Thomas Chase has successfully represented clients in employment matters and complex commercial disputes for more than twenty-five years. He represents many executives transitioning employment with respect to employment agreements, severance agreements, retirement packages, restrictive covenants, bonus and deferred compensation payments, etc. He also represents clients in complex commercial disputes in state and federal court as well as various arbitration forums.
Mr. Chase graduated, with honors, from The University of Wisconsin School of Law in 1995, and served as a Note & Comment Editor of The University of Wisconsin Law Review.
Upon graduating from law school, Mr. Chase joined the large Wall Street law firm Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy as a litigation associate working on sophisticated financial disputes. At Milbank, he worked with and against many talented New York City litigators on large, cutting-edge, corporate disputes. This early experience provided Mr. Chase with outstanding training that has benefitted his practice throughout his career.
In 2001, Mr. Chase joined the mid-town Manhattan law firm Rottenberg Lipman Rich, where he practiced with several of his former Milbank colleagues for the majority of his career.
Mr. Chase became a Partner at RLR in 2004 and focused his practice on employment law and business litigation. While at RLR, Mr. Chase represented a large variety of individual and corporate clients in complex matters in state and federal courts in New York and New Jersey, as well as in numerous arbitration forums such as the American Arbitration Association, JAMS and FINRA.
Mr. Chase obtained significant trial experience at RLR, serving as lead trial counsel for plaintiffs and defendants in numerous jury trials, bench trials, and arbitration hearings that proceeded to judgment. He greatly enjoys the challenge of presenting complex cases at trial in a manner that a judge, jury or arbitrator will find clear, concise and compelling.
Rethinking and Redefining a Solo Practice
In 2020, Mr. Chase decided to leave RLR to start Thomas Chase LLC. After 25 years of practicing with larger firms, he was excited to develop a practice focusing exclusively on his areas of expertise and representing select clients.
Recent changes to the practice of law now permit solo practitioners like Mr. Chase to handle matters that used to require a larger firm. New technologies for capturing and searching electronic information, for example, now automate discovery processes that used to require large staffs of attorneys or legal assistants. Further, legal staffing firms now economically provide temporary personnel for more significant cases requiring skilled support staff. It has never been easier for a solo practitioner to handle large and complex matters.
Get to Know Thomas Chase
Mr. Chase lives in Millburn, New Jersey, with his wife and son. In his spare time, he enjoys coaching his son’s baseball, soccer and basketball teams as well as cooking new recipes. He also has developed a mobile social media app called Wurd, which connects users to nearby people and places based on the shared geo-location of their smartphones. Wurd is available for download from both Apple’s App Store and Google Play.
- Bard College, B.A. in Political Science, 1991
- University of Wisconsin Law School, J.D., cum laude, 1995
- Mr. Chase is admitted to practice in New York and New Jersey.