Tom advises his clients on compliance with the myriad of statutes and regulations relating to the workforce, as he understands the importance of keeping clients out of harm’s way whenever possible. Tom’s employment practice also includes negotiating employment, separation, and equity agreements for executives. He served as Conn Kavanaugh’s Managing Partner for 9 years, overseeing all operations and managing the growth of the Firm’s practice areas and professionals. This period included the first two years of COVID with the constantly changing requirements for employers.
In addition to being an employment lawyer, throughout his career, Tom has represented lawyers and other professionals in defending against errors and omissions claims and in disciplinary matters before state licensing boards, including the Massachusetts Board of Bar Overseers.
Finally, Tom handles a wide array of business litigation matters, mainly concerning disputes among owners of closely-held or family-owned businesses. He is often engaged to represent employers and executives in connection with the enforcement of restrictive covenant and confidentiality agreements and the protection of trade secrets.
For the past 13 years, Tom has served as the Chair of the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination Advisory Board, which advises both the Governor and the MCAD on policy matters.
Tom lives in Brookline with his wife, also a lawyer. In his “spare time,” Tom serves on the boards of the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra and the Brookline Center for Community Mental Health, and he trains for and rides in the Pan-Mass Challenge, raising funds for cancer research at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston.