Accountant Thomas Appler

Thomas Appler

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Licensed for 20 years, ID: 00000
22101, Virginia [VA], McLean
Practice areas
Accountant (Auditor)

22101, Virginia, VA, McLean

9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

(703) 852-7789

About Thomas

Tom Appler is a well-known and highly respected trial attorney in Northern Virginia, where he has practiced law for more than 40 years. Tom is a fellow of the prestigious American College of Trial Lawyers and has been active in local and state bar associations throughout his career. He has a diverse civil litigation practice before state and federal trial and appellate courts, with a focus on professional liability defense, commercial and tort litigation, and insurance coverage matters.

In the professional liability area, Tom has extensive experience defending lawyers in malpractice claims and also has represented accountants and real estate and insurance professionals. His commercial litigation practice runs the gamut from general breach of contract, real property and business disputes to more complex federal and state law matters and includes claims of defamation and tortious interference. Tom also regularly addresses coverage issues and litigates related disputes arising from directors’ and officers’, professional errors and omissions, and commercial general liability policies. Earlier in his career, he litigated numerous product liability claims, several of which resulted in published opinions, and handled aviation accident claims as well.

With extensive local litigation experience and strong ties within the Northern Virginia legal community, Tom’s knowledge and insight often is tapped by clients facing complicated or novel issues. He is a past chair and current member of the Boyd-Graves Conference, an organization of lawyers, judges, legislators and law professors that meets annually to review changes and make recommendations regarding civil litigation practice in Virginia.


  • Bar
    • Virginia
  • Courts
    • Supreme Court of Virginia
      U.S. District Court, Eastern and Western Districts of Virginia
      U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit

Memberships & Affiliations

American College of Trial Lawyers, fellow, 1996
Virginia Law Foundation, fellow, 2011
American Bar Association, member, Standing Committee on Lawyers Professional Liability, 2005-2008
Virginia Bar Association
Virginia State Bar: member, Council, 1985-1991; past chair, Committee on Lawyer Malpractice Insurance;
faculty, Mandatory Course on Professionalism
Fairfax Bar Association, president, 1984-1985
Boyd-Graves Conference: chair, membership committee, past chair, 2005-2007
International Association of Defense Counsel

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Awards & Distinctions

AV® Preeminent™ Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America in areas of Legal Malpractice (1995-2017), Professional Malpractice (2013-2017) and Medical Malpractice (2013-2017)
Selected for inclusion in Virginia Super Lawyers, 2006-2017
Selected for inclusion in Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers, 2007-2015

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  • The George Washington University Law School, J.D., 1968
  • Princeton University, A.B., 1965

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