Thomas J. Elliott

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Thomas J. Elliott is a senior litigator, trial attorney, appellate attorney, and corporate counselor who brings substantial experience to his commercial practice, which takes him into boardrooms and federal and state courts throughout the country. He has served as lead trial counsel in successfully litigating many significant cases, including employment, intellectual property, major torts, product liability, healthcare, and regulatory law. He has extensive experience in a wide variety of trans-national commercial matters, including in the United Kingdom, Italy, and Belgium.

Thomas J. Elliott

Legal Experience That Stands Out

Tom’s employment law practice includes major matters concerning alleged employment discrimination, theft of trade secrets, non-competition agreements, and recovery of funds stolen by cyber-attacks.

He has served as lead trial counsel for owners of professional baseball teams in state and federal actions involving complex software ownership/licensing, contractual issues, trademark, and naming rights issues.

He has also represented major national and international banking and financial institutions in litigations involving complex lending, derivatives, and energy swaps.

Tom has negotiated transactions involving the purchase, sale, and financing of professional sports teams in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Texas, California, New Mexico, Oregon, and Tennessee. In connection with these transactions, he has led teams of attorneys, accountants, and other professionals who counsel owners of professional sports franchises on all aspects of management and operations including: stadium finance and construction; negotiation with local authorities and municipalities for physical and financial infrastructure; playing surface selection and installation; ownership and team tax issues; stadium naming rights; vendor agreements; and merchandising and licensing.

Tom served as a judicial law clerk for the Hon. John B. Hannum in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania; is a former member of the Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania; and currently serves as a member of the Pennsylvania Judicial Conduct Board, which investigates allegations of misconduct and impropriety by Pennsylvania judges.

Tom has held numerous local, statewide, and national leadership roles in professional legal associations, and is a frequent speaker at continuing legal education programs. He has chaired the Pennsylvania Bar Institute Continuing Legal Education Programs on Commercial Litigation, Evidentiary Issues, and Remedies. For the Montgomery Bar Association, he has served as a Panel Member and Speaker at its CLE Legal Ethics Program and as Program Planner and Speaker at its CLE Program on Practice before United States Magistrate Judges.

Tom also has published extensively for organizations including the Pennsylvania Bar Association, the Pennsylvania Bar Institute, and the Philadelphia and Montgomery Bar Associations.

Tom is Vice-President and Director of the Historical Society of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

Representative Matters

  • Lead trial counsel in the federal court defense of the Delaware River Port Authority against multimillion-dollar state law and constitutional claims of a disappointed bidder.
  • Lead trial counsel in defeating federal court claims of civil rights violations arising from ordinances enacted by the City of DuBois.
  • Pennsylvania counsel to Philadelphia Regional Port Authority now the PhilaPort Corporation and its Project Team of national and multinational experts in the largest P3 (Public Private Partnership) projects in Southeastern Pennsylvania, addressing complex land use, state and federal regulatory compliance issues, and legislative and constitutional issues.

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Education
  • Georgetown University, J.D., 1974
  • Georgetown University, A.B., 1971
Bar Admissions
  • Pennsylvania
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Pennsylvania
Honors and Awards
  • Super Lawyer, 2004 – 2019
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Rating, since first became eligible in 1984
  • Trial Lawyer of the Year in 2009, Montgomery Bar Association Trial Lawyers Section
Memberships
  • Schuylkill County Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
    • Chair of Litigation Section’s Trial Practice Committee and Chair of Demonstrative Evidence Subcommittee
  • Philadelphia Bar Association
    • Chair Environmental Law Committee
    • Chair Federal Courts Committee
    • Panel Member Federal Bench Bar Conference
    • Member of the Third Circuit Judicial Conference
  • Montgomery Bar Association
    • President of the Trial Lawyers Section
    • Member of Board of Directors
    • Co-Chair Federal Court Practice Committee
    • Chair of the Business Banking and Corporate Counsel Committee
    • Co-Chair Law Office Management and Technology Committee
    • Vice-Chair of the Rules of Federal Court Committee
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
    • Member of Committee on Legal Ethics and Professional Responsibility
    • Member of Federal Practice Committee