Thomas J. Cleary, Esq.
Offices: Raynham, Plymouth, and Quincy Massachusetts
Areas of Practice: Civil Litigation; Labor and Employment Law; Wrongful Termination; MCAD and EEOC Representation; Discrimination Law; Sexual Harassment; Unemployment Appeals; Insurance Claims; Car Accidents and other Personal Injury Matters; Consumer Protection Law; Health Care Law; HIPAA Violations; Estate Planning and Preparation of Last Will and Testament, Powers of Attorney, Health Care Proxies, and Trusts; Probate and Estate Administration; Probate and Estate Litigation; Guardianships; Conservatorships; MassHealth Appeals; Short Term Disability Insurance Appeals; Long Term Disability Insurance Appeals; Domestic and Harassment Restraining Orders; Breach of Contract; Business law; Debt Defense; Debt Collection and Judgment Enforcement.
Before co-founding Cohen Cleary, P.C., Attorney Cleary developed a robust legal practice serving individual and corporate clients throughout Massachusetts. Attorney Cleary also served as counsel to a health care management company where he represented skilled nursing facilities, hospitals and individual clients. Attorney Cleary concentrates on the management of the firm as well as on civil matters with a strong emphasis in employment law, discrimination law, sexual harassment, probate and estate litigation, personal injury, health care law as well as other legal matters. Attorney Cleary is also certified as a Guardian ad Litem and a former certified member of the Mental Health Litigation Unit for the Massachusetts Committee for Public Counsel Services. Attorney Cleary has frequently served as court appointed guardian, conservator, treatment plan monitor, master, and estate personal representative. Attorney Cleary also takes great pride in working with the Department of Developmental Services in serving as guardian for developmentally disabled individuals.
Based on peer recognition and professional achievement, Attorney Cleary has been selected as a Super Lawyer, which is an honor presented to less than 2.5% of attorneys. Attorney Cleary is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of Hiram College where he was a recipient of the Outstanding Undergraduate Research Award. Attorney Cleary is a Magna Cum Laude graduate and Valedictorian from the University of Massachusetts School of Law at Dartmouth. While in law school, Attorney Cleary was a founder and the Editor-in-Chief of the law school’s scholarly legal journal, which is currently the University of Massachusetts Law Review. Attorney Cleary was awarded the Faculty Academic Achievement Award, the Sarah Clarman Bernstein Prize for Academic Excellence, the Pro Bono Program Honorary Designation and was a participant in the Domenick L. Gabrielli Family Law National Moot Court Competition. Attorney Cleary has also published numerous articles, blogs, industry publications, training materials, and other materials including:
- In Impartiality We Trust: A Commentary on Government Aid and Involvement with Religion, 2 S. NEW ENG. ROUNDTABLE SYMP. L. J. 113 (2007).
- A Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing: The Unilateral Executive and the Separation of Powers, 6 PIERCE LAW REV. 265 (2007).
- Foreword: Trends and Issues in Terrorism and the Law: 5 U. MASS. ROUNDTABLE SYMP. L. J. 1 (2010).
- Important Information About Employment Law and Workers’ Rights, International Union of Painters and Allied Trades (2013).
- Informed consent and decisional capacity: The legal implications and evaluation of alleged incapacitated persons, Forthcoming.
- Understanding the Essentials: Guardianships, Conservatorships & Collection for Skilled Nursing Facilities (2018).
Attorney Cleary served for 4 years as an Adjunct Professor of Law at the Southern New England School of Law. Attorney Cleary also served for 3 years as an Adjunct Professor for the University of Massachusetts School of Law at Dartmouth as a faculty advisor to the University of Massachusetts Law Review where he taught advanced legal research, writing and editing. Attorney Cleary has also lectured at numerous programs on the Massachusetts Uniform Probate Code and has been a keynote speaker on trends and issues in employment law, guardianships, estate and long-term care planning. Recently Attorney Cleary has been invited to speak as a training program panelist on the Supreme Judicial Court’s Mental Health Legal Advisor Committee. Attorney Cleary also volunteers as a member of the South Coastal Counties Legal Services Pro Bono Panel and has served as an Advisor to the Tiverton High School Mock Trial Team.
Attorney Cleary served consecutive terms as the President of the Board of Directors for the UMass Law Alumni Association and as Chair of the Association’s Awards, Scholarships and Publications Committees. Attorney Cleary has served as a member of the South Coastal Friends of Legal Services Council and has recently been selected to serve on the Board of Directors for the South Coastal Counties Legal Services, Inc. Attorney Cleary has also serviced on the Massachusetts Bar Association Small and Solo Firm Council as well as serving as an ex officio member of the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Alumni Association. Attorney Cleary is a member of the Massachusetts Employment Lawyers Association, the Massachusetts Bar Association, the Boston Bar Association, the Plymouth County Bar Association, the Plymouth District Bar Association, the Bristol County Bar Association and the Delta Theta Phi International Law Fraternity.
Attorney Cleary is admitted to practice before all Massachusetts courts as well as the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts.