Thomas J. McGarrigle

Partner at Reed Smith LLP

Thomas J. McGarrigle

Thomas J. McGarrigle

Partner at Reed Smith LLP

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Tom is a partner and member of the firm's Commercial Litigation Group. He was the Practice Group Leader of the 40 attorney Commercial Litigation Group for the firm’s Philadelphia and Wilmington offices from 2001-2008. He joined Reed Smith in 1985 after a successful seven year career as a prosecutor. Tom is a member of the firm’s Trial Council in recognition of his significant trial experience in both the federal and state courts.

Tom focuses his practice in resolving client disputes in complex commercial matters. He represents clients in conducting internal investigations, corporate governance, contract disputes, deceptive trade practices, trademark, trade dress, franchise, restrictive covenant, construction and professional negligence matters. Tom has extensive experience in jury and bench trials, arbitrations and mediations. He represents businesses in the gas, oil, chemical. insurance, consumer products/services and real estate markets. Tom has led trial, arbitration and mediation teams in achieving excellent results. Tom represents both plaintiffs and defendants in commercial disputes with a focus on the efficient delivery of legal services.

Tom has lectured at continuing legal education programs sponsored by the Pennsylvania Bar Institute on civil practice and procedure. He is a certified arbitrator for the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Tom served as a member of the Investigative Division of the Commission on Judicial Retention and Selection of the Philadelphia Bar Association.

Prior to joining Reed Smith, he was appointed to the position of Assistant District Attorney for the City of Philadelphia. He served in the Appellate, Investigation and Trial Divisions of that office. Tom frequently appeared for oral argument before the Pennsylvania Supreme and Superior Courts. As a trial lawyer, he successfully tried hundreds of criminal prosecutions, including obtaining convictions in all 22 of his jury trials.

Tom is a 1978 graduate of the Villanova University School of Law where he was a member of the Law Review and graduated in the top 10 percent of his class. He graduated cum laude from Villanova University in 1975 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting.

Tom is admitted to practice before the Bars of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, the United States District Court for the District of Arizona and the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania.

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Thomas J. McGarrigle
Partner at Reed Smith LLP
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JD
Class of 1978

Since its founding in 1953 as part of Villanova University, Villanova Law had educated more than 10,000 lawyers who have taken their place in the profession. You will find them on the benches in federal and state court houses; as members of state and federal legislatures and in high government office (the former governor of Pennsylvania is a VLS grad); leading corporations, major law firms and public interest agencies; teaching and writing; and practicing at the very highest levels. Learn more about our history. Villanova is at once modern, yet rooted in tradition.

BS in Accounting, magna cum laude
Class of 1975

Villanova University is a private university located in Radnor Township, a suburb northwest of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in the United States. Named for Saint Thomas of Villanova, the school is the oldest Catholic university in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Founded in 1842 by the Order of Saint Augustine, the university traces its roots to old Saint Augustine's Church, Philadelphia, which the Augustinian friars founded in 1796, and to its parish school, Saint Augustine's Academy, which was established in 1811.

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Member
Current

The Philadelphia Bar Association, founded in 1802, is the oldest association of lawyers in the United States. It is a keystone in the ongoing developments of the Philadelphia and Pennsylvania legal systems. Attorneys, judges, and politicians alike look to the Philadelphia Bar Association for guidance on controversial legal issues; and for an organized meeting ground for professional support and information sharing. Non-lawyers of the Philadelphia community count on, and look to, the Philadelphia Bar Association for general information on how to address their legal issues and where they can go to find additional information and help. With more than 200 years of dedicated service to stand on, the Philadelphia Bar Association is firmly rooted in the Philadelphia community as a steady and reliable bellwether.

Member
Prior

Villanova Law Review was founded in 1956. The Villanova Law Review is a student-run and student-edited journal devoted to the advancement of legal scholarship. To this end, the Law Review publishes analytical and critical articles written by law professors, judges, scholars, and students on a wide variety of legal topics as well as endowed lectures presented by professors and practitioners. All articles are subjected to a rigorous editorial process designed to improve the article’s substance, tone, and readability. One volume is published annually, and each volume contains five issues.

Career History
Partner
1985 - Current

Reed Smith Ltd. is engaged in the provision of legal services in commercial litigation, disputes, cross-border transactions, and regulatory matters. The firm's practice areas include bankruptcy and commercial restructuring, corporate and securities, regulatory enforcement, contract investigation, insurance, public policy, investment management, tax exemption, and wealth planning. It offers services to the energy and natural resources, financial, health, medical, and entertainment industries. The company is headquartered in London, the United Kingdom.

Assistant District Attorney
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