Clients value Tom for his strategic insight and judgment in helping them resolve difficult workplace issues.

Tom is a co-founding partner of the firm’s Northern Virginia office and led the firm’s Labor and Employment practice for many years. Throughout his 30-year career, he has represented employers in a broad spectrum of employment matters, including wrongful termination, wage and hour, and discrimination. He is known particularly for his employee defection work, including drafting and enforcing non-competes and other restrictive covenants, and litigating related contract, fiduciary duty, trade secret, tortious interference, conspiracy and unfair competition disputes.

Tom’s clients include numerous technology and government contracting companies, which are indigenous to Northern Virginia; national companies, such as State Farm and Centex; and international companies doing business in the United States and abroad.

Tom has long been recognized as a leading employment lawyer, including by Chambers, Best Lawyers in America, International Who’s Who of Management Labour & Employment Lawyers and Martindale-Hubbell. He is also regularly asked to speak on employee defection and other employment law topics by law and industry groups, including the American Bar Association, Association for Corporate Counsel and the Washington Metropolitan Area Corporate Counsel Association.

    Experience

    Any result the lawyer or law firm may have achieved on behalf of clients in other matters does not necessarily indicate similar results can be obtained for other clients.

    • Defended an 8,000-employee global logistics company against an Iraq-based employee defection lawsuit involving multiple non-compete, tortious interference and other related claims in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia.
    • Defended a Northern Virginia-based government contractor against an employee defection lawsuit involving multiple tortious interference, trade secret and other related claims in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia.
    • Represented a Northern Virginia-based software company in preventing its former chief technology officer and other former employees from pirating its core operating software and taking its clients in a tortious interference trade secret, and business conspiracy action in Virginia state court.
    • Defended an international corporate housing company against a tortious interference, unfair competition and declaratory judgment lawsuit in California state court, and against a multi-party non-compete, trade secret and tortious interference lawsuit in Ohio state court.
    • Defended a 65,000-employee national insurance and financial services company against multiple discrimination and other employment lawsuits in the United States District Court for the District of Maryland, United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia, and Maryland state court.

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    Contact information

    +1 703.790.4681
    TJ.Sawyer@wbd-us.com
    +1 703.918.2241

    Bar admissions

    1993, Maryland

    1988, District of Columbia

    1987, Virginia

    Admitted to practice before:

    • US Courts of Appeals for the Fourth, District of Columbia, and Federal Circuits
    • US District Courts for the Eastern District of Virginia
    • Western District of Virginia, District of Columbia, and Maryland
    • US Bankruptcy Courts for the Eastern District of Virginia and District of Columbia
    • US Court of Claims; US Tax Court

    Education

    • LL.M., 1995, Georgetown University Law Center: Labor and Employment Law
    • J.D., 1987: William and Mary Law School
    • B.A., 1984, University of Virginia: Economics