Thomas M. Lucas represents clients in the full scope of labor and employment law. He has extensive experience in traditional labor law and employment discrimination litigation, frequently representing employers in matters arising under the National Labor Relations Act, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Age Discrimination in Employment Act, Americans with Disabilities Act, and Family and Medical Leave Act. 

A former trial attorney and deputy to the assistant general counsel at the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), Tom is an experienced litigator, and frequently represents clients before the National Labor Relations Board, Equal Opportunity Commission, and the Department of Labor, including OSHA and OFCCP.

In addition to his litigation practice, Tom counsels employers in a range of employment law issues, from drafting employee handbooks, policies and noncompete agreements to training management in traditional labor matters. Throughout his career, he has advised a wide range of corporate clients, including those in the manufacturing, government contracting, retail/service, maritime, ship repair and healthcare industries.

Professional & Community Affiliations


American Bar Association


Bar Association of the District of Columbia


Virginia Bar Association

Contributing Editor

The Developing Labor Law


Virginia Chamber of Commerce, Employment Law Committee

Past Chair

Virginia Bar Association, Labor and Employment Section

Former Chair, Board of Directors

Chesapeake Service Systems


Named, AV Preeminent®


Named, Best Lawyers

The Best Lawyers in America


Named, Super Lawyer

Super Lawyers



The College of Labor and Employment Law of the American Bar Association


Named, Virginia Elite

Virginia Business Magazine

News, Analysis & Press

Speaking Engagements


  • J.D., Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law, 1981
  • M.S., Cornell University School of Industrial and Labor Relations, 1978
  • B.A., Hobart and William Smith Colleges, 1970

Bar Admission

District of Columbia


  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 4th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 7th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Virginia