Thomas Mead Santoro is a Partner in the Miami, Florida office of Jackson Lewis LLP.
Mr. Santoro has over thirty years of experience in employment law. He has argued successfully a Title VII jurisdiction matter in a religious discrimination case before the U.S. Supreme Court and has tried and litigated all manner of employment disputes in Federal and State Courts and administrative agencies. He is certified by the Florida Supreme Court as an Appellate and Circuit Mediator. He has tried and litigated federal discrimination cases involving most protected class areas and retaliation, handled LMRA cases, and tried disciplinary and contract arbitrations under private sector and public sector labor union contracts and administrative rules. He has also served as a federal and state court arbitrator.
He has been counsel in NLRB ULP’s, and administrative investigations conducted by the EEOC, DOL, and Dept. of Ed.’s OCR under Title VII, Title IX, ADA, FLSA, FMLA, ADEA, and OWBPA. In addition to court trials, he has tried cases before FINRA, New York State’s DHR, and defended investigations by New York City’s HRC, Florida’s FHRC, and Florida’s AWI and Department of Revenue. He has presented in-house and outside at HR and employment programs, and served as a member on a variety of committees addressing HR issues.
From 1997-2002, Mr. Santoro served as General Counsel at Florida International University. From 1981-1997, he served as Deputy University Counsel at Cornell University and as an Assistant Counsel for the State University of New York and a New York State Assistant Attorney General. He is a member of the Florida Bar and the Bar of the State of New York and is admitted to numerous federal courts.
Mr. Santoro is a member of the Dade County Bar Association (and an elected Director 2009-2013), the Federal Bar Association, the Cuban American Bar Association and the National Association of College and University Attorneys. Mr. Santoro is a graduate of the National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA) and has been a faculty member in the NITA Deposition Skills Program since 1989. Mr. Santoro earned his A.B. from Colgate University, and his J.D. from Albany Law School of Union University.
Mr. Santoro is also a member of the Dean’s Advisory Council of the Florida International University College of Law and a trustee emeritus of Albany Law School of Union University. He was also selected for inclusion on the 2011, 2012 and 2013 Florida Super Lawyers list for which only 5% of Florida lawyers are chosen each year. Mr. Santoro is rated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell and American Lawyer Media and Martindale-Hubbell selected him as a 2013 Top Rated Lawyer in Labor & Employment.
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Honors, Awards, Certifications and Pro Bono Activity
- Florida Supreme Court Certified Appellate and Circuit Mediator
- Selected for inclusion to 2011-2012 Florida Super Lawyers
- Director, Dade County Bar Association 2009-2013
- Director, Coconut Grove Chamber of Commerce 2009-2011