Tom concentrates his practice in construction law and business dispute resolution representing clients in various sectors of the construction industry, including power generation, utility and road work, painting, and plumbing and mechanical work. He is experienced with multi-party, complex commercial litigation in state and federal courts. He also provides contract drafting, review, and negotiation services.

Tom has asserted and defended disputes concerning the following types of claims: contract disputes, change order disputes, loss of efficiency/productivity claims, abandonment/cardinal change claims, total cost claims, quantum meruit claims, modified total cost claims, differing site conditions claims, delay claims, trade secrets claims, covenant not to compete claims, Chapter 93A consumer protection claims, mechanic’s liens claims, engineering professional malpractice, shareholder direct and derivative claims, breach of fiduciary duty claims, employee compensation claims, construction defect claims, employee discrimination claims, business valuation claims, performance bond claims, payment bond claims, project labor agreement claims, and indemnity claims.

Honors & Distinctions

Tom is rated AV® Preeminent™ by Martindale-Hubbell. 

Selected to the New England Super Lawyers "Rising Stars" list for 2010-2013 for construction litigation in Rhode Island.

Recognized by ABA Section of Construction Litigation Committee as an Outstanding Subcommittee Chair.

Professional Activities

Treasurer and Board of Directors, Tufts Lawyers Association (Chair, 2014 Tufts Law Day on the Hill)

American Bar Association, Forum on the Construction Industry, Steering Committee for Division 1 Dispute Avoidance and Resolution

American Bar Association, Section of Litigation, Construction Litigation Committee, Co-Chair of Professional Education and Ethics Subcommittee

Rhode Island Bar Association, Professionalism and Ethics Committee, Superior Court Bench Bar Committee

Massachusetts Bar Association

Federal Bar Association, Rhode Island Chapter

Secretary, Attleboro Area Bar Association

Publications

Co-author, My Client Can Lien A Condominium's Commonly Owned Property, Right? Not Always And Not In Massachusetts, Under Construction, Vol. 15 No. 3 (2014)

Co-author, A Tale of Two Lawyers: How Arbitrators and Advocates Can Avoid the Dangerous Convergence of Arbitration and Litigation, Cardozo Journal of Conflict Resolution, Vol. 14, No. 3 (2013)

Contributing author, “State-By-State Guide to Architect, Engineer, and Contractor Licensing,” Second Edition, Stephen G. Walker, Editor (2013)

Contributing author, 50-State Survey on Limitations of Liability, Presented as Part of Plenary 2, Contract Drafting to Reduce or Eliminate Damages –What are the Limits?, ABA Forum on the Construction Industry’s 2013 Midwinter Meeting, Naples, Florida

Co-author, "Managing Exchanges of Electronically Stored Information (ESI) in Construction Arbitration," Dispute Resolution Journal, August/October 2012

Co-author, Rhode Island chapter of the State-by-State Guide to Construction and Design Law, Second Edition published by the American Bar Association, August 2009

Co-editor, The Dispute Resolver, Construction Law Blog of Dispute Avoidance and Resolution Division of the ABA Forum on the Construction Industry

Civic Activities

Secretary and Board of Directors, United Regional Young Professionals Organization