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 vice-chair 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 President of the Historical Society of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.
- 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.