Personal Injury Attorney Tomiyo Stoner was sure of her calling from a very young age. Growing up with parents who are blind, Tomiyo witnessed firsthand the effects of discrimination, both intentional and unintentional. She drew inspiration from the advocacy efforts that pushed for the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act, learning from the experience the power individuals can have when taking a stand against injustice.
After graduating from University of Michigan and attending SMU on a dean’s scholarship Tomiyo completed her legal degree at American University’s Washington College of Law. Tomiyo began to see the power civil suits had in creating systemic change while working for different law firms. She says, “I know that we can make our roads, workplaces and products safer by harnessing the power we as citizens have to hold wrongdoers accountable.”
Tomiyo has recovered more than $15 million on behalf of individuals who have been hurt or killed due to the negligence of others, and she’s licensed in California and Texas and admitted to practice before the Northern District of California, the Central District of California, the Northern District of Texas, the Eastern District of Texas and the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.
Her approach with clients is to ensure that they have the opportunity to understand and be included in all of the important decisions of the case. “I try to honor the intuition that clients bring to the table, and rather than just explaining my position or explaining the law, I try to truly understand where they are coming from because clients can be very perceptive.
Although the majority of her time is spent in the office or courtroom, Tomiyo enjoys open-water swimming, running long distances, attending live sports or watching several games at once at Buffalo Wild Wings. In addition to being a dedicated attorney, wife, and a mother, she manages more than one fantasy football team and last year she was a regular season champion of one league but lost to her husband in the playoffs.