Thomas M. O’Rourke focuses his practice on litigation services in a wide range of industries and subject areas including health care, manufacturing (food and products), cannabis, and entertainment matters. Thomas has experience representing businesses and individuals in complex commercial cases, including commercial contract disputes, business torts and antitrust at both the state and federal levels.
His defense practice includes cases involving the health care industry, antitrust compliance, and product liability. He also has appellate experience in the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, the Second Circuit and the Fourth Circuit. Thomas has represented many types of clients in a wide variety of cases, including a school district in an appeal involving the constitutionality of the Pennsylvania Tort Claims Act. He has also represented manufacturers and distributors, such as fire alarm and foam product manufacturers, food companies, health care companies, and insurers, casinos, and music promotion companies. Thomas also regularly provides advice to clients regarding the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) and the effectiveness of class action waiver and arbitration clauses in consumer contracts. He has also dedicated his practice to representing individual criminal defendants in fraud cases, including health care fraud, at the federal level.
Prior to joining the firm, Thomas completed two federal clerkships, serving as a law clerk to the Honorable David R. Strawbridge of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania from 2009-2010, and as a law clerk to U.S. District Court Judge Mitchell S. Goldberg of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania from 2010-2012.
Thomas regularly provides pro bono services to a nonprofit reuse center dedicated to promoting creative reuse, recycling, and resource conservation, where he represents the company in a dispute pertaining to the center’s commercial lease.
During law school, Thomas served as lead research editor of the Temple Law Review and was recognized for outstanding achievement in oral advocacy, evidence, constitutional law, corporate law, and criminal law.