Tom is admitted to practice in the state courts of both Massachusetts and Connecticut, as well as the United States District Courts for the Districts of Massachusetts and Connecticut, and the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. He has tried cases to verdict in the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts, the Massachusetts Superior, District, and Housing Courts and the Connecticut Superior Court.
He has also represented clients in the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit and the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination. He has extensive mediation and arbitration experience.
Tom has served as a Special Assistant Attorney General for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts since January of 2010. He is a member of the Hampden County Bar Association and the Federal Bar Association, Massachusetts Chapter. A list of cases in which Tom has been involved, which resulted in reported and unreported decisions, is provided below.
A native of Ludlow, Massachusetts, Tom is a 1989 graduate of Cathedral High School in Springfield, and a 1993 graduate of Connecticut College, New London, Connecticut. He spent his junior year of college at University College, Galway in Ireland. He is a 2002 graduate of Notre Dame Law School, South Bend, Indiana, where he met his wife, Kate. Kate is a native of Tampa, Florida and also an attorney with Egan, Flanagan and Cohen.
In the six years between college and law school, Tom worked, for seven months, as a bartender at the Eagle Public House, in the Camden Town section of London, England and then lived and worked in the Washington, D.C. area for the next five years. While in the D.C. area, Tom first worked as a reporter and researcher for State Tax Notes magazine, and then as a researcher for a national political campaign committee, focusing on the 1996 United States Senate races.
Over his final two and a half years in D.C., Tom worked as a staffer in the U.S. Senate, serving as the Administrative Director of the United States Senate Steering Committee, a non-partisan caucus of United States Senators.
Since graduating law school, Tom practiced for three years as an associate at Doherty, Wallace, Pillsbury & Murphy, in Springfield, practicing general civil litigation, including construction litigation and insurance defense. He then practiced for two years as an associate at Pepe & Hazard in Hartford, Connecticut, practicing almost exclusively in the field of construction litigation. Finally, Tom joined Egan, Flanagan and Cohen as an associate in 2007. He was made a partner in 2012 and now serves as a member of the firm’s Executive Committee.
Tom serves as the Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of Pope Francis High School, currently located in Chicopee, but soon to relocate to a brand new, state-of-the-art school building on Surrey Road in Springfield.
Tom also was recently appointed to the Board of Directors of the Hampden County Sheriff’s Association by Hampden County Sheriff Nick Cocchi. Tom is the Grand Knight of the Unity Council of Knights of Columbus, based in West Springfield, Massachusetts. He is also an active member of the Rotary Club of West Springfield.
Tom served as the Chairman of the St. Thomas More Society for the Diocese of Springfield, Massachusetts from 2012 through 2017. This organization of Catholic lawyers and jurists organizes the Annual Red Mass for the Diocese of Springfield. The Red Mass is an annual tradition in the legal community that dates back to thirteenth century France.
Each year, the St. Thomas More Society honors distinguished judges, lawyers and those involved in the administration of justice by awarding the St. Thomas More Medal at this event, hosted by the Bishop at St. Michael’s Cathedral in Springfield. The Society also annually awards scholarships to area college students and hosts symposia on topics relevant to Catholicism and the law.
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