Thomas J. Cleary, Esq.
Offices: Raynham and Plymouth, Massachusetts
Before co-founding Cohen Cleary, P.C., Attorney Cleary worked as associate counsel with Schonland & Associates, P.C. Attorney Cleary has also served as counsel to a health care management company where he represented skilled nursing facilities, hospitals and individual clients. Today, Attorney Cleary concentrates on civil matters and devotes himself to representing clients in labor and employment law, discrimination law, sexual harassment, probate and estate litigation as well as other civil matters. Attorney Cleary is also certified as a Guardian ad Litem and is a certified member of the Mental Health Litigation Unit for the Massachusetts Committee for Public Counsel Services.
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 (formerly the Southern New England School of Law). While in law school, Attorney Cleary was a founder and the Editor-in-Chief of the Roundtable Symposium Law Journal (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 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 (2015).
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 served consecutive terms as the President of the Board of Directors for the UMass Law Alumni Association and serves 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. Attorney Cleary also services 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 and the Massachusetts Bar Association, the Boston Bar Association, Plymouth County Bar Association, Plymouth District Bar Association, Bristol County Bar Association and the Delta Theta Phi International Law Fraternity.
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 is admitted to practice before all Massachusetts courts as well as the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts.