Thomas A. LeBlanc

Partner/Shareholder

Thomas practices in the area of insurance defense law.  He provides advice and assistance to clients in a wide variety of industries, ranging from the healthcare providers and medical facilities to municipalities, including police departments and elected officials. His practice includes professional liability, civil rights and employment. He has litigated a large number of jury and non-jury cases before federal and state courts and participated in numerous settlement conferences and mediations.  His broad background has given him substantial understanding of the defense issues and particularities that concern each sector. He also provides advice regarding risk management to companies in many industry sectors and regularly speaks to medical associations and other medical groups desiring to educate their staff on claim and lawsuit prevention.

Thomas never thought he would end up in Tulsa, Oklahoma.  Thomas and his wife Mary Ann hail from Louisiana, where they both obtained their undergraduate degrees at Louisiana State University.  Then shortly after graduating from law school in Baltimore, Thomas’s wife was offered an opportunity to complete her graduate studies in literature at the University of Tulsa. “The plan was to stick it out in Tulsa for a few years while she completed her PhD and then move elsewhere. What we discovered was that we really liked Tulsa, and we’ve never regretted our decision to stay.”

Practice Areas:

  • Civil Litigation/Arbitration
  • Civil Rights Litigation
  • Medical Malpractice Defense
  • Municipal & Governmental Liability Litigation
  • Nursing Home & Assisted Living Lability Litigation
  • Personal Injury/Tort Litigation
  • Premises Liability Litigation
  • Professional Liability Litigation
  • Trucking and Transportation Litigation

Admitted to Practice:

  • Oklahoma, 1991
  • Oklahoma Supreme Court
  • United States District Court, Northern District of Oklahoma
  • United States District Court, Eastern District of Oklahoma
  • United States District Court, Western District of Oklahoma
  • United States Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit

Education:

  • Louisiana State University, B.A., 1987
  • University of Maryland School of Law, J.D. , 1991

Professional or Trade Affiliations

  • Oklahoma Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Tulsa County Bar Association
  • Oklahoma Association of Defense Counsel
  • Defense Research Institute
  • The Harmonie Group

Recognition

  • 5.0/5.0 AV Preeminent rating, Martindale-Hubbell
  • Medical Malpractice Top Rated Lawyer, Martindale-Hubbell, 2015

Publications

  • LeBlanc TA, Reed BD, HITECH Expansion of HIPAA, Jour. Okla. State Med Ass’n, 2010; 103(9), 423-427. Name of Article, Name of Publication, Year Published
  • LeBlanc TA, Bryan JS, Deliberate Indifference to Serious Medical Need, For The Defense, 2007; 49(6), 52-58, 85-86.
  • LeBlanc, TA, Defending a 42 U.S. C.§ 1983 Claim for Police Misconduct, 64 O.B.J. 2453 2453 (1993).

Speaking Engagements

  • “Litigation and Risk Management”, Thirty-third Annual Primary Care Update, Oklahoma State University College of Osteopathic Medicine, Tulsa, OK, November 4, 2016.
  • “Risk Management Issues Pertaining to EMR Use”, Thirty-first Annual Primary Care Update, Oklahoma State University College of Osteopathic Medicine, November 7, 2014
  • “Legal Update for the Hospital-Based Physician”, Tulsa County Medical Society, Tulsa, OK, February 10, 2013
  • “EMR Liability Issues and Risk Management”, St. Anthony Hospital Continuing Medical Education, Oklahoma City, OK, November 14, 2012
  • “Pitfalls of Elect. Med. Records for the Primary Care Physician”, Osteopathic Association, Twenty-Ninth Annual Primary Care Update, Tulsa, OK, November 9, 2012
  • “EMR Risk Management”, Oklahoma Academy of Family Physicians 64th Annual Scientific Assembly, Tulsa, OK, June 15, 2012
  • “Emerging Risks of the Electronic Medical Record”, Oklahoma State Medical Association Continuing Education, various dates and locations in 2011
  • “The Law, HIPAA and HIT As It Applies to the Physician’s Office and EMRs”, Oklahoma State Medical Association Continuing Education, Tulsa, OK, April 8, 2011
  • “Communication and Documentation After a Complication or Unintended Outcome”, INTEGRIS Cardiology Conference, Norman, OK, September 10, 2010
  • “The Law, HIPAA and HIT As It Applies to the Physician’s Office and EMRs”, EMR Update III, Grab Your Pot of Gold, Oklahoma State Medical Association, Oklahoma City, OK, February 19, 2010
  • “Risk Management – Electronic Medical Records”, Twenty-sixth Annual Primary Care Update, Oklahoma State University College of Osteopathic Medicine Office of Continuing Medical Education, Tulsa, OK, November 13, 2009
  • “Risk Management”, Eleventh Annual Emergency Medicine Review in the Rural and Suburban Setting, Oklahoma State University College of Osteopathic Medicine Office of Continuing Medical Education, Tulsa, OK, June 6, 2008
  • “Risk Management”, Tenth Annual Emergency Medicine Review in the Rural and Suburban Setting, Oklahoma State University College of Osteopathic Medicine Office of Continuing Medical Education, Tulsa, OK, June 8, 2007
  • “Ethics in Litigating Nursing Home Negligence Cases”, Oklahoma Bar Association Continuing Legal Education, Tulsa, OK, April 13, 2007
  • “Recent Oklahoma Supreme Court Decisions: What They May Mean For Medical Malpractice Litigation”, Oklahoma State Medical Association Risk Management Workshop, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, March 28, 2007
  • “Recent Oklahoma Supreme Court Decisions: What They May Mean For Medical Malpractice Litigation”, Tulsa County Medical Society, Tulsa, OK, February 7, 2007
  • “Risk Management for Physicians”, Physician’s Liability Insurance Company of Oklahoma, Muskogee, OK, April 13, 2006
  • “Risk Management”, Family Practice Residents, University of Oklahoma College of Medicine, Tulsa, OK, October 12, 2005
  • “Risk Management for Physicians”, Physician’s Liability Insurance Company of Oklahoma, McAlester, OK, June 16, 2005
  • “Risk Management”, Eighth Annual Emergency Medicine Review in the Rural and Suburban Setting, Oklahoma State University College of Osteopathic Medicine Office of Continuing Medical Education, Tulsa, OK, June 10, 2005
  • “Risk Management”, Seventh Annual Emergency Medicine Review in the Rural and Suburban Setting, Oklahoma State University College of Osteopathic Medicine Office of Continuing Medical Education, Tulsa, OK, June 11, 2004
  • “Risk Management”, Family Practice Residents University of Oklahoma College of Medicine, Tulsa, OK, October 14, 2003
  • “Nursing Home Malpractice in Oklahoma: Successful Case Management from Investigation to Trial”, National Business Institute, Tulsa, OK, October 24, 2002
  • “Risk Management in the ER”, Fifth Annual Emergency Medicine Review in the Rural and Suburban Setting, Oklahoma State University College of Osteopathic Medicine Office of Continuing Medical Education, Tulsa, OK, June 9, 2002
  • “Risk Management”, Family Practice Residents University of Oklahoma, January 22, 2002
  • “Risk Management in the ER”, Fourth Annual Emergency Medicine Review in the Rural and Suburban Setting, Oklahoma State University College of Osteopathic Medicine Office of Continuing Medical Education, Tulsa, OK, June 8, 2001
  • “Medical Liability: Risk Management”, Seventeenth Annual Family Practice Update, Oklahoma State University College of Osteopathic Medicine Office of Continuing Medical Education, Tulsa, OK, November 11, 2000
  • “Ethical and Legal Issues for the Mental Health Professional in the New Millennium”, Northeastern Oklahoma Psychology Internship Program, June 16, 2000
  • “Risk Management in the ER”, Third Annual Emergency Medicine Review, Oklahoma State University College of Osteopathic Medicine Office of Continuing Medical Education, June 9, 2000
  • “Analyzing Medical Records for the Oklahoma Paralegal”, Institute for Paralegal Education, Continuing Education, October 22, 1998
  • “Legal and Employment Issues”, Nursing Home Association of Oklahoma, Annual Convention, September 15, 1998
  • “You Have Been Sued, Now What”, Nursing Home Association of Oklahoma Administrators Seminar, February 10, 1998
  • “Nursing Home Litigation”, Nursing Home Association of Oklahoma, Annual Convention, November 12, 1997

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