Thomas W. Colomb

TEL: (617) 479-5000
EMAIL: tcolomb@mhtl.com

Thomas Colomb provides ongoing counsel to employers on a wide range of labor and employment matters, including: negotiation and administration of collective bargaining agreements; personnel policies and employee handbooks; workplace investigations and fact finding; compliance with disability and leave statutes; preventing and responding to sexual harassment and workplace violence; unemployment insurance claims; and all manner of discrimination claims. 

Mr. Colomb also maintains an active litigation practice, representing employers in a wide range of administrative agency, court, and labor arbitration proceedings. At the agency level, he has appeared before the National Labor Relations Board, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Massachusetts Division of Unemployment Assistance, and state antidiscrimination agencies in Massachusetts, New York, and California. He has also represented employers in state and federal trial courts in Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island, and the First Circuit Court of Appeals. Mr. Colomb has particular experience litigating employment discrimination and contract claims, unemployment insurance claims, issues arising out of labor arbitration, and injunction litigation during strikes and labor disputes. 

Mr. Colomb coordinates the firm's business immigration practice, where he advises and represents employers, key employees, and educational institutions in matters before the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service and the U.S. Department of Labor. Mr. Colomb's immigration clients have included international corporations, nonprofits, hospitals and health care centers, public and private secondary schools, a major research university, and a foreign consulate. His practice emphasizes nonimmigrant and immigrant visa petitions, SEVIS and education/exchange visas, and employer compliance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act. Mr. Colomb frequently lectures on IRCA compliance and enforcement. 

Mr. Colomb was previously associated with Nutter, McClennen & Fish, LLP, where he worked in the labor and employment practice group and the litigation department. 

Mr. Colomb is a graduate of Dartmouth College and Cornell Law School, where he served as Chancellor of the Moot Court Board and an editor of the Cornell Journal of Law and Public Policy. He is admitted to practice in Massachusetts, Connecticut and New York.

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