Tom Harrington (Ret.)
Former Principal

Tom Harrington (Ret.)

Tom Harrington has retired from the practice of law, and he no longer works at The Employment Law Group. Please direct any questions about Tom or his cases to Nicholas Woodfield, TELG principal and general counsel.

John Thomas Harrington, known as Tom, retired from the practice of law on April 5, 2024. He was a principal at The Employment Law Group® law firm — the first principal to have joined the firm as a clerk.

Mr. Harrington represented employees in discrimination, retaliation, and whistleblowing cases. He had a special focus on vindicating licensed professionals — doctors, CPAs, and lawyers — whose credentials were unjustly threatened by employer actions.

Among Mr. Harrington’s notable victories was a $2 million jury verdict for two clients whose employer was found to have violated the anti-retaliation provisions of the False Claims Act and the National Defense Authorization Act.

Law was Mr. Harrington’s second full career. Before becoming a lawyer, he worked for 19 years in the financial industry, including at the National Association of Securities Dealers (now known as FINRA) and the NASDAQ Stock Market.

After years of considering law school, Mr. Harrington finally decided to take the plunge. He joined The Employment Law Group as a litigation law clerk, working during the day while he attended the George Mason University School of Law at night. After receiving his license, Mr. Harrington was named as a TELG associate attorney. In 2013 he became the first former law clerk to ascend to ownership at the firm.

Mr. Harrington represented TELG clients in federal courts nationwide, and before state and federal administrative bodies including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Merit Systems Protection Board, and various arms of the U.S. Department of Labor.

For five years in a row, Mr. Harrington was honored by Super Lawyers as a “Rising Star,” a title given to only 2.5% of practicing lawyers in each state. He continued to receive professional recognition every year until his retirement, including from The Best Lawyers in America and Lawdragon.