Thomas J. Flaherty's practice encompasses most areas of employment and labor law, including litigation and advice involving both individual and class action matters. He represents clients in state and federal courts and in arbitration. He has litigation experience in matters involving:

  • Title VII and Section 1981 of the Civil Rights Acts
  • The Americans with Disabilities Act
  • Unfair competition and trade secret laws
  • Employment agreements and sales commissions
  • The National Labor Relations Act

Tom has experience in class action litigation cases under the employment discrimination and the wage-hour laws, and in handling litigation involving executive agreements and sales commission plans, as well as in multi-plaintiff litigation in harassment and downsizing cases. He has also defended clients in actions filed by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Department of Justice and the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights and other advocacy groups.

On the traditional labor side, Tom's experience includes:

  • Negotiating labor contracts
  • Arbitrations
  • Union organizing campaigns, strikes, picketing and handbilling
  • Unfair labor practice charge investigation and hearings
  • Representing clients before the National Labor Relations Board through hearing and appeal

Tom is the founder of Littler Mendelson's Virginia office. Before joining Littler Mendelson, he was the managing partner in the Northern Virginia office of a national general practice firm. He was previously partner and head of a Northern Virginia labor and employment practice, where he also served as firm-wide recruiting chair. After law school, he served as a law clerk to the Honorable W. Arthur Garrity, Jr., United States District Court in Boston. Tom was editor-in-chief of The Law Review at Boston College Law School and served as an aide to A. Bartlett Giamatti while at Yale.

Professional & Community Affiliations


Employment Law Section

Fairfax Bar Association

2011 and 2012

Vice Chair

Employment Section

Fairfax Bar Association

2010 and 2011

Former President

Yale Club of Virginia

Former Director

Virginia Home for Boys


Named, The Best Lawyers in America©


Named, America's Leading Lawyers for Business

Chambers USA


Named, Super Lawyer


Super Lawyers

2006-2013 and 2015

Awarded, AV® Peer Review Rating


News, Analysis & Press

Speaking Engagements

What's Next? Looking Into the Crystal Ball

Tysons Corner, VA

December 14, 2011

Social Media Grows Up — and the Authorities Are Watching

Tysons Corner, VA

September 28, 2011

Compensation Landmines: Examining Commission Plans, Bonuses and Employment Agreements

The 2010 Executive Employer Conference® - Littler Mendelson, Phoenix, AZ

April 2010

Employee Free Choice Act

McLean, VA

May 2009

Drafting and Enforcing Employment Contracts

Virginia CLE


The Gathering Storm

Tysons Corner, VA

December 11, 2008

The Multi-Million Dollar Dilemma

Tysons Corner, VA

November 13, 2008

Secrets, Lies and Workplace Treason

Littler Mendelson, McLean, VA

September 2008

Washington DC Update

The 2008 Executive Employer® Conference

Littler Mendelson, Phoenix, AZ

April 2008


  • J.D., Boston College Law School
  • B.A., Yale University

Bar Admission

District of Columbia


  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 1st Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 3rd Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 4th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 5th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 6th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 7th Circuit