Tom represents large and small businesses, as well as individuals, in complex litigation and bankruptcy matters. Some cases concern contract disputes and some fraud or negligence, while others involve companies experiencing financial distress. For example, Tom has represented a Fortune 50 company for over a decade in bankruptcy litigation and in dealing with financially distressed suppliers. He also represents a small gasoline distributor in litigation with some of its dealers. Tom represents a major financial institution in cases brought by the Massachusetts Attorney General and others arising out of the mortgage banking crisis. He also serves as legal counsel to a national religious organization for which he provides advice on such diverse matters as bylaws, litigation, and amicus briefs filed in the U.S. Supreme Court. Based on Tom’s experience and reputation, he was appointed in 2011 by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court to investigate and prosecute wrongdoing by the clerk-magistrate of a District Court, an appointment that led the Clerk’s removal from office. Tom now represents before the Supreme Judicial Court citizens who are seeking to have placed on the ballot an initiative petition making casino gambling illegal in Massachusetts.
Prior to joining Verrill Dana, Tom practiced at the Boston office of an international law firm. He has also served as a Massachusetts Assistant Attorney General in the Government Bureau where he argued eighteen cases before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit and the Massachusetts Supreme Court. Tom has tried cases in the U.S. District Court, the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, and the Massachusetts Superior Court.
Tom serves on the National Advisory Board of the John C. Danforth Center for Religion and Politics at Washington University in St. Louis, and is a member of the Public Service Committee of the Boston Bar Association. He was appointed by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court to the Client Security Board in 2005; that Board hears claims brought by individuals who maintain that their lawyers stole money from them and frequently makes awards of reimbursement. He served as co-chair of the Bankruptcy Section of the Boston Bar Association from 2001-2003. He is a member of the American Bankruptcy Institute and lectures frequently on litigation and bankruptcy matters.
Tom is a teacher by training and at heart. He taught middle school and high school after graduating from college, and has taught college, business school, and law school. He is the co-founder of Spark Academy, a public middle school in Lawrence, Massachusetts, that intertwines academics and physical activity throughout an extended school day. Tom chairs the school’s advisory board, and manages fund-raising and publicity for the school. Tom also developed the idea for, helped developed the curriculum for, and taught classes to middle school students on search and seizure in public schools, as well as free speech in the public schools.