- Professional Liability
- Public Entity and Civil Rights Litigation
|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 School||Rutgers 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)|
|Admitted||2011, 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.
• 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
Year Joined Organization: 2013
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 Cases||Published Works: 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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