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Tom Harrington is a principal with The Employment Law Group, P.C. specializing in working with clients who suffer workplace discrimination and retaliation in violation of civil rights laws. At his core, Tom is a fighter who is passionate, persistent and understanding of his client’s issues and believes that he is the difference maker when it comes to helping employees find justice.

“I chose to go to law school after seeing the imbalance of power between corporations and employees and I wanted to help level the playing field for employees,” said Tom. “My philosophy is to never lose sight of the client’s objectives.”

Tom became the first law clerk to ascend to ownership at TELG in 2013, cementing the firm’s reputation as a nurturer of quality legal talent. He joined the firm in 2004 while attending the George Mason University School of Law as an evening student.

Also notable: Law is Tom’s second full career; before attending law school, he worked for 19 years as an analyst for the NASDAQ Stock Market.

In addition, his financial background has helped him represent employees who are punished for reporting breaches of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act.

Tom’s lifelong interest in literature—his undergraduate major at the University of California, Los Angeles—led him to become a Writing Fellow while at George Mason Law, and a senior staff member of the Federal Circuit Bar Journal.  His knowledge of the law and his understanding of what it takes to create a compelling story is why Tom builds successful cases for his clients.



25 Years of the Americans with Disabilities Act, Corporate Counsel, Aug-2015

Bring On the Babysitters: Testing the Boundaries of Lawson V. FMR LLC, Connecticut Lawyer, Jun-2015

The Front Burner: Mandatory Vaccinations for Workers? No: Companies shouldn’t serve as surrogate parents, The Orlando Sentinel, Jul-2015

Don’t Just ‘Walk it Off’: Protections in the Workplace for Employees With HIV, HIV Plus, May-2015

Corporate Knowledge Doctrine And The ‘Cat’s Paw’ Theory, Westlaw Journal Employment, May-2015

Doctors and Lawyers—Employers That Incentivize Good Health May Need to Consult Both, Corporate Law Advisory, Apr-2015

Dismissiveness of Mental Illness in the Workplace and Protections for Employees, HealthNewsDigest.com, Apr-2015

Transcending the Workplace: Sexual Harassment in the 21st Century, Occupational Health & Safety, Apr-2015

Incentivizing good health: The legal issues presented by health-contingent wellness plans, Westlaw Journal Employment, Feb-2015

Even Without Passage, Legislation Could Encourage Unionization, Hospitality Law Magazine , Jan-2015

Moving on? The top 5 steps to take when your company loses a contract, Westlaw Journal Government Contract, Jan-2015

With All Due Deference: Following the ARB’s Lead in Defining Protected Activity, Employment Law Strategist, Dec-2014

When Employers Must Pay Leave Benefits on Employees’ Separation, SHRM.org, Dec-2014

Defining Protected Activity Under SOX, Corporate Counsel, Dec-2014

With All Due Deference: Following the ARB’s Lead in Defining Protected Activity under SOX, The Corporate Counselor, Nov-2014

Extraterritoriality And Whistleblower Retaliation: Crossing the Line, The Corporate Counselor, Oct-2014

Temporary impairments under the ADAAA and the impact on government contractors, Westlaw Government Contractor, Sep-2014

Leaving with what you brought: Non-compete agreements when you bring your book with you, The Government Contract Litigation Reporter , Sep-2014

The Best Defense is a Good Offense – Invalidating Non-Competition Agreements when Departing from a Company, The Government Contract Litigation Reporter, Aug-2014

Workplace Rights and Discrimination Laws, Small Business Opportunities, Jul-2014

Company liability and employee protections for FCC whistleblowers, Compliance & Ethics Professional, Jul-2014

Where do employee rights start, and how far do they go?, Employee Benefit News, Jun-2014

Current trends in EEOC enforcement: Trends that suggest creative and progressive legal arguments, Plaintiff, Jun-2014

The Rebranding Of “But-For” Causation In Title VII Cases, Law360, Jun-2014

Whistleblowers in the Intelligence Community, Corporate Compliance Insights, Apr-2014

HR Is Employer’s First Line of Defense Against Lawsuits, SHRM.com (Society for Human Resource Management), Apr-2014

Acquiring More Than Just Assets: The Impact of Teed v. Thomas & Betts Power Solutions, LLC, The Corporate Counselor, Mar-2014

Media Mentions

ManTech to pay $2M in damages to former employees alleging retaliation, , Jan-1970

Bellmorite sues Capitol Police for sex discrimination, , Jan-1970

Hate Speech, Fresh Outlook, Jan-2016

Providers Must Tread Carefully if Patient Objects to Caregiver, Healthcare Risk Management, Sep-2015

Moves To Protect Workers From Financial Loss But May Cost Some Thousands, Mainstreet.com, May-2015

Breaking Down Employment Barriers, CAREERS & the disABLED, Nov-2014

3 Tips For Keeping Noncompetes in Check, Law360, Oct-2014

On the anniversary of the ADA, some say barriers still remain, Monster.com, Jul-2014

People on the Move: Tom Harrington, Washington Business Journal, Mar-2014

The Employment Law Group practices what it preaches as first night-student law clerk is named firm principal, Employment Law Daily, Mar-2014

Speaking Engagements

The ADA and FMLA: Protections, Recent Developments, and Interaction between Two Statutes, Bloomberg BNA, May-2015

The ADA and FMLA: Protections, Recent Developments, and Interaction between Two Statutes, American Bar Association Commission on Disability Rights, May-2015

Accommodating Workers with Disabilities: Best Practices for Employers and Employees, American Bar Association, Mar-2015

Finding Talent & Labor Laws, Washington, DC Economic Partnership, Jun-2014


Client: Donnelle Moten

"He was very thorough and his understanding of my situation made me comfortable with the experience"

Also worked with this client:
R. Scott Oswald   

Tom Harrington Principal

Tom Harrington


George Mason University School of Law
JD (2007)

University of California at Los Angeles
Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature

"He was very thorough and his understanding of my situation made me comfortable with the experience"

– Former Client, Donnelle Moten

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