T.J. is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame, magna cum laude, and a 1989 graduate of the University of Michigan Law School, cum laude. From 1989 until 1993, he was a staff attorney with the Legal Aid Society of Minneapolis, representing senior citizens, low-income tenants and social security recipients.
From 1993 until 2009, T.J. practiced with the firm of Leonard, Street and Deinard in Minneapolis. He joined Leonard Street in 1993 as an associate, and became a partner in 1998. As he does now, T.J. concentrated his practice there in the areas of employment litigation, trade secrets and business torts. In addition to representing employers in a wide variety of human resource issues, T.J. specializes in drafting and litigating noncompetition agreements and similar restrictive covenants. He has been chosen as a “Minnesota Super Lawyer” by his peers many times.
T.J. founded his own firm in 2009, where he continues to represent employers and employees in a variety of employment and commercial matters. In 2011, he was recognized as a Labor and Employment Law Specialist, as certified by the Minnesota State Bar Association. He serves as a mediator/arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association, and as an adjunct Professor of Law at the University of St. Thomas School of Law, where he teaches Employment Discrimination.
T.J. was a contributing editor to four well-known treatises published by the ABA: “Covenants Not to Compete”, “Trade Secrets”, “Employee Duty of Loyalty” and “Tortious Interference”. He was an author of the 2014 Federal District of Minnesota Deskbook. He has also served as the lead editor of “Minnesota and Federal Employment Law Manual” (ACCP). He is a frequent faculty member at various Continuing Legal Education conferences, including the annual Upper Midwest Employment Law Institute.
T.J. is a two-term member of the Governing Council of the Minnesota State Bar Association’s Section of Labor and Employment Law, and was appointed by the Minnesota Supreme Court to its Legal Services Advisory Committee in 2002. He is an active participant in the American Bar Association’s Subcommittee on Employee Rights and Responsibilities, and an instructor for the National Institute of Trial Advocacy. He served as a member of the board of directors of the Loft Literary Center, and previously served on the boards of Minnesota Chamber Business Services, Centro Legal and the Jesuit Volunteer Corps. He has served as a mentor through the University of St. Thomas School of Law, and a volunteer attorney through the Volunteer Lawyers Network and the Legal Aid Society of Minneapolis, a volunteer mediator for the Minneapolis Commission on Civil Rights and the Minnesota Human Rights Department, and a volunteer judge in the Minnesota High School Mock Trial Competition.
In both 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016, T.J. was voted one of the Top 100 lawyers in Minnesota by his peers in a Superlawyers poll. He was recently selected as a “Top Rated Lawyer” by LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell, and was profiled on-line as a leading employment lawyer by ReelLawyers, LLC.