Attorney Tom McCormick dies
April 24, 2012
Local attorney Thomas Gerald McCormick, who represented criminal defendants in some of this county’s highest profile cases, died Monday in an Arroyo Grande care facility. He was 55.
Details of McCormick’s death were not immediately available although he had been hospitalized recently and was in failing health. Word of his passing circulated through local legal circles Tuesday morning.
Fellow attorney and longtime friend Ron Crawford recalled a major case where he and McCormick were representing a group at the California Mens’ Colony, and the gang member defendants gave McCormick the nickname “Don Ho.”
“He was a kind and generous man,” said Crawford. “We had a lot of good times together. He was Irish and lived up to the reputation. He always stepped up when he was needed. I’m very sad to see him go. He was very well respected by the local judges, and he will be missed.
McCormick most recently represented Kaylee Ann Weisenberg in her second-degree murder trial for driving the vehicle which struck and killed CHP Officer Brett Oswald in June 2010. Weisenberg was eventually convicted. McCormick also was one of the attorneys in the ongoing Dystiny Meyers murder trial, representing defendant Rhonda Wisto.
He handled many cases for the San Luis Obispo County Public Defenders’ Office.
McCormick graduated from California State University at Chico and earned his law degree from the University of San Francisco. He was admitted to the California Bar in 1985 and practiced his whole career in San Luis Obispo County.