Thomas E. Reidy - Ward Greenberg Heller & Reidy LLP

Thomas E. Reidy

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2003
Phone: 585-454-0726

Mr. Reidy maintains a diverse civil litigation and trial practice involving representation of clients in commercial and non-commercial matters before federal and state courts in all parts of New York and in other states. Mr. Reidy has defended corporations in toxic tort class actions and individual cases in actions seeking personal injury, property damage and injunctive relief arising from alleged exposure to multiple chemicals emanating from manufacturing facilities and landfills. Mr. Reidy also has defended chemical manufacturers and distributors in product liability actions arising from occupational exposure to industrial and laboratory chemicals.

Mr. Reidy’s environmental litigation experience includes defense of cost recovery actions brought by the federal and state governments and private parties, federal citizen suit actions and nuisance claims. Mr. Reidy has defended several claims involving ground water contamination from industrial facilities and the spreading of PCB contaminated waste oils.

Mr. Reidy’s business litigation practice has involved representation of corporations in a variety of court and arbitration proceedings, including most recently an extensive arbitration regarding a dispute over the operation, repair and maintenance of a cogeneration facility. He also has defended plan administrators and fiduciaries in actions brought under ERISA to recover pension, health, disability and life insurance benefits, including the successful trial of an ERISA class action seeking pension benefits arising from the sale of a corporate division.

Mr. Reidy has experience representing gas and electric utilities in numerous commercial and non-commercial cases, including business disputes between utilities and their suppliers and contractors, and between utilities and Energy Service Companies. Mr. Reidy also has represented utilities in a wide variety of claims arising from natural gas explosions, electrical fires, electrocutions and construction accidents.

Mr. Reidy was a founding member of Ward Norris Heller & Reidy LLP in May 2000, and was a member of that firm until April 2010, when it became Ward Greenberg Heller & Reidy LLP. He was a litigation partner of Nixon Peabody, LLP and its predecessor, Nixon, Hargrave, Devans & Doyle LLP, from 1989 through May 2000.

Temple UniversitySyracuse University College of LawJ.D. 1980

Client Comments

"Thomas Reidy is knowledgeable, easy to work with and detailed. I would recommend him unconditionally."

"Thomas Reidy is professional, intelligent, and responsive. He has a sense of humor and easy to work with."

"Tom Reidy is an excellent litigator. Tom is very responsive, thorough, practical, and trustworthy. We go to Tom for all of our employee benefits litigation matters. "

"Thomas Reidy is an expert in his field!!"

"The outstanding ratings that I gave this firm are based on my experience of casework headed up by Tom Reidy because his responsiveness, case outcomes, knowledge, skill, reputation, and overall performance are all fabulous."

Office Location

1800 Bausch & Lomb Place
Rochester, NY 14604
United States

Lawyer of the Year Awards

2017 Lawyer of the Year in Litigation - Environmental of the Rochester-NY Metro Area2015 Lawyer of the Year in Litigation - ERISA of the Rochester-NY Metro Area2012 Lawyer of the Year in Litigation - Environmental of the Rochester-NY Metro Area
Thomas E. Reidy has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2017!Thomas E. Reidy has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2015!Thomas E. Reidy has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2012!

Practice Areas

Bet-the-Company Litigation
Commercial Litigation
Litigation - Environmental
Litigation - ERISA
Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants (Civil Litigation, Electrical, Environmental, Land Contamination, Mass Tort, Product Liability, Toxic Tort, Utility Liability)