Biography

Tom represents businesses at the trial and appellate levels in complex disputes with government and with other businesses, and in insolvency matters.

He has successfully tried numerous cases in the United States District Court, Bankruptcy Court, and Superior Court. He has also won 18 cases before the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, and argued four cases before the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. Tom was selected by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly as "Lawyer of the Year" for 2014 for establishing, in a case before the Supreme Judicial Court, the people's right to vote on whether to make casino gambling illegal in the state. In 2016, Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly chose to give him its award for excellence in pro bono service.

Tom's cases range from contract disputes to those involving fraud or negligence, as well as disputes with governmental entities. For example, Tom has represented:

  • A medical marijuana business appealing de-selection of its registration by the Department of Public Health
  • A Fortune 50 company for over a decade in litigation and bankruptcy dealing with financially distressed suppliers
  • A major financial institution in cases brought by the Massachusetts Attorney General and others arising out of the mortgage banking crisis

Tom 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 to the clerk's removal from office.

Prior to joining Verrill, Tom practiced at the Boston office of an international law firm with 1,100 attorneys. Before that, he served as a Massachusetts assistant attorney general in the appellate and trial divisions.

Tom serves on the National Advisory Board of the John C. Danforth Center for Religion and Politics at Washington University in St. Louis, and was elected by his peers to serve on the Council 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 to 2003. He is a member of the American Bankruptcy Institute and lectures frequently on litigation, appellate, 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 courses since becoming a lawyer. 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 fundraising and publicity for the school. Tom also developed the idea for, helped develop the curriculum for, and taught classes to middle school students on search and seizure in public schools through Discovering Justice.

Services/Industries

Education

  • University of Michigan Law School  (J.D., cum laude)
  • Harvard University  (Ed. M.)
  • Washington University in St. Louis  (A.B., cum laude)

Bar Admissions

  • Massachusetts
  • Pennsylvania
  • Rhode Island

Memberships

  • Boston Bar Association
  • American Bankruptcy Institute

Honors

  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America© for Commercial Litigation, Litigation - Bankruptcy
  • Selected by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly for excellence in pro bono in 2016
  • Selected by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly as "Lawyer of the Year" for 2014
  • Selected by peers for inclusion in the 2005-2020 issues of Super Lawyers and Rising Stars© under Bankruptcy: Business and Business Litigation
  • AV® rated by Martindale-Hubbell

To learn more about third-party ratings and rankings, and the selection processes used for inclusion, click here.

Court and Other Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Rhode Island

Firm Highlights

News

35 Verrill Attorneys Named 2020 Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

(November 9, 2020) – The 2020 edition of New England Super Lawyers and Rising Stars© has recognized a total of 35 Verrill attorneys for excellence in their individual areas of practice. Only the top...

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Nearly 80 Verrill Attorneys Recognized by Best Lawyers® 2021, Including a Dozen Named Lawyers of the Year

(August 24, 2020) – Nearly 80 Verrill attorneys were recognized as "Best Lawyers" by Best Lawyers® 2021 , including 12 attorneys named “Lawyer of the Year,” a distinguished recognition for only a single lawyer...

Matter

Professional Regulation and Constitutional Law: First Amendment Challenge to State Law

We represented the Massachusetts Board of Public Accountancy in defending against a First Amendment challenge to a state law that barred accountants who were not certified public accountants from describing themselves as “accountants,” with...

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Fighting for the Future of In-house Attorney-Client Privilege

To be able to conduct or oversee effective internal investigations, in-house counsel must be able to assure witnesses that their communications with investigators, documents evidencing those communications, and documents the investigators create, will be...

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Attorney/Judicial Misconduct: Investigation and Removal of Clerk Magistrate

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court appointed us to investigate and, if appropriate, prosecute a Clerk-Magistrate for wrongdoing. After a six-day trial and appeal to the state supreme court, the court, for the first time...

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Elections and Constitutional Law: Certification of Initiative Petition to Ban Casino Gambling

Verrill successfully represented ten Massachusetts citizens who challenged the Attorney General’s refusal to certify an initiative petition under the state constitution that would have banned casino gambling in Massachusetts. In a unanimous opinion, the...

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