Tom Woodley is the Managing Partner of Woodley & McGillivary, and he has represented labor organizations and workers for over three decades. In that role, he has gained extensive experience in a wide range of legal subjects involving labor- management relations, federal and state labor laws, constitutional law, wage and hour issues under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), civil rights, and pension matters.
Tom's primary efforts have focused on representing public employees and their unions. His most privileged position for more than 25 years has been serving as General Counsel to the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) which has 300,000 members in the United States and Canada. The duties of that position include not only providing internal legal advice to the union and its affiliates, but also pursuing litigation in federal/ state courts, arbitrations, and unfair labor practice proceedings to protect the rights of IAFF affiliate leaders and advance the interests of the organization.
Tom graduated from Gonzaga University (magna cum laude), and then attended Georgetown University Law Center where he served as Case and Notes Editor on the Georgetown Law Journal. His goal to be a litigator began when he clerked for Judge Oliver Gasch on the U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C. After serving as a 1st Lieutenant in the Army Infantry in 1973-74, Tom became a trial and appellate court attorney with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) where he pursued contempt cases in District Courts against recalcitrant employers and enforced the decisions of the NLRB in all of the federal courts of appeals.
One of the first cases Tom successfully handled when he joined this law firm was Jones v. Donovan where the courts ordered the federal government to lower the hourly overtime standard under the FLSA for fire fighters, EMS workers and law enforcement personnel, thus providing much more overtime compensation for those public safety employees over the last 30 years. Since that time, he has represented countless workers in overtime cases, including recently a $50 million recovery for 750 fire fighters employed by the City of Louisville.
One of his most rewarding pro bono cases thus far was against the City of North Charleston, South Carolina when a federal jury awarded substantial monetary damages to local union officers who lost their jobs because City officials retaliated against them for exercising their First Amendment rights of free association and free speech. Also, Tom has represented the surviving family members of emergency services workers killed in the line-of-duty because of defective products and the negligence of third parties.
In addition to his managerial and litigation duties, Tom serves on the Board of Directors of the AFL- CIO's Lawyers Coordinating Committee, and is active in pro bono and volunteer activities for individual workers whose rights have been violated by irresponsible employers.