Thomas Paschos

Thomas PaschosThomas Paschos practices in the fields of professional liability, employment litigation, insurance coverage, product liability, and complex commercial litigation. He represents, amongst others, corporate officers, physicians, dentists, nursing homes, lawyers, accountants, product manufacturers, insurance agents and brokers, architects and engineers, contractors, transportation companies, and insurance companies. He has been awarded an AV Preeminent rating by Martindale-Hubbell, which identifies a lawyer with a very high to preeminent legal ability.

As the managing partner of Thomas Paschos & Associates, P.C., attorney Thomas Paschos is responsible for managing the firm’s offices in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Haddonfield, New Jersey. The firm is a member of the International Society of Primerus Law Firms, and Tom is the current Chairman of the Professional Liability Practice Group. He also serves on the Executive Committee of Primerus’ Employment and Labor Group. Additionally, he was the past chair for the Lawyers Professional Practice Group of the Professional Liability Defense Federation. In 2004, 2014, 2015, and 2016, Thomas was voted by his peers as one of Pennsylvania’s Super Lawyers. He is also an ARIAS–U.S. Certified Arbitrator.

Tom is the author of numerous insurance industry publications and the presenter of in-house presentations for insurance clients. He advises insurance companies in loss-prevention strategies and has provided in-house presentations in preventing and defending bad faith actions in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. He has been a moderator and/or a presenter in the field of professional liability and employment practices liability matters for Primerus, PLUS, CLM, and the Professional Liability Defense Federation.

Tom is a graduate of Temple University School of Law, from which he received his J.D. in 1985 and L.L.M. Trial Advocacy in 1998. He went to undergrad at Drexel University, from which he received his B.S. in 1982. He is admitted to practice in the federal and state courts of Pennsylvania and New Jersey, as well as the U.S. Supreme Court.

Practice Areas

Education

  • Temple University School of Law – L.L.M. Trial Advocacy, 1998
  • Temple University School of Law – J.D., 1985
  • Drexel University – B.S., 1982

Bar Admissions

  • Pennsylvania -1985
  • New Jersey – 1986
  • U.S.D.C. Eastern District of PA – 1986
  • U.S.D.C. Middle District of PA – 2001
  • U.S.D.C. New Jersey – 1986
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit – 1986
  • U.S. Supreme Court – 1989

Memberships and Organizations

  • Primerus
    • Primerus Ambassador
    • Chair – Professional Liability Practice Group; Executive Committee, Employment and Labor Group
  • Professional Liability Underwriters Society
  • Professional Liability Defense Federation
    • Past Chair – Lawyers Professional Practice Group
  • Philadelphia Bar Association
  • Claim Litigation Management (CLM) – President – Philadelphia Chapter (2014-2016)
  • Saint Thomas Moore Society of Philadelphia
    • Board of Directors, 2002-2016
  • American Hellenic Lawyers Association
    • President 2001-2003; Chairman, Board of Directors, 2004-2005

Publications

  • “Ten Things Companies Should Look for in Litigation Counsel,” Paradigm Magazine, International Society of Primerus Law Firms, Spring 2015.
  • “Best Strategies Defending Employment Retaliation Claims in New Jersey,” Paradigm Magazine, International Society of Primerus Law Firms, Winter 2014.
  • Chapter 15, Umbrella Policies – Personal and Commercial E&O Exposures by Line of Business, Co-written with K.A. Lavelle, Esquire, 2014 Edition/Series 3, Published by Thomson Reuters, 2014.
  • Chapter 12, Valuation and Errors Omissions Exposures Based on Valuation Errors – E&O Exposures in the Sales ProcessCo-written with K.A. Lavelle, Esquire, 2014 Edition/Series 2, Published by Thomson Reuters Westlaw, 2014.
  • “Corporate Counsel – The Ethical Duty of Confidentiality and the Attorney-Client Privilege,” NYSBA Inside, Special Issue: What’s New in Ethics and Privilege, Spring/Summer 2012.
  • “The Preservation of the Attorney-Client Privilege by Corporate Counsel,” Paradigm Magazine, International Society of Primerus Law Firms, Winter 2012.
  • ’Mixed Motives’ Claim Eliminated Under the Federal Age Discrimination in Employment Act,” Co-Author, PLUS Journal, Volume XXII, Number 9, September 2009.
  • Understanding and Preventing Professional Negligence Actions, Co-Author, Presented before Minimizing Engineering Liability Symposium, in conjunction with Half Moon LLC, Fort Washington, PA, December 19, 2008.
  • Recent Changes in Employment Law Decisions, Presented before Insurance Broker Symposium, in conjunction with Navigators, Beazley, and Markel, April 2008.
  • “A Claim of Malicious Abuse of Process Requires Proof That the Attorney Acted for His or Her Own Purpose,” Co-Author, PLUS Journal, Volume XXI, Number 2, February 2008.
  • Current Issues Impacting Insurance Defense Practice, Co-Author, National Business Institute, November 2007.
  • “LAD Retaliation Claimants Must Prove Good Faith: Key Decision Makes It More Difficult to Prove LAD Claims in New Jersey and Easier for Employers to Defend,” Co-Author, PLUS Journal, Volume XX, Number 6, June 2007.
  • Current Issues Impacting Insurance Defense Practice in New Jersey, Co-Author, National Business Institute, November 2006.
  • Human Resource Policies That Prevent Lawsuits, Co-Author, National Business Institute, September 2006.
  • Current Issues Impacting Insurance Defense Practice, Co-Author, National Business Institute, October 2005.
  • Practical Guide to Federal Court Rules and Procedures, Co-Author, National Business Institute, 2003.
  • Trying the Wrongful Death Case in Pennsylvania: Strategies in Preparation and Valuation, Co-Author, National Business Institute, 1999.
  • Recent Changes in Employment Law Decisions, Presented before Insurance Broker Seminar, in conjunction with Navigators, Beazley, and Markel, April 2008.
  • “A Claim of Malicious Abuse of Process Requires Proof That the Attorney Acted for His or Her Own Purpose,” Co-Author, PLUS Journal, Volume XXI, Number 2, February 2008.
  • Current Issues Impacting Insurance Defense Practice, Co-Author, National Business Institute, November 2007.
  • “LAD Retaliation Claimants Must Prove Good Faith: Key Decision Makes It More Difficult to Prove LAD Claims in New Jersey and Easier for Employers to Defend,” Co-Author, PLUS Journal, Volume XX, Number 6, June 2007.
  • Current Issues Impacting Insurance Defense Practice in New Jersey, Co-Author, National Business Institute, November 2006.
  • Human Resource Policies That Prevent Lawsuits, Co-Author, National Business Institute, September 2006.
  • Current Issues Impacting Insurance Defense Practice, Co-Author, National Business Institute, October 2005.
  • Practical Guide to Federal Court Rules and Procedures, Co-Author, National Business Institute, 2003.
  • Trying the Wrongful Death Case in Pennsylvania: Strategies in Preparation and Valuation, Co-Author, National Business Institute, 1999.

Presentations and Seminars

  • Upcoming presentations:
    • “The implications of the Epic Systems v. Lewis in defending wage and hour class actions”, to be presented for ExecuSummit, Uncasville, CT, November 27-28, 2018.
  • “Insurance Coverage Issues with Autonomous Driving Vehicles”, presented at the Primerus Defense Institute, Fall Seminar, Chicago, IL, November 8-9, 2018.
  • Emerging Coverage Issues in Cyber, CyberSecurity and Data Breach Cases, Presented at Primerus Insurance Coverage & Bad Faith Symposium, Chicago, Illinois, November 3-4, 2016.
  • Coverage for CyberSecurity and Data Breaches: CGL Coverage B and Specific Products Covering Data Breaches, Presented at the 2016 Primerus Defense Institute Convocation, Napa, California, April 14-17, 2016.
  • Reptile Theory: What You Need to Know in 2016, Presented to AIG-JC Penney Dedicated Unit, Kansas City, KS, March 1, 2016.
  • Cyber-Liability Risk Management and Control, Presented at the 2015 Primerus Defense Institute Insurance Coverage and Bad Faith Symposium, New York, NY, October 22-23, 2015.
  • Reservation of Rights Letters and their Implications in Defending Professional Liability Cases, Presented at 2014 Primerus Defense Institute Professional Liability and Insurance Coverage and Bad Faith Symposium, Chicago, IL, September 18-19, 2014.
  • Liability Exposure to Insurance Agents and Brokers and Defenses from Failure to Procure Coverage, Presented for Claim Litigation Management, Boca Raton, Florida, April 11, 2014.
  • Defending Bad Faith Actions in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, Presented for Geico Insurance Company, Philadelphia, PA, December 13, 2013.
  • Defending Bad Faith Actions in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, Presented for Geico Insurance Company, Hackensack, NJ, December 6, 2013.
  • Emerging Issues in Professional Liability Claims Involving Insurance Agents and Brokers, Presented for Professional Liability Defense Federation, Chicago, IL, October 9-11, 2013.
  • Moderator, Medicare, Medicaid and SCHIP Extension Act, 23rd Annual PLUS International Conference, November 2012.
  • Creative Insurance Settlement Strategies, Presented at 2012 Primerus Defense Institute, Insurance Coverage and Bad Faith Symposium, Chicago, IL, September 20-21, 2012.
  • Fiduciary Failures in Non-Profit Organizations, 5th Annual – National Directors and Officers Insurance ExecuSummit, Uncasville, CT, May 2009.
  • Minimizing Engineering Liability, Fort Washington, PA, December 19, 2008.
  • The Pros & Cons of Potential Federal Insurance Regulations, 4th Annual – National Errors and Omissions Insurance ExecuSummit, New York City, NY, July 2008.
  • Recent Changes in Employment Law Decisions, Presented before Insurance Broker Symposium, in conjunction with Navigators, Beazley, and Markel, April 2008.
  • Current Issues Impacting Insurance Defense Practice, Presented for National Business Institute, Cherry Hill, NJ, November 2007.
  • Moderator, Employment Law and Retaliation Actions, 20th Annual PLUS International Conference, Washington, D.C., November 2007.
  • Recent Employment Law Decisions, Hartford Insurance Company’s Claim Offsite Meeting, Florham Park, NJ, September 2007.
  • Current Issues Impacting Insurance Defense Practice in New Jersey, Presented for National Business Institute, Cherry Hill, NJ, November 2006.
  • Human Resource Policies that Prevent Lawsuits, Presented for National Business Institute, Philadelphia, PA, September 2006.
  • Current Issues Impacting Insurance Defense Practice, Presented for National Business Institute, Cherry Hill, NJ, October 2005.
  • Moderator, E&O Lawsuits and Strict Liability ApplicationsPLUS E&O Non-Medical Symposium, Philadelphia, PA, May 2005.
  • Practical Guide to Federal Court Rules and Procedures, Presented for National Business Institute, Cherry Hill, NJ, 2003.
  • Trying the Wrongful Death Case in Pennsylvania, Strategies in Preparation and Valuation, presented in Philadelphia, PA, National Business Institute, 1999.

Webinars

  • “The Equal Pay Act: Do’s and Don’ts for Employer’s to Avoid Allegations of Wage Disparity”, webinar, presented for The Association of Corporate Counsel, April 12, 2018.
  • Wage and Hour Litigation, Presented for the International Society of Primerus Law Firms, January 2012.
  • Current Issues Involving Employment Law Litigation, Presented for the International Society Primerus Law Firms, November 2009.

Reported Cases

  • Anorve v. Hudson County Motors, Inc., and Volvo Commercial Financial, 182 N.J. 629, 868 A.2d 1032 (2005).
  • Gaskill v. Active Environmental Technologies, Inc., 360 N.J. Super. 530, 823 A.2d 878 (2003).
  • Decisions of the Court referenced in a Table of Decisions Without Reported Opinions, Curtis Thomas v. Sandy Larson, Valerie Shimbaum, Art Karone, Riverside/ Brandywine, Northwestern Human Services, 281 F.3d 224 (2001).
  • Hyde Athletic Industries, Inc. v. Continental Casualty Co., 969 F.Supp. 289 (1997).