He counsels clients on all types of personnel and labor relations matters that arise under the Railway Labor Act. Tom has extensive experience in handling a wide range of airline arbitration cases, having successfully represented clients in more than 300 cases.
With his experience as a naval flight officer, Tom is very familiar with operational issues including pilot competency and proficiency cases as well as matters involving the analysis of complex aircraft accidents/incidents. Additionally, he is experienced in contract disputes as well as drug and alcohol related cases. He spends a substantial portion of his practice in collective bargaining and Railway Labor Act litigation.
Prior to joining FordHarrison, Tom was a Senior Attorney with Delta Air Lines. At Delta, he actively worked with the operating departments including Flight Operations, In Flight, Maintenance and Customer Service.
Between college and law school, Tom was a Lieutenant and naval flight officer in the U.S. Navy and made several tours abroad with his squadron on the aircraft carrier USS Independence.
- Representation of major and regional air carriers in developing and implementing processes for ensuring responsible use of sick leave
- Strategic advice for carriers engaged in the negotiations of collective bargaining agreements
- Arbitration in the Airline Industry, National Academy of Arbitrators Proceedings for 2010 Annual Meeting
- Grievance Procedures – The Carrier's Perspective, ALI-ABA Course of Study, Airline and Railroad Labor and Employment Law, April 2010
Honors and Awards
- The Best Lawyers in America – Labor and Employment Law
- Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business
- "Georgia Super Lawyers" and "Super Lawyers – Corporate Counsel Edition" by Super Lawyers magazine
- AV® Preeminent Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell