Named by Best Lawyers as Philadelphia “Lawyer of the Year” for Labor Law - Management (2020).
Thomas J. Cole, Jr. is managing partner of Pepper Hamilton LLP, resident in the Philadelphia office. Mr. Cole served as vice chair of the firm’s Executive Committee and chair of the firm’s Associates Committee.
Before becoming managing partner, Mr. Cole represented management in all manner of labor and employment matters. He defended employers against claims of employment discrimination and regularly counsels employers concerning employment policies and contracts as well wage and hour issues. He also helped employers deal with union organizational campaigns and issues related to collective bargaining agreements.
Mr. Cole defended claims involving race, gender and national origin discrimination and claims of sexual and racial harassment. He counseled employers on employment policies such as the Family and Medical Leave Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act, employee handbooks and contracts, negotiated separations and investigations of employee misconduct.
Mr. Cole writes and speaks frequently on a wide range of labor and employment issues. He has given seminars on a variety of topics including the drafting of employment releases, employment and labor issues involved in corporate transactions, equal pay, positive employee relations, and managing in a unionized environment. He has been a featured presenter at the PBI’s annual Employment Law Institute.