Thomas A. Hagemann
June 16, 1956 ~ October 7, 2015
With sadness of the greatest magnitude, we announce the passing of our friend Thomas (Tom) A. Hagemann who died on October 7, 2015, while biking in Vermont with his wife Christi and their friends. In an era of ubiquitous “super lawyers” Tom stood out as truly one of the best lawyers in America, specializing in white collar litigation.
Before his legal career, Tom attended Rice University (where he met the love of his life, Christianne Mays) and Yale Law School. Tom excelled in all matters from academics to theatre to volleyball to just hanging with friends, a passion that continued his entire life. From 1985 to 1991, Tom served as an Assistant United States Attorney in Los Angeles and handled cases ranging from air piracy to narcotics prosecutions. As Chief of the Financial Investigations unit, Tom prosecuted a massive police corruption case that reformed the LA Sheriff's Department.
Following his years as a federal prosecutor, Tom was a partner at Mayor Day Caldwell & Keeton in Houston from 1992 to 2001. He joined the Gardere firm in 2002. After returning to private practice, Tom not only tried cases of national notoriety (such as the Enron Nigerian Barge case, the Duke Energy trading case, and the KPMG tax shelter case), but he handled many threatened prosecutions with what he termed his strategy of “silent solutions.” Tom went out of his way not to publicize the high-profile clients whom he represented. Tom, instead, focused on making criminal problems go away quietly and, when he could not, advocating an aggressive trial defense. Tom brought to the courtroom his love of acting combined with powerful intellect. He had that unique ability to walk into a courtroom or conference room filled with lawyers and command the venue—and most importantly—command respect.
The greatest irony of Tom's life was that, despite his professional acclaim, being a lawyer never defined who Tom was. Just the opposite. He was a teacher. He was a history buff. He was a cheerleader in college and wherever he found himself. He was a cyclist. He was a world traveler. He was a father. He was a loving husband. He was a serious playwright and actor. He was a lecturer. He was an audiophile, listening to rock 'n roll only on vinyl records and not CDs. And he may have been the last person in Houston to get a cell phone.
Above all, Tom was a man at peace with being himself and with savoring life every day. He often wore to the office Hawaiian shirts, khaki shorts and flip-flops (and sometimes puka shells around his neck), having driven in on his Vespa or in earlier years in his twenty-five year old baby blue Volkswagen bug. Tom also wrote the plays Breakfast at Eight and 1946 and was in the midst of finishing his third play, The End (or, Fluke’s Last Chance). Breakfast at Eight had its world premiere at Main Street Theater in Houston in 2010, and 1946 will premiere at Main Street's newly renovated theater space in the Spring of 2016.
Tom Hagemann was a remarkable man and friend. He will be missed. Our hearts go out to his wife Christi, his children, Emma and Max, and to all the extended Hagemann family.
October 20, 1952 - June 27, 2015
Mike lived a life of adventure and accomplishment, and traveled the globe. When practicing law, Mike was highly regarded for his intellect and superb legal judgment. Based on his extraordinary accomplishments at the United States Attorney’s Office in Los Angeles, including his long tenure as Chief of the Public Corruption and Government Fraud Section, Mike was selected to join the Independent Counsel’s team investigating the activities of President Clinton. Mike loved the legal profession and shared his love with all around him people. Mike taught at the Department of Justice Advocacy Center, at Loyola and Pepperdine law schools, and was widely regarded as an exceptional teacher and role model to AUSAs, students and other lawyers he encountered. Beyond his tremendous accomplishments, Mike will be fondly remembered for his welcoming manner and his distinct laugh, which he used often. Mike leaves a loving family, including his brother Jim, and loving friends, including his girlfriend Meg.