Main Menu


Tom has been practicing law since 1988. He advises public sector employers on labor and employment issues, legislation, the Illinois constitution, the Illinois Public Labor Relations Act, and other state statutes, and represents them in arbitrations, administrative hearings, circuit court litigation, appeals, and other litigation. 

Tom represents private sector employers in injunction actions and trials in state and federal court, including employers seeking to enforce trade secrets and rights under restrictive covenant agreements. He also provides employers with day-to-day counseling and strategy on labor and employment matters. 


  • Recipient, Corpus Juris Secundum award for outstanding legal scholarship
  • Recognized by Illinois Super Lawyers, multiple years
  • Executive Editor of John Marshall Law Review
  • Tom has served as a mentor to law students, has been asked to address law school students on the practice of law, and has been a guest lecturer to law school students on labor and employment issues.
  • Co-Author, Interest Arbitration During Economic and Social Crisis, Illinois Public Employee Relations Report, University of Illinois School of Labor and Employment Relations at Urbana-Champaign and Chicago-Kent College of Law, Volume 38, Issue 3, December 2021
  • Author, Protect Your Most Valuable Assets -- Confidential Information, Executive Counsel, pp. 56-60,  March, April 2005
  • Author, Court of Appeals Holds Employer/Union Neutrality Agreements May Be Unlawful, AHLA Labor and Employment, Volume 13, Issue 3, December 2014



  • Law Clerk to the Honorable Harry D. Leinenweber, U.S. District Court, N. D. Ill., 1989-90.


University of Chicago, B.A., Economics, 1979

John Marshall Law School, J.D., 1988, Graduated 2nd in class


  • Illinois
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, member of Trial Bar
  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois
  • U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, 7th Circuit
Back to Page