Thomas M. Bundy was born in Illinois, and went to high school in Washington state. He moved to Southern California in 1993 and has lived here ever since. Mr. Bundy spent many years in the mortgage industry before deciding to go to law school to pursue his passion. That decision led him to participate with the Panetta Institute for Public Policy and work on the staff of the Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee Congressman Howard P. "Buck" McKeon (R-CA). At Pepperdine University School of Law, Thomas was on the Pepperdine Law Review, and competed in the presitigious Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot in Vienna, Austria. At the same time that he was pursuing his juris doctor at Pepperdine, he earned a Masters Degree in Dispute Resolution from the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution, the #1 program in the country.
In 2011, Mr. Bundy worked for Gilead Sher & Co., one of the most prestigious law firms in Israel. Mr. Sher was the Chief of Staff under then Prime Minister Ehud Barak, and he was the chief negotiator during the Camp David and Taba peace talks with the Palestinians in 2000 and 2001, respectively. Mr. Sher asked Mr. Bundy to work on the Gilad Shalit case during his time in Israel.
The Gilad Shalit Case
In 2006, Shalit was kidnapped by Hamas in a cross-border raid and held hostage in the Gaza Strip in violation of international law. Mr. Bundy wrote the legal brief, based upon international law, for a lawsuit to later be filed in the Israeli Supreme Court, demanding that the Israeli government take certain actions to secure Shalit’s release.
This brief was reviewed by then Defense Minister Ehud Barak, and he personally delivered condensed version to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Later, the brief was used in drafting a letter that was signed by the Shalits, and sent to all of the Ambassadors to the United Nations around the world, asking them to make the release of Gilad Shalit a condition of any U.N. recognition of Palestine.
In June of 2011, Mr. Bundy was the sole legal representative accompanying Noam Shalit, Gilad’s father, in a 90-minute meeting with two Members of the United States Congress, Nita Lowie (D-NY) and Gary Ackerman (D-NY), at the King David Hotel in Jerusalem. Together, they discussed what pressure and resources they could bring to bear that might help bring about Shalit’s release. Four months later, Shalit was released.