Thomas M. Lucas is a Shareholder and Litigation Manager in the Norfolk, Virginia office of Jackson Lewis P.C. Mr. Lucas represents management exclusively in the full range of employment and labor law matters, including employment discrimination litigation and traditional labor law. He has represented corporate clients throughout the Mid-Atlantic Region and nationally for more than 25 years, including clients in the maritime, ship repair, manufacturing, healthcare and service industries. Prior to entering private practice, Mr. Lucas practiced with the National Labor Relations Board as a Trial Specialist and Deputy to the Assistant General Counsel.
An experienced trial attorney, Mr. Lucas defends clients in litigation arising under Title VII, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and in other employment-related civil litigation. He also represents clients before federal and state administrative and regulatory agencies, including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Department of Labor (Wage & Hour, OFCCP, OSHA), the National Labor Relations Board, the Department of Justice and ICE.
Mr. Lucas' counseling practice includes drafting employment policies, handbooks, employment and non-competition agreements, and advising clients on the difficult day-to-day issues arising in the workplace. He trains managers and supervisors in the law and practice of union avoidance, and he counsels and represents clients in organizational campaigns, collective bargaining and related litigation.
Mr. Lucas was recognized for his employment and labor law expertise by his election as a Fellow in The College of Labor and Employment Law of the American Bar Association in 2009. He has been designated in The Best Lawyers in America, Labor and Employment Law, for the past nineteen years and was selected for inclusion in 2012 and 2013 Virginia Super Lawyers. He is a past Chair of the Labor and Employment Section of the Virginia Bar Association and an active member of the Employment Law Committee of the Virginia Chamber of Commerce. He is also a contributing editor to The Developing Labor Law.
Mr. Lucas is a graduate of Hobart College (BA, 1970), the Cornell School of Industrial and Labor Relations (MS, 1978) and the Catholic University School of Law (JD, 1981).