Tom’s practice focuses on higher education, healthcare, employment, the defense of varied business, unfair competition, and commercial claims, and handling selected white collar matters. He has conducted bench and jury trials, and has argued over 100 appeals. A skilled advisor, Tom delivers practical and prompt advice, and collaborates with clients on matters of substance and strategy.
For institutions of secondary and higher education, Tom regularly defends against claims of discrimination, harassment, and retaliation; advises and litigates faculty tenure reviews, denials, and revocations; handles the broad array of Title VI, VII, and IX matters; academic freedom issues; scientific and academic misconduct investigations and litigation; governance matters; general not-for-profit issues; student discipline claims; and serious general liability cases. His experience also includes formal and informal dispute resolution, with an emphasis on neutral evaluation and mediation. He serves on the federal mediation panel in the Western District of New York, and he also acts as Select Counsel in New York for United Educators, and is approved counsel for education matters for several other Employment Practices Liability and Educators Legal Liability insurers.
Tom’s healthcare work includes the representation of hospitals, nursing homes, academic medical centers, and individual providers and provider networks in connection with Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement issues; the creation and implementation of internal compliance programs; various fraud and abuse matters; governmental and third-party payor investigations; False Claims Act and qui tam litigation; payor disputes; staff privilege and credentialing matters; licensure proceedings; and employment-related claims in the healthcare setting.
His employment work includes counseling on an array of labor-related matters; training employers and employees on workplace conduct and compliance issues; and defending against claims of discrimination, harassment, and retaliation both at the agency level and in court. Tom also handles various commercial matters, particularly those related to unfair competition and intercorporate disputes.