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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.





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Practice areas


  1. Sexual Harassment: 25%
    11 years, 150 cases
  2. Discrimination: 25%
    11 years, 450 cases
  3. Employment: 25%
    11 years, 600 cases
  4. Wrongful Termination: 17%
  5. Education: 8%
    11 years, 50 cases



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  • Michael Thomas Paes

    Attorney Ricotta is very knowledgeable with regard to NY employment law.


    Michael Paes Employment and labor Attorney
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  • Judd S Nemiro

    This lawyer is aggressive and diligent. I endorse this lawyer.


    Judd Nemiro Divorce and separation Attorney
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Contact info

Ricotta & Marks, P.C.

31-10 37th Avenue, Suite 401
Long Island City, NY, 11101


NYCurrently registered 200403/07/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Top 40 Lawyers Under 40American Society of Legal Advocates2016
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2016
Top 40 Under 40 Labor/Employment Lawyer in the State of New YorkThe American Society of Legal Advocates2015
Rising StarSuper Lawyers2015
Rising StarSuperLawyers2014
Top Contributor AwardAvvo2013
Top 50 VerdictsVerdict Search2009
Top 50 VerdictsVerdict Search2008
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerRicotta & Marks, P.C.2016 - Present
PartnerWhite, Ricotta & Marks, P.C.2013 - Present
Senior AssociateLeeds Morelli & Brown, PC2005 - 2013
Association namePosition nameDuration
New York State Trial Lawyers AssociationMember2016 - Present
American Society of Legal AdvocatesMember2015 - Present
Nassau County Bar Association, Nassau Academy of LawMember2007 - Present
New York State Bar AssociationMember2004 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Bensy v. Malverne Union Free School District, et al.Jury Verdict for Plaintiff ($100,000)
Bianco v. Flushing Hospital Medical CenterJury Verdict ($15,000,000)
Olsen, et al. v. The County of Nassau, et al.Jury Verdict ($1,000,002)
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Hofstra University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2003
Le Moyne CollegeN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts2000
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
New York Law Journal WebinarConstructive Discharge: Building the Case for Reasonable Economic Damages2013