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Thomas J. Sawyer - Reston, VA

1775 Wiehle AvenueSuite 400 Reston, VA 20190

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Updated: 02/22/2024

Reston Labor & Employment Law Lawyer

Overview

Throughout his more than 30-year career, Tom has represented employers in a broad spectrum of employment matters, including wage and hour, discrimination, and employee termination. He is known particularly for his employee defection work, including drafting and enforcing non-competes and other employment-based restrictive covenants, and litigating related contract, fiduciary duty, trade secret, tortious interference, conspiracy, and unfair competition disputes...

Throughout his more than 30-year career, Tom has represented employers in a broad spectrum of employment matters, including wage and hour, discrimination, and employee termination. He is known particularly for his employee defection work, including drafting and enforcing non-competes and other employment-based restrictive covenants, and litigating related contract, fiduciary duty, trade secret, tortious interference, conspiracy, and unfair competition disputes.

Tom's clients include national and international companies, as well as numerous local companies based in the Washington, D.C. area. He has particularly deep experience counseling technology and government contracting companies on employment issues and representing them in related litigation.

Prior to joining the firm, Tom was the head of the Labor & Employment practice of an 1,100-attorney, international law firm and the co-founding partner of its Northern Virginia office.


About Thomas J. Sawyer

Current Employment Position(s)

  • Shareholder

Practice Areas

  • Labor & Employment Law

Qualifications

Bar Admissions

  • Virginia
  • District of Columbia
  • Maryland
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals District of Columbia Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals Federal Circuit
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Virginia
  • U.S. District Court of the District of Columbia
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims
  • U.S. Tax Court
  • U.S. District Court District of Maryland
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court Eastern District of Virginia
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Virginia

Other Affiliations

  • American Bar Association, Section on Labor & Employment Law, Committee on Employee Rights and Responsibilities, Subcommittee on Covenants Not to Compete and Trade Secrets, 2005-2015
  • Lex Mundi, Labor & Employment Law Committee, 2008-10
  • Greater Washington Board of Trade, Virginia Public Affairs Committee, 2006-07
  • Northern Virginia Technology Council, Co-chairman, Human Resources Advisory Board, 1998-99
  • Tysons Regional Chamber of Commerce, Chairman, 1996-97, and Director, 1993-98
  • Fairfax Area Disability Services Board, Co-chairman, Standing Committee on Americans with Disabilities Act, 1992-93

Classes and Seminars

  • 2011: “Employee Defection and the Multi-jurisdictional Employer: Drafting and Enforcing Non-competes in a Disparate Legal Environment,” Washington Metropolitan Area Corporate Counsel Association, Tysons, VA
  • 2011: “30(b)(6) Depositions,” Washington Metropolitan Area Corporate Counsel Association, Tysons, VA
  • 2008: “Employee Defection and the Multi-jurisdictional Employer: Practical Advice for In-house Counsel on Using Non-competes,” Association for Corporate Counsel, Tysons, VA
  • 2006: “Covenants Not to Compete and Trade Secrets,” American Bar Association Committee on Employee Rights and Responsibilities Midwinter Meeting , Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
  • 2006: “Document Retention and Destruction: To Shred or Not to Shred,” National Business Institute, Fairfax, VA

Pro Bono Activities

  • Co-Chairman, Fairfax Area Disability Services Board, Standing Committee on the Americans with Disabilities Act, 1992 - 1993
  • Chairman, Vienna-Tysons Regional Chamber of Commerce, 1996 - 1997
  • Director, Vienna-Tysons Regional Chamber of Commerce, 1993 - 1998
  • Co-Chairman, Northern Virginia Technology Council, Human Resources Advisory Board, 1998 - 1999
  • Co-Chairman, Northern Virginia Technology Council, Outreach Subcommittee, 1999 - 2000
  • Member, Northern Virginia Technology Council, Workforce Development Committee, 1998 - 2000
  • Member, Greater Washington Board of Trade Virginia Public Affairs Committee, 2006 - 2007
  • Lex Mundi, Labor & Employment Law Committee, 2008-2010

Education

  • Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, District of Columbia
    LL.M., Labor & Employment Law
  • College of William and Mary School of Law, Williamsburg, Virginia
    J.D.
  • University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia
    B.A.

Fees

Accepts Credit Cards

Articles

Published Works

  • Employment at Will: A State-by-State Survey, First Edition, Virginia, Bloomberg BNA ( December 1, 2011 )

Office Information

Address

1775 Wiehle AvenueSuite 400 Reston, VA 20190

Fax

  • (703) 218-2160

Achievements

Other Sources of Feedback About Thomas J. Sawyer

Included on the 2024 Virginia list


Past Lists

  • 2023 Washington DC Super Lawyers list
  • 2022 Washington DC Super Lawyers list
  • 2021 Washington DC Super Lawyers list
  • 2020 Washington DC Super Lawyers list
  • 2019 Washington DC Super Lawyers list
  • 2018 Washington DC Super Lawyers list
  • 2017 Washington DC Super Lawyers list
  • 2016 Washington DC Super Lawyers list
  • 2015 Washington DC Super Lawyers list
  • 2014 Washington DC Super Lawyers list
  • 2013 Washington DC Super Lawyers list
  • 2012 Washington DC Super Lawyers list
  • 2011 Washington DC Super Lawyers list
  • 2010 Washington DC Super Lawyers list
  • 2009 Washington DC Super Lawyers list
  • 2008 Washington DC Super Lawyers list
  • 2007 Washington DC Super Lawyers list
  • 2006 Virginia Super Lawyers list

View the profile for Thomas J. Sawyer on Super Lawyers

Honors

  • Chambers USA, Leading Lawyer in Virginia Labor and Employment Law, 2008-2023
  • The Best Lawyers in America®, Employment Law - Management and Litigation - Labor & Employment, 2014-2024
  • AV Preeminent, Peer Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • International Who’s Who of Management Labour & Employment Lawyers, 2012-2023
  • Virginia Super Lawyers - Employment Law, 2006-2023
  • D.C. Super Lawyers - Employment Law, 2007-2023

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