A proven track record of jury trial success.

Tom Rist

Tom Rist is a founder and managing partner of Humphrey & Rist, LLP.  Tom joined forces with Christina Humphrey in 2016 after running his own law office for eight years, where he specialized in injury cases, fatalities, mine accidents, crime victim cases, car accidents, workplace injuries, and employment law.  Tom has previously worked as an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney and an insurance defense lawyer in San Diego, California.  Tom primarily focuses his practice area on personal injury, product liability, consumer and employment class actions, and crime victim law in both California and West Virginia.  He received the 40 under 40 award in the State of West Virginia and was a Finalist for Fayette County West Virginia Citizen of the Year due to his pro bono legal work in environmental cases.

Tom was born and raised in the Appalachian Mountains of West Virginia.  Tom graduated from West Virginia University with a degree in accounting, and from West Virginia University College of Law in 2002, where he was named Barrister of the Year.  He is licensed to practice in West Virginia and California.  He is admitted in all federal and state courts in California and West Virginia.

Tom has tried in excess of 100 cases to a verdict in state and federal courts in civil and criminal cases.  He was recently named a Top 100 Trial Lawyer.  He has achieved astounding results for his clients, including most recently a $2,250,000 award in a wrongful death case resulting from a fatal mine accident and a $2,500,000 settlement in a wage and hour dispute on behalf of truck drivers who claim they were misclassified as independent contractors.  He has experience in diverse areas of the law, with particular expertise in crime victim law including child sexual assault, police sexual assault, and fraud cases.  Since 2008 Tom has dedicated thousands of pro bono hours to fight environmental cases involving mountaintop removal mining, flood cases and water quality cases.

Tom splits his time between San Diego and West Virginia with his wife and two children.  He manages Humphrey & Rist’s San Diego and West Virginia offices.  He is an active member of the West Virginia and California Bar Associations, San Diego Bar Association, American Association for Justice, Surfrider Foundation, International Mountain Biking Association, New River Bicycle Union, and West Virginia Highlands Conservancy.

Honors, Awards and Memberships

  • West Virginia Bar Association
  • California Bar Association
  • American Association for Justice
  • San Diego County Bar Association
  • Surfrider Foundation
  • International Mountain Biking Association
  • New River Bicycle Union
  • West Virginia Highlands Conservancy