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


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.

Year Joined Organization: 2013

Reported CasesPublished 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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Plaintiff’s Victory in Title VII Retaliation Cases Made More Difficult: The Expansion of “But-For” Causation in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
Thomas J. Szymanski, May 30, 2014
A plaintiff attempting to sustain a claim for retaliation under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VII), must demonstrate that he or she: (1) engaged in protected activity, (2) the employer took adverse employment action against the plaintiff, and (3) there was a causal connection...

Requests For Public Records From The Pennsylvania State Police Are Subject To Broad Exemptions.
Thomas J. Szymanski, March 28, 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) the names of all police officers accredited by the...
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Thomas J. Szymanski

2000 Market Street, Suite 2300
PhiladelphiaPA 19103


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