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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|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Top 40 Lawyers Under 40||American Society of Legal Advocates||2016|
|Super Lawyer||Super Lawyers||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|
|Top Contributor Award||Avvo||2013|
|Top 50 Verdicts||Verdict Search||2009|
|Top 50 Verdicts||Verdict Search||2008|
|Partner||Ricotta & Marks, P.C.||2016 - Present|
|Partner||White, Ricotta & Marks, P.C.||2013 - Present|
|Senior Associate||Leeds Morelli & Brown, PC||2005 - 2013|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|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|
|Bensy v. Malverne Union Free School District, et al.||Jury Verdict for Plaintiff ($100,000)|
|Bianco v. Flushing Hospital Medical Center||Jury Verdict ($15,000,000)|
|Olsen, et al. v. The County of Nassau, et al.||Jury Verdict ($1,000,002)|
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|Cosmopolitan||Sex Party Bartender||2016|
|New York Post||My Boss Makes Me Bartend Sex Parties||2016|
|Gothamist||Queens Principal Allegedly Offered Strip Club Field Trip to Students with Good Grades||2015|
|New York Post||Suit Claims Principal Bribed Students with Strip Club Field Trip||2015|
|New York Post||Two Cops Team-Up in Lawsuit vs. Port Authority Police Department||2014|
|The Boston Globe||Teacher Sues Principal at P.S. 15Q and New York City Department of Education||2013|
|Daily News||Lab workers at Brooklyn hospital made HIV-negative patients think they had virus: lawsuit||2013|
|New York Post||Beauty-salon job got pretty ugly: sex-harass suit||2011|
|Times Ledger||Bayside nurse wins $15M in suit||2009|
|The Queens Courier||Flushing hospital nurse wins $15M sex abuse suit||2009|
|GetLegal||New York Jury Awards Record Verdict in Sexual Harassment Case||2009|
|Long Island Business News||Jury: Cop harassed by fellow officers||2009|
|The New York Times||Jury Awards Former Tunnel Worker $735,000 in Discrimination Case||2008|
|New York Post||UPS WORKER DRIVEN TO QUIT OVER BELLY WOES: SUIT||2007|
|Hofstra University School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||2003|
|Le Moyne College||N/A||BA - Bachelor of Arts||2000|
|New York Law Journal Webinar||Constructive Discharge: Building the Case for Reasonable Economic Damages||2013|