Thomas M. Lucas

Firm: Jackson Lewis P.C.
Location: Norfolk - VA

  • 500 E. Main Street Suite 800
    Norfolk, VA 23510
  • Tel : 757-648-1445
  • Fax : 757-648-1418

Thomas M. Lucas is the Managing Principal of the Norfolk, Virginia, Office of Jackson Lewis P.C., a full-service labor and employment law defense firm; practicing the full gamut of management employment law on behalf of the Firm’s corporate clients.

To represents management exclusively in the full range of employment and labor law matters, including employment discrimination counseling and litigation and traditional labor law.  He has represented corporate clients, including clients in the maritime, ship repair, manufacturing, healthcare and service industries, throughout the Mid-Atlantic Region and nationally for more than 30 years. Prior to entering private practice, he practiced with the National Labor Relations Board as a Trial Specialist and Deputy to Assistant General Counsel.

An experienced trial attorney, Thomas is a member of his Firm’s litigation, class action and complex litigation, disability management and traditional labor practice groups, and defends clients in litigation arising under Title VII, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, ERISA, Family and Medical Leave Act, Americans with Disabilities Act, and in other employment-related statutes. He also represents clients before federal and state administrative and regulatory agencies, including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Department of Labor (Wage & Hour, OFCCP, OSHA), National Labor Relations Board, and Department of Justice.

Tom’s counseling practice includes drafting employment policies, handbooks, employment and non-competition agreements, and advising clients on the difficult day-to-day issues arising in the workplace. He trains managers and supervisors in EEO, labor and human resources best practices, and counsels and represents clients in organizational campaigns, collective bargaining and related litigation.

Honors and Recognitions

  • The Best Lawyers in America©, “Employment Law – Management” and “Labor Law – Management” (1993-present)
  • The College of Labor and Employment Law of the American Bar Association, Fellow (2009)
  • Martindale-Hubbell®, “AV Preeminent® – Peer Rated for Highest Level of Professional Excellence” (1998-present)
  • Super Lawyers®, “Super Lawyer” (2012-present)
  • Virginia Business Magazine “Legal Elite”

Professional Associations and Activities

  • American Bar Association
  • Bar Association of the District of Columbia
  • Virginia Bar Association, Labor and Employment Section (Past Chair)
  • Virginia Chamber of Commerce, Employment Law Committee

Pro Bono and Community Involvement

  • Chesapeake Service Systems, non-profit contractor employing severely-mentally disabled, Member and Former Chair, Board of Directors


Catholic University of America

J.D., 1981
School of Law

Cornell University School of Industrial and Labor Relations

M.S., 1978

Hobart and William Smith Colleges

B.A., 1970
School of Economics

Admitted to Practice

  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1989
  • 4th Circuit Court of Appeals, 1989
  • 7th Circuit Court of Appeals, 2005
  • District of Columbia – D.D.C., 1981
  • Virginia – E.D. Va., 1987
  • Virginia – W.D. Va., 1989
  • District of Columbia, 1981
  • Virginia, 1987

Jackson Lewis P.C.

Most employers work hard and make sincere efforts to keep pace with the changing workplace law and culture, while ensuring that they can operate efficiently and successfully. At the heart of employee relations is the alignment of the needs of employers and employees through direct and proactive communication and problem solving.

We offer strategic legal advice to assist employers in lawfully developing and implementing a comprehensive employee relations, affirmative action and labor relations programs and manager training in those areas.  We advise employers in all industries, whether they are unionized, fully non-union or somewhere in between.   Our labor attorneys have represented private and public sector clients in thousands of matters before the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), arbitrators, mediators, state labor boards, other government agencies and state and federal courts.