Tom has earned a reputation as a thorough, thoughtful, and effective advocate for his clients. He has been representing businesses, non-profit corporations and individuals in a wide variety of legal matters for more than 25 years. He concentrates his practice on business matters, including preparing agreements and commercial litigation. These agreements include leases of oil and gas interests, covenants not to compete, and contracts governed by the Uniform Commercial Code. The commercial litigation matters range from debt collections through complex lawsuits involving millions of dollars.
Tom assists clients with protecting their intellectual property such as trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets and confidential information. Tom advises clients regarding trademark searches, trademark and copyright registration, and trademark maintenance. Tom also prepares nondisclosure agreements to protect trade secrets and confidential information.
With his extensive experience in the area of appellate practice, Tom has successfully briefed and argued cases before the Third Circuit Court of Appeals, as well as before numerous panels of the Superior Court and Commonwealth Court, obtaining both affirmances and reversals of trial court rulings. These appeals have involved diverse subject matters, including motor vehicle accidents, contract cases, marital settlement agreements, oil and gas rights, and Public School Code matters. Tom is well-versed in the procedural rules of the appellate courts, and has advanced oral advocacy skills.
Tom devotes a substantial portion of his practice to representing charter schools on all matters concerning the Pennsylvania Charter School Law, including advising them on Right to Know Law matters, Sunshine Law matters and special education matters. Tom also advises non-profit organizations on general business and contractual matters.
- Fulbright Scholar, Saarbruecken, Germany (1987-1988)
- Vanderbilt University School of Law/Alumni Interviewer
Education & Admissions
Memberships & Associations
- Pennsylvania Bar Association
- President, Community Country Day School, 2015-Present
- Board Treasurer, Community Country Day School, 2009-2015