“I can’t stand it when big guys pick on little guys,” explains Thomas More Marrone. “I grew up in a family of immigrants. I grew up with the ‘little guys.’ They were my grandparents, my mom and dad, my aunts and uncles and cousins… so I take that kind of thing very personally.”
After 11 months that included two class action jury trials resulting in a settlement and a verdict totaling well over $15 million, substantial personal injury recoveries, successful business and employment negotiations, and literally hundreds of satisfied clients, Tom Marrone has created his multifaceted firm, MOREMARRONE Partner + Owner / Chair of Class Action, Complex Litigation + Plaintiffs Personal Injury Practices. His mission: to right wrongs. His method: creative thinking, hard work, passion, and compassion. And a refusal to give in.
Tom represents individuals and companies in a variety of complex civil litigation matters, especially class actions, FLSA collective actions, wage & hour claims, fire and flood cases, catastrophic personal injury claims, insurance matters, consumer protection, fraud and deceptive practices actions, attorney malpractice, wrongful use of civil proceedings (“Dragonetti” Act), product liability, commercial disputes, and appellate advocacy.
Tom has tried cases to juries in a variety of courts, and is among those very few lawyers who have tried a Class Actions to juries, and with great success.
Admitted to practice in the State and Federal courts of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York, and before the Supreme Court of the United States, Tom has served as court-approved class counsel in cutting edge class actions involving, among others, privacy issues, insurance coverage, wage & hour, the Fair Labor Standards Act, health insurer liability, fraud, catastrophic flooding, fire, consumer protection, property damage, and toxic substances.
For nearly thirty years Tom has creatively, aggressively, and successfully represented people who are fighting for their rights, often against tough opponents.
The son of first generation Americans, his inspiration is personal: “My father grew up in North Philadelphia, served in the Navy, worked his way through school, and then sold law books for 35 years. He would tell me stories about the great lawyers he met; that’s where I really learned to appreciate the good things a smart, persistent lawyer with guts can do for people,” added Marrone, “I won’t be out-worked and I won’t ever give up.”
“My dad had a great admiration for lawyers who used their knowledge and their expertise to fight for people who couldn’t fight for themselves. He thought that was the highest calling, and I am very lucky that he passed that on to me. I got my toughness from my dad and my sense of justice from my mom.”
Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Tom received his undergraduate and law degrees from Villanova University, and is a Fellow of the Academy of Advocacy of Temple University School of Law, an intensive trial “boot camp” under the tutelage of premier trial lawyers and eminent judges.
He has instructed other lawyers on class action litigation and on sophisticated insurance coverage matters, and has argued a number of cases before Pennsylvania’s appellate courts. Currently, he is a member of the Philadelphia and New York Bar Associations, the Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association, and Pennsylvania and American Associations for Justice, and the National Employment Lawyers Association.
Tom is a member of Million Dollar Advocates Forum and his peers have regularly selected him as one of their best. He has been and is currently listed as one of the top 5% of Class Action/Mass Tort Lawyers in Pennsylvania by Super Lawyers, as one of the Lawdragon 3000 Leading Plaintiff’s Lawyers in America, one of The Best Lawyers In America for Personal Injury, as a member of a National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Trial lawyers in Pennsylvania, and an SJ Magazine Top Attorney for Class Actions. Tom has earned an “AV” peer rating from Martindale-Hubbell. According to Martindale-Hubbell this rating indicates “the highest level of legal ability and ethics. The pinnacle of professional excellence.” He has earned a perfect “10” AVVO rating as well, based on peer and client reviews and ratings. He is regularly invited to join other invitation only organizations honoring lawyer excellence.
Tom was formerly with Greenblatt Pierce Engle Funt + Flores, LLC as a Member + Owner and Chair of both the Class Action and Complex Litigation Group and Plaintiffs Personal Injury Practice. Before that he spent more than 15 years at Feldman Shepherd, where he was a Partner and head of that firm’s Class Action and Complex Litigation Group, and he was also a Class Action and Personal Injury Partner at Caroselli Beachler.
His move from Feldman Shepherd was hailed by The Legal Intelligencer as one of the “Top Ten Laterals” of the year based on “the effect the departure had on the former firm, the impact the lateral addition represented for the new firm and the buzz around the market when the move took place.”
Tom is often asked to comment in the media regarding legal developments, the media regularly recognize his efforts and successes, and he is honored as having two separate cases featured among The Legal Intelligencer’s “Top PA Verdicts & Settlements of 2014":
- A $4.85 million total settlement on the fourth day of jury trial in a Certified Class Action arising from a catastrophic apartment building fire in West Philadelphia. The court certified a class on behalf of all tenants, residents, and guests who were left immediately homeless, suffered near total loss of their personal property, and other damages. Marrone sought compensatory and punitive damages for negligence and public nuisance against the owners and managers of the apartment building. As a result of the settlement the members of the class received full recovery for their losses and, more importantly, priceless peace of mind. The case received considerable media attention
- An $820,000 settlement from the United States of America on behalf of a quarry worker who suffered electrical burn and other injuries because he followed the instructions a U.S. Mine Safety Inspector gave him during a surprise inspection. The case had been pending in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.
- In October 2015 Tom won a jury verdict and an $11 million final judgment after a 5 week Class Action jury trial against Star Career Academy, a New Jersey for-profit school, under the New Jersey Consumer Fraud Act (“CFA”). The jury found that Star committed Consumer Fraud by engaging in unconscionable commercial practices, concealing material facts, and/or misrepresenting material facts regarding the accreditation status of Star’s Surgical Technology Program. The class includes more than 1000 students.
- On October 7, 2016 MOREMARRONE scored a major victory for hourly workers in the Third Circuit Court of Appeals, which unanimously reversed a District Court decision that let DuPont off the hook for wages in a collective/class action comprised of workers who DuPont did not compensate for “donning and doffing” uniforms and safety equipment, and for performing pre-shift and post-shift work. In Smiley v. DuPont, the Third Circuit held that the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) does not permit employers to to avoid paying overtime by taking a “credit” for break time pay the employer had already paid, and using it to offset the employer’s overtime obligations under the FLSA for off-the-clock work. In its unanimous opinion the Court, agreeing with Thomas More Marrone’s argument, explained “Here, permitting DuPont to use pay given for straight time—and included in the regular rate of pay—as an offset against overtime pay is precisely the type of ‘creative bookkeeping’…the FLSA sought to eradicate.” The decision will have national implications because of the Third Circuit’s stature and its thorough analysis of the issue.