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Thomas P. Gies

Phone: +1 202.624.2690
1001 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20004-2595

Thomas P. Gies is a founding member of Crowell & Moring's Labor & Employment Group.

Tom has been interested in workplace issues for many years. This may be the result of reading Upton Sinclair's The Jungle at an impressionable age, or having a summer job working the swing shift at a cardboard box factory in eastern Kansas. Tom's 30 plus years of experience in labor and employment law reflects the growth and diversity of issues facing compliance-focused employers. 

Tom has twice argued cases in the Supreme Court of the United States. The first involved a labor dispute growing out of the Russian invasion of Afghanistan (Jacksonville Bulk Terminals v. ILA, 457 U.S. 702 (1982); Allied Int'l v. ILA, 456 U.S. 212 (1982)). The second concerned the scope of ERISA's civil enforcement provisions. LaRue v. DeWolff, Boberg & Associates, 128 S. Ct. 1020 (2008).

Tom has handled labor union disputes at coal mines in Kentucky, chemical plants in Buffalo, textile mills in North Carolina, and at call centers in suburban Chicago and St. Louis. He has litigated employment law cases in courts throughout the country, including trying four cases to verdict. Tom has also argued 18 appeals in various federal appeals courts.

Tom has extensive experience in wage hour litigation. In October 2011, Tom led a trial team that obtained a defense verdict in an FLSA misclassification collective action case in federal court in Dallas, TX. Tom also led a team of C&M lawyers that obtained decertification of a nationwide collective action involving off-the-clock work in Zivalil v. AT&T Mobility

Tom has litigated cases involving a wide range of ERISA issues, with particular emphasis on fiduciary breach claims. He has experience in counseling and litigating disputes arising under employment agreements, including trade secret theft, and non-compete issues. 

Tom is an adjunct scholar with the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research. He is also a member of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Labor Relations Committee and Bloomberg BNA's Labor & Employment Advisory Board.

Tom chaired Crowell & Moring's Labor and Employment Group for 20 years. Before joining the firm in 1983, Tom practiced labor law with Seyfarth Shaw in Washington and Chicago.


  • University of Notre Dame (1972)
  • The George Washington University Law School (1976)


Admitted to practice: District of Columbia, the Supreme Court of the United States

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"Third Thursday--C&M’s February Labor & Employment Update: Why Non-Union Employers Should Pay Attention to the NLRB in 2020," Crowell & Moring Webinar (February 20, 2020). Presenters: Thomas P. Gies, Glenn D. Grant, Christine B. Hawes, and Jillian Ambrose.
"Fastest 5 Minutes: How Marijuana Laws Affect Government Contractors (February 12)," Podcast: Fastest 5 Minutes in Government Contracts (February 12, 2020). Contacts: Thomas P. Gies, Trina Fairley Barlow
Client Alert / Newsletter
"Uber and Postmates Fail to Stop Enforcement of AB 5, New California Contractor Law," Labor & Employment Law Alert - US (February 11, 2020). Contacts: Andrew W. Bagley, Thomas P. Gies, Suzanne E. Rode, Kimberley Johnson
Client Alert / Newsletter
AI and Internet of Things Herald 'Regulation by Litigation', Report Claims The Global Legal Post (January 24, 2020)
In the News
"Labor & Employment – Non-Compete Agreements: Harder to Enforce?," Crowell & Moring's Litigation Forecast 2020 (January 22, 2020). Contributor: Thomas P. Gies.
"The Month in Wage & Hour – January 2020," Labor & Employment Law Alert - US (January 22, 2020). Contacts: Thomas P. Gies, Eric Su, Ira M. Saxe, Andrew W. Bagley, Jillian Ambrose
Client Alert / Newsletter
Think Your Client Alerts Are Good? Check Out Crowell’s Litigation Forecast AmLaw Litigation Daily (January 22, 2020)
In the News
"DOL Releases its "Joint Employer" Final Rule," Labor & Employment Law Alert - US (January 15, 2020). Contacts: Andrew W. Bagley, Thomas P. Gies, Ira M. Saxe, Suzanne E. Rode
Client Alert / Newsletter
"Federal Courts Block Implementation of Two New California Statutes to Kick Off the New Year," Labor & Employment Law Alert - US (January 3, 2020). Contacts: Thomas P. Gies, Ira M. Saxe, Suzanne E. Rode, Jillian Ambrose
Client Alert / Newsletter
"Third Thursday--C&M’s December Labor & Employment Update: Foresight is 2020 – Employment Law Trends to Watch in the New Year," Crowell & Moring Webinar (December 19, 2019). Presenters: Thomas P. Gies, Christine B. Hawes, and Katie Erno.

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