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Thomas William Hartmann

Litigation Attorney at Watchung, NJ

4.5   8 reviews
  • State Years
    New Jersey - NJ 13 years
    Illinois - IL 21 years
    Missouri - MO 32 years
    Dist. of Columbia - DC 40 years
  • Licensed for 13 years
    State NJ
    Acquired 2010
    Retired No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 21 years
    State IL
    Acquired 2002
    Retired No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 32 years
    State MO
    Acquired 1991
    Inactive No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 40 years
    State DC
    Acquired 1984
    Retired No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Thomas

Learn Thomas’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Litigation
    Contract, real estate, payment, non compete and collection disputes; interference with business relations; fraud and consumer fraud; failure to pay overtime; wrongful termination; landlord matters; condominium association

    39 years, 600 cases

  2. Contracts and agreements
    Draft; review; avoid litigation; non compete; leases; independent contractor and master service agreements; employee handbooks

    39 years, 1,000 cases

  3. Corporate and incorporation
    All measures designed to help the business succeed and avoid litigation;

    29 years, 1,000 cases

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The Hartmann Law Firm LLC
56 Ellisen Road
Watchung, NJ, 07069-6126

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Posted by Edythe | August 12, 2013
Middletown Townhouse Association, Inc. Review written by our Board of Trustees
August 12, 2013 Middletown Townhouse Association, Inc. located in Middletown, New Jersey is a community consisting of 241 townhomes. Our five Board of Trustees retained the services of Mr. Hartmann and proudly states "Mr. Hartmann is the most focused, action-oriented attorney we have ever known. In our business, we have used several attorneys over the last 18 years. He is unquestionably the best. He helps us on such a wide range of issues that when anything comes up, we know where to turn. He is fast and hits the mark every time. We have complete confidence in Tom Hartmann." Our Board of Trustees would highly recommend Mr. Hartmann services.
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Posted by Maureen | August 11, 2013
Thomas W. Hartmann: A True Professional
I have known Tom Hartmann professionally for a period of one year. Mr. Hartmann was referred to me notably, for his expertise and exemplary credentials in the legal field. Tom gave to me, rock solid support when I failed to find it elsewhere. Tom is a tough, superb, informed negotiator. Tom Hartmann has helped me resolve, in an expeditious manner, multiple long-term issues. Tom Hartmann reacts quickly and concretely, obtaining results when others have failed. In my opinion, Tom Hartmann is an unparalleled advisor, one who I trust and respect. Tom is the best!
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Posted by Thomas J. Eoannou, Esq. | February 17, 2011
Hire this Lawyer
Tom and I were co-counsel involving an alleged 27 million dollar fraud case in Federal District Court in New Jersey. His legal and work ethic are of the caliber rarely seen in the defense bar. He is not only a legal scholar he is an absolute task master at determining a legal objective and finding a means to accomplish it. The fact that he is a former Brigadier General is obvious both in his methodical approach to resolving complicated legal matters and the exemplary ethical manner in which he practices law. I look forward to working with Tom again. I would recommend Tom highly.
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Posted by Chuck | August 23, 2010
The most effective lawyer
Tom is a superlative attorney, extraordinarily dedicated to his clients and driven to achieve results. He is also one of those rare attorneys that takes the time to understand the business strategy and its objectives, and with that understanding, recommends and pursues the course that is best for the business, not what merely mitigates legal risk. Working tirelessly through the minutia of contracts, intense negotiations during acquisitions, and the inevitable corporate crises, Tom is a leader and an advocate far beyond the norm. To give yourself the best legal advantage, put Tom in your corner.
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Posted by Ron | August 21, 2010
The Very Best
I have known Tom Hartmann for over 19 years. There should be a picture of him in the dictionary next to the word “professional.” He is very smart, dedicated and hard working. On my case, he literally worked night and day for seven days a week for several weeks at a time to get my massive volumes of documentation into a rational order and presented my case with such overwhelming logic that my employer had little choice but to settle my case quickly saving me what could have been a decade of litigation. Tom is also honest and frank. And while doing all that, he was also very considerate of my stressed out and anxious state of mind and kept reminding me to take care of myself and that all would be well in the end. Which it was.
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Posted by Soul | August 11, 2010
Your case is in able hands
Mr. Hartmann will fight for you like no other attorney. I can personally testify that Tom pursues his client’s goals with unrelenting energy. He is persuasive; thorough; with clarity of thought and deliberate in action; is always driven to achieve at superior standard; and approaches each case, big or small, with the same intensity and intelligence. He is not intimidated by even the most formidable adversary; works harder than any other lawyer I have ever encountered, without wasting the client’s time or money; his integrity is without question. You will not find any other lawyer that comes anywhere close.
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Posted by Greg | August 10, 2010
Dedicated, resourcefull, with results
Tom is very resourceful in determining a strategy that will produce the optimum results. He is then excellent pursuing all options to win. Tom also has a keen insight into dealing with people that is a great asset during negotiations. Tom worked on many projects for me. All of them were successfully completed. The last was to negotiate a terms change with a vendor. Tom was able to keep the conflict from going to trial and save us over $800,000.
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Posted by anonymous | August 7, 2013
VERY expensive for inexperience
I hired Mr. Hartmann to handle a contract case with my former employer. He was a general in the Air Force, and worked as General Council for A T & T. He had never been on this side of a contract. He claimed his area of expertise was negotiating the contracts, so he stated it lent itself to a unique perspective on the case. I had quotes for $ 1,500 to handle the case. He wanted $ 5,000 to start. He made 2 calls to the employer, and sent one letter. He then told me the $ 5,000 retainer was used up, and I needed to give him another $ 5,000 to continue. He is extremely expensive, and takes on work that he has no knowledge of. I was just a source of funding for him, and that was the extent of our relationship, even though I was also in the Air Force. No results, and VERY EXPENSIVE. I asked a question about one of the charges on the bill, and he wanted me out of his office. I would stay away.
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AVVO RATING 9.5 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Principal
  • The Hartmann Law Firm
  • 2010 - Present
  • General Counsel
  • ContourGlobal
  • 2009 - 2009
  • General Counsel
  • MXenergy
  • 2005 - 2007
  • General Counsel and Sr VP of Administration
  • Orius Corp
  • 2001 - 2004
  • Senior Counsel; Divisional General Counsel
  • SBC Communications
  • 1995 - 2001
  • Associate
  • Bryan Cave LLP
  • 1991 - 1995
  • Brigadier General
  • US Air Force
  • 1977 - 2009
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  • George Washington University National Law Center
  • Juris Doctor
  • 1983
  • Stanford University
  • Master of Arts
  • 1978
  • United States Air Force Academy
  • Bachelor of Science
  • 1977

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Domestic Violence Temporary Restraining Order
  • The TRO was dismissed, as was the contempt charge.


  • New Jersey Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Reserve Officers Association
  • Member
  • 1998 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Best Summary Judgement Brief Award
  • SBC Communications
  • 1995
  • Order of the Coif
  • George Washington University
  • 1983
  • Graduation with High Honors
  • George Washington University Law School
  • 1983
  • Air Force Institute of Technology Distinguished Graduate
  • United States Air Force
  • 1978
  • Honor Graduate - Security Police Academy
  • United States Air Force
  • 1978
  • Honor Graduate
  • United States Air Force Academy
  • 1977
  • Franklin C. Wolfe Fellowship in Humanities
  • United States Air Force Academy
  • 1977
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  • Corp. Counsel Quarterly
  • Enforcing Arbitration Awards
  • 1996

Speaking Engagements

  • International Association of Trial Lawyers
  • Military Commissions
  • 2008

Attorney endorsements

Received (13)
Given (13)
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Contracts and agreements Attorney | Feb 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Tom is a sharp, intelligent attorney who quickly develops a deep understanding of complex issues, which allows him to guide his clients appropriately to achieve their goals. His life experiences give him a distinct ability to connect with people from all walks of life and in all stages of life. He is patient, courteous and doggedly dedicated, which is why I endorse him fully and look forward to any opportunities I get to work with him."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Thomas is an experienced attorney whose participation and comments in Avvo show his commitment to serving clients as well as his level of experience. He is an excellent attorney that I recommend wholeheartedly."
Commercial real estate Attorney | May 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Tom Hartmann is a consummate professional in demeanor, skills and intelligence. He knows his practice well and is very resourceful and creative. I can only assume that his clients are very pleased with their lawyer and the excellent representation he provides. I strongly endorse Mr. Hartmann."
Litigation Attorney | Nov 22
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer. Tom is a solid individual and lawyer. He will advocate for a position and aggressively represent his client. In addition, he can resolve disputes and obtain beneficial settlements for his clients. Tom has a very impressive background as well and meeting him inspires confidence in his professional abilities in a very short period of time."
Litigation Attorney | Aug 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Anyone who is familiar with Tom Hartmann's background would realize that this is a man of accomplishment and dignity. Not only did he graduate from the US Air Force Academy, not only did he become a general in the Air Force, but he has also tried hundreds and hundreds of criminal and civil cases to completion. All of these qualifies and accomplishments make him singularly qualified to be a civil litigation attorney in New Jersey. If I ever am in need of a civil litigation attorney, I will, without hesitation, call Tom Hartmann."
Commercial real estate Attorney | Feb 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Litigation Attorney | Jan 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have come to know Tom. We have met, explored each other's websites, and had several discussions about our respective backgrounds and areas of expertise. Choosing an attorney is a very important decision and, of course, you must exercise your own judgment. However, I can say that I am very impressed with Tom's experience, energy, and passion for the practice of law. If you have a litigation matter (i.e., lawsuit), consider Tom."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jan 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Hartmann is a top-notch attorney. He knows the law and provides excellent legal counseling to all of his clients. I am quite impressed with Mr. Hartmann's background and have no hesitations referring a client over to his office. He is a leader and i believe any client that hires him will realize very quickly that he/she is getting a fantastic attorney who knows the law."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 19
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Tom Hartmann is an excellent attorney with top level legal skills. His knowledge of the law, along with his adversarial skills make him a fearsome advocate."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Tom has a wealth of experience and expertise in both criminal defense and litigation. His track record in the U.S. Air Force rising to the rank of Brigadier General, evidences his top leadership and defense skills. I highly endorse this lawyer's work."
Litigation Attorney | Aug 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Tom Hartmann is a seasoned and capable lawyer. I endorse his work in criminal and litigation matters."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 10
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer's work."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work."
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