Thomas G. Servodidio
Duane Morris LLP
30 South 17th Street
Tel: +1 215 979 1844
Thomas Servodidio is Vice Chairman of Duane Morris LLP and also serves on the firm’s Executive Committee. For over 30 years, Mr. Servodidio has represented corporate clients and senior executives in all aspects of complex employment law and management labor relations.
Mr. Servodidio represents businesses in all types of employment litigation, including the defense of employment discrimination claims, wrongful discharge cases, wage and hour litigation, employment contract matters and restrictive covenant litigation. Mr. Servodidio also counsels businesses on a variety of employment matters such as the preparation of human resource policies, the development of diversity and inclusion programs, affirmative action programs, employee investigations, reductions in the workforce and OSHA citations. In addition, he represents management in representation and unfair labor practice proceedings before the National Labor Relations Board and handles collective bargaining negotiations as well as grievances and arbitrations under collective bargaining agreements. Mr. Servodidio also negotiates and drafts executive employment agreements for both employers and senior executives.
Mr. Servodidio is listed in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, the Client’s Guide (2006-2017) as one of the country’s top employment lawyers. Admitted to practice in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and the District of Columbia, he is also a member of the Philadelphia Bar Association.
Mr. Servodidio served as Chair of the Firm’s Employment, Labor, Benefits and Immigration Group from 2001-2017 before becoming Vice-Chairman of the Firm.
A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Bucknell University (magna cum laude), he received his law degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School (cum laude) in 1987.
- Obtained on behalf of Fresenius USA Manufacturing Inc. a ruling from the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) that it lawfully fired a warehouse worker after the man scribbled vulgar pro-union statements on union newsletters before a decertification election and then lied about it when questioned.
- On behalf of a national health care company, served as the Chief Labor Negotiator in collective bargaining negotiations involving unions such as SEIU, District 1199, CWA, IAM, NYSNA and others. Also, handled representation and unfair labor practice proceedings before the National Labor Relations Board and conducted numerous union election campaigns on behalf of management.
- Represented Brace Industrial Group L.P., a Houston based industrial services business, in its labor and employment issues in connection with the acquisition of the assets of ESI Group, Inc. and Peterson Industrial Scaffolding.
- Counseling clients with respect to coverage under and obligations imposed by laws enforced by the OFCCP.
- Representing employers in OFCCP compliance audits.
- Prepared Diversity and Inclusion programs and conducted Diversity and Inclusion training for multiple companies.
- Served as the Chief Labor Negotiator on behalf of a state turnpike for collective bargaining negotiations for a maintenance and fare collection bargaining unit.
- On behalf of a large manufacturing company, successfully obtained summary judgment in a race discrimination case which was affirmed by the Fourth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals.
- On behalf of a major footwear and apparel chain, successfully obtained summary judgment in a sexual harassment and retaliation case filed in federal court.
- On behalf of a national health care company, successfully obtained summary judgment in a race discrimination case which was affirmed by the Third Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals.
- Obtained a trial verdict in favor of client after a four day trial before an administrative law judge which involved the issue of whether the provider of home health aides could discontinue providing aides to one of its clients due to the alleged harassment of its employees. The verdict was affirmed on appeal to the Commonwealth Court.
- Obtained a trial verdict in favor of client after a five day trial before an administrative law judge on a joint employer issue. The verdict was affirmed on appeal to the PLRB.
- Successfully prosecuted and defended litigation involving non-competition and other restrictive covenants in multiple federal and state court jurisdictions and in arbitration.
- Provided advice and counsel to clients in the hospitality, health care, professional services, manufacturing, insurance and other industries on work force reduction issues resulting in significant savings for our clients and no ensuing litigation.
- Prepared numerous affirmative action plans and represented clients in OFCCP compliance audits.
- Successful defense of employment discrimination and wrongful termination cases in federal and state courts and before federal and state agencies.
- Counseled clients on wage and hour compliance and litigated cases involving the white collar exemptions under the FLSA.
- Counseled clients on the labor and employment issues arising out of mergers and acquisitions.
- Counseled health care and educational institutions on tenure track issues, the modification of faculty and employee handbooks and various employment matters.
- Quoted in “Duane Morris Expands Benefits for New Parents,” The American Lawyer, January 10, 2019
- Quoted in “Duane Morris Offers Hours Reduction Around Parental Leave,” Law360, January 8, 2019
- Co-author, “Background Checks: Hiring Essential Or Barrier To Reentry?,” Law360, June 8, 2017
- Co-author, “SEC Intensifies Scrutiny of Employment-Related Agreements,” Duane Morris Alert, October 6, 2016
- Co-author, “NLRB Abandons Well-Established Joint-Employer Standard,” Duane Morris Alert, August 31, 2015
- Quoted in “Can I See Your Cell Phone? We’re Conducting an Investigation,” Bloomberg BNA, August 12, 2015
- Co-author, “NLRB General Counsel Shines Guideline Light on Employer Work Rules,” The Corporate Counselor, August 2015
- Co-author, “Double-Breasted Acquisitions: A Coming Boom?” The Deal, March 2015
- Co-author, “New Jersey Supreme Court Rules on Proper Test for Determining Independent Contractor Status,” Duane Morris Alert, January 20, 2015
- Co-author, “U.S. Supreme Court Issues Unanimous Limited Arbitration Ruling in Oxford Health Plans LLC v. Sutter,” Duane Morris Alert, June 13, 2013
- Co-author, “Final HIPAA Wellness Program Regulations Issued Under Affordable Care Act,” Duane Morris Alert, June 7, 2013
- Co-author, “Hospitals Must Re-Evaluate Subcontractor Status,” Law360, April 16, 2013
- Co-author, “U.S. Supreme Court to Decide Another Major Class/Collective Action Arbitration Case,” Duane Morris Alert, December 11, 2012
- Co-author, “Supreme Court, in Wal-Mart Employment Discrimination Case, Changes the Landscape of Class Action Litigation,” Duane Morris Alert, June 22, 2011
- “Thoughts from the Jury Box: After Initial Reluctance to Serve, a Lawyer Recognizes Juror’s Crucial Role,” The Legal Intelligencer, March 31, 2010
- Profiled by Law 360, July 7, 2009
- Quoted in “Les chômeurs américains à l’assaut des tribunaux,” Les Echos, March 31, 2009
- Quoted in “Workplace Mediation” by Diana Bentley, In-House Perspective, December 2008
- Quoted in “Fresenius Wins New Election In Union Spat,” Employment Law 360, June 6, 2008
- Co-author, “Information Overflow: Avoiding Liability for Employees’ Computer Use,” Mid-Atlantic Executive Legal Adviser/Ask the Counsel, Winter 2006
- Co-author, “Defining Relationships – How Do Companies Avoid Common Problems When Drafting Employment Agreements?” Counsel to Counsel, November 2005
- Co-author, “Lessons Learned from Zubulake,” July 2005
- Co-author, Chapter on Labor and Employment Issues, Buying and Selling a Business, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, Fifth Edition (2001)
- Co-author, “Courts Protect Former Employees Against Retaliation Under Title VII,” The Legal Intelligencer, June 11, 1997
- Co-author, “Employers Struggling to Resolve Convergence of ADA, FMLA ‘Leave’,” The National Law Journal, February 24, 1997
- Co-author, “Recent Cases Brought Under the Americans with Disabilities Act Hinge Upon Interpretations of ‘Disability’ as Well as ‘Essential Functions’ of a Particular Job,” The National Law Journal, September 30, 1996
Duane Morris offers practical counseling designed to prevent potentially disruptive labor and employment disputes. We handle a wide variety of employment-related litigation and are experienced in management labor relations matters.
Employment services are individually developed to reflect each client’s business goals and objectives. We assist clients in preparing employee manuals, crafting personnel policies to address the client’s business needs, implementing customized supervisory and nonsupervisory training programs, and designing compliance strategies.
As a result of our extensive experience in the labor and employment field, we strive to place our clients’ issues directly before the appropriate decision makers. In representing clients in employment and labor matters, issues may arise that require the skills of lawyers practicing in a variety of disciplines. Because of the broad scope of services offered at Duane Morris, our employment attorneys, when necessary, consult with lawyers on matters involving employee benefits, bankruptcy, business law, real estate, complex trial work and healthcare.
From a partnership of four Philadelphia attorneys in 1904, the firm has grown to be among the 100 largest in the world. Duane Morris’ lawyers now work out of offices in North America, Europe and Asia to address clients’ issues around the globe. See the Harvard Business School’s second case study of the firm titled “Collaborating for Growth: Duane Morris in a Turbulent Legal Sector.”
Throughout all the growth, Duane Morris always has been guided by the same principle. At the heart of the firm is a partnership, an agreement to work together in the pursuit of its clients’ goals. Under the leadership of the firm’s founders, and the influence of past and present chairmen, Duane Morris has embraced a culture of inclusiveness, congeniality and consensus building that is rare among law firms.
“The “fantastic” Thomas Servodidio garners praise for his “tremendously deep legal expertise” and his “balanced perspective” in complex labor law matters. Clients count upon his three decades of experience and considerable strengths in contract issues, labor relations work and a broad spectrum of litigation and arbitration proceedings.”