Tor was born the youngest of four boys on July 16, 1969, in Bethesda, Maryland to Kirk and Greta Hoerman.
With his father serving as a Captain in the Navy, Tor often moved towns during his childhood, eventually landing in the Chicago metropolitan area.
In Chicago, Tor lived in the Great Lakes Naval Base and Lake Bluff before his family settled in Lake Forest, which is where he attended high school.
Despite repeatedly switching homes, Tor made the most of his situation.
In high school, he played football, basketball, and baseball, and he earned varsity letters in each of these sports.
In addition to varsity recognition, he was recognized as an All-county athlete and awarded the Booster Club Athlete of the Year his senior year.
Outside of sports, Tor coached little league baseball, served as a summer camp counselor, and worked as a summertime janitor at his former high school after graduating.
Tor attended Depauw University and majored in Political Science.
He played NCAA baseball and football at Depauw, and he was the captain of the baseball team.
After graduating from Depauw in 1991, Tor enrolled in the Chicago-Kent College of Law.
During law school, Tor bartended at a local bar and clerked for Kravolec, Jambois & Schwartz, LLC.
After graduating from law school in 1995, Tor took on a job doing insurance defense at Bolero, Cart & Stone, LLC, where he worked reluctantly for a year and a half.
One day at work, Tor received a phone call from Steve Jambois, his former employer throughout law school, asking if he wanted a job on the plaintiff’s side of insurance law.
Tor immediately accepted the job, kickstarting decades to come of fighting corporations on behalf of harmed individuals.
Tor returned to Kravolec, Jambois & Schwartz to fight on behalf of medical malpractice victims, which mostly consisted of high-intensity trial work in the Chicago courthouse.
After seven years at the Jambois firm, Hoeman was recruited by the Simmons law firm, based in an Illinois suburb of St. Louis, to start and lead a branch of the practice that focused on pharmaceutical litigation.
Tor became a partner of what is now Simmons, Hanly, and Conroy and led the pharmaceutical practice for seven years.
One of Tor most notable achievements while leading the practice was his work against Purdue Pharma and its reckless distribution of OxyContin.
Tor was the first to file a case alleging Purdue Pharma’s wrongdoing in distributing OxyContin and failing to adequately warn healthcare providers and the public of the risks of addiction.
He led the litigation process and got Purdue Pharma to agree to a large settlement, which was distributed to thousands of accidental addicts.
Tor took a step further to achieve justice in this case, assisting the Department of Justice in obtaining guilty pleas by Purdue Pharma representatives who had a direct role in contributing to the opioid epidemic.
Having garnered success leading the pharmaceutical branch at the Simmons firm, Tor amicably decided to split from Simmons in 2009 and start his own pharmaceutical and personal injury practice called TorHoerman Law, LLC (THL).
After negotiating the terms of the split, Tor struck a deal that allowed him to bring his entire staff from Simmons to his new practice, which summed up to more than 25 lawyers and staff members.
Tor opened offices in Edwardsville, IL; Clayton, MO; and Chicago, IL to kickstart operations; all three offices remain open today.
In the time since opening THL, Tor and his team have litigated many pharmaceutical malpractice and personal injury cases.
Tor’s most notable successes while operating THL are perhaps co-leading the litigations against Boehringer Ingelheim’s Pradaxa and Takeda’s Actos.
Through intense research and vetting, Tor was able to find substantial evidence indicating Actos causes bladder cancer and Pradaxa causes internal bleeding.
He then presented the evidence to the companies, which decided to settle the cases.
Tor played a significant role in negotiating these settlements, which ended up being $650 million for Pradaxa and $2.4 billion for Actos.
Tor has also had major success in several other product liability lawsuits, such as Zelnorm, Gadolinium-based Contrast Agents, and Incretin Mimetics.
We’ve outlined these cases, a few other notable cases, and their correlating results in the section below.
His successes with these cases and beyond earned him the distinction as a Top 25 Notable Alumni from the Chicago-Kent School of Law, which was awarded to him and 24 other lawyers out of the tens of thousands who have graduated from the school since its founding in 1888.
Tor is also recognized as a Top 100 National Trial Lawyer by the National Trial Lawyers Organization.
In addition to his litigation work, Tor is on the Board of Managers of the Illinois Trial Lawyer Association and an Executive Board Member of the Mass Torts Trial Lawyer Association.
He also attends national legal conferences on a yearly basis.
Personally, Tor is the proud father of Casey, Kirsten and Quinn, and husband of Jessica.
He tries to stay active including still playing baseball.