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Thomas A. Ricotta

Employment and labor Attorney at Long Island City, NY

3.8   10 reviews
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  • Licensed for 19 years
    State NY
    Acquired 2004
    Status
    Currently Registered No misconduct found

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

About Thomas

Learn Thomas’s areas of practice.

5
Practice areas
  1. Discrimination
    25%

    19 years, 450 cases

  2. Employment and labor
    25%

    19 years, 600 cases

  3. Sexual harassment
    25%

    19 years, 150 cases

  4. Wrongful termination
    17%

  5. Education
    8%

    19 years, 50 cases

IF YOU HAVE BEEN TREATED UNFAIRLY IN THE WORKPLACE, I WILL HELP YOU FIND JUSTICE.

Tom is a founding member and partner at the law firm of Ricotta & Marks, P.C., which specializes in plaintiff’s side employment law.  Prior to forming Ricotta & Marks, P.C. in June 2016, Tom was a partner at White, Ricotta & Marks, P.C. for three years and a Senior Litigation Associate for Leeds Brown Law, P.C. for over eight years, focusing his efforts on Plaintiff's employment law.  During the course of his professional career, Tom has distinguished himself as a successful litigation attorney who has won multiple federal and state trials, and has handled all aspects of litigation.

As a result of his litigation successes, Tom has been listed on three separate occasions among Verdict Search's Top Verdicts publications for the years 2008 and 2009.

His successes include his work as co-counsel in Bensy v. Malverne UFSD, et al. (jury award of $100,000), Hines v. Village of Hempstead Police Department (jury award of $350,000), Wallace v. Suffolk County Police Department, et al. (jury award of $875,000), as well as Olsen, et al. v. The County of Nassau, et al. (jury award of $1,000,000).

Tom was also lead trial counsel in Fishman v. The Triborough Bridge and Tunnel Authority, et al. (jury award of $734,000).

Tom was co-counsel for the Plaintiff on Bianco v. Flushing Hospital Medical Center, where a jury awarded a record $13.5 million dollar emotional damage verdict in the Plaintiff's favor, and a total verdict of $15 million).

Tom has been interviewed or quoted in various New York and national publications, including the New York Times, the New York Post, Newsday, the Boston Globe, the Miami Herald, and the Los Angeles Daily News.  He is admitted to practice in New York, and has orally argued matters at both the New York State Appellate Courts and the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.  He has also handled numerous mediations and arbitrations, as well as hearings within the United States Department of Labor, New York State Division of Human Rights, and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

Tom is also an experienced representative of New York State teachers, having represented numerous teachers successfully within 3020-a hearings and Part 83 hearings.

 

 

 

Awards

Top Contributor 2022,2021,2020,2019,2018,2017,2016,2015,2013
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Location

Ricotta & Marks, P.C.
Ricotta & Marks, P.C.
1 Old Country Road
Suite 347
Carle Place, NY, 11514
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Reviews

3.8 / 5.0
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Posted by anonymous | January 15, 2020
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Teacher
He was very helpful in answering my questions and did so quickly and respectfully. When you want clear answers and guidance sooner rather than later, in my experience, Thomas did exactly that!
Posted by Adam | October 9, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Extremely communicative, helpful, and honest
Working with Tom was such a pleasure. He was able to handle my case and clearly explain to me what was happening. He was very easy to work with and offered great advice.
Posted by Karthika | October 3, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Thanks to Mr. Ricotta and his firm, I start classes today!
I had gone to several lawyers before I got to know about Ricotta and Marks. Some of them were top rated attorneys. None of them wanted to listen to my plight. That was when I got a call back from Mr. Ricotta. Mr. Ricotta was extremely helpful to me in negotiating with my school to get me back in after a medical leave of absence. The school was giving me a hard time getting back in, and Mr. Ricotta and his firm were phenomenal in negotiating my return. I am an international student, and this means I am very far away from the place I call home. Mr. Ricotta and his firm made me feel truly safe. They always made me feel that I was not alone, and my struggle was their struggle as well. I am truly thankful to them, and because of them, I can start classes today.
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Posted by anonymous | July 27, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Amazing Attorney
Mr. Ricotta represented me at an arbitration. He was very knowledgeable and hard working. He was able to get my case settled fairly. I would definitely use his services in the future and will recommend him to anyone in need of an attorney.
Posted by anonymous | April 28, 2016
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Very helpful, honest and thorough
I consulted with Thomas on an employment matter. He was pleasant and easy to work with. He got back to me quickly and I could see he had taken the time to carefully review the documentation I had sent him. He offered sound advice that helped me navigate and find resolution for difficult situation. I greatly appreciated his time and candor.
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Posted by Beth | August 26, 2014
I highly recommend Mr Ricotta
Mr Ricotta was very helpful in bringing a case against the company I worked for. I had a successful outcome and was quite pleased the way he handled my case from beginning to end.
Posted by Teacher | August 26, 2014
Professional, sincere, wonderful representation
Thomas Ricotta is a wonderful, knowledgable lawyer. He has been my lawyer for 2 years now and his courteous and warm presence made me feel at ease from the onset of my case. His past success as a litigator is impressive and his representation of me has continued to meet and exceed my expectations. He is very thorough and always willing to communicate and explain legal processes. Tom continues to genuinely support me and has continued to work hard to ensure the best for me. I highly recommend him and wish him continued success!
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Posted by Jacqueline | January 16, 2024
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Do Not Hire Thomas Ricotta
He will take your money and then do little to no work on your case. He makes you feel that you have a case when you really don't. He does not return your calls after he has your money.
Posted by anonymous | December 14, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
DO NOT hire Tom ricotta
Whatever you do, do not hire this law firm. Tom ricotta is as crooked as they come and should be held criminally responsible for his business practices. You’ll end up with 10x more problems than you started off with. He will take your retainer, and then work against you in a way that appears that he’s working on your case in your best interest when in reality, he’s working against you. Eg; file incorrectly, and wait until the last minute to present a case that will get dismissed for reasons he expects you to not understand. I hired Tom ricotta on retainer and after submitting payment, he completely disappeared. He did everything in his power to malinger the submission after being completely unresponsive for weeks and months at a time. I was still working for the employer at the time and he did everything in his power to help and let them harm me as hard as they wanted without even answering/returning a call or email. He intentionally left out key aspects of the legal argument (wrongful termination, unpaid wages etc..) and strictly focused on submitting subpar discrimination case in this undermining Manner that would get dismissed. I had to spend the entire time getting attacked and retaliated on by the employer while he disappeared and allowed them, then he tried to help them get away with all these different tactics expecting me to not to understand. He waited until the last minute to dump projects in me with work he was supposed to be doing. He would surprise me with requirements at the last minute intentionally, hoping I wouldn’t be able to gather or produce what was needed to officially prove my claims or produce something that he could justify being my fault. That’s just one example of the underlying theme. The guy completely would try and mess up the case and undermine me and blame me. His intention the whole time was to burn the statute of limitations and submit a bogus claim that he understands will get dismissed but it looks like he’s fighting in your best interests. He knows what he’s doing, because he tried everything in his power to avoid me until the last minute so that after he was done blowing the case, I wouldn’t have enough time to hire someone else to legitimately address it. He works for the employer and what he does is criminal, he understands what he’s doing and he also understands how hard it will be for the people he scams to come after him or do anything to fix the damage he caused to the case in time, if you’re smart enough to even figure it out. He will blow you off and avoid you until the last minute until he can submit a case that will get dismissed and still get credit for making pretend he represented you on a case that just didn’t work out, instead of what really happened, which is he work both sides at the same time, breaching his fiduciary responsibilities and committing fraud. Good luck trying to get in touch with him while it’s happening. Tom ricotta claims he represents employees but instead he prays in the vulnerable client base that are in need of assistance. He hopes you won’t understand the legal proceeding or anything to do with law so he can take advantage if you. I swear on everything holy it felt like I employed their lawyer because of so many factors, such as the way he would undermine my claims after he took my money and spent months pretending to be working in my case. It felt like he was relaying information about me and the case to the employer the way the employer would react to information I spoke to him about immediately. Tom ricotta is the biggest con artist and he uses his knowledge of law to take advantage of people that employ him clearly expecting them to be unaware of what he's actually doing. Do yourself a favor and DO NOT hire Tom ricotta
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Posted by anonymous | February 22, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Don't do business with RICOTTA and MARKS
DO NOT DO BUSINESS WITH RICOTTA AND MARKS I paid them in December 2019. During the consultation, were very nice, but after they were paid, the "honeymoon" abruptly ended. They became invisible and just seemed to have dropped off the face of the earth. You know the saying, "A fool and his money are soon parted." You would be a fool to do business with Ricotta and Marks. They will take your money but miss deadlines and do not deliver on what they promised to do. Stay away for RICOTTA and MARKS unless you are looking to lose your money.
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Cost

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  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
  • Contingency 30%-40%
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.9 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Ricotta & Marks, P.C.
  • 2016 - Present
  • Partner
  • White, Ricotta & Marks, P.C.
  • 2013 - Present
  • Senior Associate
  • Leeds Morelli & Brown, PC
  • 2005 - 2013

Education

  • Hofstra University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2003
  • Le Moyne College
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2000

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Hines v. The Village of Hempstead Police Department
  • Jury Verdict ($350,000)
  • Wallace v. Suffolk County Police Department, et al.
  • Jury Verdict ($875,000)
  • Bianco v. Flushing Hospital Medical Center
  • Jury Verdict ($15,000,000)
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Associations

  • New York State Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • National Employment Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • American Institute of Legal Counsel
  • Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • American Society of Legal Advocates
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Nassau County Bar Association, Nassau Academy of Law
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • New York State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2004 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2018
  • Top 40 Lawyers Under 40
  • American Society of Legal Advocates
  • 2016
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2016
  • 10 Best Labor and Employment Attorney, New York
  • American Institute of Legal Counsel
  • 2016
  • Top 40 Under 40 Labor/Employment Lawyer in the State of New York
  • The American Society of Legal Advocates
  • 2015
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2014
  • Top Contributor Award
  • Avvo
  • 2013
  • Top 50 Verdicts
  • Verdict Search
  • 2009
  • Top 50 Verdicts
  • Verdict Search
  • 2008
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Speaking Engagements

  • New York Law Journal Webinar
  • Constructive Discharge: Building the Case for Reasonable Economic Damages
  • 2013

Attorney endorsements

Received (10)
Given (7)
Endorse Thomas
Employment and labor Attorney | May 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Employment and labor Attorney | Jun 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Ricotta is very knowledgeable with regard to NY employment law."
Unknown Attorney | Dec 05
Relationship: Other
"This lawyer is aggressive and diligent. I endorse this lawyer."
Employment and labor Attorney | Nov 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Ricotta has contributed to AVVO's employment and labor section for a number of years. The help he has provided to hundreds of potential clients at no cost appears well reasoned and sound."
Employment and labor Attorney | Oct 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Employment and labor Attorney | Oct 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Tom is an outstanding lawyer. He is experienced and professional when it comes to handling employment discrimination cases. I respect his commitment to his clients and his passion and effectiveness in representing them."
Unknown Attorney | Sep 18
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Mr. Ricotta is highly intelligent and very dedicated to his work. Quite simply, he is one of the best litigators I know."
Employment and labor Attorney | Aug 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I refer all employment matters to the firm of White, Ricotta, and Marks. Mr. Ricotta is renowned as a skilled trial lawyer, with multiple high value cases under his belt. I wholeheartedly endorse this lawyer."
Employment and labor Attorney | May 23
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"In the earliest days of my career I had the opportunity to work under the supervision of Mr. Thomas Ricotta. The lessons I learned from him handed me the keys to a lifetime career of helping people and hunting down discrimination. I am thrilled to have the continued opportunity to work with Thomas at White, Ricotta & Marks, P.C. where we continue our work as employment attorneys."
Employment and labor Attorney | May 23
Relationship: Co-worker
"I have known Tom for 5 years. He is one of the finest trial attorneys I have ever come across. He constantly strives to get the most for his clients."
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Long Island City Employment and labor Lawyer Thomas A. Ricotta
Thomas A. Ricotta
Employment and labor Attorney
Long Island City, NY
Licensed for 19 years
Free Consultation