Tommy is the leader of the firm’s commercial litigation practice group and a member of the firm’s Board of Directors. He is a go-to labor and employment lawyer with experience throughout Louisiana and the U.S. With his nearly 35 years of experience, he helps employers across a wide range of industries with contentious human resources claims and issues, both inside and outside the courtroom. Most recently, he has guided employers through a range of concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Tommy takes a client-focused approach. In lawsuits and arbitrations, he collaborates with the client team to build a strong case or seek an effective early resolution. In his human resources counseling role, he gathers the facts, analyzes the legal principles and formulates a practical solution.
Tommy’s experience is recognized by both national and local publications. Chambers USA ranked Tommy in its top level-Band 1 for his Labor & Employment practice. He has also been recognized by The Best lawyers in America as the Litigation- Employment Law - Management "Lawyer of the Year" and by Super Lawyers as a “Top 50 Super Lawyer” in Louisiana.
Tommy handles difficult cases in federal and state trial and appellate courts, and arbitrations. His litigation experience includes:
Non-compete and Trade Secret Litigation: Obtaining temporary restraining orders and preliminary injunctions; seeking declaratory judgments; and protecting employers’ confidential information.
Retaliation Claims: Defending employers against retaliation claims under Whistle-Blower Statutes, the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX), Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and other discrimination statutes, the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), and workers compensation statutes.
Discrimination and Harassment Claims: Defending employers under the Louisiana Employment Discrimination Law, Title VII, Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), Equal Pay Act, Pregnancy Discrimination Act, and ERISA.
Wage and Hour Claims: Defending employers against claims under the FLSA and Louisiana Wage Payment Act.
Employment Related Agreements: Drafting and litigating employment, non-compete, non-solicitation, confidentiality, and OWBPA-compliant separation agreements, as well as alternative dispute resolution policies and employee handbooks.
Labor Arbitrations: Presenting the employer’s case in arbitrations involving union grievances related to discipline or contract interpretation.
Administrative Claims: Defending employers in administrative proceedings before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), Department of Labor (DOL) and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
Tommy also counsels employers on compliance with a myriad of employment laws related to hiring decisions, compensation, discipline, termination, reductions in force and responding to catastrophes affecting the workplace. He conducts training for managers and supervisors on substantive issues, employee relations and litigation avoidance.