Cozen O’Connor: Leonard, Thomas A.

Thomas A. Leonard

Associate

Philadelphia

(215) 665-7244

(215) 665-2013

Tom has experience working on a wide variety of cases, including multimillion-dollar contract disputes, catastrophic personal injury and property damage claims, white collar investigations and defense, shareholder derivative suits, and class actions. He has also been involved in complex and unprecedented disputes with the federal and state governments regarding their power and regulatory authority, resulting in one instance of a $5 million settlement in favor of the client. Tom has worked with attorneys in cities all over the country and currently serves as the associate representative on the firm’s Political Action Committee. He is licensed to practice in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

Tom graduated from Villanova University School of Law, cum laude, and Boston University, cum laude, with a Bachelor of Arts in political science. Tom graded onto Villanova Law Review after his first year. He interned for the Honorable Berle Schiller of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.  

Experience

Publications

The Cuban Casualties Escaping Obama’s Notice [Wall Street Journal]

March 21, 2016

Hayes Hunt and Thomas Leonard, of Cozen O'Connor's Commercial Litigation department, discuss Obama's recent trip to Cuba and what that means for Cuban-Americans who are bringing lawsuits against the Castro regime.

Cybersecurity…At Least There Is One Thing Congress Can Agree On [Cyber Law Monitor Blog]

December 16, 2014

While most political observers were focused last week on the debates surrounding passage of the so-called “Cromnibus” spending bill, less noted was the fact that the U.S. Congress managed to pass a number of cyber-security bills in a rare moment of bipartisanship and cooperation between the House of...

Pennsylvania Water Law: Contamination Incidents and Liability [American Water Works Association]

October 31, 2014

In an article titled “Pennsylvania Water Law: Contamination Incidents and Liability,” Dexter Hamilton, a member of Cozen O’Connor’s Commercial Litigation Department, Michael Klein, co-chair of the firm’s Energy & Utilities Industry team, and Thomas Leonard, an associate in the Commercial Litigation Department, address recent water contamination incidents and the inevitable legal actions that follow.

Zero-tolerance v. hands-free: What should be your cell phone policy? [InsideCounsel]

September 29, 2014

In an article titled, "Zero-tolerance v. hands-free: What should be your cell phone policy," Dexter Hamilton, a member of Cozen O'Connor's Commercial Litigation Department and Thomas Leonard, an associate in the Commercial Litigation Department, compare the two major policy frameworks governing the use of cell phones by employees while driving: zero-tolerance and hands-free. Each approach has positive aspects, but neither can guarantee that a company will not be held liable for an employee’s distracted driving accident.

Employer Liability for Distracted Driving: A Concern That Will Not Go Away [InsideCounsel]

July 09, 2014

In an article published in InsideCounsel, Dexter Hamilton and Thomas Leonard, attorneys in Cozen O’Connor’s Commercial Litigation Department, discuss distracted driving and the potential impact on employers. Despite the risk and possible financial consequences, distracted driving is likely to continue. The proliferation of personal electronic devices (which are referred to collectively as “cell phones”) has placed fierce pressure on businesses to always be available for both internal and external communication. The quest to remain competitive, the emergence of a younger work force that expects to be connected at all times, and the growing use of technology to facilitate working from remote locations force employers to grapple with cell phone use policies and enforcement.

Copyright Act's Application to Internet Television Broadcasts [The American Lawyer]

February 27, 2014

In an article titled "Copyright Act's Application to Internet Television Broadcasts," Stephen Miller, a member of Cozen O'Connor's Commercial Litigation Department, and Thomas Leonard, an associate in the firm's Litigation Department, discuss the U.S. Supreme Court's upcoming decision on whether Aereo's system of transmitting television programs over the Internet violates the Copyright Act. The ruling could have a seismic impact on the television industry and how Americans view television shows.

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Past Events

Education

  • Villanova University School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 2013
  • Boston University, B.A., cum laude, 2010
  • New Jersey
  • Pennsylvania