As an employment attorney, Tom represents employers in litigation over a host of concerns:
- Employment terminations
- Restrictive covenants
- Trade secrets
- Employee mobility issues
- Employment discrimination
- Sexual harassment
- Employment contract disputes
- Privacy-related matters.
Tom also serves employers in a wide variety of non-litigation matters, including contract negotiation, preparation of policies and procedures, and hiring and termination. These services help employers avoid and resolve disputes without resorting to the courtroom.
Tom represents several independent schools in the Philadelphia area, handling employment, student discipline, contract, and governance matters in the education area. Tom also handles complex litigation and dispute resolution in land use and zoning law and government regulation.
Some of his noteworthy accomplishments include:
- Successfully defended a nonprofit, independent school against a taxing entity's attempt to revoke the school's tax exemption on the ground of single-gender status.
- Successfully defended an independent school against two injunction actions by students' parents' arising from the school's discipline of students.
- Obtained dismissal of arbitration parties' suits against an association and successfully blocked subpoena attempts against them and the association on the grounds of arbitral immunity.
- Won a summary judgment for a magazine publisher, dismissing an action violating a post-employment restrictive covenant.
- Served as an expert for a former executive in an action to forfeit executive's deferred compensation for alleged violation of restrictive covenant.
- Testified as an expert witness for the plaintiff in an action for wrongful use of civil proceedings (Dragonetti Act) after the plaintiff successfully defended against an action for breach of restrictive covenant.
- Obtained a preliminary injunction enforcing post-employment restrictive covenant for a computer distributor against a former salesperson.
- Obtained a summary judgment for a former employee dismissing Computer Fraud and Abuse Act claim by a former employer.
- Successfully opposed an injunction attempt by a police union against the appointment and tenure of a municipal police chief.
- Obtained dismissal for a private nonprofit agency of civil rights act claim for wrongful discharge by a terminated employee.
- Has written articles and presented on the following topics:
- employment contracts
- at-will employment
- social media in the workplace
- private school student discipline
- employee mobility, including non-competition agreements and trade secrets
- intentional interference with employment contracts
- employee duty of loyalty
- employment disputes involving shareholders
- legal ethics, including ethical issues facing high profile attorneys
- sexual harassment
- family and medical leave (FMLA)
- employee privacy
- wage payment and collection law
- Served as a Board member and Board President of three major civic institutions in his community- a regional art center, the free library, and the civic association.
Tom serves as an employment arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association. He often speaks on employment and education law topics before Bar Association and private industry groups.
Get to Know Montgomery County Labor & Employment Attorney Thomas D. Rees
Affiliations & Honors
- Montgomery Bar Association - Co-Chair of the Education Law Committee; Past Chair and Co-Chair of the Employment Law Committee; Employment Law course planner and lecturer; Past Chair of the Real Estate and Land Use Planning Committee
- Pennsylvania Bar Association - Past Chair of the Municipal Law Section
- Pennsylvania Bar Institute - Employment Law course planner and lecturer
- American Arbitration Association - National Panel of Employment Arbitrators member
- Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce (and predecessor Chambers), VP/General Counsel, 1998-2011
- AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell®
- Selected to Pennsylvania Super Lawyers, Employment Law, 2004, 2007-present
- “Corporate Counsel” Business Edition Magazine, Super Lawyer – Employment Law, 2008-2016
- Best Lawyers in America, Employment Litigation, 2018-2019
- "Main Line Today” Top Lawyer, 2019
- Recipient of the Kenneth R. Taylor Award for Excellence in Chamber Service, 2001
- Main Line Art Center, Director (2012-2018), Board President (2013-2015), Board Secretary (2015-2018)
- King of Prussia Rotary, 2004-2017 (Speaker Chair, 2014-2015)
- Gladwyne Free Library, Board of Trustees Member (2000-2005 and 2007-2012) and President (2004-2005)
- Gladwyne Civic Association, President (1995-1997)
- Education Law
- Independent School Law
- Public School Law
- School District Law
- Employment Law
- Contract & Business Litigation
- Construction Litigation
- Employment Litigation
- Employment Agreements
- Local Counsel & Expert Testimony
- Pennsylvania Expert Witness Services
- Real Estate Litigation
- Municipal & Government Law
- Solicitor Services
- Real Estate Law
- Commercial Lease
- Eminent Domain Law
- Real Estate Tax Law
- Zoning and Land Development
- Employment Issues
- Construction Law
- Appellate Law
- New York, 1976
- Pennsylvania, 1977
- U.S. District Court Eastern District of Pennsylvania, 1977
- U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit, 1978
- U.S. Supreme Court, 1982
- University of Pennsylvania Law School, J.D., 1975
- Stanford University, A.B., 1971 Honors: Dean’s List; Major: Political Science
Thomas D. Rees Legal Insights
US Supreme Court Limits Scope of Computer Fraud Law
On June 3, 2021, the United States Supreme Court issued a long-awaited decision on the scope of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (“CFAA”). Van Buren v. United States, _ U.S. __, 141 S. Ct. 1648, 2021 WL 2229206, 2021 U.S. Lexis 2843. The Court held that the CFAA prohibited only the gathering of information […]
Pennsylvania Supreme Court Invalidates No-Hire Contracts
In 2018, I blogged about the Pennsylvania Superior Court decision in Pittsburgh Logistics Services v. Beemac Trucking, LLC, invalidating a no-hire contract between two transportation firms. Earlier this year, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court affirmed the Superior Court. See Pittsburgh Logistics Systems, Inc. v. Beemac Trucking, LLC, _ A.3d , 2021 WL __, 2021 Pa. Lexis […]
- US Supreme Court Rejects School District’s Sanctions Against Cheerleader Despite Outburst
- Offensive Social Media Posts by Pennsylvania Employees Justify Termination
- Ethical Issues for Lawyers in High Profile Cases
- Non-Solicitation Agreements- The Third Rail of Employee Mobility Law
- Employers Can Now Use After-Acquired Evidence in Court to Show Employee Wasn’t Qualified For the Job
- How does the Relief For Workers Act Affect Unemployment Compensation Claims?
- Employers: Does a Force Majeure Clause in Your Contract Cover You During the Coronavirus Pandemic?
- Stolen Employee Data: Pennsylvania Supreme Court Decision Breaks New Ground
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