Thomas J. Szymanski: Lawyer with Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin, P.C.

Thomas J. Szymanski

Phone(267) 295-4041

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Practice Areas

  • Professional Liability
  • Public Entity and Civil Rights Litigation
  • Employment Law
University Cambridge University, Study Abroad, 2007; Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, B.A., summa cum laude, 2008; Phi Beta Kappa, Eagleton Institute of Politics Associate, Boxley Fellow, Fall 2006
Law SchoolRutgers University School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 2011 Dean's Merit Scholar, Charles Richter Scholar, Louis C. Portella Scholar Edwin and Helen Farrell Scholar; Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court, Pro Bono Award for Significant Service, Rutgers University Human Dignity Award Publication: Rutgers Journal of Law and Public Policy (Symposium/Staff Editor)
Admitted2011, Pennsylvania; 2014, U.S. District Court Middle District of Pennsylvania; 2013, U.S. District Court Eastern District of Pennsylvania; 2011, New Jersey

Associations & Memberships

•Jagiellonian Law Society
•Philadelphia Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division Executive Committee (2015)


Tom is a member of the Professional Liability Department and has experience in a variety of labor and employment matters, ranging from proactive counseling to litigation in federal and state courts and administrative agencies. He has defended all types of employment actions, including the defense of age, race, national origin, disability and gender discrimination, and retaliation claims, wrongful discharge claims and employment contract matters.

As well, Tom also provides advice regarding the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, Section 1981 and the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act. He develops and advances a litigation position and strategy based on a client's designated resources and ultimate goal. He utilizes effective, value-based litigation practices that are consistent with a client's business operations and work environment.

Prior to joining the firm, Tom served as judicial law clerk to the Honorable Timothy J. Savage of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and the Honorable Anthony J. Parrillo, a Presiding Judge in the New Jersey Appellate Division.

In 2011, Tom earned his juris doctor, and graduated cum laude, from Rutgers School of Law. While in law school, he was awarded with several prestigious scholarships and Pro Bono honors. Tom also held several important leadership positions, including executive board member for the Journal of Law and Public Policy and student bar association class representative. Prior to achieving his juris doctor, Tom earned his Bachelor of Arts, summa cum laude, from Rutgers College, where he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. Among his notable undergraduate achievements, Tom received the Rutgers Academic Excellence Award and was selected as an Eagleton Institute of Politics Associate and Boxley Fellow.

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Major Victories

Plaintiffs Hits the Road in Inverse Condemnation Proceeding Feb 16, 2015

The defense prevailed in an inverse condemnation proceeding in the Luzerne County, PA, Court of Common Pleas. The plaintiffs owned a large tract of land in a borough in the county and, several years ago, the borough placed an asphalt over a dirt...


Marshall Dennehey Receives Vision Award From Philadelphia Bar Associations Young Lawyers Division

December 4, 2015

Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin is pleased to announce that the firm has received the Vision Award from the Young Lawyers Division (YLD) of the Philadelphia Bar Association. The award is presented annually to a law firm that supports the professional development of young lawyers, as...


SEPTA is not subject to a local anti-discrimination ordinance.

Law Alerts • October 2, 2015

The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) sought a declaratory judgment that, as a Commonwealth agency, it is not subject to the City of Philadelphia's anti-discrimination ordinance, but only to the provisions of the..., Case Law Alerts, 4th Quarter, October 2015 Case Law Alerts is prepared by Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin to provide information on recent legal developments of interest to our readers. This publication is not intended to...

Legal Updates for Employment Law

Law Alerts • April 8, 2015

The U.S. Supreme Court determines that the Pregnancy Discrimination Act requires a new Candace D. Embry, Esq.*The U.S. Supreme Court issued its opinion in Young v. United Parcel Service, Inc., on March 25, 2015, in which the Court..., The material in this law alert has been prepared for our readers by Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin. It is solely intended to provide information on recent legal developments, and is not intended to provide legal advice for a specific...

The Pennsylvania Unfair Trade Practices and Consumer Protection Law does not apply to political subdivision agencies.

Law Alerts • October 1, 2014

Community College of Beaver County (CCBC), a Beaver County, Pennsylvania political subdivision agency, unsuccessfully filed partial summary judgment against the plaintiffs' claim under the Pennsylvania Unfair Trade Practices and Consumer..., Case Law Alerts, 4th Quarter, October 2014

Plaintiff's Victory in Title VII Retaliation Cases Made More Difficult: The Expansion of “But-For” Causation in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania

Defense Digest Article • June 1, 2014

By Thomas J. Szymanski, Esq.*Key Points:The Supreme Court in Univ. of Texas Southwestern Med. Ctr. v. Nassar established that the plaintiff in a Title VII retaliation action must prove that “but-for” the protected activity...

Requests for public records from the Pennsylvania State Police are subject to broad exemptions.

Law Alerts • April 1, 2014

The Pennsylvania State Police (PSP) and Municipal Police Officers' Education and Training Commission (MPOETC) appealed a determination of the Office of Open Records (OOR) ordering the PSP to disclose to a newspaper and reporter (Requesters)..., Case Law Alerts, 2nd Quarter, April 2014

Inmates may be able to successfully challenge the Department Of Correction's decision to discontinue prison library subscriptions for advanced sheets of legal reporters.

Law Alerts • April 1, 2014

The plaintiff challenged the Department Of Correction's (DOC) decision to discontinue the prison library's subscription for advanced sheets of legal reporters in lieu of Lexis Law Library online database, which is updated only quarterly..., Case Law Alerts, 2nd Quarter, April 2014

Reported CasesPublished Works: Case Law Alerts, regular contributor, 2014-present; Plaintiff's Victory in Title VII Retaliation Cases Made More Difficult: The Expansion of But-For Causation in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, Defense Digest, Vol. 20, No. 2, June 2014
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Thomas J. Szymanski

2000 Market Street, Suite 2300
PhiladelphiaPA 19103


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