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Thomas J. Sawyer - Reston, VA

1775 Wiehle AvenueSuite 400 Reston, VA 20190

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Updated: 10/25/2022

Reston Labor & Employment Law Lawyer


Tom is the practice group leader of the firm's Labor and Employment group and is a co-founding partner of the Northern Virginia office. His practice is focused on advising technology, government contracting, and other business clients on employee defection matters, including non-compete, non-solicitation, fiduciary duty, tortious interference, conspiracy, trade secret, and related unfair competition issues.

Tom regularly represents employers in federal and state litigation and arbitration.

About Thomas J. Sawyer

Current Employment Position(s)

  • Shareholder

Practice Areas

  • Labor & Employment Law


Bar Admissions

  • Virginia, 1987
  • District of Columbia, 1988
  • Maryland, 1993
  • 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
  • Virginia Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Section
  • Fairfax Bar Association, 1994 - 1997 (Continuing Legal Education Committee)

Classes and Seminars

  • 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
  • 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

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
  • Womble Carlyle, Member, Budget Committee
  • Womble Carlyle, Member, Associates Committee
  • Womble Carlyle, Member, Client Development Committee
  • Womble Carlyle, Member, Staff Committee
  • Lex Mundi, Labor & Employment Law Committee, 2008-2010


  • Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, District of Columbia, 1995
    Major: Labor and Employment Law
  • College of William and Mary School of Law, Williamsburg, Virginia, 1987
  • University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia, United States, 1984
    Honors: Omicron Delta Epsilon (National Economics Honor Society)
    Honors: Pi Sigma Alpha (National Political Science Honor Society)
    Major: Economics


Offers Free Initial Consultation

Accepts Credit Cards


Published Works

  • Womble Carlyle Non-Compete and Restrictive Covenants Blog
  • Employment at Will: A State-by-State Survey, First Edition, Virginia, Bloomberg BNA ( December 1, 2011 )

Office Information


1775 Wiehle AvenueSuite 400 Reston, VA 20190


  • (703) 218-2160


Other Sources of Feedback About Thomas J. Sawyer

Included on the 2023 Washington DC list

Past Lists

  • 2022 Virginia 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 Virginia Super Lawyers list
  • 2014 Washington DC Super Lawyers list
  • 2013 Virginia 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 Virginia Super Lawyers list
  • 2007 Washington DC Super Lawyers list
  • 2006 Virginia Super Lawyers list

View the profile for Thomas J. Sawyer on Super Lawyers


  • AV Preeminent, Peer Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Chambers USA, Leading Lawyer in Virginia Labor and Employment Law, 2008 - 2022
  • Virginia Super Lawyer in Employment and Labor Law, 2006 - 2008
  • Super Lawyer in Employment Litigation, Corporate Counsel Edition, - 2008
  • The Best Lawyers in America, Employment Law-Management / Litigation-Labor & Employment, 2014 - 2023
  • Arlington magazine's Top Attorneys - Employment Law (Employer), 2022
  • International Who’s Who of Management Labour & Employment Lawyers, 2012 - 2021
  • Virginia Super Lawyers - Employment Law, 2006 - 2022
  • D.C. Super Lawyers - Employment Law, 2007 - 2022

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