Tom began his professional career as a systems design and development engineer on the U.S. Navy F-14D fighter jet program at Grumman Aerospace Corp. He worked on a number of products that were integrated into the F-14D, including a data entry computer used to input information by the flight crew; an Infra-Red Search and Track System (IRSTS) and a stores management (weapons) system. Tom then began his law school studies, focusing on intellectual property disciplines, including patents, trademarks, and copyrights. Tom’s technical and legal background allowed him to sit for the Patent Bar Exam, and Tom became a registered patent attorney before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). He worked at law firms specializing in intellectual property law, where he defended clients in trademark infringement litigation, and prosecuted patent applications before the USPTO.
Since 1993, Tom has been with the attorneys comprising the Fitzpatrick & Hunt group. Over this period, Tom has handled claims and litigation throughout the U.S. and abroad. The vast majority of these cases involve product liability claims involving wrongful death, personal injury and property damage. Tom has represented numerous component part manufacturers and service providers. He even found himself representing Grumman Aerospace Corporation in wrongful death claims involving U.S. Navy aircraft, including the F-14. Tom has also successfully defended product manufacturers in litigation arising out of asbestos exposure, and has reviewed numerous contracts for various product manufacturers and service providers.
In addition to the state courts in New York, Tom is admitted to the United States District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York. Tom has written several articles in the products liability area, and has made product integrity presentations to clients. He is a member of the New York City Bar Association, the American Bar Association and the Aviation Insurance Association.