoring counsel for a wide array of classes of professionals subscribing to errors and omissions coverage, including life insurance agents, property and casualty insurance agents, managing general agents, technical consultants, consultants, mortgage brokers and bankers, community banks, architects and engineers, attorneys, real estate agents, title agents, escrow agents, home inspectors, guardians, property managers, federal employees, and police, firefighters and EMTs. In addition, he manages other types of insurance programs/portfolios, including primary and excess Directors and Officers liability, association-based programs and exposures related to financial institutions. 

Tom is a regular speaker at Target Markets seminars covering topics of importance in the program management space. He also frequently addresses organizations of title agents, home inspectors and other professionals on E&O insurance coverage and regularly presents client webinars on risk management and loss prevention.

Cybersecurity & Data Privacy
For well over a decade, Tom and other Wilson Elser partners, assisted by associates and paralegals, have handled breach response and other sensitive situations arising from the misuse of computers and related technology. Tom leads a national team of experienced insurance attorneys who serve as coverage and monitoring counsel for carriers handling cyber-related claims under cyber liability and technology/media/advertising policies as well as traditional (non-cyber) policies, including commercial general liability, property, directors & officers, and errors & omissions. Our attorneys also routinely draft cyber liability policy wording and endorsements, analyze coverage, draft coverage opinions and letters, and litigate complex coverage issues involving cyber and technology claims.