Tom has been lead trial counsel on numerous class action and individual employment claims in state and federal courts throughout the country. These cases have involved claims based on race, sex, sexual orientation, disability, family leave, age, national origin, religion and reverse discrimination, as well as employee whistleblower, wage-and-hour, noncompetition, trade secret, defamation, privacy and public accommodation claims. Tom also litigates complex employment and business lawsuits, class actions, collective actions and other multiparty litigation.
Defending employment lawsuits requires true courtroom experience and excellent advocacy skills; a deep understanding of the particular employment laws, the courts, judges, juries and adversaries; an early, thorough and aggressive case assessment; timely communication of an effective strategy to the client that includes a realistic evaluation of the litigation, defense costs and likely outcomes; and an efficient and creative litigation plan formulated in partnership with the client. Tom has honed these skills over decades of labor-and-employment practice.
Tom takes a business-oriented approach to the unique legal issues that arise in the workplace to achieve solutions that avoid liability and minimize the ever-increasing costs of litigation. Bringing to bear over 30 years of experience, Tom regularly advises on the following issues:
- Pay equity, hiring, compensation and termination practices
- Proposed employee discipline and dismissal
- Internal employee complaints and investigations
- Executive employment hiring and separation
- Noncompetition and trade secrets
- Mergers, acquisitions and reductions in force
- Union collective bargaining, arbitrations and unfair labor practices
- The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
- The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
Tom represents a broad range of clients, including Fortune 500 employers in the retail, nonprofit, educational and health care industries, as well as insurance, pharmaceutical, health care and manufacturing institutions.
- Among the many wage and hour class action's Tom has litigated, he recently defeated class certification in an Illinois wage and hour lawsuit brought by marketing and sales employees against a national retailer who challenged their exempt administrative status
- Advised a large nonprofit in a major reorganization that included drafting new by-laws, grant proposals, and employment policies
- On behalf of a large staffing company, he brought non-competition and trade secret claims in New Jersey state court against fourteen former employees and their new employer and secured full relief for his client
- Obtained a jury defense verdict for a Fortune 50 company in a hotly contested pregnancy discrimination, retaliation and hostile work environment case
- Tried one of the first Sarbanes Oxley whistleblower cases before the Office of Administrative Law Judges in D.C., involving a former general counsel who claimed she complained about financial improprieties
- Obtained over 25 summary judgment verdicts in the last five years in a variety of employment discrimination, harassment and retaliation cases
- Represented a hospital system in a high profile religious discrimination, harassment and retaliation lawsuit filed by three medical professionals
- Represented a major university in claims of sexual harassment and discrimination by a female public safety officer
- Tried the first applicant drug testing unfair labor practice charge before the National Labor Relations Board
- On behalf of a major insurance company, he convinced the Third Circuit Court of Appeals to apply a limited definition of similarly situated comparator employees in an age discrimination reduction-in-force case
- Brought novel Lanham Act and RICO claims in the federal court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania against two former employees who engaged in unfair competition and other anti-competitive behavior
Tom enjoys hiking in national parks, fishing, tennis, cooking and gardening.