Thomas H. Strong

Counsel
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Tom Strong defends against employee claims such as discrimination claims, wage and hour claims, and family and medical leave claims. He also defends employers against occupational safety and health citations, mine safety and health citations, and public accommodation claims, including website accessibility claims. In addition, he provides litigation avoidance counseling to employers in each of these areas. Tom also represents employers in covenants not to compete and trade secret litigation and counsels employers in the drafting of enforceable covenants not to compete in an environment of conflicting and changing state laws.

Tom's clients cover the spectrum of industries, including financial, retail, hospitality, construction, biotechnology, food service, manufacturing, mining, and government contracting.

Experience

Representative Matters

Discrimination

  • Arbabi v. Fred Meyers, Inc., 205 F. Supp. 2d 462 (D. Md. 2002) - Court granted partial summary judgment prior to discovery.
  • Bourne v. North American Trade Schools, Civ. No. CCB-12-2993 (D. Md. 2013) - Court granted summary judgment against plaintiff's claims of discrimination and retaliation prior to discovery.
  • Chancey v. North American Trade Schools, 2010 WL 4781306 (D. Md. 2010) - Court granted summary judgment against plaintiff's claims of discrimination and retaliation prior to discovery. The decision was affirmed by the Fourth Circuit in a per curiam decision.
  • Cureton v. Cianbro, 2007 WL 397025 (D. Md. 2007) - Court denied motion for reconsideration of grant of motion to dismiss discrimination claims.
  • Cureton v. Cianbro, 2006 WL 3537407 (D. Md. 2006) - Court granted motion to dismiss plaintiff's discrimination claims.
  • Ferdinand-Davenport v. The Children's Guild, 742 F. Supp. 2d 772 (D. Md. 2010) - Court partially granted motion to dismiss against claims of discrimination.

Occupational Safety and Health

  • Obtained dismissal of multiple serious citations before the Kentucky Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission on appeal from the decision of the administrative law judge affirming the citations.
  • Obtained dismissal of a serious fall protection citation issued to a general contractor before the Maryland Commissioner of Labor and Industry on appeal from the decision of the administrative law judge affirming the citation.
  • Successfully obtained ruling from Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission Judge allowing late filing of notice of contest, after which Occupational Safety and Health Commission vacated citation against employer.
  • Assisted in successful defense of employer in fatal construction incident.

Trade Secret & Covenant Not To Compete

  • Covance Laboratories, Inc. v. Orantes, 388 F. Supp. 2d 613 (D. Md. 2004).

Overtime and Unpaid Wages

  • Avery v. Chariots for Hire, 748 F. Supp. 2d 492 (D. Md. 2010) - Court granted motion to dismiss against claims under Fair Labor Standards Act and partially granted motion to dismiss as to related contract and fraud claims.
  • Schies v. New Day Financial, Civil Action No.1:14-cv-00095 (D. Md. Jan 13, 2014) - Obtained ruling enforcing arbitration clause despite claims of procedural and substantive unconscionability. Obtained similar ruling in parallel state court case filed by same plaintiff.

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Credentials
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Education

  • J.D. cum laude University of Michigan Law School 1995
    • Michigan Journal of International Law
  • B.A. summa cum laude Catholic University of America 1991
    • Harry S Truman Scholarship Semi-Finalist
    • Archdiocesan Scholar
    • Distinguished Major in Financial Management for Class of 1991

Bar Admissions

  • Maryland

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland

Professional Memberships and Activities

  • American Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Section
  • Maryland Bar Association

Recognition
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  • Former research assistant for Andrew Rowe, member of Parliament in the House of Commons, Great Britain
  • Intern for U.S. Representative Bob Traxler of Michigan

Community
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Personal Activities

Tom renders pro bono employment advice to a variety of nonprofit organizations. He currently serves as president of the board of directors of TurnAround, Inc., which provides counseling and other services to victims of sexual assault, sexual abuse, sex trafficking, and domestic violence.