Tom Chiavetta is a skilled litigator with a decade-long track record of success representing companies in labor and employment matters. He has managed complex class discovery, taken and defended dozens of depositions, tried and won cases, and argued appeals and motions in federal and state courts.
While Tom works with a variety of clients, his practice focuses largely on those in the transportation industry. In particular, for nearly a decade, Tom has worked closely with several of the country's largest freight railroads and airlines on some of their most important and high-profile matters, including collective bargaining negotiations affecting tens of thousands of employees, Railway Labor Act litigation, high-stakes arbitrations involving health care plans and profit sharing programs, and employment discrimination claims.
Tom also has a substantial whistleblower practice, having obtained dismissals of dozens of complaints filed under the Federal Railroad Safety Act (FRSA) and other anti-retaliation laws. In addition, he regularly counsels clients on compliance with federal and state labor and employment laws, including Title VII, the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and state medical marijuana laws.
Tom is an active member of the American Bar Association's Railway and Airline Labor Law Committee. He has spoken on a variety of topics at railroad and airline labor law conferences and contributes to The Railway Labor Act treatise.
- March 10, 2016
American Bar Association, Section of Labor and Employment Law, Railway and Airline Labor Law Committee Midwinter Meeting -- What Is a Carrier?
- University of Notre Dame (J.D. cum laude 2007; Article Editor, Notre Dame Law Review); Cedarville University (B.A. summa cum laude 2004)
- District of Columbia, New York, U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Fourth and Sixth Circuits, and U.S. District Courts for the District of Columbia and District of Maryland
- Intern, Department of Homeland Security, Dallas, Texas (Summer 2005)