Thomas H. Severson represents employers in class, collective, and single-plaintiff actions arising under a wide range of US federal, state, and local laws, including Title VII, the FMLA, the ADA, the ADEA, ERISA, whistleblower statutes, common law, and contract theories. His practice focuses on employee misclassification actions, discrimination/retaliation claims, and ERISA litigation. He also maintains an active pro bono practice focused on counseling and assisting clients with civil rights and employment matters.
Before joining Morgan Lewis, Tom clerked for Judge Steve Kim of the US District Court for the Central District of California and practiced law at a well-known firm in Chicago.
In law school, Tom externed for the US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois in two capacities: first as a law clerk for Judge Marvin E. Aspen and later as a student attorney for the US Attorney’s Office. He also was an editor for the Journal of Law & Social Policy and a member of the Northwestern’s Employment Law Trial Team, which won the regional championship and placed fifth nationally.
Northwestern University School of Law, 2015, J.D., magna cum laude
Boston College, 2009, B.A., Economics
US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
Clerkship to Judge Steve Kim of the Central District of California (2018 - 2019)
Awards and Affiliations
Ones to Watch, Labor and Employment Law – Management, Chicago, The Best Lawyers in America (2022–2024)
Member, Practice Group of the Year, Employment, Law360 (2019)
Member, American Bar Association, Labor & Employment Section