Thomas E. Reinert Jr. counsels corporate and public clients regarding labor and employment litigation and strategy, complex labor arbitration, and collective bargaining matters. He represents employers in a range of industries, including airlines, railroads, energy and telecommunications enterprises, manufacturers, software developers, federal agencies, school systems, and public corporations. Thomas also has experience representing major airline and railroad carriers in labor disputes related to the Railway Labor Act.
Thomas represents airlines and railroads in US federal courts, in arbitration before various adjustment boards, before the National Mediation Board, and in Presidential Emergency Board proceedings. He regularly handles duty of fair representation matters, race and age discrimination litigation, whistleblower cases, duty to hire and covenant not to compete litigation, and complex arbitration including interest arbitration to establish the terms of collective bargaining agreements.
He also has an extensive background in conflicts and professional responsibility. He has served as vice chair of Morgan Lewis’s Conflicts and Professional Responsibility Committee, and has represented the firm in litigation related to employment and professional responsibility issues.
Harvard Law School, 1980, J.D.
Harvard University, 1975, A.B.
District of Columbia
Awards and Affiliations
Member, Practice Group of the Year, Employment, Law360 (2017)
Management Co-Chair, Railway Labor Act Subcommittee, ABA Labor and Employment Committee
Co-editor, The Railway Labor Act
Guest Member, Conference of Airline and Railroad Labor Lawyers (CORRALL)
Faculty Member, ABA Labor and Employment CLE Conference, NMB Mediator Training
Faculty Member, ALI-ABA Airline and Railroad Labor Law Conference
Recommended, Labor and employment - Labor-management relations, The Legal 500 US (2008, 2012–2014, 2017)
Fellow, College of Labor and Employment Lawyers
Winner, The National Law Journal’s Litigation Department of the Year – Labor and Employment (2014)