Thomas J. O'Malley


Thomas is a shareholder in the Casualty Department. He focuses his practice on sports and entertainment litigation, premises liability, transportation litigation and general liability matters, along with a wide array of other areas that he has handled over the last decade in state and federal courts in Pennsylvania.

Thomas attended LaSalle University, where he served as the president of the student senate and received a variety of awards for academic distinction and volunteer efforts in the community. In 1993, he obtained his juris doctor from Widener University School of Law in Wilmington, Delaware. Licensed to practice in Pennsylvania, Thomas is also admitted to appear before the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.

Thomas sits as a judge pro tempore for the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas and as an arbitrator for the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Arbitration system. Thomas has received the highest rating from Martindale-Hubbell , an entity which rates the legal ability and ethics of attorneys based on surveys conducted with judges and attorneys. In 2007, 2010 - 2014 Law & Politics/Philadelphia Magazine named Thomas a Super Lawyer.

Classes/Seminars Taught

Pennsylvania Law Day, Pennsylvania Bar Association, 2002-present

Fraud, Fraud, Fraud -The Use of Surveillance Video in Federal and State Courts in Pennsylvania, 1999

Published Works

“New Strategic Tool: Filing a Motion to Compel for Social Media Sign-In Information,” Defense Digest, Vol. 25, No. 2, June 2019

“Will It Be Easier for Defendants To Change Venue In Pennsylvania?,” Defense Digest, Vol. 20, No. 4, December 2014

"'Creeping Disease Rule' Not Applicable in Pennsylvania Property Damage Case," The Journal of Allegheny County Bar Association, 2001-06-15, Vol. 3, No. 12, and Defense Digest, 2001-02, Vol. 7, No. 1

"When Is It Advantageous to Oppose a Petition For A Discontinuance?," Defense Digest, 2000-02, Vol. 6, No. 1

"Will Ross Protect a Joining Defendant When the Plaintiff Gives Up?," Defense Digest, 1997-10, Vol. 3, No. 5

"The Blizzard's Backlash: A Symposium on Issues Confronting Pennsylvania and New Jersey Property Owners," (Co­author), Defense Digest, 1996, Vol. 2, No. 3

U.S. District Court Eastern District of Pennsylvania
U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit
Widener University School of Law (J.D., 1993)
La Salle University (B.S., 1990)
Honors & awards
Pennsylvania Super Lawyer
2007, 2010-2015
Associations & memberships
Burholme Civic Association & Townwatch, Legal Counsel (1999-2003)
Lawncrest Community Association, President (2000-2002); General Counsel (1999-2002)
Pennsylvania Bar Association
Philadelphia Bar Association
Hunter Soccer Club, Board of Trustees 2014 - Present.
Hunter Club, Boys and Girls Soccer Coach, 2010 - Present.
Year joined